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Mikel: We Must Improve But We Showed Our Quality Vs England

Mikel: We Must Improve But We Showed Our Quality Vs England

By Semiu Osho in London:

Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi believes his side can take encouragement from their performance in the second half against England on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Nigerian side lost 2-1 to the Three Lions at Wembley but Mikel has taken some positives from the match.

“We still have a lot to do, we have a lot to improve on,” Mikel said at the post-match press conference.

“We need to improve on our communication. When we push up, we need to push up together. But I think in the second half we did a lot better. We played the way we want to play. To have the ball, to keep the ball, and I think it was much better in the second half.”

The team conceded two goals courtesy strikes from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane in the first half before responding with an Alex Iwobi strike after the break.

COMMENTS

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  • CHYBYKE 6 months ago

    I CAST AND BIND JOEL OBI IN SUPER EAGLES SQUAD…Nwanne please support super eagles from your sitting room

    • Fortesam 6 months ago

      That is disrespectful my man. No matter what. Judging from recent performances we all know Joel will not make it. But your comment is disrespectful.

  • CHARLES 6 months ago

    Super Eagles just needs few changes then our team will be solid

  • Abdulrazak 6 months ago

    Genotype Rohr makes his decisions dispassionately and without emotions. I would not be surprised if he culls Onazi and Joel Obi from the team.

  • Abdulrazak 6 months ago

    Gernot Rohr I mean.

  • If onazi and joel obi make it to russia as a starter then will find a way to leave nigeria. Ola aina should be ahead of shehu

  • Presh 6 months ago

    I knew I clamoured for Raheem Lawal, but that history now, Joel Obi should be scrapped, Shehu don’t have business there, but now they will say he was among the starters for qualifiers, but see Ola aina deserves a shirt ahead of Shehu, the Tyroone should be a starter.

  • rapheal esi 6 months ago

    seriously..Joel ad onazi shld drop..I keep wondering why john ogu is not a starter..he is way better than did 2..

  • Apart from the terrible display of Joel Obi and onazi and by the way balogun’s lack of pace showed a lot, he couldn’t keep up with sterling atal. Oyibo wall is good and all but it may only work in certain games. But back to what i was going to say apart from the terrible play of joel obi and onazi, we need to learn how to settle into games faster, for some reason it takes us a whole half to get settled and by the time we get settled and it’s second half, we are already 1 or 2 goals down. This seems to be Nigeria’s MOP for years now and it’s very bad!!! Oga Rohr please find a way to get these guys firing right from the start to finish, I know they say what matters is how you finish and not how u start but in football finishing well doesn’t always mean you win the game and today just proved!! It’s well, I believe we will correct all the issues that surfaced today before June 16th!!

  • Ayphillydegreat 6 months ago

    The great SuperEagles of 94 rarely win any of their friendly before the WorldCup. The 98 team was even worse loading 3-0 and 5-1 to Yugoslavia and Holland respectively. This present hasn’t been disgraced, yet fans are already calling for their heads. The essence of friendlies are to be able to identify lapses and correct them.

    Understandably, we lack cohesion in the first half. Onazi and Joel Obi can not play together, but they’re both good enough to be in the final 23. Infact they’re already on the plane to Russia. One of them will have to be on the bench for Ndidi. Or we can try Ndidi, Etebo and Mikel.

    Overall, I think the SuperEagles did well against one of the favorites to win the WorldCup. I’m sure they will continue to improve with good two weeks left to the Mundial. Iceland lost at home to Norway and world champion Germany lost to Austria. I still believe in my SuperEagles no matter what. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE#

    • Joseph 6 months ago

      @Ayphillydegreat, Nice one!. Friendlies are for corrections. We played far better in the second half against England. If we meet England at the world cup I can bet with my mum that we’ll destroy them. We gave them too much respect in the first half, playing against England in Wembley not an easy task.

  • PapaFem 6 months ago

    Genot Rohr has done a very good job. We all know where ‘Professor’ Olishe left us. But the German still has a lot to do. It seems he hasn’t got his first eleven. He still doesn’t know the standard midfield combination and how to rotate the team in the course of a match. His formation too needs to be reviewed. Against talented and tactically rich teams, we seem to struggle in the first half and raise our game in the second. It also seems 3-5-2 is the best for us when looking for goals and appears very efficient against any opposition. Onazi is given to errors these days and Joel Obi doesn’t look like someone we need in that team. Ogu has done well in the few matches he has played for us, same as Tyronne Ebuehi. If Ndidi finally returns, Onazi should give way for either Etebo or Ogu. Onazi isn’t bad to me but he thinks his place in the team is so secure that he can do anything he likes on the field. He needs competition. He needs to be humbled. That’s the only way to get the best out of him. But i wont suggest we drop. We still need his experience. He only needs to wake up. Iwobi should be retained in that no 10 role. Musa should be given more chance. His pace troubled England on many occasions last night. Finally, our strikers movements in the final third is very poor. Only Ighalo tried to do something but he didn’t trouble anyone in Three Lions’ back line. Rohr should work on this. That anytime we take possession and attack, it should look like we are going to score. We should keep possession and improve on our movement around the opponents 18 yard.

    • Really balanced comments – thank you. Do you think we should give Joel Chukwuma Obi another chance? Remember, he plays in a world class league compared to, say, Ogu who plays in a obscure league. Perhaps it’s just taking Obi some time to blend back into the team after (Late) Coach Keshi deemed him not to be a Super Eagles material upon a fair assessment of his abilities.

      • Greenturf 6 months ago

        Aphylidegreat my bruh who thinks it’s all about playing in the elite league.I remembered arguing with him on this Ogu vs Joel issue.He said Ogu plays in an obscure league.Forum members supported him calling him the best analyst I kept quiet until after the game.
        I have said it over and over again that Ogu has never had a bad game for Nigeria but kept getting overlooked because he plays in Israel sad that.
        I wonder how many times does he need to impress to move high up the pecking order whereas the likes of Onazi and Joel kept playing abysmal football and yet keeping their places to my amazement.How unfair can that be.
        Some forum members were attacking me all because I said it’s disresptful to say we will beat England at Wembley 3nil.Where are those fan now?I bet they have hidden their faces in shame.
        You want to beat England at their home with which players?Onazi?Joel? you must be kidding ha.

      • Prince Ilegeuno 6 months ago

        This is simply great comment.Tyronne Ebuehi should considered a starting role ahead of Shehu, while moses should be deployed to his normal position.

      • PapaFem 6 months ago

        @deo, name doesn’t play this game. It can instill fear, but I bet you, all that will go straight into a thrash bin immediately your opponent discovers they have an answer to your riddle. Many people hailed Kanu for his great technique that produced the 3rd goal against Brazil at Atlanta 96, semifinal match. But only few of us saw the energetic contribution of Teslim Fatusi in the build up to that goal. He was then on the books of Ferencvaros FC of Hungary, not AC Milan of Italy. Daniel Amokachi had been permanently condemned to Everton’s bench by Joe Royle and his men before that competition. In fact some sections of the Nigerian media questioned his inclusion in that team then. But almost all our goals in that year’s Olympic games had the touch of Dan the Bull. Nigeria attended USA 94 with a bunch of the unknowns, but we came back with our heads held high. Emmanuel Amuneke was in that team playing for Zamalek of Egypt at that time. He even benched the likes of Victor Ikpeba, a player with FC Monaco, throughout the competition. The point I’m making is any player that doesn’t key into our style, our vision, aspiration should be dropped immediately, no matter the league he plays in or the club he plays for. Truth be told, Joel Obi has added nothing meaningful to that team since he came back. Let’s bend backward and see the contribution of Ogu against Algeria (where he scored the best Nigerian goal of the qualifiers) , Argentina and England. That’s way above what Joel Obi offered in his own last three matches. So on current form, the former is better placed to start ahead of the former , the clubs they play for notwithstanding. In fact, its Dave to say Joel Obi should be dropped if a decision has to be made on who to select between him and Ogu.

      • PapaFem 6 months ago

        @deo, name doesn’t play this game. It can instill fear, but I bet you, all that will go straight into a thrash bin immediately your opponents discover they have an answer to your riddle. Many people hailed Kanu for his great technique that produced the 3rd goal against Brazil at Atlanta 96, semifinal match. But only few of us saw the energetic contribution of Teslim Fatusi in the build up to that goal. He was then on the books of Ferencvaros FC of Hungary, not AC Milan of Italy. Daniel Amokachi had been permanently condemned to Everton’s bench by Joe Royle and his men before that competition. In fact some sections of the Nigerian media questioned his inclusion in that team. But almost all our goals in that year’s Olympic games had the touch of Dan the Bull. Nigeria attended USA 94 with a bunch of the unknowns, but we came back with our heads held high. Emmanuel Amuneke was in that team, playing for Zamalek of Egypt. He even benched the likes of Victor Ikpeba, a player with FC Monaco, throughout the competition. The point I’m making is any player that doesn’t key into our style, our vision, our aspiration should be dropped immediately, no matter the league he plays in or the club he plays for. Truth be told, Joel Obi has added nothing meaningful to that team since he came back. Let’s bend backward and see the contribution of Ogu against Algeria (where he scored the best Nigerian goal of the qualifiers) , Argentina and England. That’s way above what Joel Obi offered in his own last three matches. So on current form, the FORMER is better placed to start ahead of the LATTER, the clubs they play for notwithstanding. In fact, its save to say Joel Obi should be dropped if a decision has to be made on who to select between him and Ogu.

        • @Papafem, you have said it all. Thank you so much (particularly for bringing the contributions of players like Teslim Fatusi back in my consciousness).

  • Israel O 6 months ago

    I agree with Omonaija!
    we r too sentimental and political with our choice of
    players!
    I was indeed happy with what I saw yesterday,
    because it was a clear revelation of how the world
    cup would be.
    Leon Balogun is good but he is not strong, so use
    Omeruo- troost pair at the centre.Omeruo is
    strong.Ekong will play better with Omeruo, since
    Omeruo can cover for him.
    Replace onazi, who is very immature with play and
    cannot deliver one straight pass, with Ndidi. Pair
    Ndidi, Etebo and Mikel in midfield, Owobi up front
    for his skill and killer passes.
    onazi thinks no one can replace him in first 11 that’s why he is lackadaisical.Bench him but put him in the plane.when his place is threatened he will sit up.
    Ighalo is good when he sees the ball, thus the
    midfield must be very strong up front and
    defensively- Iwobi/Mikel attacking
    midfield,Etebo&Ndidi defensive.
    Victor moses is forming big boy, he will not tack or
    run, but what do we do since simon(our best
    upfront) is injured?victor feels he no one can replace him that’s why he is relax and unserious, why who will?if u ask me musa should start before him: u can see the hunger in musa.then trust me u will see the real moses when his place is threatened.
    at the left and right back, play Ebuehi at the right,
    shehu is very careless with balls and does not
    support the attack, unlike the versatility of young
    Ebuehi.Shehu should go home otherwise we r in trouble, our attack and defence will suffer bcus he cannot contribute upfront, modern football requires pact wing backs to add to attacking prowess.
    when Igholo is sub, it should be Simmy not
    iheanacho.
    I have said what I think should be. I am a home coach, and watch keenly before my analysis without bias! we must drop sentiments now and do the right things, otherwise after 3matches we would all go back to our business!

    Its left for the Coach.
    I wish super eagles goodluck

  • Ayphillydegreat 6 months ago

    If we still need Onazi in the team then we definitely still need Joel Obi in the team. Because yes he plays in a world class league compared to Ogu. Let Ogu have a below par game against Czech republic then we’ll see all hell bent lose against him. Who say Obi can’t play at left back?? I didn’t really see anything he did wrong except for the clash with Balogun which also happened between Omeruo and Etebo. Onazi is the one messing up Obi’s game. I’m sure he’s already on the plane to Russia. He was dropped by the late Stephen Keshi because he refused to share his match bonus with him. As he was sharing bonuses with the likes of Babatunde, Gabriel Reuben, Uzoenyi and the likes. ILE AYE ILE ASAN. I’m sure he’s spending all that money in his grave now.

    Ebuehi should be the starting right back at the world cup. And I think the 3-5-2 or 5-3-2 formation should be our joker going to Russia. Against top class teams we need to adopt that formation if we want to do well at the Mundial. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE#

    • Chuddyl 6 months ago

      Your submission on Keshi is so disrespectful. Yes, Keshi is no more, but your negative vibes as regards his person serves no useful purpose.

      • Ayphillydegreat 6 months ago

        That’s the truth. I don’t have a problem with you having a problem with my submission. I was there with the team all the way from Philadelphia to Porto Alegre therefore, I know exactly what I’m talking about because I saw it and I heard it from virtually all the backroom people.

        • Aphyllythegreat, the gentleman is not saying he has a problem with the alleged offering, giving and acceptance of bribery that you claim to have witnessed first-hand

          He is however saying that your statement: “I am sure he is spending all the money in his grave now” can be construed as disrespectful and perhaps more to the point, serves no purpose in your otherwise well constructed contributions.

          Thanks by the way for informing me/us of the release of the final 23. That was helpful.

          I wish you and all Super Eagles fans (regardless of our divergent viewpoints) a fantastic world cup experience as fans.

  • Abdulrazak 6 months ago

    At the World Cup, your progress depends on how many errors and mistakes you make. We cannot play like we did in the first half against England. Gernot Rohr will as usual make his decisions on the final 23, with teutonic rationality. I don’t see how Joel Obi and Ogenyi Onazi can start any of the matches for the Eagles in Russia even if they make the final 23. Their performance yesterday made the inside of my skull ache.

    • MACDON 6 months ago

      THE ONLY PROBLEM WE HAVE YESTERDAY IS IN MID FIELD ONAZE … NOT OBI … ONAZE AS BEEN OFF FORM FOR SOME MATCHES BUT PEOPLE DONT TAKE NOTE BECAUSE HIS A SENIOR PLAYER ,,, STARTING FROM GAME AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA ,, HE FLOP IN THAT MATCH , AGAINST SERB … ETC … MOST TIME HE PLAY TO GALLERY , … PLAYING SCHOOL BOY GAME … NIGERIA MUST PLAY 3 5 2 … OUR STRENGTH IS ON MID FIELD AND WING …. WE HAVE TO MAKE USE OF THAT TO OUR ADVANTAGE …. WE CAN EVEN REVERSE VICTOR MOSES BACK TO DEFENCE TO ACCOMMODATE .. MUSA OR ETOBO IN FIRST 11 … HE CAN PLAY INSTEAD OF IDOWU

  • MACDON 6 months ago

    i wonder why you are complain on loosing to England team that already know there first team … they know there first 11 … there list is only 23 …. other player are on stand by , they know there tactics 3 5 2 and they are working on it … we have 30 player , the coach is yet to know is starting 11 … loosing 2-1 to england at this stage show that we have good team …. we only need to blend the team and know right tactics … we change from 433 … to 352 … and the game change …. against Argentina … we play same 352 … lets just be patience …. Rome is not build in a day … dont forget nobody tip you to qualify for world cup till this coach you are castigating come on board

  • Healthy competition in all departments can only be good, not only to get the best out individual players, but also to help produce a team of Super Eagles players that can complete effectively at the highest stage.

    I really pray for Joel Obi to be able to prove all commentators who have been unimpressed with the lifeline chance matches he has been given the opportunity to play thus far.

    This disapproval of his contributions were there in earlier matches only to be exacerbated by his performance yesterday which even his most ardent fans will describe as ‘requiring improvement’.

    Still, once a fan; always a fan. There will still be those who feel his performance was adversely affected by others around him.

    For the records, I am a firm believer that in international football, it matters less which team or club you play but it matters more whether you fit into the formation, strategy and tactics of the national team manager, regardless of the pedigree of a player’s club or league.

    Finally, I think the dead deserve a bit of respect.

    Although it is not right, bribery, corruption, sentimental team selection and immoral practice in any form is (sadly) part and parcel of Nigeria’s football at every level. I will be surprised if any coach (past and present) have not indulged in any form of moral wrongdoings.

    Coach Keshi may have indulged in a form of wrongdoing (I don’t know, I wasn’t there) the fact is he gave Joel Obi the chance but Obi (in his eyes) failed to measure up.

    • Luomo 6 months ago

      Sadly enough Obi is on the plane to Russia as Ola Aina and Mikel Agu have both been dropped

  • Omoke david 6 months ago

    Seriously if anyone is suggesting onazi should go to the world cup then joel obi should also go…..from yestaday’s game it was onazi who was causing blunder in d field…..since that guyy went to turkey he has lost his football brains……i think echejile and aina are d players to be dropped,we need all the midfielders selected at the moment cos we dont know ndidi´s fitness stance for now

    • Ayphillydegreat 6 months ago

      Thank you my brother. Why would you clamor for Onazi not to be dropped yet you want Obi to be dropped???? That’s conflict of interest of the highest order. When Obi played with Ndidi he did well, but everyone have failed to realize that the problem with the SuperEagles midfield right now is Ogenyi Onazi. Ogu played well as a left back of which I’m sure Obi can also play well in that position.

      As far as I know, the dead knows nothing and can’t do nothing anymore. They’ve become history.

      We gave up to a lot of pressure from England in the first half because Onazi gave away about 4 passes to the opponents. Overall I don’t think the SuperEagles were overtly outplayed, but we must continue to work according to the gaffer. And we must perfect the 3-5-2 formation going to the Mundial.

  • Murphy 6 months ago

    It is just unbelievable how Onazi lost form lost vision and everything he does just end up negatively…is this Onazi of four years ago? If you look at Mikel’s body language after Onazi wrong passed that resulted to the second goal, Mikels body language was like ‘re you kidding me this is just 5 to 10 meter pass you still can’t get it right….annoying..I don’t want to accuse our Coach of any financial benefits from his selection bcos this is a man that have seen it all and checking his family background these are a big, famous, and well respected family in Manheim Germany, He said something in an interview b4 the match against England, I quote mikel and Joel will start the match and the third man will be between Onazi or Ogu…and then he said you know Onazi has to play..I was very irritated with that comment and this is coming from a German tactician..They will turn this team to schrot like the German will say..Gotze is not in Dfb manschaft just bcos of his recent form..so i dont understand what GR means by saying Onazi has to play..and I think our fans will have to wait till we get to Russia b4 seeing another quality football from our dear super eagles bcos the match on Wednesday is gonna be played in a kreis liga stadium called Rudolf Tonn in Austria this is not a professional stadium…

  • Fqtee 6 months ago

    I wish the eagles d very best…. I also hope that our coach will use d 3-5-2 formation against top teams bcoz we attack better with iwobi pulling d strings. Onazi shld start from d bench, and my preferred midfield pairing is Mikel, Ndidi, and Ogu.

  • For those of u voting for whom to drop, it’s too late. Mikel Agu changed from 21 to 27,
    Aina from 2 to 26. I think u know what that means. World cup Numbers is from 1 – 23. Any Number above that is out! Idowu to wear no.2 from 23, Joel obi to wear 15 from 25. I wish Joel can play with a better defensive midfielder may be Ogu or ndidi. As for onazi, I’ve had enuf of him.

  • Manfred 6 months ago

    England lads were just laughing at our Super eagles players the way they’re bumping on each other’s everyone was just visibly nervous as there was a trailer loads of wrong passes Onazi and co

  • Ogie samuel 6 months ago

    I don’t want to be on aina shoe right now ,better than echijele by far