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Musa Extends Goal Drought To 4 Games; Esiti Starts; Akpeyi Concedes 16th Goal ln PSL

Musa Extends Goal Drought To 4 Games; Esiti Starts; Akpeyi Concedes 16th Goal ln PSL

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa extended his goal drought to four league games in the Saudi Arabian League on Friday when he featured in Al Nassr Riyadh’s 2-1 win away at Al-Ittihad Jeddah reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Abderazak Hamed-Allah scored in each half to hand AL Nasr Riyadh a win despite the hosts drawing level five minutes into the second half through Fahad Al Muwallad.
The game was Musa’s 12th league game of the campaign.
Musa,26, has scored five times this season with his last goal coming against FC Shabab in November 23rd.
In Belgium, Anderson Esiti made his 80th appearance (13th league start of the season) for KAA Gent who trashed Cercle Brugge 4-1 on Friday at the Ghelamco Arena.
Goals from Brecht Dejaegere (17′), Sigurd Rosted (34′), Jonathan David (51′) and Vadis Odjidja (64′) gave KAA Gent a 4-0 lead before Serge Gakpe scored a consolatory goal for Cercle Brugge with five minutes left to play.
The 24 year old Nigerian international was subbed off in the 60th minute of the win.
He was replaced by Birger Verstraete.
His compatriot, Taiwo Awoniyi was an unused substitute in the win.
Gent are now fifth in the Belgian Pro Division league pending other games this weekend.
In the South Africa ABSA Premier League, Nigeria’s third choice goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi was denied a sixth clean sheet of the in Chippa United’s 2-0 loss away to Bidvest Wits.
Akpeyi has made 15 starts this season conceding 16 goals. The 32 year old has kept five clean sheets with his last against Maritzburg United.
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  • Wonders shall never end with this akpeyi 16 goals in 15 games,and this lazy keeper is still in our dear super eagles,this man dnt have anything to do with our jessey again

    • I guess it is the way that it was reported in the article above bt CSN that makes it worse than it actually looks.

      How would you see Francis Uzoho if they report that “the Nigeria number 1 goalkeeper has conceded in 3 goals in his last 5 matches for Nigeria and 6 goals in his last 5 matches for his club ?”

      Those statistics for Uzoho I mentioned above are actually true but the way I represented them are harsh, unfair and designed deliberately to present Uzoho in a bad light.

      So, don’t be too carried away by the way the stats of Akpeyi are presented in the article above.

      It is those kinds of presentations that make Akpeyi seem worse than he actually is.

  • @Ubah, following yesterday’s match, Uzoho has now conceded 8 goals in his last 6 league matches. Does that make him a poor goalkeeper? Not necessarily.

    Sometimes, the way raw statistics are presented makes things worse than they actually are.

    Akpeyi is a decent professional despite the way the stats presented by CSN in the article above.

    • Oh my goodness, I just checked world class goalkeeper David De Gea’s statistics for Manchester United this season and he has conceded 30 goals in 18 league matches!

      Has Da Gea become worse than Akpeyi?

      • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

        Pardon him…lolz…not everybody knows how to interpret goalkeeping stats. The author of the piece of news too didnt help matters

  • Akpeyi is the best in eagles never mind his mistakes.igalo made it but now everyone s darling,musa did same.but can we give them chance to fit in.akpeyi is best among them

  • Thanks Dr Drey. @uniq, I guess the question is: what makes a good goalkeeper?

    For me, there are only 2 indices: 1) All-round goalkeeping abilities. 2) Reliability.

    1) Abilities: these include positioning, concentration and awareness, leadership, response-time, jumping, co-ordination, excellent distribution, solid catching, agility, strong punching, and fast reflexes, diving, reactions, ability to instigate attacking initiatives and quick recovery rate.

    2) Reliable: ability to inspire confidence and marginal propensity to commit mistakes.

    Now, when you compare the 3 goalkeepers we have in the national team at this time, I think they are all similar when it comes to “goalkeeping abilities”.

    I don’t think any of them is head and shoulder above the others.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to reliability, I must confess that Akpeyi has shown himself to be the least reliable of the 3.

    He appears to have the odd mistake or 2 in him and doesn’t inspire confidence from fans and even his head coach (Rohr) .

    I like Akpeyi a lot however if I were in Rohr’s shoes, I will also select a goalkeeper that is least likely to commit the sort of blunder that Akpeyi committed in the friendly against Argentina.

    It is a shame though because Akpeyi has one thing in common with the following high quality goalkeepers: Fabian Bartez, David James (nicknamed calamity James), Heurelho Gomes, Loris Marius, David Da Gea and Robert Green.

    These are very fantastic goalkeepers, in abilities, whose otherwise glamorous careers were tainted by their propensities to make calamitous mistakes at the biggest stage of all.

  • Pompei 3 years ago

    Dan “Apere” Akpeyi. The stats don’t surprise me. The guy fell my hand against Argentina…handled ball outside the box, and compounded the situation by allowing Aguero to snatch the ball out of his hands. You have to be sharp and aware of your surroundings, not just in football, but in any endeavor in life. He does come up with good saves from time to time, but the guy is just too prone to calamitous errors.

  • “He does come up with good saves from time to time, but the guy is just too prone to calamitous errors.” Brilliant quote!

    That sums up Akpeyi in just one sentence – thanks Pompei (merry Christmas, by the way).

    Like I said, I really like Akpeyi because, as you said, he does come up with some pretty impressive saves ( even in that match against Argentina).

    But his propensity for calamitous errors has turned many fans away from him.

    Watching Nigeria play already causes anxiety, trepidation, and stress for some fans. The last thing they need is having at the back of their minds that their goalkeeper is 1 minute away from doing something stupid!

    But I pray for Akpeyi. I hope his coaches and sport psychologists can help him work on that aspect of his game because, if they eliminate or help diminish his mistake inclinations,then what will be left is a very decent goalkeeper.

    Then, maybe Super Eagles fans will learn to fall in love with Akpeyi again….

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