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Peter Rufai: Eagles Midfield And Attack Lacked Co-ordination

rufaiI have sat down and replayed Monday night’s match between the Super Eagles and Iran over and over again in my mind.

I tried to find out what may have possibly gone wrong that contrary to many Nigerians expectation, the Super Eagles could not break down Iran. All that kept recurring in my mind was that the attackers were unable to score. This is because, as I discovered, the transition between the midfielders and the strike force was fault, .and as a result, that service delivery to the front men was not coming as it ought to. Much as Mikel was a bit okay defensively, his midfield partners who were supposed to anchor the offensive side of that department were not up to scratch. Of course, there was urgency on the part of the players to deliver, after all, who are Iran that we cannot trample on? But when the Asians held out tenaciously, even threatening sparingly to turn the table against us, our boys seemed to come short of composure and precision. I would doff my hat for the Eagles back line, more so goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who made two daring saves in the game. I would also believe this is not the Super Eagles best performance.

I hope Stephen Keshi, the Big Boss, who is highly experienced both as a former World Cup player and Nations Cup winning coach, would overhaul the team, not in playing personnel, but strategically in the coming game with Bosnia. I would say, despite the result, it wasn’t entirely a bad one for the Eagles but for sure they should have done better and Nigerians expected them to do better. I hope Godfery Oboabona’s injury is not serious.

He still has much to offer the Eagles there in Brazil. The group (F) is still open and victory over Bosnia, as we believe will come because the Eagles will play better in their next game, will push us to the next round. The picture is clearer now to the players and I’m confident they will make the progress.


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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 4
  • Austin chinegwu 4 years ago

    Have our boys more behind the ball.

  • Peter, I wish to commend you for your comments. While Keshi’s former team juniors are busy criticising him, without proffering any solution, you have been very constructive and hopeful. This is the time to stand by our team. All the TV and radio (Brila Fm) experts have never provided any useful information on opponents and their tactics. All you hear from them is why so and so player was dropped. Journalist from our opponents are gathering information on their opponents for their team. Nigeria is a self-destructive country. Look at the NFF, indeed look at the country. I weep.
    Essy

    • Ayodele Michael 4 years ago

      Mr Man, in every organisation it is the management that plans the direction of where the company is going and how it will get there. NFF as the custodian of our football should have addressed the issue of match bonus before the players asked for it. Blame the junksand parasites in the NFF and not the players for asking for their entitlements. Or do you think the NFF officials have not settled themselves? The lesson is that our football administrators never learnt anything because of their vested selfish interest.

  • Samson Adams chori 4 years ago

    i wish osaze will start the game alon side moses and nwofor. Up nigeria!