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Serbia’s Prijovic: Super Eagles Strong, Deserve Respect But We Must Beat Them

Serbia’s Prijovic: Super Eagles Strong, Deserve Respect But We Must Beat Them

By Adeboye Amosu:

Serbia forward Aleksandar Prijovic is expecting a tough encounter against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Tuesday’s friendly in London but insists his side will go all out to win the game, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Serbs went down to a 2-1 defeat against another African side Morocco on Friday, the same day the Super Eagles defeated Poland 1-0 in another friendly fixture at the Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw.

The 27-year-old who plays for Greek club PAOK reckoned it is important for the team to get back to winning ways after the defeat to Morocco.

“Nigeria is a team that deserves respect, they are physically strong, definitely it will be a good test for us,” Prijovic, who represented Switzerland at the youth levels but switched allegiance in 2017, told the Serbia Football Federation official website.

“We will do everything to win, we will give the maximum to score better than in the previous match.

“The general outcome is not primary, because it is important to fix some things, but in football, it is always good to come out with a win in every game you played. It is important for us to win and achieve a positive result.”

COMMENTS

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  • Wake up young man.. You are dreaming.

  • Omo9ja 8 months ago

    Okay continue. No wahala. The time Will tell. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Omo9ja 8 months ago

    If Serbia play like they did against Morocco against Nigeria, Eagles should score them at least 5 to 7 goals. Good news, Enyeama is back. Even, He kept a clean sheet. Hope coach Rohr is watching? The coach need to try both Ajayi and the Chan striker for Serbia match. I think he Mr. Rohr desided not to call on Onuachi, Dessers, Martins, Adi and Ike Uche. I know for sure the coach have no choice but to invite one of these strikers. Still early though, we still have up to 4 friendly matches awaiting us. We can’t keep playing like this while we have good strikers out there waiting for a call from the coach. I don’t know what Agu is doing with the team. Osemeh also need a chance to prove his worth. Hopefully, Coach Rohr will get everything right. I’m not one of the internet coaches but if given a chance, I’m ready to be coach Rohr’s assistant coach. If they give me a chance, I will prefer Nwakeli junior to Agu. The former under17 captain is what is missing in the team. Eagles need a play maker. However, I wish the coach and his team the best. It’s well by God’s grace. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Greenturf 8 months ago

    @Omo9ja your choice of strikers are terrible.Thank God you just an analyst here otherwise having you in the technical crew would be a disaster

  • Greenturf 8 months ago

    The striker I think that needs a look in is Sadiq Umar of Nac Breda

    • charles emeka okwu 8 months ago

      Greenturf you are spot on. Sadiq have been unplayable in the eirdivisie and a big nightmare for defenders of opposing teams. His performance has attracted numerous big clubs who are ready to winsk him away from roma. I think rohr’s invitation of ajayi and gabriel is just to justify he is scouting not only euro based players but everywhere to unearth talents. I believe the likes of sadiq,awoniyi,dessers and a couple of european born players will join the fray after the mundial

  • Abdulrazak 8 months ago

    @omo9ja, what have you been smoking?

  • Chidi 8 months ago

    My candid assessment on pol v Ng match
    Uzo a new kid on d making,needs consistency n grade a matches to boost his confidence to be frank with u guys we need a gk for wlcup but if his d best option we have bros we need prayer
    2 shenu is a good player no doubt but ebuehi is a modern day right back n should be a starter
    3idowu is not d answer to our left back problem no need to argue we all watched d match
    4ndidi is d Trojan horse just wait folks wen d battle cry sounds
    5(balogun) brings out d best in ekong
    6balogun needs to work more on his concentration
    7moses d game changer ( in a tight match it will only take d individual brilliance of one player to change d game which Moses did kudos
    8joel obi it might not b one of his finest performance but his certainly on his way to Russia if he stays fit a midfield combo of ndidi,Joel n Milkel go make sentence
    9 Ignalo is a good player but we don’t have that point man yet he needs competition .
    10 d coach should stop experimenting n move iheanacho to 11 he is d amuneke of his generation he likes space n always know wen to release d ball his decision n precision matches that position
    11 if GR wants to experiment on of 10 it should be iwobi cos he has d ability to split any defense with his clever passes
    In all d current super eagles team is a work in progress God bless d players coach nff n d fans ,
    God bless Nigeria

    • Paddy 8 months ago

      Waao, you just poured out my mind. My brother, you sabi futbol!

  • Josiah Oyedele 8 months ago

    Omo9ja: Shey o o si Ogun lo (Hope you did not take overdose)?

  • Omo9ja u mean u want ike uche to be invited to eagles camp ? Haba na ….

  • ifeanyi 8 months ago

    Omo9ja u are spot on concerning nwakali junior, he is the only player Nigeria hv now that come close to Mikel class

  • Chima E Samuels 8 months ago

    The guys insulting omo9ja should relax because there is some truth in is analysis no need to insult anyone. We all watch football desser or obagoal is doing better than odion ighalo check the statistics instead of talking plenty

  • Young man wake up from slumbering,ok no wahala 2morow is not 2 far, or were u not de pple morroco beat

  • Omo9ja 8 months ago

    @Chima E Samuels, it shall be well with you bro. You are seeing what I’m seeing. Wether we like it or not, we still need their experience because this is world cup not Afcon or Olympic game. How many shorts did we have against Poland? None. @Josiah Oyedele and Abdulrazak, both of you can see now that I had nothing but sense. However, @Greenturf, as time goes on you will agree with me that Super Eagles needed a top 9. I understood that NFF and coach agreed to build on young players but that doesn’t mean they should keep ignoring our most experienced players while they are doing very well at their club side. If they are not doing well, that is another issue. Few days back, I said what if we played against a tactical team that clips down our wings, was there any solution to that? In the end, what happened between Nigeria vs Poland match? Eagles find it difficult to play up front. Not because Mikel wasn’t available but our coaches need to have plan A, plan B and even, plan C most be in their lockers. So my people, I will stop here for now because the truth is bitter. God bless us all.God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Omo9ja 8 months ago

    Omo9ja 60 mins
    @Chima E Samuels, it shall be well with you bro. You are seeing what I’m seeing. Wether we like it or not, we still need their experience because this is world cup not Afcon or Olympic game. How many shorts did we have against Poland? None. @Josiah Oyedele and Abdulrazak, both of you can see now that I had nothing but sense. However, @Greenturf, as time goes on you will agree with me that Super Eagles needed a top 9. I understood that NFF and coach agreed to build on young players but that doesn’t mean they should keep ignoring our most experienced players while they are doing very well at their club side. If they are not doing well, that is another issue. Few days back, I said what if we played against a tactical team that clips down our wings, was there any solution to that? In the end, what happened between Nigeria vs Poland match? Eagles find it so difficult to play up front. Not because Mikel wasn’t available but our coaches needs to have plan A, plan B and even, plan C must be in their lockers. So my people, I will stop here for now because the truth is bitter. God bless us all.God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Ayphillydegreat 8 months ago

    Omo9ja!! How far? Where is Kola? LMAO! I totally concur with you on the strikers position in the current SuperEagles. In my humble opinion IMHO me fink Kelechi is our most lethal weapon in attack, but lack of game time and not sure of his exact position in the team is causing avoc. Odion plays in China and Adi plays in the MLS while Martins also plays in China. To be honest Odion plays for the team, but he’s not the ideal striker for this team. There are certain matches Odion can blossom in if he’s paired with another striker. Using him as a lone striker can never help the team. With the way our midfield is structured I will agree with @ Greenturf that Sadiq Umar of NAC Breda should be given a look in. That kid to me is the Natural striker we need in these current SuperEagles. He’s skillful, he can hold up play and also works for the team. If Ajayi can be invited I don’t know why Sadiq is not given a chance.

  • Omo9ja 8 months ago

    @Ayphillydegreat, I’m so glad to meet you here padimi. I have never heard from Kola. You are right though. Let’s wait and see if coach Rohr will changed is mind before the world cup. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Ayphillydegreat 8 months ago

      I’m happy to meet you here too. I miss KON die. Everybody for dey scatter the internet if KON were still around. Thank God for CSN they brought the vibe back after Africa plays also went awol. I also think that Adi guy is not a bad addition if given a chance problem now is that there’s not a lot of time for experimenting.

  • Chin a league is not better than American league .
    So come guys let’s make our voices count.
    All we are saying give Fernando Adi a chance.

  • Omo9ja 8 months ago

    Meet too @Ayphillydegreat. I still remember those days on KON. such is life my man.

    I have been shouting for Adi, Onuachi, Dessers and co for so long and I think coach Siasia or Rohr called Adi then but he wasn’t used. Adi was really angry and says upon spending a lot of time all the way from the United States, he didn’t make it. Even, he Adi said if they know that they are going to invite him and won’t let him play, they should stop inviting him to the camp. Also, coach Rohr said Adi should change the MLS league and go to the top Leagues. Now, here is my question to the coach, is this how his going to go the world cup?

    It’s so simple to do.
    Enyeama is back but not sure if he will change his mind. Enyeama present will give other goalkeepers more confidence to do more. Even, he might not man the post at the world cup but his advice to the young goalkeepers is enough my people. Like what JJ Okocha did in Afcon under Eguhavon.

    We have many great strikers every where. Moreover, Mr. Agali said Rohr knows his team and already have a team for the world cup. If the man said that openly, who am i to dispute that?

    Therefore, @ Mr. CJ, we are all in this and no politics this time around between the coach and NFF. What does Agu and Akpeyi needs to do with this current team? Absolutely nothing. Imagine NFF was in London England begging Tammy Abraham to play for Nigeria?

    Instead,
    Enyeama
    Kelechi junior and
    One of these strikers mentioned above would be the solution. Fingers crossed
    God bless Nigeria!!!

    • So Tartan, I watched the videos of these strikers and here’s what I think.

      1. Paul Onuachu has a physique similar to Christian Macauley of the 2007 U-17 set. For those who may be not familiar with Macauley, the physique is something like that of Francis Uzoho. That I think is not the perfect physique of a deadly No9. Plus I think the league and opponents are weak.

      2. For Bonaventure, 80% of the through balls to him were not scored and when an opponent was in a better position, he preferred to shoot himself. He lost most of the balls in the final third, and the 3-4 goals he scored were cheap. Nothing spectacular really.

      3. The Cyril Dressers guy looks like the best bet among them, but I think he’s too foreign both in name and physique and it might take him a long time to integrate well with the flow of the team. He seem to be able to score freely, but again the quality of opponents and league is suspect.

      4. I didn’t watch the Adegbenro guy. Maybe I’m trying to save my data (lol) or because I haven’t really heard much about him, so I didn’t bother.

      My personal verdict: IGHALO HAS MORE TRICKERY, GUILE AND A KILLER INSTINCT THAN THESE GUYS, Plus he’s humble and plays for the team. Don’t judge him with the Poland game. Besides the fact, Rohr is still trying different formations and tactics, that Polish team played stifling, choking football and didn’t allow the Nigerian team to express itself well.

      That was probably out of fear as the coach must have likely watched our game against Argentina and thought if he gave Nigeria a little breathing space, they’ll play a fast-paced tiki-taka, 1-2 pass ball and deal his team a crushing defeat at home.

      They were latching on every loose ball, struggling for every stray passes and were more physical than even Cameroun with their agbero, gra-gra football style. It was simply fear tactic, the kind that Mourinho adopts whenever he’s to play a team with flair or that he’s afraid of, like Liverpool. Play dirty, pack the bus, win anyhow, any underhand tactic will do. In the end, he’ll say I don’t care what anyone says. I won.

      Unfortunately for Poland, it backfired, as Moses had the experience to unlock such stingy defence, using underhand tactics himself. Just watch the real SE tomorrow against Serbia. Hopefully, they’ll play an open game.
      Cheers.

      • **I mean trying to reply Omo9ja, ayphilly, edoman and co who keep canvassing for Dessers, Onuachu etc. And don’t forget Adi has been called to the SE several times in the past and yet after training sessions, Ighalo is always picked ahead as Number9 for the game. Why do you think that’s always the case?

  • Abdul andah 8 months ago

    Cyriel dessers is the IDEAL man needed in our front line….

  • uthman mubarak adewale 8 months ago

    kudos to nff and Rohr… super Eagles contain mostly players that graduated from youth level to senior level.. this is one of the reasons the chemists among the players is spot on. because they are mostly age mates, young and agile boys!
    Daniel Akpeyi: U20, 2005
    Ezenwa: U20, 2007
    ajiboye: U17, U20
    shehu: U20,U23
    Ekong: U23
    echiejile: U20
    Omeruo: U17, U20
    Mikel:U17,U20, U23
    Onazi: U17,U20
    Ndidi: U17, U20
    Etebo: U23
    Kelechi: U17, U20
    Ighalo: U20
    Musa: U20
    Simon: U20
    Ajayi: U23
    and few others.. I love @SuperEagles!

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA. 8 months ago

    Odion Ighalo is not the answer. The time to try Udi,or Paul Onuachu or Cyriel Dessers to replace Ighalo is now before is too late. As a striker, how many goals has Ighalo scored for the Nation.????

  • Bekee 8 months ago

    All these names being put forward are good but the time is short to make this wholesome changes. It will click after the world cup. For now, let’s make do with what we have.

  • So I watched the videos of some of these strikers that some commentators here are aggressively canvassing for to replace our current front line in the SE and this is what I think.

    1. Paul Onuachu has a physique similar to Christian Macauley of the 2007 U-17 set. For those who may be not familiar with Macauley, the physique is something like that of Francis Uzoho. That I think is not the perfect physique of a deadly No9. Plus I think the league and opponents are weak.

    2. For Bonaventure, 80% of the through balls to him were not scored and when an opponent was in a better position, he preferred to shoot himself. He lost most of the balls in the final third, and the 3-4 goals he scored were cheap. Nothing spectacular really.

    3. The Cyril Dressers guy looks like the best bet among them, but I think he’s too foreign both in name and physique and it might take him a long time to integrate well with the flow of the team. He seem to be able to score freely, but again the quality of opponents and league is suspect.

    4. I didn’t watch the Adegbenro guy. Maybe I’m trying to save my data (lol) or because I haven’t really heard much about him, so I didn’t bother.

    My personal verdict: Ighalo has more trickery, guile and a killer instinct that these guys. Don’t judge him with the Poland game. That Polish team played stifling, choking football and didn’t allow the Nigerian team to express itself well.

    That was probably out of fear as the coach must have likely watched our game against Argentina and thought if he gave Nigeria a little breathing space, they’ll play a fast-paced tiki-taka, 1-2 pass ball and deal his team a crushing defeat at home.

    They were latching on every loose ball, struggling for every stray passes and were more physical than even Cameroun with their agbero, gra-gra football style. It was simply fear tactic, the kind that Mourinho adopts whenever he’s to play a team with flair or that he’s afraid of, like Liverpool. Play dirty, pack the bus, win anyhow, any underhand tactic will do. In the end, he’ll say I don’t care what anyone says. I won.

    Unfortunately for Poland, it backfired, as Moses had the experience to unlock such stingy defence, using underhand tactics himself. Just watch the real SE tomorrow against Serbia. Hopefully, they’ll play an open game.
    Cheers.

    • charles emeka okwu 8 months ago

      Kel you are spot on. Amongst the strikers who arent in the team yet who should be tried out i will go for cyriel dessers, NAC breda’s sadiq umar and mouscron’s taiwo awoniyi. These aforementioned trio are young and still have enough time to improve and sync to the team’s style of play in the nearest future. Have watched dessers couple of times and he is a good talent who possess good football brains and technique. Also he is versatile and well built. I pray he remains committed to nigeria. Umar have been unplayable against eirdevisie defenders since joining breda during the winter transfer. Yes i agree the league seem a bit week but for an upcoming talent its the right atmosphere to enhance and improve his game and that have been evident in his performance of late which have attracted english giants chelsea and a host of other top european sides to jostle for his signature from his parent club roma. Awoniyi through his figures since leaving the shores of this continent o europe shows a raw talent who is work in progress. He couldnt cut it in the german 2nd division, got a bit better when he played on loan at NEC, proceeded to mounscron in belgian last summer and have been one of the top players of his side notching 8 league goals. This slow rise was rewarded by his parent club liverpool giving a new contract and he is rated as the clubs best on loan player and have been pencilled down for a place in their pre season squad. A move to an europa league playing team will follow suit which help him gain more experience and aid his improvement. Such talents are those who deserve to be brought in gradually to the team not people players plying their trade in obscure leagues

  • charles emeka okwu 8 months ago

    For all i care if adi is good as he is painted in this forum he should move away from the mls to a decent european league. We shouldnt allow sentiment blind us from the obvious truth. Ighalo plays in china yes but have proved himself in one of the best leagues in the epl with watford. Even if ighalo decides to leave the mega bucks in china for a return in europe who wont lack suitors. Cyriel dessers is decent enough to have a look in but i doubt this is the wrong time to do such. His time will definently come if he remains committed to nigeria after the world cup. As for nwakali jnrs inclusion he needs to start performing first in europe and maybe with the u20/u23 teams before getting a deserved invitation

  • Chima E Samuels 8 months ago

    Cyril desser and Obafemi martins is the real deal here pace, power, technique, wisdom, and shot. Umar is a very lazy but good goal scorer in Italy he couldn’t survive it at bologna pls before any debate or disagreement check online for latest video and stats

  • Chima E Samuels 8 months ago

    Ighalo couldn’t power through anything meaniful during the Poland match but I bet you martins feed him or not he will carve out a way and find is way to goal these are the kind of hungry beast we need in our attack against any defence at the world cup. Have we forgotten who owns that name weapon of mass destruction and he is still doing it. Less I forget in Nigeria when you are 10years in the national team they will start saying retire very soon they start chasing mikel obi away too and the young good player like kelechi nwakali who is a good play maker or ajagun are yet to be considered if they were Germans I know the story will be different. In football age is a number what counts is current form see Spain morata with his name is left out of squad. Let’s be real naija