FEATURE ARTICLE

Sunday, June 6, 2021
Nwokeji.cyril@gmail.com
Belgium
BATTLING SUPER EAGLES OF NIGERIA, LOSE BY THE ODD GOAL TO THE "INDOMITABLE LIONS OF CAMEROUN",
IN A THRILLING FRIENDLY!

"Perfection isn't a characteristic of humans, notwithstanding the fact we strive towards it!" Cyril C. Nwokeji

" Failure is an inverted side of success." A philosopher

" A life without challenges is not worth living" Cyril C. Nwokeji

"Challenges paradoxically make life interesting and worth living" Cyril C. Nwokeji

" Every failure in the short term, brings one closer to a later success" An American Proverb

es the Super Eagles of Nigeria were truly fighters in the epic, but rather friendly clash against the Camerounians. They gave it their all, but were rather unfortunate to have lost by the odd goal.

They had a number of scoring opportunities which were fluffed. Some of them on a platter! The players who missed those chances cannot be blamed, as they are humans who are not infallible.

Yours sincerely was impressed with what I saw of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, given the circumstances. They were tactically well organised in their 4-4-2 formation. All departments of the team did quite well.

The goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, was good. Although he was not very much tested. The Camerounians had two goal scoring opportunities, for all of ninety minutes, and took one of them. The Camerounian goalkeeper, on the other hand, was kept busy for all of ninety minutes. And had to bring his great talent as a goalkeeper to bear, to save his team from conceding goals in the face of the constant barrages from the hungry Nigerian players! One must confess, he is a highly talented goalkeeper!!!!!!

The Super Eagles' defence was solid throughout the encounter. The goal conceded was just unfortunate. The defence was well organised. Under leadership of stand-in Skipper William Troost-Ekong, who had a very good game, gave the Camerounians no quarters, save for a few half chances, which were easily smothered. The other members of the defensive organisation : Shehu Abdullahi, Jamilu Collins and Chidozie Awaziem were good. They may not be the first choices for their respective positions, but played well and makes one believe the Super Eagles have a good depth in the defence!

The mid-field was good. But met their match in the Camerounian mid-field, that gave them a good run for their money. Little wonder Coach Rohr, knowing the strength of the Camerounian mid-filed, opted for a more 'conservative' mid-field organisation with three natural mid-fielders, in his mid-field quartet : Wilfred Ndidi, Etebo Oghenekaro and Alex Iwobi. The other member of the mid-field, Simon Moses, was an 'adapted' mid-fielder for the tactical organisation of the match. Simon Moses is a natural ( offensive) winger, who was 'adapted' to function as a mid-fielder, in the match.

The relative ball possession percentage of 43 / 57, in favour of the Camerounians, proves their slight advantage in this aspect of the game.

The offensive duo of : Kelechi Iheanacho and Paul Onuachu, were good. And were unlucky not to have gotten on the score sheets.

The substitutes, Skipper Ahmed Musa and debutant: Valentine Ozornworfor, played well for the short period of time they partook in the game.

The other substitutes: Terem Morfi, Abraham Marcus, Peter Olayinka, and Anayo Iwuala, most buckle-up, at the next opportunity, if they want to be part of the Super Eagles' set up.

In conclusion, it was a good test for the Super Eagles of Nigeria. The Camerounians gave them a tough challenge. It's the kind of matches the Super Eagles need to be in shape! Coach Rohr, would need to emphasis as well as practice with the team, accurate shooting in front of goal, for the second encounter on the 8th of June, 2021.

UP SUPER EAGLES ! UP NIGERIA!!!!!!!!

Also at the link below, one can come into contact with a number of items, needed to support the Super Eagles at "EGYPT 2019" !!!!!

https://teespring.com/stores/super-eagles-of-nigeria

The book "Super Eagles of Nigeria : Pride of Africa", can also be gotten through the author. One can contact the author through : nwokeji.cyril@gmail.com Please note in this case, payment of postage costs will be necessary

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