|Sunday, June 13, 2021|
"The Super Eagles of Nigeria, have a bright future and can realise their immediate and long term ambitions, given the correct developmental environment." Cyril C. Nwokeji
It was indeed a closed affair between both sides in their second outing within four days, in Austria. Both sides certainly learnt a thing or two from the first match, and, thus, made the necessary tactical re-adjustments.
The Super Eagles didn't give away the kind of chances that resulted in the Cameroun goal and, thus, victory in the first encounter. They played a more compact game defensively; consequently, the Camerounians had no decent goal scoring opportunity, for all of ninety minutes!
The Super Eagles played in a slightly more offensive-oriented 4-4-2 formation. Coach Rohr, used the traditional four-man defence in this formation. This time around, the defence marshal was Chidozie Awaziem; who played at centre-half back and did his job with dexterity! He was ably supported by new defensive prodigy: Valentine Ozornworfor, who played at left-half back. Of course the other defenders in tow, played their part well: Shehu Abdullahi and Jamilu Collins.
The midfield was the department re-adjusted by Coach Rohr. Unlike in the first game, he used two natural mid-fielders: Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi and two unconventional mid-fielders or rather wing offensive mid-fielders: Skipper Ahmed Musa and Simon Moses. This was apparently to give width to the Super Eagles' offensive impulses, with a view to opening up the compact-playing Camerounian defensive organisation, but to no avail!
As a consequence of inadequate supply from the mid-fielders, the striking pair of Kelechi Iheanacho and Terem Morfi, couldn't make hay.
The Camerounians on the other hand, corrected their mistakes in the first encounter. The myriad of chances/ half chances given to the Super Eagles, in the first match, were not given this time around. They also played a more compact game defensively.
The net result of both teams' tactical re-adjustments, is that we saw a very closed match with little or no chances for both teams! Unlike the first match, the second match's result was fair and square to all !
However, from the point of view of spectatorship/ viewership , the second match was not as interesting as the first!
However, after all said and done, yours sincerely had a good feeling from both matches, from the point of view of the Super Eagles' performance. More especially, considering the circumstances under which they played. They missed eleven more regular players! And still put up, what in yours sincerely's considered opinion, was a good performance!
In conclusion, there should be no worries for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, as they are on the right path to success. The Camerounian challenge was needful.
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