|Tuesday, July 16, 2019|
he third place match-up is usually a match that is characteristically demotivating to both teams. Having lost the big one, no one is really motivated to go for the third-placed prize. Also, the attention from the media and public alike, is substantially diminished! This may be the reason why in the UEFA European championship tournament, nobody plays for third place! However, that prize must be won; as prescribed by CAF, in the AFCON 2019.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria, have won all third-place matches played so far: in 1978, versus Tunisia- the match ended abruptly 1-1, in the first half, CAF awarded the match and the third place to Nigeria( details are in my book titled: "Super Eagles of Nigeria: Pride of Africa", which reference is at the end of this piece); in 1992, versus Cameroun, 2-1 ( details also in my book); in 2002, versus Mali, 1-0(details in my book); in 2004, versus Mali, 2-1(details in my book); in 2006, versus Senegal, 1-0(details in my book) and in 2010, versus Algeria, 1-0( also detailed in book).
The Super Eagles of Nigeria, notwithstanding the 'obstacles' associated with the third-place match, have always summoned the courage needed to do well in it and have won all third-place matches played so far!
It is in this wise that Nigerians expect the Super Eagles to rise above their disappointment occasioned by the loss to Algeria and the concomitant missing out on a final match, to snatch yet another bronze medal at the 2019 AFCON tournament!
Is it doable? Me thinks yes! Why not! The "Carthage Eagles" certainly don't belong to the level of Algeria- the only team one considers to be better than Nigeria at AFCON 2019!
Thus, they are beatable. Nigerians expect the Super Eagles to win the bronze medal in AFCON 2019; and come back home and gradually, through thorough preparations, set their sights on the gold medal, at "Cameroun 2021"!
How can they do it soccer technically? Me thinks the 4-3-3, system should be employed, notwithstanding it's failure in the match against Algeria. The Super Eagles should not shy away from attacking the Tunisians. But of course applying the system correctly- offensively and defensively!!!!
In conclusion, Nigerians and the other Super Eagles' supporters are solidly behind the Super Eagles of Nigeria, in their last AFCON 2019 match!
UP SUPER EAGLES! UP NIGERIA !!!!!!!
The book "Super Eagles of Nigeria : Pride of Africa", can also be gotten through the author. One can contact the author through : [email protected] Please note in this case, payment of postage costs will be necessary