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How Set-pieces Wahala and other Takeaways caused Super Eagles defeat to Czech Republic

Set-pieces Wahala And Other Takeaways From Super Eagles Defeat To Czech RepublicSuper Eagles suffered another defeat in their final warm-up game against Czech Republic ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

The Super Eagles’ inability to deal with set pieces was again evident in the game against Czech Republic.

Despite parading a number of players with good heights like Mikel Obi, Francis Uzoho, John Ogu, Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong, they still struggle to find answers to crosses.

The Czechs were smart enough to notice that the Super Eagles players were finding it difficult to handle crosses hence they kept at it until they were rewarded.

Failure to address this will spell doom for the team especially against the likes of Croatia and Iceland.

– LACK OF CUTTING EDGE

During the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, the Super Eagles attack was a nightmare to their group opponents.

The team scored an impressive 11 goals in six games which helped secure the sole ticket in a group that had Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia. But in the five friendlies they have played, they have only scored three goals.

Against Czech, the Super Eagles struggled to break down and create goal scoring opportunities. The trio of Simeon Nwankwo, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho were introduced in the second half but failed to do any better than Odion Ighalo and Victor Moses who started.

This was evident in all the friendly games they played, which is a worrying signs going into the World Cup.

– WILFRED NDIDI RETURN VITAL

After missing Super Eagles’ friendlies against Democratic Republic of Congo and England due to a hamstring injury, Wilfred Ndidi finally returned.

Ndidi’s return is a good news for the Super Eagles especially in the midfield where question marks have been raised.

The Leicester City star played for 90 minutes against Czech Republic which is encouraging as the team head to Russia.

– FRANCIS UZOHO CEMENTS NUMBER ONE SPOT

Judging by his performance against the Czechs, Francis Uzoho has finally cemented his place as the Super Eagles undisputed number one going to the World Cup.

Despite conceding early in the game, Uzoho made superb saves to keep the scoreline respectable.

He made a pointblank save in the first half and two quick saves in the space of one minute, tipping a long range effort over the bar and stopping a goal-bound shot with his outstretches legs to deny the Czechs from extending their lead.

– POOR START ONCE AGAIN

Once again, the Super Eagles had a poor start to the game which saw the Czechs take advantage of.

They were slow off the blocks and were made to pay for it as the Czechs laid siege in the attacking third before Tomas Kalas’ goal.

Against England, it was the same story which saw the Eagles concede two first half goals.

They however grew into the game and had the upper hand in the second half but could not find the back of the net.

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Photos: How Super Eagles defeated Argentina in Russia, Nigeria 4-2 Argentina

President Buhari Salutes ‘Soaring’ Super Eagles Over Comeback Win Vs ArgentinaArgentina have always beaten Nigeria, except for that friendly in Abuja. But on Tuesday in Krasnodar, Russia, the Super Eagles under Gernot Rohr beat two-time World champions, Argentina

See more photos below: Argentina vs Nigeria

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Sports News: Super Eagles coach, Rohr releases full list for match against Cameroon

 

China-based duo John Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo will make a return to the Super Eagles squad after missing a couple of World Cup qualifiers.

Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr on Tuesday released the 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions.

Israel-based marksman Anthony Nwakaeme got his first call-up to the national team while defender Leon Balogun returns to the squad after missing the qualifiers against Algeria and South Africa.

Chelsea wingback Victor Moses is also back after sitting out the duel with the Bafana Bafana in June due to injury.

Nigeria will host the reigning African champions at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, on September 1 before flying to Yaounde for a return match three days later.

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)

Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Ola Aina (Hull City, England)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

Standby players: Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht FC, Belgium); Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea FC, England); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United); Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)

My Russian in-laws will kill me if Eagles miss 2018 World Cup – Mikel

My Russian in-laws will kill me if Eagles miss 2018 World Cup – Mikel Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has said he would be “killed” by his Russian in-laws and friends if Nigeria fails to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup holding in Russia. Mikel has two kids from his Russian wife Olga Diyachenko. The Nigerian captain now playing in the Chinese league told FIFA.COM that his Russian family would love to see their in-law leading the Eagles on their home ground. : He said, “My wife is Russian. And many of our relatives and friends are from Russia. They are all expecting Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup. I think they will kill me if I fail them.” : Super Eagles are ahead in Group as Nigeria prepares to host Cameroon in Uyo on August 31 and Mikel strongly believes that the team would maintain the good run for the ticket to Russia. : He said, “We are in a very good position in our group. We have two wins from two games, and in our last game we beat Algeria at home. We have a very good young team and the players play good football. If we can win our next match it will edge us closer to qualification. I think we can go through.” : The former Chelsea midfielder however warned that it could quite tough with current African champions Cameroon. : “As everyone knows, they are a very good team. : “They are strong and they play with confidence. We must get ourselves well prepared for this game and try our best to get on top against them. It won’t be easy but these are important matches. If we win both, we will be almost there.” : Eagles currently top Group B with six points after back-to-back victories against Zambia in Ndola, Zambia and Algeria in Nigeria. Lions of Cameroon are second with two points while the Zambians are third on one point and Algeria are bottom with just a point.

Football: Ideye joins Mikel in China

Image result for Brown IdeyeOlympiakos striker Brown Ideye is being lined up for a move to China with Tianjin TEDA  before the close of the transfer window,  ESPN FC reports.

Tianjin TEDA signed Ideye’s Nigerian teammate  Mikel  Obi from Chelsea during the January transfer window and they are now hoping to add Ideye as their latest marquee signing.

Chinese Super League clubs are scouring all over the world for new players before their transfer window closes later this week, ahead of the start of the new season next month.

Tianjin TEDA  have been searching for a new striker to finalise their squad ahead of the new season and have targeted a move for Ideye.

Ideye has been at Olympiakos since the summer of 2015 after joining the club following a disappointing one-year spell in the Premier League with West Brom.

The 28-year-old was West Brom’s then-record club signing when he joined them in 2014 from Dynamo Kiev, but he failed to hit the heights at the Hawthorns.

Ideye scored seven goals in 31 appearances in all competitions for West Brom before he left to join Olympiakos, and he has got his career back in track in Greece.

The powerful striker scored 13 goals in his debut season to help Olympiakos win the Greek Super League and he has surpassed that this season with 15 goals in all competitions.

Football: If the money is good, I’ll end my career in China-Mikel Obi

895d6-mikelSuper Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has hinted that Tianjin Teda will be his final bus stop in football, if all things go on well with him in China.

Mikel signed a three-year deal with the Chinese Super League club currently training in Malaga, Spain after being frozen out at Chelsea, where he spent close to eleven years winning titles. Mikel Obi “Of course, I want to stay in a team for a long time, I left Chelsea after eleven years, I hope to stay in TEDA for a long time, not one or two seasons, “ Mikel was quoted as saying by Netease Sports. “If the club will not let me go, I hope to stay until the end of my career, TEDA will be my last stop.” Mikel scored his first goal for his new club in their 6-2 loss to German side St. Pauli yesterday. His goal came off a header from a well delivered free kick, which left the goalkepper of St. Pauli stranded in goal as the ball flew into the net.

Trending: Mikel signs £140,000 per week with Chinese club Tianjin TEDA, writes Chelsea fans

Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi has become the latest ex- Premier League star to make a big-money move to Chinese Super League after completing his medicals with Tianjin TEDA yesterday.
A picture shared on Chinese social media platform Web in the early hours of Friday shows the former Chelsea midfielder shaking hands with a Tianjin club official and holding the club’s shirt. Mikel had a medical in China on Thursday and is reportedly going to earn around £140,000 per week.

Details of the deal were not announced but Mikel is thought to have left Chelsea on a free transfer with his contract to expire in June.

The Super Eagles star did not play a single minute for Chelsea in the current season, with Antonio Conte preferring N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Nathaniel Chalobah and Cesc Fabregas ahead of the Nigerian.

Mikel joined Chelsea from Norway’s Lyn Oslo in July 2006 after a transfer wrangle with Manchester United was eventually settled. He made 372 appearances, scored six goals and won two Premier League titles as well as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. Mikel, 29, joins former Blues teammates Oscar and Ramires who both recently moved to China too.

The midfielder, who had been frozen out of first-team football by coach Antonio Conte this season, will reportedly earn £140,000 a week. The 29-year-old who arrived Stamford Bridge in 2006, is understood to have signed a three-year deal, after a successful spell in England, winning the Champions League, two Premier League titles and four FA Cups.

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