Talking points on the Nigeria vs England game

The Nigerian National team took on the 3 lions of England in a friendly game at wembly yesterday which ended in a 2-1 victory in favour of the English side. Garry Cahill scored a header from a corner kick early in the game, Harry Kean scored the second with a shot from outside the box poorly dealt by our goal keeper. Iwobi then pulled one back for Nigeria early in the second half.

Here is my take on yesterday’s game

Iwobi’s best position is the No 10 position

Iwobi started the game as an advanced playmaker playing on the wings in Nigeria’s 4-3-3 set up. Iwobi was finding it hard to connect with other players on the pitch as he was mostly isolated and was finding it hard to get the ball. Immediately Nigeria changed to a 3-5-2 set up with Iwobi playing as a 10, we saw changes in the team as a whole. He was behind almost all our attacks in the second half. He was combining more with Mikel Obi and our full back spraying both short and long passes effortlessly. The only goal of the game for Nigeria was as a result of a long ball from Iwobi to Ighalo who smacked the cross bar whit his shot and Iwobi followed up with a rebound into the goal.

Tyronne Ebuehi should be our starting Right Back for the world cup

Ebuehi was introduced by Rorh in the second half of the game after a woeful first half from sehu abdullahi who was over-ran by Ashley Young. Ebeuhi immediately brought pace into the game,he kept on threatning Young with his pace and trickry. He combined well with the midfielders and also did his job perfectly when he had to defend. No wonder Ashley young had to be substituted for Danny Rose as he couldn’t keep up with Ebuehi.

Onazi and Joel Obi has no business on our starting 11

Onazi and joel obi had a game to forget yesterday. They were the two players meant to shield the team’s back 4 and also build attack from the back. However, both players were tactically poor and were always caught off guard by the English midfielders. The build up to second goal from England was through a misplaced onazi pass in the midfield. Joel obi was lost on the pitch not even aware of his position and was always guilty of misplacing passes in dangerous positions on the pitch. Rorh should not think of starting any of the two in the world cup as they have shown in most of the pre-world cup matches that they are not ready to be trusted on the big stage.

Mikel is very crutial for the team’s success in the World Cup

Apart from been the captain of the National team, John Obi Mikel has to carry the weight of leading the team’s attacking build up play. Yesterday’s game showed how important Mikel is in the team’s play. His hold up play and one touch passes was top notch. Also His Creativity,ability to wriggle free in tight spaces and realease the ball to free players was seen yesterday. He combined so well with the other midfielders,dictated the tempo of the game and also assisted the team in winning back possesion when the team is defending. Captain fantastic has a lot of responsibilities to carry out in the team going into the world cup.

3-5-2 is our best bet for the World Cup

Rorh has mostly played the 4-3-3 formation since he became the head coach of the Super Eagles. This formation has been great against African oppositions but we easily get exposed when faced against a possesion based team especially from other continents. However, the first time Rorh tried the 3-5-2 formation against Argentina(a fast and possesion based side), it ended in a 4-2 victory for Nigeria as the team was able to defend in mass and also break on counter attacks. Same thing also happened yesterday against England,the team changed formation in the second half to 3-5-2 from 4-3-3 and began to attack the English side. We had enough players in the midfielder so possession circulated faster and one of the striker also dropped deep to get the ball meaning we played with 6 in the midfied while attacking. We also could defend better as the wing backs and 3 midfielders assisted the back 3 while defending. This formation would again be tested in our next friendly against Czech Republic and should be perfected for the world cup.

Uzoho is still the best Goal Kepper we have for the World Cup

The 19 years old shot stopper did well on occassions when called on except the Harry Keans shot which he read poorly. He was confident reading crosses coming into the box, sharp with his reflex and made some good saves especially the save from Trippier’s free kick in the first half. Ike Shorumu(Super Eagle’s goalkepper trainer) just needs to work more on his confidence and decision making and he’s good to go for the world cup.