NIGERIA’S SUPER EAGLES drew the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde 1-1, in a fiercely contested match, Tuesday evening, in Teslim Balogun Stadium, in Lagos, in the final Group C qualification. With 13-points, Nigeria topped the group, followed by Cape Verde with 11-points, coming second. Cape Verde demonstrated great courage against the Nigeria side, during the match.
Victor Osimhen, Nigeria’s young star goal poacher, also, Napoli of Italy striker, put the Super Eagles one goal ahead in the opening minutes. About six minutes later, the defence of the Eagles failed, and Cape Verde equalized, putting both sides at 1-1. From that point to 90 plus three minutes added time, Nigeria and Cape Verde settled at one goal at peace.
As have been the trend with the Super Eagles performance in previous matches, during the group stage, the Nigerian side showed no sparkling or spectacular skill as a team. There were, however, individual display of skills by some of the players. If Gernot Rohr had the technical ability to manage the present Super Eagles players; they could match any team in world football.
The Super Eagles qualification matches, clearly, showed a wobbling national team. The team lacked strategic formation and tactical pattern of play, during the group matches. The performance of Super Eagles, further questions Gernot Rohr’s tactical and technical competence in leading the Super Eagles to progress during the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
FOOTBALL ANALYSTS believe the Super Eagles struggled to qualify from the group stage, but may not survived the playoff; depending on the fixture to be drawn by the Confederation of African Football, CAF. If Nigeria meets stronger teams; than those that featured in the group stage, it could be bye gone to Qatar 2022 World Cup, for the Super Eagles.
Analysts believe Nigeria must not wait for the SHOCKER of not qualifying for Qatar 2022 World Cup, before showing Gernot Rohr the way out. Even if Nigeria scaled the hurdle of the playoff, and eventually, qualify for the World Cup, the Super Eagles may not progress when the World Cup commences. The team’s present formless pattern of play, cannot stand the world’s football powerhouse.
Football is religion in Nigeria, especially, with the national team, the Super Eagles. Nigerians will defy pressing individual, group or national issues, when the national team, the Super Eagles is on the football stage. The World Cup in Qatar in 2022, is such a stage. Expectedly, Nigerians are looking forward to the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, living up to the bidding.
If it requires that Gernot Rohr, the present Super Eagles Coach, should be sacked, ahead of Qatar 2022 World Cup, to guarantee the qualification of the Super Eagles for the world cup; and also, ensure that the team progresses well during the world cup; analysts say, Gernot Rohr should go now!
If Nigeria fails to qualify for the 2022 World Cup to be hosted in Qatar, Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and members of the football federation, may have no excuses or hiding place.