Five unpleasant things about the Super Eagles 3-1 win over Seychelles

Nigeria's Super Eagles may have beaten Seychelles 3-1 in their final qualifying game for the AFCON 2019, but possibly only the goalscorers on the day would have gone home happy with the performance of the team

The score line was as flattering as it gets for a game that could well be the worst in terms of performance that the Eagles have had in a long time.

It was a painstaking effort, but here are five things from the game that we should not be proud of.

1. Uzoho is still very suspect

Francis Uzoho remains Nigeria's first choice keeper but it is either Rohr is stubborn about using him or the goalkeeper is actually a one eyed man in the land of the blind. Uzoho has hardly impressed in the Super Eagles jersey as the battle cry had been his age and how he would grow into the role. He has also been somewhat lucky in the twelve or so games he has played for the Eagles.

As a goalkeeper, he does not exude confidence, he has little control over his back line, he flaps at crosses and has no confidence controlling his goal area. The goal Nigeria conceded against Seychelles had always been an accident waiting to happen.

Uzoho should not have conceded that goal, it seemed he did not know whether to punch or catch an innocuous ball that came to him.

Spin his performance as much as we want, but by the time Rohr/ Uzoho are finished with the National Team, the goalkeeper may just own the dubious reputation of being the worst person the man the sticks for Nigeria on a regular basis since Ndubuisi Egbo in the early noughties. For now he is the first choice, but he needs to make Nigerians believe in him. He did not exactly cover himself in glory against Seychelles.



2. It was a boring, very boring fixture

I am still trying to go back to a Super Eagles game that was this boring. A journalist actually slept off at the media tribune. At the start of the game, the Eagles tried to take the game to their opponents with Ahmed Musa, Henry Onyekuru and Odion Ighalo running at the Pirates but they just could not break in. In the second half it became an uninspiring affair. The two goals scored in the second half would have made it seem like a great game but it was far from it.

To say we were bored to tears watching that game was one thing, but to think that the Seychelli side we played was a poor side is even worse. Their ball handling was poor, same as their play and communications but the Super Eagles made them look great.

Any half decent side would have scored a bagful of goals but not the Eagles. But maybe we can say it was an inconsequential game and the players did not put their best foot forward.

3. Is this Onuachu?

Paul Onuachu got his first cap for the Eagles coming in as a second half substitute for Oghenekaro Etebo in the 64th minute. Even though all Nigerians who have watched the Super Eagles in the last two years know by now that Ighalo is the undisputed first choice attacking player, Onuachu's call up gave some hope for more bite in the forward line. He was, at the time of invitation, top scorer in the Danish League and Nigeria's top scorer anywhere in the world this season. He had 17 goals from 21 games, he had good height and certainly he would be the man. The excitement over his call up faded less than 7 minutes after he got in. He probably needs the Egypt game to redeem himself and build his confidence because he did not particularly wow many with his performance on the night.

4. Alex Iwobi is making a mistake?

Alex Iwobi is not a poor player and he has been Nigeria's best player in a handful of games, but he was poor, really poor against Seychelles and this has not been the first time he has been really bad for the Eagles. Maybe he is trying too hard to be a playmaker, maybe he wants to cover every blade of grass on the pitch or maybe he wants to be like his uncle, Austin Jay Jay Okocha.

Time and time again, he tried to showboat and it went awry. He tried to give the more difficult pass when a simpler one would have been more effective to the team. He was all over the place, but could have kept it simple. It was a game a sincere Alex Iwobi would love to forget as soon as possible.

5. The Super Eagles are really not favourites for the AFCON

During the pre-match presser for the game, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr was asked to react to a statement made by MoroccanNational Team coach, Herve Renard that Nigeria's Super Eagles are favourites for the AFCON.

He laughed it off saying the Super Eagles were not favourites. Personally, I also laughed Rohr off as he being diplomatic but after the show against Seychelles, it must dawn on us as Nigerians that the Eagles are really not favourites.

Unless, as optimists say, that it was a game that poor because the Eagles had nothing to play for, it was one ninety minute show that should bother Nigerians.

Nigeria won 3-1 against Seychelles. As usual we would take the result as the three points are much more important that play, but at some point the Eagles would have to up their game. The fewer bright lights in the team than those that dimmed the shine.

The Eagles can play better, but the show against Seychelles leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
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