On a Saturday evening of sunshine and light showers, the Super Eagles of Nigeria made light work of visiting Mediterranean Knights of Libya, romping to a 4-0 victory in front of over 20,000 fans in Uyo.
Naijafootballplus.com looks at five of the few things gleaned from the Eagle’s emphatic victory.
Four unreplied goals, a flattery.
For the second consecutive time in the first leg of a qualifiers doubleheader, the Super Eagles put four past their opponents on home soil and failed to let in any, thanks to an impressive save from Uzoho in the first half to deny the Libyans an equalizer but the scoreline was a flattery of the performance the Eagles displayed especially in the first 45 minutes, where they chased the game despite going ahead only five minutes into the game. The Super Eagles will need to do better to stamp their superiority in subsequent games if they cherish dominating opponents.
Rohr is planning for both the present and the future
Nigerians love football and their favorite team has always been the Super Eagles, a team that has endured shortlived success at various points. This might be pointed to the desire of immediate success which always come at the price of the near future. With an average age of just 24, it seems the Super Eagles have found a balance between success and future plans. Gernot Rohr’s Eagles on the evening had an average age of just 24 and also had young players on the waiting list. Despite being a great number of young players, the Eagles have delivered some level of brilliant displays and if everyone keeps improving, we may have another golden generation on our hands in a few years.
Alex Iwobi needs minimal restrictions
There was a hat-trick and it wasn’t from the boots of Alex Iwobi but only a few of his teammates was as instrumental to the victory as he was, and it came when he was given the nod to roam free behind the lone striker. The Arsenal man assisted the second goal and freed up Musa in the buildup to the third, looking brilliant on the ball every time and was a headache to the Libyans. He made a case for himself if there’s a need for a new number 10, a position his uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha, blazed a trail that seems too long a call for his successors.
Ighalo is hungry
For a striker who seemed to be plagued with profligacy in his national colors, scoring 20 goals anywhere else will never matter to fans of the national team. Criticisms directed to Odion Jude Ighalo were not out of place, because he seem to be good just for the Chinese league but finding the back of the net thrice in under 75 minutes might not have come if he wasn’t criticized to the point of anger. He was seen asking Jamilu Collins to play the balls forward to him. He was really fired up and needed to shut his teeming critics up which he did in style. Maybe, Nigerian need to get him angry so he can replicate the good side of his performance on the evening.
Excitements on the wings are back!
With the impromptu and surprising retirement of 27-year old Victor Moses, and the other Moses (Simon) out with injury, it was just the speed of Ahmed Musa left but the duo of Henry Onyekuru and Samuel Kalu injected into the team, we’ve seen flair and brilliance injected back into the wings. While Onyekuru had a few minutes, Kalu dazzled for all 90 minutes and crowned the performance with a well taken goal which only served as an icing on the cake.
The Super Eagles will depart Uyo on Monday morning enroute Tunisia where they will face Libya again for the reverse fixture on Tuesday in Sfax.