Exciting times may just be here again for the Super Eagles though it is still covered in clouds but the signs are there to be seen against Tanzania. Quite rightly your first impression might be, are we not getting ahead of ourselves here? This was dead rubber game that carried little or no significance as Yaya Toure is to Manchester City’s Champions League plans, but this is far from it. Here are four signs that showed us that the Super Eagles will be among the 32 teams in Russia 2018.
Finally we are creating chances
Go ahead and say ‘this was against Tanzania’ but even if the Super Eagles played against you and your neighbor Kasali, that is quite popular with all the local herb sellers in your area, they would still struggle to create enough chances. The Super Eagles kept the Tanzanian goalkeeper busy for all of 90 minutes, flying up and down like children inside bouncy castle. These are the sort of games the Super Eagles drop points because they are always bereft of ideas whenever teams lock up shop and throw away the keys but not this time around, the Super Eagles found the key. Teams like Algeria and Cameroon will be more open which will give room for the Super Eagles to operate and do damage given their new found instinct to create goal scoring opportunities.
The most lethal attack on the continent
In case you haven’t noticed, Nigeria has stumbled on a class of lethal attackers who ply their trade for the top clubs in Europe- Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Ahmed Musa(Leicester City) and Odion Ighalo (Watford). Take a moment, breathe and think- which African team has a strike force as good as this? we thought as much, none!
A drop of old Mikel is all we need
Mikel Obi is finally playing like the Mikel we fell in love with and hold so dearly. The Olympics woke up a creative genius and Gernot Rohr is shrewd enough not to cage the new found Mikel rather he is about to unleash him on the rest of Africa, who are in for a bit of trouble when the Super Eagles comes to town. Gernot Rohr decided to play Mikel in a free role like Siasia did at the Olympic games and against Tanzania, Mikel showed he is back.
A new dawn in the defence
The only thing brighter than Leon Balogun and Troost Ekong’s complexions is their future as the two center back pairing of the Super Eagles. Just when Gernot Rohr said he wanted to build from the back, with minimal ease, we have found the two players to build the defense on. No one will blink an eye over discarding the likes of Kenneth Omerou, Efe Ambrose and Godfrey Oboabona and if they are ever going to get back into the team at least they know they will have to play at a much higher level than before.