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Super Eagles Surprise?

Mozambique, Tunisia and Kenya stand in the way between Nigeria and the 2010 world cup. A quick glance and anybody could be forgiven for thinking that this was a forgone conclusion, especially after the way the Nigerians eased their way through to the final qualifying round. Nigeria got to this stage by winning Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea both home and away, however, they showed their quality by beating the hosts for 2010, South Africa, twice.

Their first game in the third and final qualifying round came against Mozambique at the Machava Stadium on 29th March. The country ranked 30th in the world were undoubtedly massive favourites against the Mambans and Shaibu Amodu, the Nigerian coach, would have been more than confident in his team to win comfortably.

The Nigerians, however, were matched throughout by the battling opponents and the Mozambicans were the team on top for most of the game. In the end, neither team could find a way through and the match finished goalless. The draw was frustrating for Nigeria who boasted a star studded line-up including Obafemi Martins, John Obi-Mikel and Danny Shittu. Nigerias next qualifier is against Tunisia and they will have to improve if they want to take the three points from that game.

The spotlight will be on Amodu in the next few qualifiers as the pressure from the Nigerian fans builds up. Many are calling for a total revamp of the squad. Players like Nwankwo Kanu and Yakubu Aiyegbeni have become less effective playing for their country and the Nigerians are beoming tired of this. The Nigerian U20’s and U17’s teams have now reached their respective world cups and some super eagle followers believe that the younger Nigerian footballers are more than capable of stepping in when the present stars under perform.

Nigeria will be expected to make it to the world cup finals but their potential performance in the tournament couldn’t be more unpredictable. Which team will turn up? The possible world-beating eagles or the super under-performing flops. One thing that can be said now is that the tournament will miss something special if the eagles can’t make it to South Africa.

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. admin

    29 May, 2009 at 02:31

    Great that you managed to get your article in, I enjoyed reading it and being updated on their chances of making 2010.

  2. I*T*P*L

    29 May, 2009 at 09:48

    Well done,

    Nigeria have so many exciting young players now they’ll be a very interesting team to watch over the next two or three years.

  3. IKENNA P.ONUGHA

    8 June, 2009 at 20:36

    Hello to all mambers of super eagle of Nigeria.I wish to encorage all our player to be strong and work hader as a team,inorder to qulify for South Africa 210 the firt in Africa.I am dreaming to see Eagles come home with a great joy in this season.May God leads eagles trough.IKENNA from mozambique.

  4. Dona Obayojie

    10 June, 2009 at 09:46

    without fear, Nigeria will beat the Tunisia National team

  5. Dona Obayojie

    10 June, 2009 at 09:47

    The Tunisia Nation team will definately fall when the meet The supper neagle of Nigeria

  6. ajinto

    18 June, 2009 at 10:38

    nigeria will beat tunisia

  7. OSBEN

    19 June, 2009 at 11:16

    My names are FRIMOH OSBEN, of OSOSO in Akoko Edo LG.Area of Edo State in this our OBODO Nigeria. I want the Coach to pls try his best to build his mid field against the TUNIS Bcos that is the match that will determine Nigeria going to the World Cup. He shuld use Mikel Obi to strenghting the mid Field, Thanks

  8. isaac funso

    27 August, 2009 at 20:45

    the nigerian team is over due for total over hauling; the likes of kanu yakubu, utaka and coy have nothing doing in the team anymore.they have exhausted their prime. The national coach is nothing to write home about but the nigeria system is complicated and no honesty besides what stop them from allowing that wonderful youngman who understands the game and the politics and can call the bluff of any erring player to take over the national team. I mean Samson Siasia. All the players are old even mikel is an old man talkless of taiye taiwo
    As far as am concern, with kanu in the team we are playing minus one and with yakubu minus two; pls call them to order and Iwish Siasia best outing in Egypt

  9. isaac funso

    27 August, 2009 at 20:49

    We can get the best result if we are sincere and do the right thing. For if at all we qualify for the world cup in south africa, we cannot make any impart those legs are tired

  10. isaac funso

    27 August, 2009 at 20:52

    am a football player in those days as i want nigeria to do well the authority must be ready to do the right thing.Segun odegbami had been hammering age cheat for years this is the result now, unless we do the right thing

  11. isaac funso

    27 August, 2009 at 20:53

    am concern about nigeria,the british league is thriving so well what about our own

  12. isaac funso

    27 August, 2009 at 20:54

    all this from uk

  13. isaac funso

    27 August, 2009 at 20:55

    seems one of the best in europa and having players like messi

  14. adamu abdullahi

    6 September, 2009 at 11:25

    am not a die hard soccer follower but whenever or whereever my national team is engaged or involved i follow.but let me register my displeasure with some nigerians who see nothing good in their country.just yesterday people were on national television making negative comments and predictions against their national team. its a big shame we have such people as nigerians.this is wishing the super eagles and nigerians the very best of luck today and forever.

  15. adamu abdullahi

    6 September, 2009 at 11:27

    am home in nigeria

  16. OLUSEGUN FALUYI

    17 September, 2009 at 09:46

    FOR GOD SAKE WE ARE NOT PLAYING ANYTHING WHAT’S WRONG WITH OUR PLAYERS, WE USE TO BE ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD NOT ONLY IN AFRICA, I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE WAY WITH THE TUNISIA.IN OUR HOME WE WIN AGAIN IS TOO BAD.IF NEEDS BE ALL THE PLAYERS SHOULD BE CHANGE , WITH HOME BASE PLAYERS WE CONTINUE IN THIS WAY FOR LONG. I COULD NOT BELIEVE WHEN WE DRAW WITH TUNISIA.

  17. fasuyi fidelis obaino

    19 September, 2009 at 16:22

    FOR GODS SAKE,NIGERIA’S PROBLEM IS NOT WITH THE COACH,BUT OUR MAJOR PROBLEM IS LACK OF A TEAM,THOUGH WE HAVE THOSE THAT COULD BE RATED AS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD,DESPITE THAT,THERE IS NO TEAM.EACH PLAYER DOESHIS OWN THING IN HIS OWN STYLE.AS FOR ME.I SEE NIGERIA AS A SPECTATOR IN SOUTH AFRICA,COME 2010

  18. Gibson

    4 November, 2009 at 18:29

    Please home base players should also be included in d team,cos the big names now are not serious any more

  19. Uchenna Eboland

    21 November, 2009 at 23:30

    My name is Prince eboland of Nando in Anambra East my phone # is +22998644349 i am here to tell you people that nigerian players are something else and iwant to make this as a vision this Nigerian Under 17 MUST be something else in future whether una like am or not.bye

    Regards
    Ebo Land
    Managing Director Ebo investment Nigrian ltd

  20. OLOWOLAGBA OPEYEMI

    19 January, 2010 at 17:32

    I hope we can improve the standard of our national team by changing all the organ of administration including the man so called AMODU SHUAIB.

  21. Nelson chukwuma

    26 June, 2010 at 23:25

    1ce again supa eagles av proved 2 b completely nt supa nd r certainly nt eagles.dey made me feel bad 4 always supportin nd fightin 4 dem.well,i have a couple of things 2 say.first of all,dey are lazy most of d time.only 5% of our team is agile.once dey pass nd cant get d ball,dey dont even bother.secondly,dey have no sense of urgency.wen dey eventually…no…rather…miraclously get d ball,dey play very sluggishly as if it is their fathers dat own d field or fifa.also,dere is lack of communication between all of them and lack of good nd accurate passes.in addtion,many of them nid to learn ball sense.dey d skills but dey lack ball sense.whoeva reads dis do not take it as an insult but a way 2 make us succeed.these r just a few out of many which include shootin,defending nd many more,

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