It was a proper match, a friendly though but a huge test for Nigeria ahead of the World Cup in Russia. Argentina didn’t have a convincing World Cup qualifying campaign but they are big name in world football.
Nigerians were on the edge of their seats, playing against a world power “no be beans o” despite an unbeaten World Cup qualifiers. After the game, we dissect the 5 truths;
Ikechukwu Ezenwa served us with hypertensive moments when he couldn’t grab a single corner in the game against Algeria (we can still excuse him because of less competitive games before the game) and Nigerians thought we seen enough but Daniel Akpeyi came up with his own comical displays to help us cool off the tension of Buhari’s administration. It was a game Akpeyi could have used to book his spot to the World Cup but he lacked all the confidence in the world. Picking the dead ball that resulted in the first goal put a doubt on his World Cup chances.
The Deportivo La Coruna boy, Uzoho, came on in the 2nd half and showed us and Ezenwa how ball grabs can be so effortless. He controlled the defense well (This was lacking since Enyeama left) and was so vocal throughout the game.
Back Four Not Yet Settled
We can talk about the Oyinbo Wall (Troost Ekong and Leon Balogun) partnership and how no one can put asunder between them but the left back and right back positions still up for grab.
Shehu Abdullahi and Ederson Echiejile’s performance at the qualifiers shouldn’t give us much to worry but with the performance of Tyrone Ebuehi and Brian Brown, those two regulars must be at the edge of their seats.
While Shehu was uncomfortable in the new wing back role, Tyrone flourished with great display. This means different formation will give room for healthy competition in the team.
Midfield Is Settled
With John Ogu’s double decent performances against Algeria and Argentina, it means we now have a good deputy to Ogenyi Onazi and by extension; he can start when the chips are down.
His performance with team captain, John Obi Mikel assured fans who have waited for a long time for him to get some minutes.
With Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel, Ogenekaro Etebo, Mikel Agu and John Ogu, Nigeria is settled in the middle.
Iwobi And Iheanacho Are Two Brightest Youngster In Africa
Show us one youngster in Africa who can match these two and we will close our website. The combination and how well they played together showed that some teams at the World Cup will have a long day with them.
Iwobi was flawless while Iheanacho was untouchable against a very experience back line of Argentina.
The highlight of the game was when Iwobi sent Barcelona legend, Mascherano back to Spain with a Messi-like nutmeg.
With Odion Ighalo and the boys, the forward role is also settled with Musa, Moses, Simon and maybe Tony.
Still A Room For A Wildcard Player
There is still an outside chance for a player to sneak into that team. The goalkeeping department is still much opened while the full backs position can still be contested.
Some positions look secured but with World Cup still 6 months away, a stranger could still be involved.