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Super Eagles’ Team List For Cameroon Clash Like A TIME BOMB

Like you all know, time bomb have a timer to explode and it could be to your advantage or against depending who’s lucky enough.

Nigeria approach the massive game against South Africa like a time bomb and the team list by Gernot Rohr will see who will get luckier after the game.

Super Eagles’ complacency and over confidence iced with underestimation of opponents showed against South Africa and that puts everyone on hand brakes ahead of the Cameroon game.

Enough stories, we need to dissect the new team list. This list was not drafted based on players’ form but by sentiments, experience, godfatherism, just name it. (Thinking aloud though)


Based on the old/former lists, it seems no player can put asunder to the trio of Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Alampasu.

In other countries or maybe leagues, players of the league leaders are monitored and sometimes, call up to make up the squad but not in this part of the world. Things are done differently.

Dele Ajiboye has been one of the best performers for Plateau United in the Nigeria Professional Football League and guess what, he was not even considered for CHAN (starting) despite in a good form. So, na senior Eagles go call am?

For all it worth, Ajiboye should replace Alampasu in the list. No debate!


My issue is with the full back positions. Ederson Echiejile is now a legend of the seeker in the team and like we don’t have other left back players in the world. Now just him (LB) and three RBs in the team. Real time bomb.

Chima Akas, Enyimba left back have got loads of experience under his belt from La Liga tour to CHAN tournaments and the NPFL but Rohr “no dey fancy local players”. No need to flog it. 


I was personally happy for the call back of John Obi Mikel, not because he can score a 40-yard strike or even match fit to play this game but we need experience in the middle of the park. And Mikel comes with loads of it.

We were exposed against South Africa because Ndidi and co can’t read the game. They were all confused.

Ogenyi Onazi’s form is diminishing (if you know Econimics) and on the day we needed a leader, he faded away like Taylor Swift and relationships. Now, Birmingham deal is hanging, troubles of wages in Turkey, Fatherhood beckons and more won’t allow this guy to have balanced state of mind.

Anderson Esiti (Gent) could have been a better option but Onazi needs games in the National teams to secure deals away from Turkey. Make we help our own na?

I won’t even talk about John Ogu, he’s like a decoration in the list. No chance despite his form for his Isreali club, Hapoel Beer Sheva.


It was obvious the NFF technical committee read posts on social media and whatsapp since the cry of Tony Nwakeame’s request for a call up got to them.

Remember they invited Olarenwaju Kayode and Henry Onyekuru via this medium as well and now, dropped like a bad habit. But we are wicked sha. 

It’s longer news that we are playing Cameroon, a very strong and physical side and we need players with balls and stamina that can measured up against them. Iwobi should be dropped for Tony, the real Moses to start ahead of Simon and Ighalo should lead the line while Iheanacho drop behind him.

Honorary for Sone Aluko. After a very impressive form for Fulham last season in the Championship and always putting his best when he’s been called up, it will be logical to put him in the list.

We need players in form and not just power players from the top.


Like we had under late Keshi, where players resurrect from nowhere to appear on the team list, we have Tyronne Ebuehi from ADO Den Haag from the dutch league and he plays right back. Just 22 years, he could be one for the future.

Another one, though some of us know him is Ola Aina, the Hull City defender. Some people said its a project from the top. My parents thought me not to be mentioning names. 


It will be a 4-2-1-3 formation. Akpeyi (GK), Echiejile – Balogun – Troost – Shehu, Etebo – Mikel – Iheanacho, Tony-Ighalo – Moses.

The first leg will be played on September 1st and return leg on September 4th.

Wait for the Part 2 after the game. 

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