CAM 1-1 NIG: 5 Lessons We Learnt From Yaounde
Nigeria was forced to a 1-1 draw by Cameroon in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Monday at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.
The result means Nigeria was able to get four points from a possible six, while Cameroon got just one point.
Nigeria continues to dominate Group B in the African series of qualifying football matches ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The Super Eagles Lead with 10 points, 8 goals in 3 wins and 1 draw.
Bounce News highlights five things we learnt from the game in Yaounde.
1. Keep Attacking:
The best way to defend is to attack - Both teams showed their attacking skills on Monday, with Nigeria dominating the first half, while Cameroon were the better side after the break.
We could see that when the Super Eagles began defending, the Indomitable Lions forced them to commit errors which led to the penalty and consequently, the equalizer. During the first leg in Uyo, the Eagles never took their foot off the accelerator.
2. Don't Pull Off Mikel:
Taking off captain John Obi Mikel was not a good decision by coach Gernot Rohr, especially at the time he did.
Obi was substituted for Agu in the 65th minute without showing any sign of injury. As a captain of the team and a midfield marshal, Rohr should have allowed the Tianjin Teda star remain on the pitch at least till the anticipated second goal was scored.
It is quite difficult to find an equal replacement for Mikel, and that is another task for the coaching crew.
To make things worse, Rohr also pulled off Ogenyi Onazi, collapsing Nigeria’s midfield and exposing the defense. Thank God for the #oyinbowall that stood firm.
3. Refs Are Still Human:
The penalty awarded to the Indomitable Lions was questionable. It is the duty of the goalkeeper to protect his territory, except for obvious reasons.
Giving a penalty when a goalkeeper rushes to get a ball 50-50 is a very soft decision.
And in this case, there was no clear contact, hence no card was shown to the goalkeeper.
But what can you do, the referee is human, and the Super Eagles should expect such soft calls when the World Cup begins in Russia.
4. Victor Moses Is Nigeria's Best All Round Player:
So, it is safe to say that Victor Moses is the most skillful footballer Nigeria has at the moment.
The Chelsea winger continued from where he left off in the first leg where he scored a goal, and was close to grabbing another in Yaounde, only for his skillful effort to hit the woodwork.
Moses terrorized the attack of the Dominated Lions for over 140 minutes.
He also handled Nigeria's set pieces and was really a thorn in the flesh of coach, Hugo Broos.
5. Our Goal Post Still Needs Save Hands:
The call for Vincent Enyeama's return appears to be getting louder. Nigeria still needs its number one jersey in very safe hands.
With due respect to Ikechukwu Ezenwa, he proved himself and was really at his best in Cameroon, but the few times the defense was penetrated, he is likely to commit avoidable errors.
His confidence level is still not at it's peak, though it will surely improve as he gets more play time.
But at the moment, can he come face to face with the likes of Lionel Messi, Romelu Lukaku, Luis Suarez and Neymar at the 2018 World Cup without making those errors?
Forget the sentiment and emotions, #bringbackourenyeama
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