Nigeria Vs Czech Republic: 5 Things We Learnt
The Super Eagles ‘don fall hand’ again as they were beaten 1-0 by Czech Republic in their final pre-World Cup friendly on Wednesday.
With barely eight days to the World Cup, that result, and more importantly the overall team performance allows for worry on just how well the Super Eagles will fare in Russia.
Bounce Sports serves you 5 Things We Learnt in the Nigeria vs Czech Republic friendly
1. Ebuehi may overthrow Abdullahi
Shehu Abdullahi was Nigeria’s undisputable choice at the right back of defense during the qualifiers for the World Cup. However, Tyrone Ebuehi in each game he has replaced Abudulahi has done better. Some say the Bursaspor defender may be having a bad time since he is observing the Ramadan fast, but the earlier he steps up his game, the better. In the alternative he should be preparing for life on the bench.
2. Eagles attack strikes no fear
There is no gainsaying, the Super Eagles attack in recent outings lack fire power to put the defense of opposing teams on their toes. It was not any different in the game against the Czechs on Wednesday with Ighalo leading the frontline. Though many will say the men upfront don’t get the service they crave for, the fact remains the Super Eagles strikers just have to stand up and be counted in Russia
3. Victor Moses for set pieces
There is a feeling that Victor Moses may have been subjecting himself to extra training as he seemed quite comfortable with set pieces during Wednesday’s friendly against the Czechs. While none resulted into a goal, with little fine tuning, Nigeria may be benefiting in an aspect it has over the years shortchanged itself.
4. Ndidi underlines his importance to the Super Eagles
Wilfred Ndidi’s importance to the Super Eagles is like a two-edged sword as his absence at any time would mean a calamity predestined for the Gernot Rohr led side.
Making a return to action on Wednesday after being sidelined with injury, we saw tackle after tackle and consistent interceptions of play.
Thus, it is no gainsaying that Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi contributed above average in ensuring the Oyinbo Wall is covered, as well as general stability of the team.
5. Can Uzoho really save Eagles?
The weight of expectation on Nigeria’s ’19-year old’ goalkeeper is enormous to put it mildly. While he continually makes good saves in the course of matches he has been used for, the goals just keep coming and the question is can Uzoho really save Eagles?