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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 4:21pm On Oct 10
Mujtahida:

I have always been struck by the difference between club and national team football. Appears national team football is more difficult or rather not as easy as club football
Club players spend more time together at the training grounds and play matches together and so team work is very high. Clubs typically start games smoking and can score 2 goals within the first 5mins. But for national teams, they most times use the first 10-20mins sizing up each other. And so we usually have boring first 10-20mins

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 2:54pm On Oct 10
nelszx:
Can we all see how the pitch has changed our game. Nice half

I have said it before that we always do our teams a great disservice by not providing them with excellent pitches.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 2:49pm On Oct 10
Odunayaw:
Daddy wa, the first 20mins was huffle puff football

Typical of National Teams football, especially in Africa.

Besides, kickoff time is 2pm! Time strategically set to CAR's advantage.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 2:43pm On Oct 10
klexycole:


Irritating is an understatement.

As we don score now, izzit still irritating? grin

Make una try to be calming down when national teams dey play. No be like European club football

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 2:04pm On Oct 10
Icon4s:
THE NAIRALAND NIGERIAN FOOTBALL FANS (NNFF) AWARDS, 2021 is here.


These awards that have been designed by us, the football fans here, have been a means of showing appreciations for the contributions of our players, to our national teams.

The last 3 editions have seen us present awards to our different National Team players.
Notably 'The Nigerian Player of the year which have gone to: Ahmed Musa, Idion Ighalo and most recently Victor Osimhen.

News of the awards, have seen it's ways into TV station in Abuja, radio station in Benin and some other online news media. In the First year, Award plaques and letter of appreciation were sent to the NFF secretariat in Abuja, for onward delivery to the Nigerian Player of the year and Super Falcons player of the year, and I received an acknowledgement from the secretariat.

As the year is gradually drawing to a close, it is yet that time again to start planning for the awards.

However, for this year, 2021, I have decided to take a back seat to allow someone else to coordinate the session. We have here seasoned analysts who have what it takes to run the show.

Thank you all for the opportunity to serve and coordinate the past sessions. I would be available for any advice or guidance if or where needed.

Looking forward to another fruitful awards session. smiley

Thank you all.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 12:00pm On Oct 07
TheSuperNerd:
Yes he was supposed to be. Even Chief Icon4s who normally takes his time before he gives his nod to a talent's true potentials really rated Isaac Success and had big hopes for him. He never hid that.

It's annoying right now seeing he is yet to get gametime at Udinese this season so far but I hope that story changes after this international break and going forward towards Christmas.

He showed very good potentials when Rohr capped him then using him from the right. His power, strength and pace was quite a handful for Senegal in that friendly in the UK. The one that ended 1-1.

Hopefully he can get his chance again at Udinese. Still 25 now.




Laugh Wan kee me here since with your throw back snapshots grin grin. Truly, the internet never forgets.

TheGoodJoe just summarized it. I don't believe in a one game wonder. You need to prove yourself at Senior level (consistently turning up) before I will give that nod. I have had too many heart breaks from young players of the past to know this.

As for Isaac Success, he has been the greatest disappointment since after Macaulay Chrisantus. So matured and well drilled striker for his young age as at then. Scoring goals like a 25years old. He looked like an already made striker.

Well I just pray he manages to blossom at a late age.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 6:18am On Oct 07
THE NAIRALAND NIGERIAN FOOTBALL FANS (NNFF) AWARDS, 2021 is here.


These awards that have been designed by us, the football fans here, have been a means of showing appreciations for the contributions of our players, to our national teams.

The last 3 editions have seen us present awards to our different National Team players.
Notably 'The Nigerian Player of the year which have gone to: Ahmed Musa, Idion Ighalo and most recently Victor Osimhen.

News of the awards, have seen it's ways into TV station in Abuja, radio station in Benin and some other online news media. In the First year, Award plaques and letter of appreciation were sent to the NFF secretariat in Abuja, for onward delivery to the Nigerian Player of the year and Super Falcons player of the year, and I received an acknowledgement from the secretariat.

As the year is gradually drawing to a close, it is yet that time again to start planning for the awards.

However, for this year, 2021, I have decided to take a back seat to allow someone else to coordinate the session. We have here seasoned analysts who have what it takes to run the show.

Thank you all for the opportunity to serve and coordinate the past sessions. I would be available for any advice or guidance if or where needed.

Looking forward to another fruitful awards session. smiley

Thank you all.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 7:30pm On Oct 05
forgiveness:


Na you get the forum? Who gave that authority to stop me from making my point here?

However, you seems to lack common sense by jumping into a debate you don’t have an idea but you think you are making reasonable sense.

Who is now the subject of ridicule between you and I?

Like I said, I don’t like discussing with novice.

grin grin

See how you continue to make a ridicule of your self.

Anyways, continue to roll in your mud as usual.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 7:17pm On Oct 05
forgiveness:


You don’t know the point of debate but you jumped into it. I don’t have time for novice in a debate.

Ogbeni, take that your Yeye point and throw into a trash can. It is of no use here.
Why do you always make yourself a subject of ridicule. I was thinking you would have changed by now.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 7:04pm On Oct 05
forgiveness:


Do you know the point of debate?

I think you don’t know.

Please, go back and check.

There is no point of any debate that would change the fact that Osimhen has been better than Aubameyang this calendar year.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 6:56pm On Oct 05
humility33:


Don't mind him
I know why he us arguing blindly barely will he change...

Abeg, grin grin

Make we no Start again grin

Where Komekn sef grin

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 6:52pm On Oct 05
forgiveness:


Aubameyang is the best Striker from Africa in Europe.

Stop fooling around with Osimhen.

Chairman. Not a matter of patriotism, I am an Arsenal fan. Aubameyang has not done better than Osimhen this Year. Even Onuachu has been better than Aubameyang this calendar Year.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 6:49pm On Oct 05
Kog45:
Icon4s baba I sight you.wetin dey chief.

Egbon, me dey o. Just dey look forward to our qualifiers, Including those of some other African countries.

How your side?
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 10:38pm On Oct 04
Good evening Great parliamentarians. grin


It is another weekend of international football. We all dey here.
Sports / Re: Nigeria Vs CAR: Rohr Invites 23 Players For World Cup Qualifying Double-Header by Icon4s(m): 9:59am On Oct 01
mastertek:
Are people still support Nigeria in any sport?

If you are complain about hardship in this country, about barbaric attitude of our leaders and you still support Nigeria in any sport, then you never suffer.

Only government officials and their relative who are enjoying common wealth of this country that belongs to 200m people are the one that can support the useless country in anyway, just like they support one Nigeria, continuity of this fail jungle call Nigerian.

A country where citizens have no right, a country you be shot to death for ordinary gentleman protest with just placard.

Where do I start from, the problem this evil country that Constitution is useless to the elite and only function against the poor.

Supporting Nigeria in any sport is supporting continuity of this useless barbaric nation.

Start supporting the opponent of this useless country against any sport, this is another way to register your displeasure about this barbaric country were nothing works, remember, you can't protest anymore, you will be shot by police

Oga you are on your own.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 7:41am On Sep 16
MetalJigsaw:
Reasons Behind Super Eagles' Amazing Performance At World Cup Qualifiers
AdemetanAbayomi
Super Eagles' results at the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers isn't a surprise to their die hard supporters.

They have won their first two games and scored four goals in the process. That’l's an average of over two goals per game.

Nigeria being top is not a shock either, they have established themselves as one of the best teams behind Algeria in Africa.



What has been a revelation is how Super Eagles have gone about their excellent run in Group C. They have transformed to free-flowing, counter-attacking and dominant side under Gernot Rohr.

Players like William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, Ola Aina, Jamilu Collins and Shehu Abdullahi are not household names, but excellent building blocks.



Rohr's 4-2-3-1 has been used to solidify their position. It hasn't always attractive, but effective.

With Balogun, Semi Ajayi and Omeruo, they have experience and strength.

Kelechi Iheanacho is Nigeria's World Cup Qualification topscorer with two goals, followed by Victor Osimhen who has one.



Rohr has worked hard to regain the defensive strength of the Super Eagles. Each player knows his role and where he needs to be.



Playing 4-4-2 also suits all Rohr's options. Osimhen works hard for the team, is excellent at holding the ball up and can finish.

Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi play wide and love to cut inside, this gives space for Aina and Collins space to bomb forward from full-back. Wilfred Ndidi, a former right-back, loves to attack too, so you can have at least seven players willing to carry the counter-attack, that's too many options to try and stop when they are all in-sync.

Eagles have become the perfect blend of defensive solidity with a desire to attack. They have the movement and intelligence to play the possession game and keep the ball, but against bigger and supposedly, better teams, they will look to hit on the break.

One strength they have that many African teams don't, is options off the bench. Paul Onuachu, Terem Moffi, Ahmed Musa, Chidera Ejuke and Henry Onyekuru are capable players.

With the spirit and organisation that Rohr and the Eagles team have built, there’s no limit in what this group could achieve at the World Cup Qualifiers.

Hey! Hey! Don't forget we could easily have played a draw against Cape Verde if not for that own goal.

For me, I am still not pleased with their level of play especially considering the quality in that team. Not also ruling out the adverse effects of the quality of pitches in both games. They really need to build up their performance going into the final and round of qualifiers.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 4:36am On Sep 10
sheyishemba:


He lacks the ball playing ability...if you play ndidi as a CMF then expect a bakayoko-liked performance. grin

For me, Ndidi has not really been outstanding in the Super Eagles Jerseys.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 4:31am On Sep 10
daveP:
So the SE is the only one of the 4 WA Football powerhouses that haven't gotten to a WC Quarterfinals?


This should be the Qatar target for me. We've however been the best CAF reps at the Elite Showdown with 21points accrued in total, after overtaking Cameroon(19) with that Iceland win at 2018. So far so good, no other team seems eager to overtake that tally anytime soon. But thats the more reason we should be targeting a better finish.


Played 21
Won 6
Draw 3
Lost 13
Goals scored 23
Conceeded 30
GD -7


Nigeria and Cameroon(top two) have the worst lost record with 12 each. While Cameroon have the worst defence, conceeding a whooping 43.

Senegal(ranked 5th) are the only team from CAF with a +GD of +1. The rest are negative and Senegal also have the best loss record of 2.


Nigeria are the best attacking side with 23goals(only team with 20+ goals), and Cameroon are the worst defence with 43goals.

Best defence remains Senegal after 8games. But Ghana has 5losses after 12 games. Algeria have 13games and 13goals(one goal/game) with 12pts in total.

Projection for Qatar

Nigeria go there with a -7
Senegal go with +1
Algeria with -6
Morocco with -8
Egypt with -7
Civ with -1


Which CAF rep would change their GD record for the better after 3games+?


Will Nigeria better their KO record?

Will another loss occur at the group stages to make it 13losses?

Will the defence, team as a whole, be resolute and prefer to draw than conceed and lose?

Will Senegal have a better GD?

Will Egypt, Morocco, Algeria Change their world Cup fortunes for the better?


Which of the top team's attack would make Africa proud after 3games?

Which of the top teams defence would have the best showing?


Qatar comes.


I hope fortunes change for the better.


Bros, Cameroon is in Central Africa and not in West Africa.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 2:01pm On Sep 08
elyte89:


Yea..but baba na dinosaur. E no dey gree change, meanwhile for aribo fans..aribo shld watch out,Kingsley Michael is abt to nick his spot in dt national team space, when it comes to against African oppositions;,aribo has not been convincing enuf in terms of performance so far,abi na etebo go suffer am?only time will tell smiley

Aribo and Etebor are more proven players and so are still ahead in the pecking order. But having Kingsley Michael in the mix gives us more options..

Missing out of the Olympics was really a great loss for Nigeria. It could have been an opportunity to assess players like Dele Bashiru ,David Okereke, Frank Onyeka, Michael Olise, Taiwo Awoniyi, Kingsley Michael, alhassan, Kelechi Nwakali and co.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 1:24pm On Sep 08
minfelix:


Just catching cruise bro grin I said if it happens to be last games...now to the remaining games, bro u see that Libya 6points), there is no way they will allow Egypt over take them again na so them go play am till qualifiers end.
Then to Ghana group, don't underestimate an SA group lead ooo those guys can frustrate Giants and remain at the top the group, Ghana has jus shot themselves on d foot by allowing SA beat them, because SA coached by Hugo broos(Afcon winning coach 2017) will lock up at that top spot.
As for morrocco it's a 50-50 chance with them and Guinea ooo


For Libya/Egypt,: Egypt only needs to get 4pts from their double header to have a 2 points lead with 2 matches left. They can even get all 6points and open up a 4pt lead.

For Ghana/SA , the SA I know will slip against Ethiopia, forget they beat Ghana. And Ghana will beat SA in the reverse fixture. Zimbabwe will also play a role.

For Morocco/Guinea/Guinea-Bissau: Morocco have tough nuts to crack but with the kind of quality they have I think they will come out tops. The postponed Guinea vs Morocco game could have given us a little direction for this group.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 7:37am On Sep 08
minfelix:
After game day 2 of the qualifiers the following top their groups
Top 5
Senegal 1
Tunisia 2
Algeria 3
Nigeria 4
Civ 5

Bottom 5
Mali 6
SA 7
G/bissau 8
Libya 9
Tanzania 10
If these happened to be the last matches who do fancy we face in the knockout grin grin

Too early Sir.
I see likes of Egypt, Ghana and Morocco coming back to claim top spots in their groups.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 7:26am On Sep 08
elyte89:


He did himself good ..I can tell u dt he has nick a spot with did performance.. He played today as if he has been playing with d team b4 cool

Kingsley Michael is a very talented player. I never doubted his ability to deliver.

What is left now is for Rohr to prune down his crowd of defenders and give room for two more midfielders in the squad.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 8:17pm On Sep 07
The squad depth in this team is beginning to show. We not only won bt were clearly the better team.

Maduka Okoye, hmm. I still don't know why Rohr made that kid his first choice. I don't know what he is building him towards but that guy lacks some basic rudiments of goal keeping. He looks like a type that easily can concede 4 when our opponents have 5 or 6 attempts at goal. Na U17 or U20 goalies dey concede that kind of goal.

Like someone earlier mentioned, village people follow those Cape Verde defenders come field. How can you explain two such defensive blunders in a crucial WC qualifier?

By the look of things we would probably qualify with the CAR double header.

AIRPEACE CEO way awa N20M?

UP EAGLES!

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 4:45pm On Sep 05
BARAJ92:
Team cohesion is necessary not about having the best players in the world.

70-80% of this squad have been with Rohr at least in the last 3 years.....and have featured in starting 11s in various games and competitions. So, any player can easily fit into any absent player's Position. I don't see team cohesion as much of an issue here.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 2:55pm On Sep 05
12large1:


You must be very MAD! do you think this is 1980? You're playing an away game in an artificial turf with almost half of your first 11 unavailable and saying that a draw will be a bad result?? Personally, I believe that we should aspire and aim to win, but a draw is still acceptable considering the circumstances

Bros, please calm down with the harsh words. Someone doesn't agree with your view doesn't make him mad.

You have a valid point just like the other fellow.

For me, I think we still have enough quality to beat Cape Verde away despite the conditions you just highlighted. I know it won't be an easy game but I still believe we have the quality left to win that game.

The beauty of this team is that we probably have only 2 or 3 standout players. The others can offer almost as much as any first 11 chosen for a match day.

On paper I know this Cape Verde game away is potentially our most difficult in this group but it is also the opportunity to take a 5 point lead against the strongest opposition in the group.
Let's see the team and formation Rohr comes up with.

Even though I expect a win for us, a score draw will not totally be a bad result.

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Sports / Re: Super Eagles Sing Praises To God After Winning 2-0 Against Liberia: Pics & Video by Icon4s(m): 9:42am On Sep 05
wallstreetnews:
Nigerian super eagles sighted praising God Almighty after they defeated Liberia team with two goal to zero.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8v1o-2lvnQ

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CTZdvrEjtt0/?utm_medium=copy_link

So refreshing...

The chorus leader is the MVP for me grin
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 7:32pm On Sep 03
Goke7:


we are still underdeveloped and we will just continue to complain from the coach to the nff and everything, maybe when this nff tenure is over perhaps there can be hope but the present nff chairman is a celebrity and red carpet chairman who can never add value to what we ever had. For me the last time I enjoyed the eagles was in the days of keshi cos we saw players who were really hungry, the likes of the present nff chairman then was also lambasting keshi for his style of play but still what we play currently is still nothing to be compared to what keshi boys played despite being coached by an oyinbo. enough said

Wait till you see matches from other "underdeveloped" countries.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 7:29pm On Sep 03
AndSunGorilla:

I think we should all be agreeing to condemn anything that is bad. Rather than trying to trivialize such issues with everyone else is like that now! When someone steals in 9ja and is caught, instead of condemning the wrongdoing, we respond with is he the only one stealing? Why didn't they catch the other thieves?
In summary, that pitch is bad, QED. The other ones we have played on in recent times too are not good either, Asaba, Benin etc. Hopefully we can get at least 2 world class and well maintained pitches in Nigeria, is that too much to ask?

Thank you.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 7:00pm On Sep 03
forgiveness:


I am not saying it’s good but I am saying it is the same everywhere in Nigeria.

So why was Teslim Balogun selected? Why was it not taken to Abuja, Uyo or Akure since all the pitches are the same.

When it comes to national team (SE) matches the NFF should not be giving us a pitch that is the same as all the other pitches everywhere else. They should give us the best.

They are putting home games to our disadvantage if they cannot give us a pitch that can help our boys play to their full potential.

This is a qualifier where goals difference and head to head can come back to hunt you if you didn't properly utilize your home advantage.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 6:33pm On Sep 03
forgiveness:


The quality of the camera is actually the main problem. Field is same standard everywhere in Nigeria.

Is it that you are not seeing those grey patches of mud on the pitch?
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 6:31pm On Sep 03
Goke7:


if you want to enjoy football stay off naija football for your own mental health.

I cannot and have never stayed away from Nigerian football, good or bad.

We have enjoyed good football from Nigeria in times and years past and we expect to continue seeing good football.

Good or bad I will always watch Nigerian football. Just that this a WC qualifier, it takes place only once in 4 years and should be the responsibility of the NFF to ensure we enjoy the qualifiers.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Dawn Of A New Era, AFCON 2022 And Qatar 2022 by Icon4s(m): 6:00pm On Sep 03
Goke7:


why your blood dey hot like this, have we ever been moving forward?

I came out expecting to see a good game of football after a long time without watching a competitive game of the SE.

Go back to Russia 2018 qualifiers and you would always enjoy rewatching all our home games. This one na just to manage make we get result and move on.

It is really a shame we have to descend this low.
We better move our remaining home games to a better pitch.

Football is meant to be enjoyed and not endured.

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