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Crime / Re: Anambra Girls Arrested For Robbing Lovers by MetalJigsaw(m): 8:59pm On Aug 19
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Politics / Re: Peter Obi And Yusuf Datti Receive British High Commissioner To Nigeria by MetalJigsaw(m): 10:54pm On Aug 04
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Politics / Re: Moment Adeleke Prostrated For Davido's Father After INEC Declared Him Winner by MetalJigsaw(m): 10:41pm On Jul 17
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Romance / Re: Lady Tattoos Her Boyfriend Face On Her Buttock. Photos And Video. by MetalJigsaw(m): 11:58pm On Mar 04
frozen70:


If he gets married to her its love and if the guy did not marry her its foolishness
she's not married to the dude, that alone is foolishness.

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Romance / Re: Lady Tattoos Her Boyfriend Face On Her Buttock. Photos And Video. by MetalJigsaw(m): 11:56pm On Mar 04
frozen70:


If he gets married to her its love and if the guy did not marry her its foolishness
She's not married to the dude, that alone is foolishness.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 7:28am On Jan 24
12large1:
Our fit/playing experienced players like victor Moses, ighalo, dennis all has to be recalled. At this time, it’s not a negotiation, but a MUST
here we go again
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 7:13am On Jan 24
12large1:
Our fit/playing experienced players like victor Moses, ighalo, dennis all has to be recalled. At this time, it’s not a negotiation, but a MUST
Here we go again
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 11:34pm On Jan 23
Kog45:
Sir,Ejuke right,nothing to say cos Sadiq that was nailed prior to Tunisia match but today he was highly impressived....Ejuke performance today would have been 50/50.
Seemsuou don't get me. Simon was easily caged because chukz was quiet on his part. I'm talking about the wings and stretching their defense.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 10:23pm On Jan 23
drDoom3:
The moment I saw Ejuke was not in matchday squad was when I sensed something would go sour today.
We needed another ball carrier in Ejuke to put enough pressure on the Tunisian defense from the other wing since chukz was once again not performing. But Cerezo left him out of the squad. I wonder what prompted him to do that. I'm surprised

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 8:10pm On Jan 21
safarigirl:



I am honestly tired of putting on a cape for Maduka, but if you want to give the defense props for his clean sheet against Egypt, we also need to give the same defense knocks for the goal Sudan scored, because man was flying home free with that clean sheet, if Aina had not unnecessarily pulled at a jersey and stepped on a foot


The Maduka hate train is now looking like it exists for a non-football reason. Perhaps, if his looks were closer to Uzoho's, there would be more faith in his game.
Women and emotions!

With this statement You've only succeeded in putting it beyond doubt that you're seriously feeling the nigga lol grin

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 7:17pm On Jan 21
3 Nigerian Players Eguavoen should drop ahead of their Round-Of-16 Fixture against Tunisia.
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The super eagles of Nigeria will face off with Tunisian national team on Sunday in their round of 16 encounter of the ongoing African Cup Of Nations tournament, but there are some players the coach should drop ahead of the match. Here are 3 players Eguavoen should drop ahead of their round of 16 encounter.

Photo Credit: Daily Post.

1 - Maduka Okoye: The young goal keeper started between the sticks for the super eagles in their first two matches of the tournament, but it is very clear that he is not very good in making saves and he is always wet shaky. He only kept a clean sheet against Egypt because of the excellent work that was done by the defenders.

Francis Uzoho should be the man between the sticks for the super eagles of Nigeria when they take on the cottage eagles of Tunisia, the match is expected to be a tough one but Francis Uzoho is capable of making the necessary saves. He was very fantastic for the team against Guinea-Bissau.

Photo Credit: Own Goal Nigeria.

2 - Chidera Ejuke: This is another player who should not be included in the starting lineup that will play for the super eagles on Sunday against Tunisia, he performed below expectations when he was used against Guinea-Bissau.

He played in his preferred position but he could not make any impact in the team, Moses Simon has always been a better player and the coach should not make the mistake of starting Chidera Ejuke and keeping Moses Simon for the second half.

Photo Credit: Own Goal Nigeria.

3 - Umar Sadiq: The coach must also avoid the mistake of starting Umar Sadiq in their round of 16 encounter with the Tunisian national team. The Almeria striker is one of the worst strikers I have seen in the African Cup Of Nations tournament this year.

He squandered a very good chance against Guinea-Bissau and he was very poor in his positioning. His performance for the team in their last match showed why he is playing in the second division of the Spanish league.

Photo Credit: Soccer Net Nigeria.

In your own opinion, which goal keeper do you think should be the player between the sticks for Nigeria in their round of 16 encounter with Tunisia? Should it be Maduka Okoye or Francis Uzoho? Share your thoughts with us, thanks.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 12:04am On Jan 20
daveP:



Minus 3 abeg. For that Sadiq starter. Lol
He needed to try him out. If he didn't how would we have known about the revelation?

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 11:58pm On Jan 19
PDPGuy:
Congrats to the Super Eagles on being the first team to achieve a 100% record at this AFCON!

Meanwhile, we say goodbye to both Sudan and Guinea Bissau
New record: Nigeria has never won all three group matches in the past.

By the way, wetin Cerezo dey give Simon chop?

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 7:40am On Jan 18
humility33:



Just imagine and the painful thing about u is that you're proud in your ignorance and not teachable

I have always said it.... you don't live in the US as u claim you can keep deceiving the gullible here

Your mentality of always picking on this lads born and groomed abroad is sickening and for someone of your age it is out of hand
The guy isn't far from the truth.


Especially about Okoye
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 12:24pm On Jan 17
JayromWrites:


Sure he was shaky

But that was a good penalty... like a very good penalty
Forget about the penalty and focus on the main discuss.

Okoye is still an amateur GK. Check those embarrassing errors again...

Why is this hard for some folks to note this??

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 9:07pm On Jan 15
[quote author=lloydtruth post=109399952]Next match we should go with this lineup
1. Uzoho
2. Ehuehi
3. Collins
4. Onyeka
5. Awaziem
6. Ajayi
7. Olayinka
8. Nwakali
9. Awoniyi
10. Iwobi
11. Onyekuru
[/Quote]Naa.. You don't change almost all your starters.

9 points is very important so as to get a best loser in the playoffs.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 11:48am On Jan 14
Two Things That Could Have Happened If Victor Osimhen Was In The Game Against Egypt.
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Nigeria played one of their best games on Tuesday, the 11th day of January 2022. The game was against the Pharaohs of Egypt and the Super Eagles got the better of the North African side by 1-0, courtesy of the goal scored by Leicester City's striker, Kelechi Iheanacho.

The Super Eagles had a good game, but there were still some players who were not on top of their game. This now leads to the question, what would have happened if Victor Osimhen was in action against the Pharaohs of Egypt?

Probably, Taiwo Awoniyi played to his best, but his best couldn't have been up to the best of Victor Osimhen of Napoli. Let's take a look at what could have happened if Victor Osimhen played against the Egyptians.

1. The Super Eagles would have scored more goals in that game; Taiwo Awoniyi played well, but he was not pacy enough to connect with Moses Simon, who was always on the run towards the box of the Egyptians. In that game, one of the strengths of the Super Eagles was their solidity in the midfield.

The Eagles were strong in the midfield that the attackers of the Pharaohs of Egypt hardly went pass them. With such performance in the midfield, Victor Osimhen would have scored at least a goal in that game. He is pacy and has good positioning.

2. The defenders of the Pharaohs of Egypt would have been restricted to their box; fear factor is one thing that works in the game of football. There are a couple of strikers who are feared by the defenders, and Victor Osimhen is one of those strikers. His presence on the pitch would have kept the defenders on their toes in that game, this would have given the Super Eagles more opportunities to press them more in their box.

It's really painful that Victor Osimhen couldn't play at this tournament. Do you think Taiwo Awoniyi would possibly replace Victor Osimhen as expected? Let's have your thoughts on this article in the comments' section.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 7:34pm On Jan 13
AFCON2021: Why Ejuke Would Be A Better Replacement For Chukwueze Against Sudan
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By their club standards, Samuel Chukwueze is at a top-level ahead of Chidera Ejuke. Coming down to the National team, Ejuke has been quite impressive than Chukwueze in the last couple of months. Maybe due to the fact that Samuel has been out for months on an injury. Looking at the two players' involvement against Egypt, I recommend that Ejuke should be starting ahead of Samuel against Sudan.



Since Chukwueze regained his position back into this team, he hasn't made much impact starting the game. He's better off as a super-sub because when he comes on the pitch, he increases the tempo of the game with his dribbles and runs. Heaps up more pressure on the weary oppositions and many times, he ends up scoring or making an assist.



And when you look at the Sudan team, they don't have many of the top stars in their team. An average bang team with a mindset of defending against Nigeria, to break them down and swamp in goals you need a kind of player like Chukwueze to perform the magic in the second half. An early goal from the Super Eagles team against the Sudanese is not guaranteed but more goals would be forthcoming if Eguavoen pulls out this trick tomorrow.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 12:14pm On Jan 13
Imagine, No single Nigerian player in the team of the first round group matches

Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 8:17pm On Jan 12
NIG 1-0 EGY: How Did Egypt Have More Possession Than Nigeria When They Were Completely Outplayed?
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria were in action against the Pharaohs of Egypt in their opening game of group D in the ongoing African Cup of All Nations tournament in Cameroon.

The game was an easy ride for the Super Eagles of Nigeria even though it was Augustine Eguavoen's first competitive game in charge as interim coach.

But, taking a clearer look at the stats that was revealed after the end of the game, a lot of football analysts opined that the Super Eagles of Nigeria were cheated; the match commentator said it, even Nigerian Legend, Jay Jay Okocha who was acting as matchday analyst, said so.

According to the match stats, Egypt enjoyed 57% possession while Nigeria had only 43% possession. This statistics is not only ridiculous but, a big lie according to many analysts who watched the game. However, what they failed to understand is that the stat was actually correct.

What they are arguing about.

The stats revealed that the Super Eagles of Nigeria had a total number of 15 shots, with five on target, while the Pharaohs of Egypt were only able to manage 4 shots with only two on target.

Another statistics which have also been pointed out is the fact that Nigeria had six corners while the Pharaohs of Egypt only had three.

With all of this, it won't be wrong to ask; how did Egypt have more possession than Nigeria when the Super Eagles of Nigeria clearly outplayed them in the game?

Here is the answer.

According to the stats shown, Egypt actually had more passes than Nigeria, even though the Super Eagles were by far the most superior side in the game. If not for the numerous missed chances in the game, Egypt should have conceded more than 3 goals in the game, that is how pathetic they were today.

However, the method currently used by Opta, which was adopted in the game, is based on the number of passes each teams has in the game.

In this method, two analysts are appointed to monitor the total complete passes for each team, and the value obtained for each teams is separately divided by their sum total and then multiplied by 100.

According to the stats, Egypt had 457 passes while Nigeria had only 334 passes.

In this case, here is an explanation.

Ball possession for Egypt=457/457+334 * 100= 57% for Egypt.

For Nigeria; 334/457+334 *100= 43% since both must sum up to 100%.

I hope with this explanation, you have been able to understand why Egypt had more possession than Nigeria in the game.

What do you have to say about this? Like, share and comment.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 4:41pm On Jan 12
DarkJeddi:
Stop being so biased..

Simon had a good game..

No assist?

But his darting run had a great contribution to the goal..
the both had a good game. Ejuke tried the GK twice. He could have score and you people would have praised him for that.

I don't think he was really selfish. Iwobi wasn't that clear on sight for Ejuke to have passed to him. Moreover he was on high speed.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 4:40pm On Jan 12
DarkJeddi:
Stop being so biased..

Simon had a good game..

No assist?

But his darting run had a great contribution to the goal..
the both had a good game. Ejuke tried the GK twice. He could have score and you people would have praised have him.

I don't think he was really selfish. Iwobi wasn't that clear on sight for Ejuke to have passed to him. Moreover he was on high speed.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 4:10pm On Jan 12
Nigeria.
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The referee in charge of the Nigeria national team match against Mohamed Salah's Egypt national team, Bakary Papa Gassama, failed to listen to the call of VAR during the match when an Egypt national team player fell inside the opposite box following a challenge from a Nigeria player.

Bakary Papa Gassama made a very strong decision by refusing the call from the Video Assistance Referee. It was obvious that there was an intense conversation between the Cameroonian referee and the VAR.

The call would have resulted in a penalty for the Egypt national team, and the result would have been different for the Nigeria national team fans, but the referee was right to ignore the VAR call as the Nigerian defender was falling and could not leave the Egyptian attacker.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will be playing their second game of the 2021 African Cup of Nations tournament against Sudan at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, the same as today's venue.

The Super Eagles are the current group D leaders after their 1-0 victory against Egypt, and the Super Eagles are favourites to qualify for the next round of the tournament.Opinion:

Share your thoughts about these points and comment if you think the decision but the referee was right.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 4:01pm On Jan 12
Carlos Queiroz
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We gave Nigeria too much respect – Carlos Queiroz
Coach Carlos Queroz spoke about his team’s Afcon defeat to the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday.

The former Real Madrid coach watched in horror as his wards bowed to far superior Super Eagles in the Group D opener played at the Stade Omnisport Roumdeé Adija, Garoua, Cameroon.

The Pharaohs had a sloppy start, while Super Eagles settled into the game quickly and dictated the tempo.

Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winner in the 34th minute. The Leicester City’s forward controlles Joe Aribo header in the box before firing past the goalkeeper.

The Egyptians never recovered from the set back and Super Eagles maintained their lead untill the final whistle.

Queiroz hinted that, his players showed Nigeria too much respect and should have played better.

“We respect Nigeria a lot, we didn’t play well in the first half. In the second half, we dominated. We lost the ball very quick, we lost cohesion, but in the second half after the first half conversation, we played and control the game.”

Egypt remain bottom of the Group with 0 points, while Nigeria is leading with three points.

The other game between Sudan and Guinea-Bissau ended without a goal.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 10:55am On Jan 12
We’re Smoothening Ground For Paseiro’s Arrival – Eguavoen
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LAGOS – Coach Austin Eguavoen, the interim manager of the Super Eagles, has said that current technical crew of the national team are smoothening the ground for the arrival of Coach Vi­tor dos Santos Paseiro, the Portuguese who had been hired to tinker Nigeria.

The former defender of the team, who spoke during a press briefing in Garoua, noted that being the Ni­geria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Director, collaboration with the in­coming manager remained very vital, nothing that they had to make things smooth for Paseiro’s ar­rival.

Eguavoen said: “We are in touch. It’s not a problem. I am the Technical Director of the Federation.

“Collaboration is very good. We have to make ev­erything smooth for him. We will work together,” Cerezo noted

Recall that just days af­ter announcing Eguavoen as the interim coach of the Super Eagles saddled with the task of taking the team to the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon, the NFF an­nounced the Portuguese as the successor to Coach Gernot Rohr when the lat­ter agreed with the football body leave his position.

So many Nigerians crit­icized the move as going to put pressure on both the players and the inter­im manager given that the Portuguese is expected to be in Cameroon to watch the team play.

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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 6:10am On Jan 12
AFCON 2021: Fans Slam Salah After Poor Display Against Super Eagles


football fans came hard on Mohamed Salah following his no show for Egypt in their 1-0 loss to the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Tuesday’s AFCON 2021 Group D opener, Daily Star reports.

Salah had a performance to forget for Egypt as he managed just one clear chance all through the game.

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The Liverpool forward, who has fired home 23 goals across 26 games in all competitions for his club this season, was disappointing in his 73rd international appearance.

Salah started alongside the likes of Mohamed Elneny, Ahmed Hegazi and Trezeguet in their tournament opener, but The Pharaohs were outclassed throughout.

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Winning 1-0 thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s fine first-half strike, part of Nigeria’s success was managing to keep the Champions League and Premier League winning forward quiet.

And reacting to the disappointing display, one fan wrote: “Salah in ghost mode.”

With a second saying: “Mohamed Salah’s only had 14 touches in the first half – the fewest of any Egypt player to play the whole 45 mins against Nigeria in this #AFCON2021 match…”

A third continued: “Has Salah touched the ball? they’ve marked him dangerously.”

With a fourth adding: “Egypt are rubbish, won’t be complaining when Salah comes back early.”

And a fifth concluding: “Mo Salah is nowhere to be found.”

The FIFA Best Player of the Year nominee will hope to put the disappointing performance behind him ahead of Egypt’s next group game against Guinea-Bissau on Saturday.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 9:02pm On Jan 11
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Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 4:51pm On Jan 11
nelszx:

Haha e dey like Simon dey just juju
Ah swear... I'm so disappointed. Simon again
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 2:30pm On Jan 11
humility33:


The writer of this article should be arrested asap

See the way he is so certain
Lol
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 2:24pm On Jan 11
Almost 30 minutes gone, Algeria yet to score. Was thinking they'd run riot today.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 1:49pm On Jan 11
AFCON 2022: Three reasons why Nigeria will Lose against Egypt Today
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be playing theirfirst game in the Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) tournament today, and they will be facing a very tough opponent which happens to be The Pharoahs of Egypt.

This game will be a very tough test for both teams, as it may be the decider on who will finish in their group. But if care is not taken, Nigeria are likely to lose this match, and below are the three reasons why i think Nigeria will lose today's AFCON match against Egypt.

1. The Players are yet to understand the new coach's tactics.

The NFF just recently sacked the Nigerian national team coach, Gernot Rorh ahead of this crucial tournament, and it was not the best time to make that decision.

Eguavon who is the newly appointed coach will find it hard to implement his new tactics just ahead of a major tournament, as their was not enough time to prepare. No friendlies were played during that period in order to help the players get accustomed to the new coach's tactics and strategies, in order to understand them.

The coach overseeing his first game against Egypt in a tournament like AFCON will prove difficult for him, as the players are yet to understand his playstyle and tactics, thereby giving Egypt an advantage ahead of this game.

2. No Osimhen and Dennis in the Super Eagles squad.

The Nigerian super eagles will be missing the absence of their two hot strikers, Victor Osimhen and Emmanuel Dennis in this tournament, as the duo were not released by their respective clubs to participate in the tournament.

When a team is missing two of it's best players, it will really affect them, as we all know how these two alone can win you games. With the duo not expected to play, Egypt wouldn't have to worry, and this will be a disadvantage to Nigeria, thereby giving Egypt the upper hand to win and win this game.

3. The presence of Mohammed Salah in the Egypt team.

Egypt have one advantage ahead of other teams in this tournament, and it is the fact that they have the Liverpool star, Mohammed Salah in their squad.

Salah who is in a hot form right now, and arguably the best player in Europe this season so far, is a player that can win you games all by himself, and with him playing against Nigeria today, we'll get to see him to what he knows how to do best, so the Nigerian defence has to be wary of him.
Sports / Re: "The Super Eagles Thread: The Road To AFCON 2023, 2025 And 2026 World Cup by MetalJigsaw(m): 6:13am On Jan 11
Egypt
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In the standout fixture of Group D, Nigeria and Egypt clash today at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua, in their opening match of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

With a change to the coaching crew just weeks before the competition, injuries to leading strikers, and withdrawals by their first-choice replacements, the Super Eagles have had a less than ideal preparation for the Afcon.

But the three-time continental champions remain bullish of their chances to enjoy a deep run at the tournament, starting with the game against the Pharaohs.

Other than his effort to introduce a possession-based philosophy, not much has been gleaned about the tactical input of interim boss Augustine Eguavoen to the national team.


Against Carlos Queiroz’s men, however, Eguavoen will want the Eagles to stay compact, keep more than an eye on Mohamed Salah, remain robust in midfield, avoid conceding first and be unpredictable and direct in attack.

Below is the first team that can help him achieve that.

Goalkeeper: Maduka Okoye
Unlike Maduka Okoye, both Daniel Akpeyi and Francis Uzoho have tournament experience playing at the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Afcon.


But it is hard to look past the Sparta Rotterdam shot-stopper, who has been the Eagles’ number one goalie for the best part of the past couple of years. The 22-year-old should get the nos ahead of his colleagues.

Defenders: Ola Aina, William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Zaidu Sanusi
At Eguavoen’s first outing in charge of the Eagles at Afcon 2006, he had the rock-solid Joseph Yobo to help stitch the defence up for him. But alas, he has inherited none like the ex-Everton man this time around.

Watford’s Troost-Ekong has been unimpressive recently. Leon Balogun is unavailable. Kevin Akpoguma has been left at home. Olisa Ndah is an international football rookie. Omeruo is a shadow of his 2013 best. And Awaziem plays better in a three-man centreback setup.

Against Egypt, a team that the Eagles have a rich history facing at the Afcon, Eguavoen must decide which system and personnel to deploy.

He would be wary of copying the 3-5-2 that a desperate Rohr embraced in his latter days and which ultimately got him sacked.

There, however, seems to be just enough experience, guts, and grits in the Ekong-Omeruo pairing, and it would not surprise many to see Eguavoen unleash the same.

There are not many worries at fullback, though, with the late arrivals of Tyronne Ebuehi and Jamilu Collins seemingly handing starting births to Ola Aina and Zaidu Sanusi at right-back and left-back, respectively.

Midfielders: Frank Onyeka, Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Aribo
The centre of the park is where the Super Eagles look incredibly lightweight, with the team boasting only three specialist midfielders in Aribo, Ndidi, and Onyeka.

Injured Watford midfield dynamo, Oghenekaro Etebo, is already looking like a mighty big miss for the team.

Everton’s Alex Iwobi is a viable option in the creative midfield role.



West Brom’s Semi Ajayi and Huesca’s Kelechi Nwakali can come in from the bench and do a decent job, but it would be unwise to start them against seven-time Afcon champions Egypt.

Onyeka and Ndidi would be needed to provide energy and dynamism in midfield and help the defence tame a rampant Mohamed Salah.

Attackers: Chidera Ejuke, Samuel Chukwueze, Kelechi Iheanacho
Taiwo Awoniyi and Umar Sadiq have proven in Germany and Turkey that they can score goals.

Still, sadly, they are not Victor Osimhen, and it would not shock many if they did not make the first eleven against the Pharaohs.

They will get their chances against Sudan and Guinea-Bissau later, but Iheanacho looks the best bet to start on Tuesday.

He has done it time and again for Leicester City against the best teams in England. And he should relish the opportunity to pit his wits against the best defenders that the Egyptian league has to offer.


Jet-heeled and tricky wingers could be the key to unlocking the Egyptians’ rear-guard, and it could prove to be a masterstroke setting up Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze and CSKA Moscow’s Chidera Ejuke on either side of Iheanacho.

A few exciting options – Moses Simon, Ahmed Musa, Peter Olayinka, Henry Onyekuru – remain on the bench to act as game-changers.

Despite being depleted almost beyond recognition, the Super Eagles still possess enough firepower to cause problems for Mohamed Salah and co.

It promises to be a pulsating encounter on Tuesday, and a Nigerian win could send a powerful message to the other competitors across the Afcon that the Eagles mean business.

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