Nigeria’s Super Eagles secured a vital 3-2 away win over Libya in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series in faraway Sfax Tunisia on Tuesday.
Despite it being the 2nd win over the Libyans in the space of 3 days it left us with a few nagging questions
1. Why is Rohr Slow With His Substitutions?
Gernot Rohrs game management skills were again questioned as the Eagles threw away a 2 goal lead
Surely bringing in a John Ogu slightly earlier for our obviously tiring midfield might have prevented the Libyans 2nd goal as Rohr again tarried with his substitutions reminding us again of some of the pains of the World cup. It’s a trend that almost cost us this game and we would be punished for if facing tougher opposition
2. Were We Wrong About Ighalo
For all the criticism meted on him 5 goals in 2 games is no small feat. Ighalo has his critics but the of Changchun Yatai of China striker has gone some way in silencing them.
No matter what any of us may say about inconsistency the quality of the league he plays or the quality of the opposition Ighalo delivered when it mattered
Many had concluded the former Watford man isn’t the man to lead the line for the eagles. Could it be we judged him wrongly ?
3. Can we complete the Job in South Africa
While it seems we are sitting pretty now at the top of the table and look for for qualification the war is far from over. The eagles can still be edged out if they lose their last 2 games against South Africa away and Seychelles at home.
Seychelles at home looks a more certain prospect for 3 points but we should not get complacent and forget how Seychelles held South Africa to a draw South Africa is more of a steep challenge keeping in mind they beat us in our backyard and the Eagles need to be at their best if they plan to return the favour
4. Should We Be Worried About Ola Aina
We celebrated the opportunity Shehus injury presented as it afforded the opportunity to assess Chelsea loanee Ola Aina under competitive circumstances
He gave us cause to worry with a shaky start in the 1st leg before calming nerves with an assured performance but in the 2nd leg the Torino ace was partly to blame for both of Libyas goals
For the first he lost his man and was guilty of pulling back ball watching and poor judgment for the 2nd . While still a good defender there are question marks over his all-round ability
5. Who Is Alex Iwobis Deputy
Alex Iwobi underlined his importance to the team over the 2 legs cementing his place and the new main playmaker for the team delighting fans with his mastery of the midfield and incisive passes
But in the 2nd leg after coming up against some stiff Libyan resistance the young man tired out
Should Iwobi miss out of a game due to perhaps a suspension who takes over the creative reins from the Arsenal man?
6. Why Was Uzoho Jittery
Francis Uzoho has been Gernot Rohrs anointed safe hands for the Super Eagles for some time now but despite publicly backing his young goalkeeper Rohr must like us be concerned about the 19 year old.
The Elche number 1 was jittery for most parts of the game committing blunders that one would have thought a showing at the world cup would have helped overcome
To his credit the young lad bounced back but This wasn’t Uzohos first big stage so why was the young man jittery ?
7. Is Ndidis Suspension A Cause For Concern
The Leicester city Lynchpin picked up a needless yellow card effectively ruling him out of the crunch tie with South Africa and many a fan have screamed blue murder.
But while the tough tackling Ndidi is definitely a big miss for any team it also affords us an opptunity to tryout possible options and combinations in the middle
An Ogu seems best suited or perhaps we will see a recall of the Skipper Mikel. Onazi or Shehu too too can operate effectively as a pivot or Rohr who has hinted new players might call up Esiti Igbekeme or some other talent