What went wrong last night?
Fortune favors d brave, that’s what happened.
Argentina relied on Nigeria to keep her hopes alive and Nigeria did.
Argentina also knew that it’s place is guaranteed at the mundial at least for now if they beat Nigeria and they did as usual. Records they say don’t lie. 5 duels at d WC all ends up with victory for Argentina. The book makers got this spot on.
So what were the contributing factors to the Super Eagles defeat? Let’s take it from the remote to the immediate.
According to sources live at St. Petersburg the Argentines were like a swam of bees. Almost 20,000 persons compared to at most 300 Nigerians filled the Stadium . The Eagles support in the stadium was drowned out. The Argentine fans had sponsorship. Could that be explored in the next mundial?
Could the NFF ask sponsors to put money in ferrying fans to the tourney?
Yes a particular network provider sponsored some persons but we can do more? Or is Argentina richer than Nigeria economically?
There was immense Inconsistency in making calls. The referee was always quick to call fouls on the Nigerian players while allowing the Argentines enjoy certain privileges.
Wondering why a high boot on a ball meant to be headed is ruled as foul in middle of the field and yet is not called a foul in the 18yrd box. (Iheanacho’s incidence.)
Guess VAR was on vacation. Rojos hand ball incident in its own case can be waved aside and the Ref excused as giving an advantage to Ighalo who made a mess out of the opportunity.
In any case of the Rojo incidence, the VAR pointed it to the center referee but he decided to turn the other way.
The Nigerian strikers seemingly forgot their scoring boots at home. In the first half iheanacho was rather confused and probably forgot the reason he was on the pitch as he had Zero contribution.
In d second half Ighalo decided to dish to us some sample of his inconsistency in front of goal in the green shirt. Blowing chances that would have made him a legend in d anals of Nigeria football history.
Rohrs approach to the game cost a team that was willing to die on d pitch collectively. From the beginning, he wanted the team to sit back and hit on the counter. The Argentines played with a 3 man attack ensuring they get the ball wide and isolate d Nigerian midfielders since it was loaded thereby forcing d wing backs to remain stagnant and offering little or no crosses to the two strikers Musa and Iheanacho/Ighalo.
The Super eagles also suffered for the refusal of Rohr to switch formation after Argentina added to more strikers. Rohr need to help d already stretched wing backs by bringing in a defensive midfielder and switching to a 433 or 442 .
In all what should remain? Rohr for one should remain.
In 2 years he brought back belief and discipline in d team.
Ighalo, Mikel, Onazi, Joel Obi, and Elderson should be quietly eased out of the team. The team was not disgraced but exited the stage with their heads high.
The team exited due to naivety of d players n coach at the WC level, this can only be corrected by experience and experience comes with more games both at competitive club and national level. At the end Argentina relied on experience to pull the chestnut out of d fire.
Like my friends will say what is a WC without Brazil or Argentina. See the Eagles back at mundial @ Qatar 2022