Last Thursday, the Super of Nigeria encountered a defeat against the Desert Foxes of Algeria not minding the dominated possession recorded by the Super Eagles. On Tuesday, the Super Eagles again will be playing the Eagles of Carthage of Tunisia and head of that Tuesday’s friendly against, Gernot Rohr, the German Nigerian head coach is unsure of who and who to feature especially in the mildfield.
Maduka Okoye, making only his second international appearance, looked reasonably assured; Zaidu Sanusi marked his debut with an effervescent display; Alex Iwobi, although less effective after the break, knitted the play together very well in the opening period; Leon Balogun, in from the start for the first time since the Africa Cup of Nations defeat by Madagascar, was the picture of composure and class in the heart of the defence; and Tyronne Ebuehi reminded everyone why Benficaswooped for him two years ago, before the injuries came.
Irrespective of who the head coach selects, the German should be aware it simply will not do to close the international window with another defeat, as that risks poisoning the well ahead of November’s double-header against Sierra Leone. Rohr should note as a warning against already angered angry Nigerians.