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Siasia and the new Super Eagles.


Can he do the work?

A soccer enthusiastic nation like Nigeria with virtually all its citizens as seasoned coach and football analyst is excited about the future of the current Super Eagles. The new coach, Samson Siasia’s pedigree as a disciplined coach plus his success at junior international level gave him the overwhelming support to get the job ahead of his counterparts vying for the same post.

The African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia in Abuja was his first real test. The coach opted for a 4-4-2 formation with a compact and highly technical central midfield pair of John Mikel Obi and Joel Obi. Lightening pace of Ahmed Musa and Obinna Nsofor on the wings, target man Victor Anichebe and a complimentary goal poacher in Peter Utaka. The defense line was marshaled by captain Yobo and Taye Taiwo gave width down the left flank. The stage was set and the expectation was high.

The Super Eagles were business like and got an early reward when Anichebe fed his strike partner Utaka for the first goal of the game inside three minutes. The goal helped to settle nerves as the host got into their rhythm. Wide men Musa and Nsofor threatened down both flanks with Taiwo giving the needed support from wide position. The promising prospect of the half or perhaps the whole match was the organization and understanding between the central midfield pair of Mikel and Joel who were playing together for the first time. Both players interchanged very well and controlled the tempo of the game from the centre.

Second half substitute Osaze Odemwingie replaced Anichebe brought another dimension to the team and a confirmation of the manager’s tactical awareness as well as the versatility of his front men. Utaka was rewarded for his doggedness in front of goal with his second goal of the night.
Ike Uche come on for the two goal hero and he justified his place on the team when he poked home from close range after Odemwingie set him up. Ike thenĀ  sent the Super Eagles into the fourth heavens with a 30 yard cracker for his second goal of the evening.

Uche - To play a vital role in the new Super Eagles

It was a commendable performance from the Super Eagles though there is still room for a lot of improvement. The soccer loving fans of Nigeria can look into the future with optimism as the manager has promised to build his team around the younger players while trying to ease out the older legs.

For a country that has wallowed in football mediocrity lately thanks to poor management and bad administration, is Siasia the man to bring pride and honor back to the Super Eagles?