Two days ago, the Flying Eagles of Nigeria crashed out of the U20 WC currently being played in Canada by the margin of 4 goals. All 4 goals were scored in extra time. Simply put, the team collapsed as extra time was being played. A couple of observations I have about the match I have include:
- Chile was fundamentally better, both technically and tactically
- The Flying Eagles lacked vision and purpose around the 18 yard box
- The Flying Eagles technical staff did not make timely and key substitutions neither did they change tactics
- We didn’t seem to have a “difference maker” on the team
Now these observations are not eye-opening in of themselves, but it calls to question the future of football in Nigeria (both players and technical staff). The Super Eagles are recycling the same set of players (it seems like) under the guise that they are “oldies but goodies” with very little infusion of youth.