SUPER EAGLES: Grace to Grass
I watched the game against Egypt, really I wasn’t expecting anything special but as a football addict that I now find myself, be it Arsenal, Nigeria or Enyimba, count me in.
The viewing centre was packed full and various people of different background came in expectation of some ‘miracle’ to happen.
Nigerians has never known such failure as being experience with the present Super Eagles. The Nigeria football team may have disappointed his fans in the past, but not to the extent of total failure.
In the 80s, the Super Eagles major under achievement was not winning the Africa Nations cup, and it was not the problem of qualifying for the tournament. It is on record that for almost 20 years, Nigeria always makes it to the semi final of the tournament. Apart from the number of times other teams like Ghana, Cameroun and Egypt have won the tournament, Nigeria was one of the most feared team in the tournament.
Now the Nation is finding it difficult to qualify, failing to qualify two times in a row and the third time in recent years.
Now people will ask where does the problem lies. We may trace it to the NFF, coaches, government and administrative issues. But to be honest, these problems has always been there all these years and we have managed to scale through. I am not excusing the football body but the honest truth is that we no more have quality, dedicated and
passionate players like before. The likes of Siasia, Okocha, Keshi, Yekini, Finidi, Uche, Oliha. You can name tens of them that are of much better quality that we have now.
Our present defense is nothing to be proud of, the mid fielders are not skillful and can’t connect with the attackers, the wingers I feel do not know their role and can hardly deliver decent cross and having to rely on just Odion Ighalo to deliver the ‘goods’ looks funny.
With the array of talents we have in Europe, I mean almost in every league in Europe, you would expect us to be thinking of the AFCON draws and not how to qualify. Well, gone are those days now. Super Eagles has definitely lost his glory.
NPFL WEEK 8 REVIEW
ENUGU RANGERS are still at the top of the Nigerian premier league despite loosing 3-1 at the APER AKU STADIUM Markudi to LOBI STARS on Wednesday in a week eight Nigerian premier league game.
Elsewhere FC IFEANYIUBAH won at home 1-0 against HEARTLAND of OWERRI in an oriental derby while NIGER TORNADOES defeated SHOOTING STARS of IBADAN 2-1 in a game played in LOKOJA.
Three goalless draws were recorded as WIKKI TOURISTS held ABIA WARRIORS to a scoreless draw in UMUAHIA, RIVERS UNITED were held by SUNSHINE STARS in PORT HARCOURT and the encounter between AKWA UNITED and WARRI WOLVES also ended in a scoreless draw.
GIWA FC were also held to a 1-1 draw by EL KANEMI in Jos while MFM FC of LAGOS lost their one goal lead to draw 1-1 at the AGEGE STADIUM against KANO PILLARS.
In Matches played later ENYIMBA FC defeated PLATEAU UNITED 1-0 while NASARAWA UNITED defeated IKORODU UNITED by 2-0
BETTING TIPS FOR THE WEEKEND
Below is Weekend Football’s Picks for the weekend, calculating not only the best returns, but the second best returns to give you a better choice!
5 Medium Risk Games:
Rochdale v Doncaster Rovers (1)1.95
Shrewsbury Town v Wigan Athletic (2)1.85
Northampton Town v Notts County (1)1.53
Partick Thistle v Kilmarnock (1)1.90
Burton Albion v Bury (1)1.67
5 High Risk Games:
Stoke City v Swansea City (1)2.20
Manchester United v Everton (1)2.05
Norwich City v Newcastle United (1)2.25
Nottingham Forest v Brentford (1)2.30
St Johnstone v Dundee United (1)2.25
BTTS(Both Team To Score)
Bristol Rovers v Crawley Town Y 2.10
Sheffield United v Walsall Y 1.85
Brighton and Hove Albion v Burnley Y 2.10
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Y 1.73
Bradford City v Scunthorpe United Y 2.10
10 Home Win Games:
Arsenal v Watford (1)1.36
Luton Town v Stevenage (1)2.10
Burton Albion v Bury (1)1.67
Atlético de Madrid v Real Betis (1)1.85
FC Bayern München v Benfica (1)1.20
Borussia Dortmund v SV Werder Bremen (1)1.22
Juventus v Empoli (1)1.83
Aberdeen v Hamilton Academical (1)1.44
Sevilla v Real Sociedad (1)1.70
Peterborough United v Crewe Alexandra (1)1.53
Mr. Michael Onyegide is an Internet savvy, sports writer who is very passionate about the game of football. He holds B.Eng from Imo state University and a Telemarketing Diploma from Texas. He can be reached on Instagram and Twitter with the handle @michaelonyegide.