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Nigeria drew 1-1 with Namibia in their 2014 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.

Posted: 13 June 2013 Time: 06:33

Nigeria missed a chance to become the first country to reach the final phase of 2014 World Cup qualifying when they could only draw 1-1 to Namibia on Wednesday night.

With victory over Kenya secured a week earlier, and Namibia in disarray following the resignation of coach Roger Palmgren barely 48 hours before the match, Nigeria were expected to secure the three points that would push them over the line.

Desperate for goals, Stephen Keshi spent his final training sessions working on shooting practice, and dropped striker Brown Ideye for Anthony Ujah who had looked lively when he came on against Kenya.

And it looked like the move had paid off when the Eagles created an opening within the opening minutes.

But just like in the Kenya game, that chance was fluffed. It set the tone for the rest of the game, with Ahmed Musa, Nnamdi Oduamadi, Anthiny Ujah and John Mikel Obi all spurning good opportunities.

And they were soon made to pay the price when substitute Deon Hotto volleyed past Vincent Enyeama to give the hosts a shock lead.

Not that it lasted for long. Defender Godfrey Oboabona restored parity soon after with a superbly curled free-kick.

Nigeria pushed for a winner, but towards the end, Keshi settled for the point by shoring up his midfield with Fegor Ogude.

The result means Nigeria stay two points clear of Malawi, and only need a result in their final group game at home to Malawi to reach the final phase of qualifying.

It also takes Nigeria to 18 games unbeaten under Stephen Keshi.

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Anonymous
posted: 09:53 am
Great lesson for the guys. The coaches have a lot of work on their hands. I wonder why it took so long for the coaches to identify Oboabona as a good free kick taker. Someone who monitors our local league as I would expect our coaches to do must have known all this while that Oboabona constantly plays free kicks and penalties for Sunshine Stars, ditto for Ibenegbu of Heartland. Then the question is how well do our coaches know their players. I have always wondered why Ahmed Musa keeps playing in the wings. He works hard and loves the team obviously but his crosses are not top-notch. If the coaches will not work on him to improve on his crosses, they could as well play him in the striking role where he fluorished in the past season in CSKA Moscow.

I laugh when commentators say a win is a win no matter how many goals are scored. Soccer is about scoring goals and that is an area the Super Eagles has been lacking. You cannot defend for 90 mins hoping not to concede goals. Even teams of coaches noted for defending like that of Mourinho concede goals. And that is where our greatest problem now lies. We are obviously missing Emenike and Moses but how are we sure that Emenike will be as sharp as he was when he returns from injury. We should remember that there was a time Emenike was at a time not scoring for Nigeria. Even if he comes back on form, coaches of opposing teams would have known how vital he is to the course of Nigeria. The coaches need to find a solution to the striking problem of the Super Eagles.

Segun
Philosopher`
posted: 09:56 am
Denonso1:

KESHI needs to GO!!! Nigeria will NEVER get
better under KESHI's management because he
is very bias in his selection of players. He will
not advance Nigeria football because he is part
of the problem, him and NFF.
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with this comment , i conclude you dont know anything about football... pls read what you just posted again
TeellThemm
posted: 09:58 am
This idea that there are no small teams to me is is baseless. Small teams exist and they will continue to exist till tomorrow. If the top teams keep doing the right thing they will continue to be on top. If SE had finishers yesterday, Namibia will remain a small team they are. If Namibia had so much improve, why haven't they win the Nation cup or go to the world cup and why has the Big boys been the ones that always win major championship and not India, China or Namibia. If we do what we need to do from administration to the coach and to the right play on the pitch, small teams will be put to where the belong.
ogbonna
posted: 10:07 am
@Icombacobela you have to beat Ethiopia b/f you talk about Nigeria.
Game147
posted: 10:08 am
Invite Messi, Invite Maradona, why haven't we won the Afcon all these years with them ? We couldn't qualify for ordinary Afcon ( 2012 ) with these Super stars..........we couldn't beat ordinary Guinea at home, that's a shame. Nigeria is still on-top ( may be they lost the opportunity to rap things up ) and our destiny is still in our hands, we only need a draw. Keshi is still on the right-track. Abeg Siasia na 'ju-man' , mek una close that chapter, lol.
The Phoenix
posted: 10:11 am
Start your comment hereAfter reading all the funny predictions Nigerians made before playing Kenya and Namibia, teams ranked below 100th position in the world; is it not humbling that Nigeria had to claw their ways out of imminent defeat with dying minutes equalizers @ home against Kenya and now away to Namibia. Yet some still feel the team did well because coach Keshi won AFCON therefore he is a messiah and can do no wrong. They should ask the Zambians coach.
The truth is Nigerians need to get their heads out of the sand and analyze football in a non-sentimental way. First they need to know that Keshi didn't win AFCON single-handedly. He did his part but if others had failed, he would surely have failed too. He should stop thinking that he alone has the power to do it and making decisions influenced by pride and ego rather than smart thinking.
Winning this group isn't even going to get us to the WC and a more dicey 2-legged affair still stands in the way. A match where victory would largely be determined by the strength and depth of your defense and the potency of your attack.
Struggling in a group with Kenya, Namibia and Malawi is surely a warning too loud to be ignored. So fans and other stakeholders should get to work and do proper and objective postmortem of the matches and tell Keshi the truth rather than engage in cheap praise-singing. What's the usefulness of friends who are not bold to tell you the truth?
I hope Keshi too won't start all his cheap blackmail of interference when he's faced with the truth. He did it in AFCON but nobody thought of whether the SE would still have been successful if not for the criticism and pressure he received. It is not just coincidence that the SE started finding their winning boots after that. D national team is nobody's property. Any extreme position in life will always destroy. Life is sustained by balance of forces and Keshi need it to succeed.
Santi Santi
posted: 10:31 am
So many ignorant comments here, sometimes i wonder if some people here are real.
Anonymous
posted: 10:32 am
Today, I wept for this site. Gone are the days when you could come here and read scholarly postings by forumites. Reading so much junk, like anarchy is let loose in the middle of Alaba market. Whatever happened to Segun,Slyman,Icequeen,millions,et al.
Anonymous
posted: 10:32 am
SUYA posted above comment.
Boyotofa
posted: 10:34 am
Guys stop blaming Keshi, He is doing his best but the truth is that nigeria is running a fake and corrupt system. Take a look at the travel schedule of dis team, there are many things wrong with the country and that is affecting every sector including sports. I will NEVER bet for anything "nigeria" becos it is a country where "anything goes"
The Phoenix
posted: 10:45 am
Start your comment here@Game147. D answer to ur often cited argument is that many factors determine who wins AFCON. These include but are not limited to quality of administration, preparation, players, coach and opposition just to name a few. We cannot also rule out luck and favour. Games have been lost through lottery of penalties, bad officiating and injury to players @ critical time. So the fact that more talented SE squads or stars fails to deliver in the past is not an excuse to stick to untested, experience and less talented players all in the name of building a team.
Many fans just blindly supports a coach they like rather than objectively evaluate their performance one match @ a time. You don't help a team by not telling them where they go or what they did wrong.
Like I wrote in earlier post, Zambia experience is a good case study. That the SE won AFCON is now history. What they do next is what will define them.
The Phoenix
posted: 10:46 am
@Game147. D answer to ur often cited argument is that many factors determine who wins AFCON. These include but are not limited to quality of administration, preparation, players, coach and opposition just to name a few. We cannot also rule out luck and favour. Games have been lost through lottery of penalties, bad officiating and injury to players @ critical time. So the fact that more talented SE squads or stars fails to deliver in the past is not an excuse to stick to untested, experience and less talented players all in the name of building a team.
Many fans just blindly supports a coach they like rather than objectively evaluate their performance one match @ a time. You don't help a team by not telling them where they go or what they did wrong.
Like I wrote in earlier post, Zambia experience is a good case study. That the SE won AFCON is now history. What they do next is what will define them.
Anonymous
posted: 10:59 am
@denonso 1 or whatever u call your name if u see any other person as fool as you re then charge him to court bcos u re a perfect example of a fool..
Kerewa
posted: 11:03 am
Everything that happened yesterday boils down to football sense in the final third. Something was missing in the final third. That thing has been missing right from the AFCON. But for moses skills and dexterity from the wings, we took no notice of it. Musa is a diff player to moses, so its very glaring now cos that was the only option we have. The other option of working our way into the box couldnt work cos if we must work our way into the box, then we need players with close control of football. Not players in the mold of mba. I have said it before and will still say it again, The present SE midfield will suit players in the mold of Lukman Haruna. believe it or not he would ve tested the Namibian gk severally. and he will be confident that Mikel and onazi will be there to back him up. Talking about the team generally. Keshi gambled at AFCON. had only 11 outfield players with very weak bench. it worked for him but for how long. A lot of guys were screaming yesterday that Keshi should sub, i then asked who is coming in for who???? when the man in the pitch is way better than the one coming in. Am a keshi supporter but its not right inviting and selecting mediocres in ur team. chosing Akpala ahead of eneramo??? and all these local league players that ve never kicked a ball since AFCON??? Ujah from B bundelsliga no chance for Ebagua from Serie B for Kalu Uche??? No room for experiments but we still got players that will even cause more probs for the team if situations warrants that they must play.Well let the Confed begin. Moreso, this team still needs some old men with old football sense. They will be called up when the going gets tough. not like the mediocres we have in the bench. I rest my case.
coache
posted: 11:05 am
How can you draw with Kenya in Nigeria and expect me to believe you will win Malawi in Nigeria.

Compare these two teams with Guinea; player for player and you will see that Guinea has more depth than Kenya and Namibia (tofiakwa) ANYDAY. MInd you, we have only scored 4 goals and conceded 2 if I am right. That is not acceptable, where is Ike Uche, Nsofor and Osaze, good goal scorers. You won Namibia by 1-0 in NIgeria, drew with Kenya and now what tells you we cannot loose against Malawi. Think and stop been beclouded by AFCON. Siasia won against Madagascar and everybody said it was in U-23 Madagascar team, all the Namibian players none of them play in Europe if I am right and we could not beat them. I think Malawi beat them at home or so.
niyi oyedola
posted: 11:07 am
@The Phoenix
You spot on my brother, few people here feel that when you are complaining about the selections or the way the Eagles played you are against the coach but no. If they perform well I will be glad to praise the team and Coach. We are going to confederation cup with the same attack line to face Spain and Uruguay tell me these set of players that cant score against Namibia and Kenya.How will they have confident to pass the well organized defense line of these two teams. Sometime I look at Keshi and I think he is digging is own grave and waiting for NFF to bury him . Thereafter, NFF officials will appoint new coach because of his arrogance he may stutter along the way and they are patiently waiting for him to slip off just as they did to other indigenous Coaches Amodu,Siasia and Onigbinde. I hope Keshi will listen and if does not its only time will tell before he will edge out himself. He is just too rigid for me
Anonymous
posted: 11:15 am
It's really annoying coming to this site at times..whenever the eagles lost or draw a match then u see some people coming on dropping ##### everywhere..I don't know why most people on here reasoning with their toes instead of using their heads..I can't believe someone still saying Siasia team always dominate matches and he only lost against Argentina..this is some one who can't take us to the Afcon the first time since ve been watching Nigeria playing football..this is just ridiculous..Brazil use to be no 1 in world football and now they re struggling and trying re shaping...winning yesterday and be the first to qualify or draw and qualify later make no difference what matter most is we re still in the running and we re comfortable ..we don't need Kenya,Namibia or Malawi to win,draw or loose for us to qualify its pay as u go for us so why all this Keshi must GO rubbish..Malawi won't play the Africa Champion the way the going to play Kenya so why people just take time and think..
niyi oyedola
posted: 11:18 am
@The Phoenix
You are spot on my brother, few people here feel that when you are complaining about the selections or the way the Eagles played you are against the coach but no. If they perform well I will be glad to praise the team and Coach. We are going to confederation cup with the same attack line to face Spain and Uruguay tell me these set of players that cant score against Namibia and Kenya.How will they have confident to pass the well organized defense line of these two teams. Sometime I look at Keshi and I think he is digging is own grave and waiting for NFF to bury him . Thereafter, NFF officials will appoint new coach because of his arrogance he may stutter along the way and they are patiently waiting for him to slip off just as they did to other indigenous Coaches Amodu,Siasia and Onigbinde. I hope Keshi will listen and if does not its only time will tell before he will edge out himself. He is just too rigid for me
blackpanther187
posted: 11:40 am
I just dont get it why we had to start Ujah in such an important game? Why give up Ideye so fast? Should I now give up on Keshi because of this game?
blackpanther187
posted: 11:48 am
@Game147: Nice comment! I just dont get it what people want.. For sure I was angry to see Ujah in the starting line up, but if we say we want to build a team for the future than we to make some sacrifices. It was a damm big risk to so many homebased players a chance at the Afcon but at the end it paid off.

The only thing i want is more pressure on the likes of Ujah and Nmadi.. if they f... up than a John Utaka or Oba should replace them from the benche!

I still dont understand why we didnt used Brown Ideye?
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