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Nigeria's Super Eagles were left to rue what might have been after going down 2-1 to Uruguay

Posted: 21 June 2013 Time: 06:12

Nigeria's Super Eagles were left to rue what might have been after going down 2-1 to Uruguay, a result that all but eliminates them from the tournament.

But captain Vincent Enyeama said the players had a lot to be proud of, "You are always disappointed when you lose a game, and we are not happy," Enyeama told KickOffNigeria.com.

"But we played a good game. I would say one of our best games in recent years, so I'm proud of the players today."

Diego Lugano put Uruguay in front with a somewhat fortuitous turn-in as the Nigeria defence went to a sleep.

But John Mikel Obi, on his 50th appearance for Nigeria, made the defender look like a discarded part of the furniture as he drew Nigeria level.

The Chelsea man received a Brown Ideye layup, shimmied away from Lugano with a casual drop of the shoulder and placed home with his weaker left foot.

It was a goal of spell-binding skill, ice-cold calm, exquisite technique and measured precision.

But the last word belonged to Diego Forlan, making his 100th appearance for Uruguay.

From nowhere, the Uruguayan striking trinity clicked into gear as Ahmed Musa gave up a turnover, then found himself on his behind in a failed attempt at retrieval.

Luis Suarez found Edinson Cavani, who swept out wide to the arriving Forlan. The former Manchester United man cracked home an unstoppable thunderbolt to Enyeama's top corner.

It proved enough.

Nigeria: Enyeama - Obobona, Echiejile, Ambrose, Omeruo, Ogu (Mba - 66'), Mikel, Ogude, Musa, Brown (Akpala - 73'), Oduamadi (Babatunde - 45')

Uruguay: Muslera - Lugano, Godin, Pereira, Caceres, Rodriguez (Pereira - 87'), Arevalo, Gonzalez, Suarez (Coates - 83'), Forlan, Cavani

Previous comments on this story...

Santi Santi
posted: 09:02 am
Great performance though we were let down by our finishing and individual errors that lead to both Uruguayans goals, the game also proved how much we have missed Emenike & Moses after this tourney i would love to see Keshi bring in more options for his attack, his team can create goal chances, and did anyone notice how our defence shut out Cavani & Suarez, we were that good and its funny i feel better with this performance despite the loss. UP Eagles
Santi Santi
posted: 09:09 am
DTC Spiritual Owner dankie for those words, you saw the Eagles many people wont want to notice cos they want Keshi out, it really beats me why some people want keshi out but i think the NFF know better, Keshi is staying longer than anyone thinks and by the time he leaves haters will finally notice what he has done with this team.
Sukoluhle
posted: 09:09 am
As i predicted b4 the tournament kicks off In the semi finals brazil wl play uruguay ,spain wl play italy
Burgeria
posted: 09:11 am
I sincerely agree with some points of my fellow comrades Banky 85 & co, guys the truth of it is the team needs a sound technical adviser Keshi is not yet sound technically in the aspect of players selection and substitution and game reading. I mentioned yesterday about having a good succession plan for players. Today i will talk about KPI key performance indicator' a player scored 10goals for his club and finds it difficult to net a ball for SE the coach should critically examine the factors that made the player performed well in his club and fashion out same KPI in SE for the same player to assist in his performances.Example Ahmed Musa plays from the center in CSKA and scored more goals than in SE where he features from the wing just to mention a few. My fear, My worries hmmmm the big boss will be sacked by NFF they wanted this to happen during the nations cup and also with the match Bonus issue hmm Keshi is gone i pity Nigeria. i will rate the guys 45%
Santi Santi
posted: 09:21 am
Bugeria i dont think Musa played many matches as a CF for CSKA moreover Musa has always been a wing player for Eagles, i personally wont play Musa as a forward he got a small frame and can be easily bullied by defenders, he is better off on the wings were his pace is an asset but needs to add tricks and better crossing of the ball to his game.
TeellThemm
posted: 09:22 am
There you go with that mentality of a loser. These Uruguayan team is of aging one, the offer nothing on the night yet we lose against them. If you want to be world beater, you MUST refuse to lose against such team. If the right strikers was brought to this tournament Uruguay will be history. This loss is of a result of Keshi not bringing a good striker to compliment Ideye, most people clamour for it here in this site including me but some say the Akpalas, Ujahs are worth it. Some discovery though in Babatunde and Ogu but we should to bury teams that we should beat and REFUSE to accept this mentality that we did well even in losing, that is nonsense. That has been the problem of a black man, aspire to win at all time.
Mosiixty
posted: 09:22 am
If Africa is pinning their hopes on this guys....better think twice. Der is no team here. Dey were lucky to win AFCON. Dis loud mouths r nothing but fakes,age cheats and drug traffickers.....the only decent guy der , is their Coach. How I wish he my hommie
Addis Ababa The Capital of Africa
posted: 09:23 am
Nigerians played their hearts out .... big up to the Supa Eagles
Anonymous
posted: 09:30 am
Four strikers and non is one. We showed we were not in the tournament to score. They played very well but couldnt score, is that the story of our football? Should NFF meddle in Keshi's selection? honestly, every blind man in Nigeria knows that Uja, Akpala,Babatune and even Ideye does not have business in Eagles at least for now. Ideye to me is not a 4:3:3 stiker and can only function well when he's supporting a poacher.
Keshi must know now that luck doesnt work all the time. Have you seen super Eagles bench? no body except players that are looking for clubs and you know the reason.
Yes! Eagles approach the match without any fear or favour, played very well, impressed, mark out the best strikers in the world, Suarez and Cavani but we could have done better.
Now we are simply out, no arithmetic like Uruguay not beating Tahiti well and Nigeria beating spain. nope.
I suggest Keshi considers this squad:
ENYEAMA, EJIDE,AGBIM
EFE, CHIBUZOR OKONKWO
ECHEJILE,TAIWO
OBOABONA,APAM
OMERUO,EGWUEKE
ONAZI,OGU
JOEL OBI,MBA
MIKEL, HARUNA
ODEWINGIE,ODUAMADI,MUSA
MOSES,NSOFOR
EMENIKE,ANICHEBE,IKE UCHE.
STAND BY OGUDE,IDEYE,OBIORA,UCHE KALU,R.IBRAHIM
with this Nigeria, i believe can beat any side in the world. and the bench would have quality.
Let's experiment with friendly matches or we miss out of world cup. my opinion though.
Elegant....
JS-KHOSI CHAMP
posted: 09:34 am
Im encouraged by the positive mindset of the Naija fans and their critical analysis of the teams play. You dont see the mention of Enyeamba or Chelsea here, it's all about the Super Eagles. We SA fans can learn a lot instead of being off topic all the time.
Anonymous
posted: 09:41 am
Make Mikel the official captain of this team and bring back strikers like Odewingie, Anichebe and Uche brothers back.
live4eagles
posted: 09:43 am
I just kind of love the spirit I'm seeing in this forum. I appreciate the way we all have judged Eagles performance. I think those who believe that SE won the Nations Cup by luck can now eat their words and go to sleep.
Uruguay are no match to Eagles. That clearly showed itself yesterday. No wonder their coach admitted before hand that Eagles are dangerous. They won, yes, and i give them credit for that. But can anybody see how the pressure they mounted in the first ten minutes were soon diluted and finally neutralized by the Eagles? If not for our strikers, i bet you, Uruguay would joined the night's bus back to their country before their last game. Keshi, we are strongly behind you, Africa itself is behind you. Just find better strikers, and the world will know that whenever Nigeria is coming, it would sound like a lion coming out. Remember this is not the tournament Keshi says he takes into consideration as being that serious. Don't be surprise, for i can thank God for this Confed Cup, as it would help Keshi to sift his team off the unwanteds and reload it with the most formidable replacements. I believe with what has just happened last night, the world will now begin to see Eagles as one of the emerging portent team to beat when the WC begins.
charlesbrown
posted: 09:46 am
I was so proud of the eagles last night because I thought uruguay will beat us mercilesly. A see a team in progress what is remaing is just finishing touches. Defence was 80%,midfield 60% but attack 30%. Keshi have really groomed omeruo and oboabona to be a great pair, echieijile have developed so much that I so so surprised with he's composure and awareness but ambrose though had an average game but is the biggest worry we have in the team because at time§ he seems confused on what to do with the ball when it getsto him and also wasn't mindful in his overlapping. In the midfield mikel was pure class in the first half but later ran out of steam in the second half, ogu had good touches,physique and ball control but lacks that confidence,mobility and creativity to burst forward and create killer passes for the attackers, ogunde was the best out of the trio in the midfield and I was mavelled with his performance, good positioning,neat tackles,perfect range of passes and was ever present to help the defence. Coming to the attackers ideye to me was a good physical presence which the uruguyans had problem to deal with but couldn't get those killer passed he wanted from the midfielder more especially from ogu. Some of my fellow forumites do casticate ideye a lot but that guy is a very good striker and team player as well just that keshi have not gotten that #10 who wÍll be feeding him with good through passes. Musa was the biggest threat we had going forward last night but still lack that experience to deliver good crosses or passes but believe you me nigeria have a star in the making in musa just that we have to be patient with him to mature into that player we want him to be (players like odewinge,echiejile and emenike experienced the same not minding that they were much older than musa whem the got to the eagles). Oduamadi did he's best though he got injured but did see a lot of the ball while he was in the pitch. Mba has the agility and ruggedness to burst into an oppositions half but he's ball control is very bad and also ball sense is still amateur, he is still not yet an eagles material not witstanding he's performance at the last afcon. Babatunde is not an eagles material also. Keshi should invite and test new players and also have a good bench who when introduced in a match can cause upsets and win matches. Odewinge's experience is still needed in our attack even if he will start from the bench also sone aluko of hull city will also be a good addition to the team. Our attacking midfield position is the biggest problem we have in the eagles, someone who can transist play from defence to attack, someone who can deliver killer passes and also someone who can burst forward and score as well. I think keshi should try out haruna lukman in that position in some of the friendlies the eagles will play in the nearest future. Players like mba,akpala and babatunde have no place in this new eagles.
TeellThemm
posted: 09:49 am
Please please please let stop having this idea that it is well to accept defeat because we played well, that is total nonsense. We should NEVER lose against a team that we should have buried if the right thing was done. Whether we play well or bad we should always come out on top against teams so obvious we should beat. The undoing of these teams is lack of good strikers which Keshi fail to take and i complain it here from the beginning. What is the essence of those players on the bench if they can't get on to the pitch.
The Phoenix
posted: 09:51 am
Great performance! Thumbs up to the team as they excel in area of teamwork, passion, grit and determination. However, moving forward, Keshi need to rethink his selection policy. The team and bench simply lacked the quality to change the game in terms of talent and experience yesterday. This can be the difference between dominating a game and winning or dominating and still losing. Japan too learned that the hard way against Italy. Aside some few player in the starting 11, others have no business in a competition like ConFed. Even if you are going to the ConFed with young passionate player instead of our known attackers, it should be with the best of our talented and skillful young players, not those who are most likely to be dropped after AFCON. That's simply a waste as better players could have benefited from the experience.
We also do not need to forcefully add home-based players to the eagle if they are not good enough. Even the good home-based will become foreign-based someday; in that case, would that reduce their chance in the team. Quota system would always deprieve a system from using its best.
For those attributing the loss to absence of some players, the reality is that it may always be that way as injury, lack-of-form, suspension and unavailability are part of the game. If you can't deal with them, we may always remain a "nearly" team that may always lack that "extra" edge at the world stage. What happens if this is the WC qualifier playoff? Would nearly be good enough?
ndu
posted: 09:58 am
From my opinion...Overall, the SE of Nigeria played as a team but the only thing that killed this game was the individual skill problem from some players. 50% of this team aren't well groomed in the art of 1 OR 1-2 touch - move/open up. Some of these players esp strikers were not quick,innovative and strong with their execution e.g Ideye Brown. This is where the combo of Emenike and Victor Moses would have been very effective. The left strike side was far more effective i.e Echiejile/ Musa combo compared to the right side strike even though later on in the game some pretty good crosses started coming from the right. The right attackers/and support was a bit cumbersome with their ball handling and execution. The attacking midfielders were hugging the ball two seconds in excess.(incl Mikel) and our transition from Midfield into attack was a bit slow because the strikers were a bit slow. The coach needs to work on some players' passes and the transition from Defense-Midfield-Attack all the way from the home 18 yrd box to the opponents 18 yrd box in max 12 seconds. If we can do this, not even Spain can hold us. Plus the SE have this stupid behavior of playing reactionary soccer. i.e they don't sit up until their opponents score first which pushes them to play tensive soccer and get worn out and frustrated. The defense was matured today even though Enyeama could have done a bit better. The forwards were the ones who didn't grab us a win. Keshi needs to work on his Facial expressions and Non verbal communication. Sometimes a Coach's Non Verbal communication is enough to show the players that they aren't executing well with and moves them to step up their game. Keshi needs to train some of the boys like Michael Babatunde in the training game of middleman(max 2 touches with play span boundaries) Some of them need to ease up when they have the ball and not get too intimidated to make naive passes when an opponent runs up to them. If we can get this right, we can beat Spain and get back into this competition.
Anonymous
posted: 10:00 am
Woow..loose or not loose..I have never been this happy watching eagles playing..lol..last time I felt like that was back then in westerhof days..if we have our strikers like Emenike,Moses and others am damn sure we will take Uruguay to the cleaner..I knew we can do better than what we did against Tahiti and it happens just like that..on paper with the Uruguay stars we shouldn't have chance at all but see we take it all out against them..with our top strikers playing together time after times and tidying up those guys at the back then forget it we will take any team up..win or loose am looking forward to the Spain game..
The Phoenix
posted: 10:04 am
Great performance! Thumbs up to the team as they excel in area of teamwork, passion, grit and determination. However, moving forward, Keshi need to rethink his selection policy. The team and bench simply lacked the quality to change the game in terms of talent and experience yesterday. This can be the difference between dominating a game and winning or dominating and still losing. Japan too learned that the hard way against Italy. Aside some few player in the starting 11, others have no business in a competition like ConFed. Even if you are going to the ConFed with young passionate player instead of our known attackers, it should be with the best of our talented and skillful young players, not those who are most likely to be dropped after AFCON. That's simply a waste as better players could have benefited from the experience.
We also do not need to forcefully add home-based players to the eagle if they are not good enough. Even the good home-based will become foreign-based someday; in that case, would that reduce their chance in the team. Quota system would always deprieve a system from using its best.
For those attributing the loss to absence of some players, the reality is that it may always be that way as injury, lack-of-form, suspension and unavailability are part of the game. If you can't deal with them, we may always remain a "nearly" team that may always lack that "extra" edge at the world stage.
Our back 4 have no tested and trusted replacement. What will happen if one or 2 of these boys have a problem before or during a critical match? We are walking a thin line indeed.
What happens if this is the WC qualifier playoff? Would nearly be good enough?
live4eagles
posted: 10:14 am
@Mosiixty, I'm very sure there's a name that you have, which you don't use in the open. Your mother was the one who gave it to you. But i know it. It's Moron of the first Order. Your baptismal name is Nchi (Grass cutter). And i remember also there's this nickname you equally have. I once heard some of your friends calling that name, in style, tho. It is Idiot.
Fool. Would you come to this place and begin to call people age-cheater, drug this or that? Are you not blind to even see that the Eagles played with their parents, men who are ten-times older than them? Are yiu crazy? How i wish i know where you are writing from, you would have seen something, Mkpi(he-goat)!
Thank your God. This is just a forum. When people are making clear-cut observation, Vultures like you would come here to make themselves out by stating the stinking, smelling, odds.
Has this forum ever treated the Eagles with mercy anytime they commit can well be regarded as Team Blunder? In fact, what you have just done here shows that one of your best and indeed bossom friend is Usu(Bat). It has not friends who use the day but the night.
If you are a married man, it will not surprise me to hear that all your children are made up of Ewu(she-goat), Aturu(sheep), Okuko(Agric-fowl), Nkita(dog), Obogwu(duck) and Ngwere(lizard). Advise yourself now before your hatred for Nigerian kill you before your time, Anu ohia!
Sundawana Mheleni ka Mbuqe
posted: 10:16 am
Nigeria are out there is no way for Tahiti Powerlines to beat Uruguay who beats BAFANA,GHANA AND NIGERIA and Spain won't lose to the Nigerian losers they must go back to the Niger Delta to fight for the oil and Boko Haram in Lagos and Abuja ooho..
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