Nosa Igiebor

Igiebor stunner helps down Venezuela

Brown Ideye, Ogenyi Onazi' and Nosa Igiebor score as Nigeria beat Venezuela

Posted: 15 November 2012 Time: 08:01 am

Sandwiched between Brown Ideye's not so simple tap-in and Ogenyi Onazi's pile-driver with seconds left, Nosa Igiebor's audacious volley was the highlight of Nigeria's 3-1 win over Venezuela.

Not even a sloppy turnover which gifted Frank Feltscher what looked like a comeback goal could take away from Igiebor's eye-popping volley.

Shorn of top starting talent like Joseph Yobo, Vincent Enyeama, John Mikel Obi, Ike Uche, Victor Moses and Ahmed Musa, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi looked to his home stars, returnee players and debutants to face a Venezuela side which finished fourth at the Copa America.

There were first-time starting shirts for Portland Timbers' Bright Dike, Sunshine Stars' Solomon Kwambe and Lazio's Ogenyi Onazi. Obafemi Martins was also shoved into the thick of battle on his return to the national team after over a year out.

Predictably, far from being a classic, this was ragged for extended spells, with the pockmarked pitch doing little to help, and Nigeria looked to be on the ropes early on.

Centre-back Azubuike Egwueke got the sloppy ball rolling when he gave away possession barely five minutes in. To his relief, Venezuela failed to inflict punishment.

Ideye almost exacted retribution. Played through by Igiebor, the Dinamo Kyiv striker found himself facing the goalkeeper, and so did his shot.

With right-back Solomon Kwambe revelling in the freedom of foraging upfront, Venezuela were finding joy loping balls over and in behind the hole at right-back.

Between Egwueke and felklow centre half Godfrey Oboabona, they contrived to escape danger time and again.

But the warning signs were always there. Egwueke left a trailing foot after being beaten clean. Arando headed in the freekick, but the goal was chalked off, correctly, for offside. And it was as much a relief to Keshi, as it must have been to the defenders that the half ended with no score.

That all changed four minutes into the second. The impressive Kwambe, marauding down the right channel, was fed by Igiebor. His driven cross, clean as a whistle, evaded Martins, but not Ideye.

His ecstatic celebrations came nowhere near Igiebor a few minutes later. Venzuela dallied with clearing a ball, it fell to the midfielder, who set it up with his chest and looped a quite sumptuous volley past the stranded Hernandez.

All the Venezuela keeper could do was look as the ball sailed above him and under the cross bar.
Despite being two goals up, Nigeria needed Austin Ejide to come up with big saves time and again. And he did.

But there was nothing even he could do for Fletscher's goal. Oboabona, trying to play the ball out of defence, got his pocket picked by Arango, who fed Feltscher with the Nigeria defence forced to play catch up. Ejide had no chance.

With Venezuela pushing for the equaliser, Ameobi, on as a sub for the last half hour, showed admirable strength to hold off his marker, and lay the ball for the arriving Onazi. The youngster's finish was as precise as it was composed.

Game, set and match. And Keshi will have to look at which of these players will make the cut as he fine-tunes his final squad.

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:23 am
players Like Ogenyi, solomon Kwambe of sunsine stars, Ideye , Igiebor,Echegile and Ejide who is my man of the match has already sealed their places in the nation cup in my own opinion. Again, Egwueke and Oboabona has confirmed their inability to rise up to the occassion. We need central defenders more than anything now and i hope Keshi saw that he doesnt have any in the match.
eshilolo
posted: 08:29 am
collin UDOH abeg journalism is not all about quotin big-big grammers wich iv not seein u do while on super sports to justify wheather is part of u or not.
Eazyboyy
posted: 08:46 am
I hardly understand anything on dis post. "Too many grammar spoils the report"
ABI U NO NO!
charlesbrown
posted: 09:02 am
Though I didn't watch the match buh tru d commentry I read now I tink keshi shud invite more foreing based defenders and try them out. Defenders lyk michael odibe,nedum onuoha and kenneth omeruo jus be tried in some of the friendlies the eagles will play enroute to AFCON. Also haruna lukman hv started playing again for dynamo kiev so he shud try him out also
charlesbrown
posted: 09:07 am
Am happy now becus keshi hv been able to produce an attacking midfielder that we hv been missing since okocha retired. Nosa igiebor is good buh shud me complemented wit other midfielders lyk haruna and john chibuike.
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 09:14 am
This is an international medium that serves a wide variety of readers. So, the editors language and its delivery need to be elevated; otherwise, here-- I mean this website, degenerates into a forum for, an abyss of crass journalistic. It may as well become a backdrop for mediocrity which I believe, is not what the founders of this website intended.

I am of the STRONGEST opinion that Collin Udoh is on the right and deservedly earned his wages with this write-up. That's what sound journalists do. They may not necessarily talk so well as some of you whine that he should ( that, is the turf of broadcasters), but they are paid to engage in literary gymnastics. And, Collin Udoh did just that. Those who are having a hard time navigating his language style and flair should avail themselves of the use of a dictionary. This is an English website; and Collins did not break any law by writing in English.

By the way, I watched this match. The scoreline did not in anyway reflect the standard of play which I consider lackluster. By this time 1993, the Super Eagles under Westerhof was already playing a more advanced, compact football than what I watched in Miami. Keshi, without a doubt, has so much work cut out for him.



"Knowledge is like Onyx. One digs deep to have."
mmdshakur
posted: 09:25 am
Well i did not watch the match but judging by what i have read on kickoff and other sport sites, Keshi need to start searching for a well balance and experience defenders who can get the job done anytime any day.. Yobo is already getting to retirement and keshi should start the search now. It would have be good for us,if ogbonna switch his nationality to Nigeria but i believe we still have good defenders out there who can get it done for us. Once again Keshi start the search for good and well balance defenders now..
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 09:26 am
EDITED VERSION.

This is an international medium that serves a wide variety of readers. So, the editor's language and its delivery need to be elevated; otherwise, here-- I mean this website, degenerates into a forum for amateurs or an abyss of crass journalism. It may as well become a backdrop for mediocrity which I believe, is not what the founders of this website intended ( Do you guys complain after reading Goal.com? So, why is Kickoff and Collin Udo different?)

I am of the STRONGEST opinion that Collin Udoh is on the right and deservedly earned his wages with this write-up. That's what sound journalists do. They may not necessarily talk so well as some of you whine that Collin should ( verbalization and eloquence should be the turf of broadcasters), but they are paid to engage in literary and verbose gymnastics. And, Collin Udoh executed just that. Those who are having a hard time navigating his lingual style and flair should avail themselves of the use of a dictionary. This is an English website; and Collins did not break any law by writing in English.

By the way, I watched this match. The scoreline did not in anyway reflect the standard of play which I consider lackluster. By this time 1993, the Super Eagles under Westerhof was already playing a more advanced-compact football than what I watched in Miami. Keshi, without a doubt, has so much work cut out for him.



"Knowledge is like Onyx. One digs deep to have it."
Laomedon
posted: 09:33 am
Nice write-up Colin, weldone Eagles!
angel
posted: 10:00 am
collins writings is just normal u dont need a dictionary to understand his dictions that is if u r enlightened.no disrespect to anyone that may have complained of his choice of words.thats the standard expected of him by his employers.for those who thinks keshi's team underperformed i seriously disagree with them cos i saw the match myself.this blokes had a couple of training sessions and still put in a decent shift for me deserves credit.for some few players like the central defenders martins n uzoenyi ,others did very well kudos lawal,igiebor,ameobi,solomon,ejide,echiejile,bright,onazi,ideye.i wish u guys success at the anc
sekhokho
posted: 10:00 am
wht is mr editor sayin here, all i hear is blah blah mxm!
Anonymous
posted: 10:49 am
Does it make any meaning in communication if your recipient cannot decode you? Colin take note!!
kimo
posted: 01:33 pm
@Futbol-Aficionado, there is no need for your comparison.. how can you consider comparing our 1993 squad with the players that played the friendly.. i just don't understand your point, if you are trying to compare Westernholf and Keshi that's totally uncalled for. Westernhof took charge of the Super eagles in 1989, so it took him 4 years to come up with that 1993 squad you just mentioned. whereas Keshi is barely 1 yr in charge. I watched the match my self, in fact i recorded it. the players did well except for the central defenders, Martins and Ejike Uzoenyi. for me that's not a problem, Yobo and Efe Ambrose can always handle the central defends, Martins and Uzoenyi replaced by Ike Uche, Moses or Musa.
eshilolo
posted: 03:39 pm
a very big TANKS to the forumite who uses anonymous as his name for that wonderful comment made by him wich says that communication is ineffective wen the decoder fails to decode the information sent.some ppl hia tinks dat maybe 4 some of us who are complainin dat u dnt undstnd mr editors vocabs.i guess most of them didnt do dia GNS's well cos if they do they shud hav known wot it takes for a communication to be effective and tins to consider while tryin to make effective communication wich includes ( choice of words,gender,age and etc.. i rest my case.
charlesbrown
posted: 04:24 pm
I think keshi still needs to try out more players lyk micheal odibe,haruna lukman,daniel adejo,kenneth omeruo. I believe dat the team still hv lyk 2 or 3 tune-up games to play enroute to Afcon. Yobo and efe shud played in central defence buh the task keshi has in hand is to discover yobo's successor bcus he will retire soon
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 05:56 pm
@Sekhokho, Anonymous and eshilolo.

Please, get a dictionary or enroll in an English class. That will help. You can only decode meanings that are hidden in symbols, hieroglyphics, logarithm, or algebra. Nothing in Collins's choice of words or language construction is so puzzling that it needed extra brain work decode. He only wrote plain English that is just a little elevated. Thats all. So, why the moaning and whining? Do you read Goal.com? If you do, I have not read you complain about there style. It is even more advanced English there.


@Kimo.

I agree with you that there is no basis for comparison between Keshi and Westerhof. Yes, while the former is a master-class gaffer, the later is still learning the ropes. But, you read me out of context. I didn't mean to ridicule Keshi and his team-- far from that. I only suggested that for a team with high hopes at the AFCON which is around the corner and the Mundial which is two years away from us, the Eagles ought to have exhibited much more cohesion than what I saw.

Some of them seemed rather lackadaisically amateurish to deserve to be in that team at this time, not even the Team B. So, the emphasis now is for Keshi to eliminate all temptations to experiment here and there, but to consistently play his main team for proper blending in time for the AFCON. I hope I am clearer now.


"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 06:06 pm
CORRECTIONS.

@Sekhokho, Anonymous and eshilolo.

Please, get a dictionary or enroll in an English class. That will help. You can only decode meanings that are hidden in symbols, hieroglyphics, logarithm, or algebra. Nothing in Collins's choice of words or language construction is so puzzling that it needed extra brain work decode. He only wrote plain English that is just a little elevated. Thats all. So, why the moaning and whining? Do you read Goal.com? If you do, I have not read you complain about there style. It is even more advanced English there.


@Kimo.

I agree with you that there is no basis for comparison between [WESTERHOFF] and [KESHI]. Yes, while the former is a master-class gaffer, the later is still learning the ropes. But, you read me out of context. I didn't mean to ridicule Keshi and his team-- far from that. I only suggested that for a team with high hopes at the AFCON which is around the corner and the Mundial which is two years away from us, the Eagles ought to have exhibited much more cohesion than what I saw.

Some of them seemed rather lackadaisically amateurish to deserve to be in that team at this time, not even the Team B. So, the emphasis now is for Keshi to eliminate all temptations to experiment here and there, but to consistently play his main team for proper blending in time for the AFCON. I hope I am clearer now.


"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
Oluwaseun
posted: 11:39 pm
LOL, na wao oo ,, today na English day?
stanslinks
posted: 05:12 pm
Lol, Colin Udoh got them exactly where he wanted to. @Futbol-Aficionado I love your first and last comments. Am firmly behind you on this.
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