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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...

wasiuraheem
posted: 10:20 am
Nigeria can still qualify and even if they do not, they played better than the South Americans
The Phoenix
posted: 10:37 am
In d middle of this, some still has the mind to blame NFF. Please get a life. NFF employed Keshi not us. They could have picked someone else if they are that very corrupt. So far, they have not interfere with Keshi team's selection like the NFF we used to know.
NFF does not always get it right, but condemning them all the time and calling them all sort of abusive name is simply foolishness and lack of ability to reason broadly and deeply.
imo country dude
posted: 10:50 am
you cant play that well and not win i personally not a loser i dont encourage one either.eagles failed now they put themselves in a very difficult situation and most likely out of the tournament.we all commented on the lack of striking qualities in this team is so obvious only keshi cant see that.in our friendly against mexico and matches against kenya and namibia we struggled in the final third.keshi had all the time to impose changes on that department but he sticked to this non performers i was shocked cos we all expected this terrible result.when u see your problems before a tournament you should rightfully ring changes now you giving excuses for failing which i wont accept.we should aspire to win all the time thats how you can be established at the world stage not playing well and losing
Anonymous
posted: 10:52 am
That was a good game by the Super Eagles yesterday. Super Eagles totally dominated the Uruguayans but was only cost by ineffective strikers. Going forward, Keshi seems to have made use of the fast-paced players he has in the team. Working on Musa's crosses or converting him to the striking role will be key in the Eagles moving to the next gear. It seems only a few defenders can handle his pace but he does not usually utilize that advantage well. Keshi should also be calculative in his invitation and be open-minded (in his choice in all areas of the team - no permanent shirt for anyone). If we get the right personnel to complement this lot, I see no reason why we should not be up there soon. Yesterday, I wrote that the forum is a forum of extremes. It is unfair for anyone not to see anything good in yesterday's game - bad that we lost but we can take solace that we are building a team with character gradually. My confidence of Nigeria progressing in the final World cup qualifying round received a nudge yesterday. Kudos to the team.

Segun
Ebimocliff
posted: 10:57 am
I stayed up to watch this match and it was worth it. Yes, we lost but not with our heads bloodied. It only took a lapsse in concentration and loss of shape when we went forward, coupled with the experience of Forlan and sincerely poor keeping from Enyeama for Uruguay to get that winner. @TellThem, please lay off these guys. Your criticisms actually have not pointed out anything we do not know, the team is maturing and with a more potent strike force and a good attacking midfielder we will make other nations cringe when they hear the name Nigeria,Urugua y won but they will dread meeting us again.
coache
posted: 11:00 am
@Game147 and co, you can see that Keshi is not a coach? I refuse to be drawn into the COCOON of they played well today, because any Nigerian team whether Eagles or not that have trained together for almost a month always display soccer artistry and all Keshi appologetics should spare me that ....they played well.

I said before the match that the goals conceded against Namibia, and Mexico came from the Ambrose end of the defence. Uruguay re-confirmed my spectatorial observation with two goals from the same side. What A COACH INDEED. When Musa was running like a mad Dog yesterday and the free kicks were going anywhere, it took the experienced Forlan to convert such a glaring change.

jUST Like other well wishers have been clamouring, this team is not our best and competitions are won by the depth of the bench (except the fluke AFCON), Siasia would not have gone with 8 players you cannot play in a competition. SHAME! SHAME!! SHAME TO KESHI
Game147
posted: 11:27 am
@Coache, Nawa o, why is everyone directing attacks towards me ??? Nigeria gave a good account of themselves yesterday, they played like men and unlike some pregnant women we've been parading in the past as men ( players who went to 2010 World cup , disgraced themselves and couldn't qualify for ordinary 2012 Afcon ).
These new boys made me proud.
Tell me any Nigerian Coach , past and present who hasn't been criticized for team selection ?? .
When was the last time Nigeria played at the Confederation Cup ? Apparently when I was still in junior secondary. Give honor to whom honor is due.

Kudos to Keshi.
WETIN
posted: 12:09 pm
nice match, good performance from the Eagles, The team is taking shape. In my opinion, Keshi should throw an open camp for strikers, invitees and non-invitees should come as far as you are a striker because this is the department that i feel we are fail very short. We haven't got good covers for Emenike, An open camp for strikers might sound drastic but we are really desprate to for potent strikers.

Just to note, One of the commentators yesterday said that Musa is to quick for his brain hence his poor decission making and i agree with that.
EnyiAwka 1
posted: 12:18 pm
Let no body say we lost that match, to me, its a great win. What i saw yesterday reminds me of the nineties when the Eagles were feared and respected. those boys made my day.

The only exception to the team is Ideye, he has refused to mature as a striker, we need replacement for him shap shap!
blackpanther187
posted: 12:50 pm
Sorry guys but I just streamed the first half of nigeria vs urugay and must say Keshi has gave us a brand of new players that could bring this team forward! I dont know which game you guys saw but the fact that soo many really important key players are missing, the boys are doin a great job!

Its sad but you people have to accept the fact that its our duty and in our own interest to overlook players like Obinna. Martins, Yobo, John Utaka for young players. 2014 is around the corner we must think of the future. we had too many u17, u120 and u23 squads to overlook this guys.

Keshi is doin a damm good job and i am sure we will beat Malawi! After i saw the first half i am not afraid anymore of the next qualifying stage in africa. I dont care if we play Tunesia , Ghana, Ivory Coast or ... This Super Eagle team is hard to beat.

And dont forget... If you add Emenike, Moses, Anichebe, Onazi, Kalu Uche, Ike Uche, Gabriel Reuben (dont forget former NPL player of the year!!) our Team is really strong!

We cant blame Keshi, because i repeat Keshi asked Kalu Uche and Anichebe.. come on guys give this guy some credit!

The only player who I think deserves a call up is Lukeman Haruna. Because he played a really good season in Kiev and deserves a chance in my opinion.
But again and again Keshi cant invite everybody.. Nigeria has too many players!
blackpanther187
posted: 12:59 pm
Just started streaming the first half and must say the Forlan goal was fantastic. Our defenders and Enyema cant be be blamed!
TeellThemm
posted: 01:27 pm
@Ebimocliff
Lol, seems to me you think the world will stand stills while you build these team you are talking of, you are dreaming of a match to come you have not win yet while losing the one you have now, mmmmmmmmmmm. Every team aspire to get better as well and are building too. I believe you are educated and if you do you will know we all have right to voice our opinion. I have every right to voice mine from my point of view. When you drop some of the best striker you have to a major tournament and lose a match you ought to win due to the failure to bring a good striker, what do you call that. The team played well BUT they lost in the end. Whether they have 90% possession, they lost at the end. Well let see how the building process get better without good strikers in the team.
Anonymous
posted: 01:28 pm
I also accept the loss as victory but blame "MUSA & ENYINAMA ?

MUSA CAUSE THE ERROR WHY ENYINAMA FAILED TO PUNCH OUT AN OPEN STRAIGHT SHORT CLOSE TO ENYINAMA.

ENYINAMA WHAT MAKE YOU A CAPTAIN AND NUMBER 1 KEEPER? SAVE THAT SHORT AND GIVE US LIVE TO BE IN THE GAME. ALL THE SAME NO BLAME BUT HAPPY WITH THE CHAMPION DISPLAYED FROM SUPER EAGLES. MIKEL NO DOUBT U ARE THE NEXT AFRICAN BEST. GOD BLESS NIGER
Ebimocliff
posted: 01:28 pm
@coache, we will take the AFCON fluke anyday and it is on record that we won. Obviously you are still not happy we won. Give it a rest your bellyaching is nauseating.
Anonymous
posted: 01:30 pm
I also accept the loss as victory but blame "MUSA & ENYINAMA ?

MUSA CAUSE THE ERROR WHY ENYINAMA FAILED TO PUNCH OUT AN OPEN STRAIGHT SHORT CLOSE TO ENYINAMA.

ENYINAMA WHAT MAKE YOU A CAPTAIN AND NUMBER 1 KEEPER? SAVE THAT SHORT AND GIVE US LIVE TO BE IN THE GAME. ALL THE SAME NO BLAME BUT HAPPY WITH THE CHAMPION DISPLAYED FROM SUPER EAGLES. MIKEL NO DOUBT U ARE THE NEXT AFRICAN BEST. GOD BLESS NIGER

D'SKOOL
ola dara
posted: 01:48 pm
The FA, you guys are the best out of all FA members Nigeria had assembled in the past for the first time you guys did not interfere with the team's selection even the bbc analysts said if they allow keshi to do the job without interference the team will go places. keep it up.
you cannot satisfy everybody even if keshi gives everyone 10,000,000 some people will stii complain about him, such is life.in my opinion he has done well so far.flying eagles over to you vs Portugal this evening as WYC begins today.
olamide [Nigeria rapper] you are so funny, in one of your recent song you said [mo je jor awon players bi Stephen keshi] aba olamide my name sake keshi no fit invite everyone at the same time.
TimmyO
posted: 02:16 pm
We keep shouting, totally dominated, when Uruguay came out with a perfect counter attached formation.. This simply shows Nigerians on this site don't know how to read games, a typical reflection on our tactically poor coach. The South americans knew they couldnt match our physicality, hence the reason suarez played deep behind the two strikes, cavaly is having a poor tournament and thats the reason we conceded less.

Their two goals were counter driven. To those saying we out played them, lets see if we will out play spain as well, Simple game plan you cant read. All they wanted to do was soak us in, allow us come out and hit us. FOOTBALL 101.. Geez guys..
chelseafan
posted: 02:45 pm
Fellow Nigerians, did Nigeria play well yesterday? Yes, did they win? no.In football victory is achieved by winning and not just by dominating your opponents .A team that plays well, dominates its opponents yet fails to score goals when it mattered most has a problem. The Super Eagles right now need more strikers in the caliber of Emenike, if you look at Emenike, he reminds me of "Dan the bull" stout, strong, fast and very aggressive. The team equally needs the services of defenders like "the chairman" Christian Chukwu, Bright Omokaro, Yisa Sofoluwe and Sunday Eboigbe. If Keshi can seriously comb the nook and corners of Nigeria very well, I am sure he could possibly find such players. I am not saying that Oboabana , Ambrose, Omuero and Echiejele are not good, the problem is they have consistently allow opposing strikers to operate freely and score goals that can be avoided, Yesterday's goals by Uruguay are typical examples. Also, the goal scored by Tahiti could have been avoided if Nigerian players positioned themselves well in the defense. Having said these, it is also high time for our technical department to look for a younger, vibrant and very ambitious goal keeper to take over from Enyeama as his sharpness and goal keeping abilities are gradually depating him due to age. Finally, I am not in support of those calling for the return of the likes of Yobo, Odemwingie, Nsofor, Taiwo and the rest. My reasons are as follows: what did they all achieve during their days in the national team? nothing. Secondly, age is not on the side of most of them anymore and the current team needs young, vibrant and energetic players.For players like Odemwingie, my beef with him is that he is old now and might be match rusty as he has not featured regularly for West Brom since his transfer saga. Overall, what the current Super Eagles need is a little addition and subtraction in the area of attack and defense. The technical crew should teach the players discipline so that they can perform better.
blackpanther187
posted: 03:17 pm
Ok guys just finished the second half:

I must ask you guys again: Whats your Problem with Mba? In my opinion he is a great player, when he came in he added creativity to our game.

To me the man of the match is Kenneth Omero! Hmmmmm ok and Ogbonna! Wow this boys played a briliiant defence. Forlans goals was a mircale... you couldnt do anything. But after that wowwww they stopped the Uruguay strikers completely. Wow Wow Wow really good Job from Kenneth and Ogbonna!

My Team Rating, 1 - 10points:

- Enyema 7 points: Had bad luck I think he didnt do anything wrong. But two goals are two goals....

- Ogbonna 9 points: Wow the boy is great. Played a very good match. This was his first match that wasnt a friendly in which he played against really top stars. I thank Keshi for giving him a chance. You really have to think twice before you bench a player like Yobo for a NPL player...

- Kenneth O. 9 points: Again Wow! Hope Chelsea saw this game. This boy is our future!

- Ambrose 7 points: Played a very good game but I expect more flankes from him to our strikers when he goes forward. he have to push harder. But his mains work is the defence and all together he did a very good job. But the mistake against Forlan cost a goal...

- Elderson 8 points: Not one Attack came from Uruguay from his left side! Not one! Plus he also tried to go forward and really played good together with Musa!

- Ogu 7: Played not bad! But i expect a bit more from him. I must say he did a solid Job and hope for him he uses this chance to show the world through the Super Eagles what he can do.

- Ogude 8 points: I know people dont see how important this Bull is, but he does the dirty work. Because of him Mikel can go forward..! He played a very good game. I didnt see much from the Uruguayn midlefield!

- Mikel Oba, yes I said it OBA! 9 points: Mikel is a fantastic footballer. He is the engine of this team and showed it once more. I am allready pleased with the outcome of the tournament because of the fact that Mikel scored a goal. The Confed Cup is there to play around and try out some new things and maybe we have gained the old Mikel back through our participation...

- N. Oduamadi ?: a pitty that he got injured. But started not that bad. Which him all the best. He is our future and the NFF shouldnt mess with this Project!

- Musa 8 points: Musa is a good player but must learn to give the ball away in some situations. But the guy played a really good match. Gave his best. And I appriciate the fact that we have such a top player in our ranks!

- Ideye 8 points: He must push harder. But the main Problem is that nobody from the right or leftside feed him with balls! He is a top inteligent footballer who allways thinks 2 steps ahaed. I refuse to give up on him. I think he is a top player. We should be happy to have a player like him. But Nigeria have many strikers who are waiting for their chance. Brown must push harder got damm it..

- Akpala 7 points: When he came in he gave his best. He showed that he is very hungry. But he could create much chances and again our wing players must stop this selfish play and feed our strikers more. You cant expect from Akpala or Ideye to allways create chances themselfes! Akpala is a top guy I would be happy for him if he can use this tournament to prove many people wrong. He only has one game left to do so. Emenike and Anichebe, Kalu Uche and many more.. are waiting. But I think Akpala is good enough for our bench! The striking position is the only position in which I dont see any NPL player. But again Keshi has proved us wrong many times...!

- Babatunde 7 points: I must say he didnt play that bad. Was very strong from the right side. But again not productive enough. We need to feed the strikers with balls God damm it. This is his chance to show what he can.. after this tournament I dont see why Keshi should give him another chance.. We gave him a chance didnt we..?

- Mba 8 points: He is a damm good player and I think he is unique! Dont care what other people say but when I see this guy on the ball.... I see something special!!!!! Why didnt we start him? Ogu can only replace Mikel oder Ogude and not Mba! Mba is a attacking middlefielder and I think we need an attacking middlefielder. Some things i just dont understand. But again he had his chance. But if Ogu uses his chance then Mba may be history.... thats football you know!
blackpanther187
posted: 03:17 pm
Ok guys just finished the second half:

I must ask you guys again: Whats your Problem with Mba? In my opinion he is a great player, when he came in he added creativity to our game.

To me the man of the match is Kenneth Omero! Hmmmmm ok and Ogbonna! Wow this boys played a briliiant defence. Forlans goals was a mircale... you couldnt do anything. But after that wowwww they stopped the Uruguay strikers completely. Wow Wow Wow really good Job from Kenneth and Ogbonna!

My Team Rating, 1 - 10points:

- Enyema 7 points: Had bad luck I think he didnt do anything wrong. But two goals are two goals....

- Ogbonna 9 points: Wow the boy is great. Played a very good match. This was his first match that wasnt a friendly in which he played against really top stars. I thank Keshi for giving him a chance. You really have to think twice before you bench a player like Yobo for a NPL player...

- Kenneth O. 9 points: Again Wow! Hope Chelsea saw this game. This boy is our future!

- Ambrose 7 points: Played a very good game but I expect more flankes from him to our strikers when he goes forward. he have to push harder. But his mains work is the defence and all together he did a very good job. But the mistake against Forlan cost a goal...

- Elderson 8 points: Not one Attack came from Uruguay from his left side! Not one! Plus he also tried to go forward and really played good together with Musa!

- Ogu 7: Played not bad! But i expect a bit more from him. I must say he did a solid Job and hope for him he uses this chance to show the world through the Super Eagles what he can do.

- Ogude 8 points: I know people dont see how important this Bull is, but he does the dirty work. Because of him Mikel can go forward..! He played a very good game. I didnt see much from the Uruguayn midlefield!

- Mikel Oba, yes I said it OBA! 9 points: Mikel is a fantastic footballer. He is the engine of this team and showed it once more. I am allready pleased with the outcome of the tournament because of the fact that Mikel scored a goal. The Confed Cup is there to play around and try out some new things and maybe we have gained the old Mikel back through our participation...

- N. Oduamadi ?: a pitty that he got injured. But started not that bad. Which him all the best. He is our future and the NFF shouldnt mess with this Project!

- Musa 8 points: Musa is a good player but must learn to give the ball away in some situations. But the guy played a really good match. Gave his best. And I appriciate the fact that we have such a top player in our ranks!

- Ideye 8 points: He must push harder. But the main Problem is that nobody from the right or leftside feed him with balls! He is a top inteligent footballer who allways thinks 2 steps ahaed. I refuse to give up on him. I think he is a top player. We should be happy to have a player like him. But Nigeria have many strikers who are waiting for their chance. Brown must push harder got damm it..

- Akpala 7 points: When he came in he gave his best. He showed that he is very hungry. But he could create much chances and again our wing players must stop this selfish play and feed our strikers more. You cant expect from Akpala or Ideye to allways create chances themselfes! Akpala is a top guy I would be happy for him if he can use this tournament to prove many people wrong. He only has one game left to do so. Emenike and Anichebe, Kalu Uche and many more.. are waiting. But I think Akpala is good enough for our bench! The striking position is the only position in which I dont see any NPL player. But again Keshi has proved us wrong many times...!

- Babatunde 7 points: I must say he didnt play that bad. Was very strong from the right side. But again not productive enough. We need to feed the strikers with balls God damm it. This is his chance to show what he can.. after this tournament I dont see why Keshi should give him another chance.. We gave him a chance didnt we..?

- Mba 8 points: He is a damm good player and I think he is unique! Dont care what other people say but when I see this guy on the ball.... I see something special!!!!! Why didnt we start him? Ogu can only replace Mikel oder Ogude and not Mba! Mba is a attacking middlefielder and I think we need an attacking middlefielder. Some things i just dont understand. But again he had his chance. But if Ogu uses his chance then Mba may be history.... thats football you know!
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