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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:17 pm 
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Two players that stick out as not belonging in the GWG : Miss Ighalo & Akpeyi !!!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:24 pm 
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Damunk wrote:
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why do we keep calling the same 3 goalkeepers?

The Enyimba goal keeper is in top form and his Caf Champs league performances have been nothing short of outstanding... Yet Rohr keeps calling up freaking Akpeyi.


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I thought the Enyimba keeper was Ghanaian? No?

You mean Fatau Dauda.. was thinking the same until I realized the goal keeper that made those eye catching impressive saves against Rayon Sports was Theophilus Afelokhai(sp)... who happens to be quite popular for been a solid GK in the league already.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:33 pm 
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The squad is not balanced. There is no creative midfielder Nididi , Ogu, Etebo, and Onazi are all defensive minded players. Nigeria struggles to score goals without the creativity in the middle of the park.



Alex Iwobi

I would have liked to see Eze called up as well. What is Rohr waiting for ?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:35 pm 
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Perfect list. Best team available. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:48 pm 
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You can all hate on Ighalo but the truth is, we dont have anyone with his quality yet, other than Success who Rohr has rightfully called up.

Awoniyi and Oshimen haven't proven enough to displace Ighalo despite all of the clamour. Let them light up the Belgian league first and then we can have a discussion, they will not bring the experience, and hold up play and intelligence that Ighalo brings. This is very much needed.

However I expect Success to make a serious challenge to Ighalo's starting role, based on this squad I will lineup as follows.




******************************************UZOHO*************************************************



AINA*************************TROOST*******************BALOGUN******************************IDOWU



******************************NDIDI****************ONAZI***************************************



****************************************IWOBI***************************************************


KALU****************************************************************************************MUSA


*****************************************IHEANACHO*********************************************


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SUCCESS FOR IHEANACHO
ONYEKURU FOR MUSA
SIMON FOR KALU


Keep it tried and tested at the back. Tempted to start Ajayi over Balogun because he has been playing consistently while Balogun hasn't played much at all, but I will stay with Balogun because he has formed a solid partnership with Troost. Aina is a must at RB while Idowu I will take over Collins based on reliability and consistency, but Collins is surely on Idowu's heels.

Midfield is a no brainer, I think Etebo's form has dipped but the must is that Iwobi starts as AM. This is a must and if Rohr hasn't figured this out by now I really question his ability as a coach.

Up front I am tempted to start Success, but would rather he come on later as I am unsure about his match fitness. Kalu gets the nod over Onyekuru and Musa has been scoring goals so its hard to keep him out, although I would like him to interchange up top with Iheanacho, and not stay entirely on the wings.


Again other than failing to call up Eze to cap him for a 2 legged tie, I see nothing wrong with this squad, and it is following a very logical path keeping the consistent tried and true and integrating new blood who deserve it (Success, Kalu, Onyekuru, Ajayi, Collins)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:56 pm 
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Why has he not called up Eberechi Eze ?

There is absolutely no excuse for this. Other than that, the list is spot on. I guess Lookman switch was not able to be done in time, either that or he is playing games.
C'mon man. Eze is still in the process of proving himself.
He probably doesn't even have a Naija passport yet.

You're behaving like a kid in a sweet shop. You want everything, now. :roll:


Yeah; he's like that...

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The squad is not balanced. There is no creative midfielder Nididi , Ogu, Etebo, and Onazi are all defensive minded players. Nigeria struggles to score goals without the creativity in the middle of the park.


Yep, seems we will be relying on wing play from Sam Kalu, Simon Moses, Success, and Onyekuru etc...


We are the home team , how would you like the team to line up bearing mind the midfield of Onazi, Etebo and Nidid lost at home to a very poor South African team ?


Keep in mind our prior CAM was Mikel who is also a DM for all intents and purposes. This is one area where Rohr hasn't really tried to address and simply relied on Mikel until it fell flat on its face in the Croatia game. I'm not expecting Ndidi Onazi and Etebo to create squat, maybe Iwobi can be drafted into the midfield (seems Rohr prefers Kelechi there not sure why) but he, much like Iheanacho, is a turnover machine.

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Daniel Akpeyi had his chance and totally fluffed it he’s a waste of travel expenses.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:18 pm 
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vancity eagle wrote:
I just noticed Mikel is not in your list.

Is that a mistake or is he really not called. Owngoal confirmed that Mikel is definately returning for the matches.

I noticed it as well and was wondering the same thing. Is Mikel injured or excused?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:20 pm 
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Flex Swift wrote:
Two players that stick out as not belonging in the GWG : Miss Ighalo & Akpeyi !!!

Easy guys, the coaching screw knows better

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Simy Nwankwo played better than Ighalo. Why was he dropped?

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Afelokhai has benched Ezenwa at Enyimba.

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Simy Nwankwo played better than Ighalo. Why was he dropped?


When was this?

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maceo4 wrote:
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The squad is not balanced. There is no creative midfielder Nididi , Ogu, Etebo, and Onazi are all defensive minded players. Nigeria struggles to score goals without the creativity in the middle of the park.


Yep, seems we will be relying on wing play from Sam Kalu, Simon Moses, Success, and Onyekuru etc...



Success is in as a striker


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Simy Nwankwo played better than Ighalo. Why was he dropped?


When was this?


Against Liberia.

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Flex Swift wrote:
maceo4 wrote:
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The squad is not balanced. There is no creative midfielder Nididi , Ogu, Etebo, and Onazi are all defensive minded players. Nigeria struggles to score goals without the creativity in the middle of the park.


Yep, seems we will be relying on wing play from Sam Kalu, Simon Moses, Success, and Onyekuru etc...


We are the home team , how would you like the team to line up bearing mind the midfield of Onazi, Etebo and Nidid lost at home to a very poor South African team ?


what was poor about that South African team?

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ohenhen1 wrote:
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Simy Nwankwo played better than Ighalo. Why was he dropped?


When was this?


Against Liberia.


:rotf: :rotf: :rotf: Ok, I actually thought you were being serious. Against George Weah and co? :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: He hasn't proven anything in GWG and glad Success took his place, much better quality player.

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maceo4 wrote:
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Simy Nwankwo played better than Ighalo. Why was he dropped?


When was this?


Against Liberia.


:rotf: :rotf: :rotf: Ok, I actually thought you were being serious. Against George Weah and co? :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: He hasn't proven anything in GWG and glad Success took his place, much better quality player.


E be like sey you get time today. You no you see the handle of the person you dey respond to? :lol:

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Good list. Would have liked to see Ebere Eze or at least one new AM invited. Would have also liked to see at least one new goalie invited. Ezenwa and Akpeyi are not reliable long term options.

I also hope he starts Iwobi in the AM position. Of the players in camp he is the best suited for that position.


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Flex Swift wrote:
The squad is not balanced. There is no creative midfielder Nididi , Ogu, Etebo, and Onazi are all defensive minded players. Nigeria struggles to score goals without the creativity in the middle of the park.


Well, according to maceo4 and txj and the rest of their gang, we don’t need creative midfielders because we’ve got Kalu the playmaker :mrgreen: That aside, I’m sure you’ve heard of Alex Iwobi. If he isn’t a creative midfielder then I don’t know who is :!:


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maceo4 wrote:
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The squad is not balanced. There is no creative midfielder Nididi , Ogu, Etebo, and Onazi are all defensive minded players. Nigeria struggles to score goals without the creativity in the middle of the park.


Yep, seems we will be relying on wing play from Sam Kalu, Simon Moses, Success, and Onyekuru etc...


We are the home team , how would you like the team to line up bearing mind the midfield of Onazi, Etebo and Nidid lost at home to a very poor South African team ?


Keep in mind our prior CAM was Mikel who is also a DM for all intents and purposes. This is one area where Rohr hasn't really tried to address and simply relied on Mikel until it fell flat on its face in the Croatia game. I'm not expecting Ndidi Onazi and Etebo to create squat, maybe Iwobi can be drafted into the midfield (seems Rohr prefers Kelechi there not sure why) but he, much like Iheanacho, is a turnover machine.


its not like he can go and manufacture a CAM. IIRC, he has tried Etebo, Iwobi, Iheanacho as a mikel in the advanced midfielder spot with little success.

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Good list. Would have liked to see Ebere Eze or at least one new AM invited. Would have also liked to see at least one new goalie invited. Ezenwa and Akpeyi are not reliable long term options.

I also hope he starts Iwobi in the AM position. Of the players in camp he is the best suited for that position.


The game is a very important competitive game, no time for trial and error. Coach knows best, respect his decision. :thumb:

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The squad is not balanced. There is no creative midfielder Nididi , Ogu, Etebo, and Onazi are all defensive minded players. Nigeria struggles to score goals without the creativity in the middle of the park.


Yep, seems we will be relying on wing play from Sam Kalu, Simon Moses, Success, and Onyekuru etc...


We are the home team , how would you like the team to line up bearing mind the midfield of Onazi, Etebo and Nidid lost at home to a very poor South African team ?


Keep in mind our prior CAM was Mikel who is also a DM for all intents and purposes. This is one area where Rohr hasn't really tried to address and simply relied on Mikel until it fell flat on its face in the Croatia game. I'm not expecting Ndidi Onazi and Etebo to create squat, maybe Iwobi can be drafted into the midfield (seems Rohr prefers Kelechi there not sure why) but he, much like Iheanacho, is a turnover machine.


its not like he can go and manufacture a CAM. IIRC, he has tried Etebo, Iwobi, Iheanacho as a mikel in the advanced midfielder spot with little success.


I don’t think he’s really tried Iwobi there, it’s weird he prefers Iheanacho. But I really don’t think he tried enough options there knowing that Mikel isn’t really an AM but we could get away with it in qualifiers. Even combinations like Alex and Kele up top he’s not tried again since the Argentina friendly. No one can explain why? Or the over-reliance on Ighalo. No one is asking him to manufacture players but he’s rather inflexible and rigid in his lineups wouldn’t you say? And it’s not like our attack has been clicking, it’s been rather disjoint and an eyesore at times.

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