Before the second meeting with the indomitable Lions, all Super Eagles owner Gernot Rohr can do is make a consistent starting 11
With four days to go before the last mission, the Cameroon and Nigeria national teams will meet again in a friendly match in Austria on Tuesday.
The settings are the same, and the situation is the same. This begs the question: why on earth should we do this again?
This is a sequel that no one asked for, let alone considering that even the first one did not receive a warm welcome.
After the injuries of William Troost-Ekong and Jamilu Collins, Nigeria’s team is now exhausted, which makes things more complicated and more prominent The lack of players in the Super Eagles selection.
With this in mind, it is understandable that the little-known Vincent Onovo from the seventh-ranked Hungarian team Ujeppes joined the team before this rematch. It’s totally frustrating.
The 25-year-old skilled defensive midfielder was an unwelcome recall of the dark days of the early to mid-2000s, when unfriendly (and sometimes even competitive) teams were filled by random players, their only request Is close to the site and has a Nigerian passport.
When the main problem the coaching staff has been trying to solve is the lack of defenders, he is led into a trap, which is also quite unhelpful-frankly interesting. Is this a sign that Onovo is willing to help the team in any capacity (patriotism is!), or is it just a further proof that no one knows who he is or where he started except for another warm body?
All this will only increase the feeling of dysfunction and exacerbate the feeling that the international window might be left empty.
An unpopular proposal would have been possible, but would it be better?
What broader benefits will the pair get at the end of the competition?
That’s rhetoric; however, there are obvious shortcomings, especially the loss of the goodwill of the players themselves, who almost certainly would rather let their sore limbs and tired mind rest. Why not let them close the windows instead of waking them up for this train crash? They may actually have thanked NFF for their consideration.
As it is, according to the development of the incident, the Super Eagles will play in the return against Cameroon, playing as a central defender for Valentine Ozornwafor, who played a total of eight minutes last season. Club football game.
Fortunately, the cold and undeniably unfamiliar former U-20 international will have Chidozie Awaziem (only two years older than him) and another person who later entered Anthony Izuchukwu (zero senior international cap). Guide him through the test encounter.
What is the important lesson or enlightenment Rohr should get here?
Everyone is free, these three players will not start for the national team anyway, so what is the significance of the entire exercise?
Due to the lack of a left-back substitute for Collins, it is necessary to switch to the full-back system, which will require some creative hard plugs, perhaps Moses Simon has adopted a deeper starting position than the first game.
Unfortunately, considering his outstanding performance in the first game.
People have to assume that after a tough season, players like Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu and Wilfred Ndidi will not be expected to start for the second time, so: Peter Olayinka, Terem Moffi and (another successor) Samson Tijani ? So what will happen to the right-wing defender?
If this is not obvious, then at this point it is not an opportunity for the player to prove itself, because it is launching a lineup with any coherence or supportive logic…and this will eventually destroy the entire utility of the practice.