Feature: 10 observations from the Nigeria-South Africa game at AFCON


by Ayo Akinfe


[1] Victor Osimhen has got to be the most unlucky player I have ever known. How many goals is VAR going to deny him?

[2] I am a bit concerned that Calvin Bassey is not quick like say Tosin Adarabioyo. With neither Ekong, Omeruo or Ajayi being pacy either, I do not fancy our defenders have to chase back from the halfway line

[3] Moving forward, we need an injection of pace into the back three. Awaziem and Adarabioyo come to mind

[4] Why was Alhassan Yusuf, so casual with that clearance? These are the silly and needless mistakes we need to cut out of out game

[5] For me, a 2-0 victory would have been ideal. Winning on penalties took the shine off it for me

[6] How do we ensure Stanley Nwabali maintains the form for the next six years or so? In the past we have had good goalkeepers emerge but then fade away. He needs a good club career where he will get regular action in a major league, week-in-week-out, to keep improving

[7] Why were Simon Moses and Ademola Lookman so ineffective yesterday? Neither of them really threatened

[8] I am pleased that whatever happens, Peseiro is going. Some of his substitutions yesterday made no sense at all. Maybe if he has kept Frank Onyeka on, we would not have conceded that penalty

[9] I hope we know that in the end, the Cote D’Ivoire will come at us at 100 miles per hour. They have been gradually improving and will be ready for a fight to finish. I believe the winner will be determined by spirit more than talent

[10] I think Peseiro needs to revert to 3-5-2 on Sunday. He needs Onyeka, Yusuf and Iwobi all in the middle of the park to avoid being over-run in midfield.


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