The Super Eagles defeated the Central African Republic 1-0 on matchday 4 of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on Sunday evening, avenging a humiliating 1-0 loss in the reverse encounter on Thursday in Lagos.
Here are five things I noticed during the game and also things to act upon
- CAF must make VAR available to qualifiers.
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) must be introduced into the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), particularly in the final rounds of qualifying in March 2022.
In the qualifications, the gentlemen with the whistles have made some contentious judgments.
Victor Osimhen was trampled upon in the opposition box by a CAR defender, but he did not receive an observe spot kick.
- Nigerian fans with a lot of energy
A faction of Nigerian football ffans traveled to Douala to cheer on the squad. Even when the goals were not forthcoming, it was wonderful to hear them chant encouraging rhymes from the stands, “All We Are Saying, Give Us One Goal.”
The fans, who had booed their players after conceding to the opponents in Lagos, were at their best on Sunday evening, singing praises to their stars, and their faith was repaid with two first half goals.
3. Rohr’s No. 1 Is Okoye
After arriving late to the camp due to a missed flight, Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye was benched in the 1-0 loss to Central African Republic on Thursday in Lagos.
In Douala, though, the Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper was reinstated to the starting lineup. This demonstrates that he is without a doubt Rohr’s first choice goalkeeper, nearly to the exclusion of other goalkeepers who may be in better form.
- Super Eagles must quit unnecessary long balls.
With the unavailability of a creative midfielder, the Super Eagles opted for long balls, which resulted in little chances for Nigeria to score against a well-organized Central African Republic defense. Gernot should be able to create confidence in his players by implementing regular ball-passing set plays.
- Osimhen Is Always On The Lookout For A Goal
Victor Osimhen has undoubtedly established himself as Nigeria’s most exciting goal-scoring prospect. Despite being kept quiet at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the Napoli striker stepped up his game in Douala, scoring the game’s second goal. He had a chance to score a brace, but his other attempt was blocked by a CAR defender.