The two important games in Kaduna and Alexandria may see Nigeria unleash most of it’s deadly strikers against Egypt, because these encounters may really decides who qualifies from Group G, 2017 African Cup of Nations.
It hasn’t been that good for Nigeria as it is now. Most of it’s foreign based pros are in such great form for their clubs and have been vitally involved in some top class games lately. For instance, in the UEFA Champions league round of sixteen games, we saw John Mikel Obi, Alex Iwobi and Moses Simon played key role for their teams Chelsea, Arsenal and Gents respectively.
Although, Kelechi Iheanacho didn’t get to play, but he sat on the bench of the star studded Manchester City team that eventually qualified for the UCL quarter finals.
Odion Ighalo should be ranked as one of the most prolific strikers in the Premiership this season. He has scored 15 goals for his team Watford. Ighalo can’t just stop scoring; he scored again last two weeks to ouster defending champions Arsenal from FA Cup and qualified his team for the Semi finals of the tournament.
Ahmed Musa has also been in slick form for CSKA Moscow, firing from all cylinder this season in the Russian Premier league. His great form as attracted Premiership leaders Liescter City and the club is ready to broke the bank to sign him this summer.
What of Victor Moses of West Ham or Ogeniyi Onazi of Lazio, these are well tested players with experience they can bring into the team.
Some foreign critics have commented that Super Eagles are just bunch of individual stars at the moment; that it may be difficult to bend the players from different clubs around the world in such a short time.
The good thing is ,after the distraction of Sunday Oliseh and NFF, a more experienced coach Samson Siasia has taken up the mantle as the interim Super Eagles Chief Coach.
Although Siasia isn’t a magician, but we all know of his pedigree in building a team fast. He can make an average player to begin to play like a super star. He recently won the U23 AFCON tournament with what you might call average players and qualified Nigeria for the Olympics men soccer events.
Siasia has played in the finals of World youth Championship in 2005 and the Olympics in 2008. Siasia has what it takes to tinker this young Suoer Eagles team and to deliver 2017 AFCON ticket for Nigeria.