Algeria 1-0 Nigeria: Super Eagles Are Poorly Managed And 5 Things We Learnt

The reigning Africa champions Algeria have beaten Nigeria for the second time in a row. The Desert Foxes were better in all ramification and moved the ball with pace and purpose.

It took just 6 minutes of play for Algeria to take the initiative through Remy Bensebaini ferocious shoot which evaded M. Okoye well stretched gloves and rattled the back of the net.

The game meant have ended 1-0 to Algeria but, it showed a massive difference between Algerian’s well coached team and Nigerian’s unfortunate mentality of assembling only foreign based players who may or may not play for their club side.

Here are the five things we learnt:

Nigeria need Idoin Ighalo back or Victor Osimhem leading the lines– P. Onauchu is a good striker but he’s not really good enough to lead Nigerian’s attacking lines against top teams. Neither is Kelechi Iheanancho and other strikers on the bench.


Nigeria need to convince Odion Ighalo to come out of retirement or, create a team around Napoli striker Victor Osimhem. He is the best striker Nigeria currently have.

Defensive strength– Algeria schooled Nigeria on defensive strategy and team work. Their defensive was world class compared to Nigeria who kept making series of mistake.

Creativity is lacking in Nigeria– G. Rohr needs to find a creative player to build the nation’s pattern of play and attack. Nigeria were completely lost and tried playing through the wings but were closed down instantly by Algerian’s full backs.

Since Mikel Obi retired from the national setup, Nigeria have really struggled to find a creative midfielder who can orchestrate the tempo of the game from the midfield. They really need to find a midfield enforcer to win games or national trophies.


Organizational play and teamwork– Unlike Nigeria who looping the ball to the forwards and hoping to counter attack through any mistake. Algeria were composed in their play, built the game from the back brilliantly and had Riyad Mahrez to cause havoc in defense.

Nigeria needs serious restructure to have a chance of winning the Africa Cup or the World Cup. But at the moment, the country don’t have world class players or really good players coming into the senior team; a defined pattern of play to attain success neither do they’ve a short or long term strategy to win a continental trophy.

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