Super Chickens

The Super Eagles of Nigeria underperformed in their first group stage match on Monday night. The Brazil 2014 World Cup has been quite an interesting tournament so far and a lot of the already played matches will go down in history. The game between Spain and Netherlands which ended five goals to one in favor of Netherlands was a particularly surprising and unexpected result.

Many expected the game between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Team Melli of Iran to also be an interesting display of soccer action but it turned out to be the most boring match of the World Cup so far. It was also the first drawn match and it even ended goalless with few chances created by the two teams.

Although some people claimed that the draw was due to the defensive approach by Team Melli, I completely disagree. The Super Eagles played like a team without a gameplan. They were tactically and mentally weak. They gave away possession easily and their performance mirrored some of the performances of Manchester United in the previous season.

Coach Stephen Keshi looked like a confused man. A good coach should have been able to execute a more attacking strategy to overcome Iran. The introduction of Sola Ameobi and Osaze Odemwingie added a little spark to the attack but it wasn’t enough to produce a goal.

Team Melli achieved exactly what they wanted and I must commend them for a job well-done. They almost even got a goal by Reza. That would have been a match winner because there was no way Nigeria would have equalized that goal.

I think that it is pretty safe to say that the Nigeria Team should now be known as the Super Chickens. They didn’t soar like Eagles at all. They were more like over-fed Broilers.

I hope they don’t get disgraced by Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina in the other two group F matches.

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World Cup Fever

indexThe love I have for watching football is second only to the love of reading. I enjoy watching the round leather sport a lot. I’m also happy that I have the privilege of watching arguably the two best players football has ever seen; Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. In case you don’t know, I’m also a fan of the best football club in the world, Manchester United.

The biggest football event on Earth, the FIFA World Cup starts today, 12th June 2014 and it would be an understatement if I say I’ve been impatiently waiting for today. The first World Cup I could remember experiencing was U.S.A ’94 and that was the first World Cup my country, Nigeria qualified for.

The opening ceremony of Brazil 2014 is a must-see spectacle and the Selecao of Brazil kick off the tournament against Croatia immediately after the ceremony in the first of 64 fixtures. I hope I’ll be able to watch as many matches as possible because some mouth watering matches have been scheduled.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are drawn in group F with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Argentina and Iran and the first match against Iran will be played on Monday 16th June.

Obviously, Argentina are clear favorites to top the group due to the calibre of players they’ve got. As a Nigerian, I’ll be rooting for the Super Eagles and I’m hoping they also qualify from the group in second place.

Judging by the shambolic performances of the Super Eagles at the pre-tournament friendlies, I don’t see the team going past the group stages. The performance against U.S.A was particularly abysmal.

Some soccer pundits are saying that the reason for the poor performances was because the players were playing courteously so that they won’t get injured before the tournament. I pray that’s true.

The previous World Cups I experienced weren’t disappointing and I know that by 13th July, when the final game will be played I will be satisfied. I’m looking forward to a fun filled 31 days of soccer action.

ADEWUYI

Moyes Sacked! Good Riddance

I woke up around 5am this morning feeling quite bored. I didn’t quite know the reason why.

After I brushed my teeth, I decided to browse a bit while simultaneously preparing breakfast (Yeah. I love cooking and eating and I do both anytime of the day). I decided to cook my favorite. Spaghetti.

After a little time on twitter and facebook and replying some mails, I opened a new tab and then visited http://goal.com to read some sport news. The first headline I saw was “Manchester United fire Moyes”.

A part of me felt excited. But I’m not always certain about news on goal.com. I checked http://espnsoccernet.com and when I saw a similar headline, I was now excited and I immediately called a friend who was also a die-hard Manchester United fan.

This has been the worst season for manchester United in the premier league era. I guess the 2-0 loss to Everton on Sunday was the final nail on the coffin.

I haven’t missed watching even a single match played by my precious team this season and sometimes I just feel like slapping David Moyes right through the TV. The news of his sacking is a welcome one and he won’t be missed.

ADEWUYI

Manchester United team news

Manchester United are without defenders Phil Jones and Jonny Evans for their Champions League last-16 first-leg match against Olympiakos.
Jones (hip) and Evans (calf) did not travel, while Nani is also sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Record signing Juan Mata is cup-tied after playing in the competition with Chelsea, but Rafael and Danny Welbeck are both fit after injury.

Culled from BBC SPORT. Read the full news here http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/26327283