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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