Nobody really believed this crop of super eagles can mount a challenge for this Spanish team that has become the hottest thing in world football not to talk of winning. But nevertheless, the super eagles comprising of home based players and unheralded foreign based players stood their ground and put in an encouraging performance.
Before the match, there was even rumors of a prophecy that the super eagles will lose by 8-0. Thank God that wasn't the case. Cos if it were, coach Stephen league might well be on his way out of the glass house.
Despite the unfavorable scoreline, there are a lot of positives that can be drawn from the match and from Nigeria's confedration cup campaign in general.
I'll give keshi a pass mark for trying to build a team with ambition from our own leagues.. it's evident that our problem up front are all these overrated foreign based striker.. akpala, Musa, ideye.
the midfield combination is good.. Mikel bringing his unheralded Chelsea experience to give vision to a midfield comprising of home based players..
our defence is something that surprised Me. omeruo is gradually becoming an important part of this team, the boy reads the game perfectly. our problem in defense is still the foreign based full backs that sometimes lost concentration and fail to return from their overlaps leaving the center back exposed.
Stephen Keshi said after the game that although the 90 minutes was a “learning curve against a very
good team,” he believed “a three-goal victory did not reflect the game.” He knew his team had successfully interrupted a subpar Spain’s obsession with possession, charging forward with abandon, especially in a first half in which they completed 39 passes in the final third to Spain’s 48, only to
rue their finishing. The Super Eagles conjured 13 shots but
only three on goal as, time and time again, their pace and movement were nullified by their own wasteful, final decision-making. “We had so much anxiety in front of the goal line,” Keshi rued, “We created chances. We just could not finish."
Now it's left for coach league to find a solution to this problem of not taking chances before next years world cup.