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Opinion: Why Super Eagles Lost to CAR

Photo Credit : NFF

The Super Eagles of Nigeria lost to the Central African Republic in their third game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The three time African champions were beaten by the visitors 0-1 in Thursday's encounter, played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

The last time the Super Eagles was beaten at home under Gernot Rohr was in 2017, when they lost 2-0 to South Africa in Uyo. 

How the Central African Republic exposed the Super Eagles :

Photo Credit : NFF

The Central African Republic played a defensive football. They closed down spaces and forced the Super Eagles to play wide most times. 

They put many bodies in the midfield to deny the Super Eagles spaces to operate, and they also have three defenders marking Victor Osimhen all day. 

Their approach worked because the Super Eagles don't have special talents who can make something happen out of nothing. 

It will be difficult to break down a team that defends with nine men behind the ball, but a team with skillful and technical midfielders would have found a way to penetrate. 

Also, Central African Republic got away with many fouls, because the Super Eagles lack a free-kick specialist who can punish them or players that can hit the target from long range. 

Photo Credit : NFF

I'm trying to exonerate Gernot Rohr from the lackluster performance, but against a team that defends with nine men, Nigeria needs special talents to break them down and they lacked that today.

However this result is a wake-up call for Nigeria ahead of the return leg in Cameroon on Sunday. They have to do something extraordinary to get results from it.

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