On Thursday, October 7, 2021, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Karl Nagamda's 91-minute goal was the difference, as the Wild Beast snatched the maximum three points at stake.
Here are my three findings from the game.
1. Dead Balls Were A Problem For The Super Eagles:
When it comes to scoring off dead balls, the Super Eagles are clearly behind the times. The Super Eagles were unable to convert any of the numerous free kicks and corner kicks that were awarded to them.
The Nigerians had thirteen corner kicks but didn't use any of them. The coach must resolve this issue as soon as possible, as a team cannot rely solely on the course of play to score goals, especially while playing against a defensive squad.
The ability to use set pieces and dead balls makes the difference between small and large teams.
2. Central African Republic Triumphed For The First Time In 15 Games:
The Central African Republic won for the first time in 15 games. The Wild Beast's last victory came in November 2019, when they defeated Burundi 2-0.
Since then, the team has been hunting for its first win until Thursday evening, when they shocked Nigeria's Super Eagles in Lagos.
3. The Central African Republic Strategy Worked Perfectly:
The Central African Republic had a game strategy that included defending as much as possible and counterattacking behind the Super Eagles' back four.
The strategy worked brilliantly for the side, as they were able to deploy as many as five players in the back and all eleven guys in front of the ball when defending.
The Super Eagles were unable to respond to the match's ultra-defensive tactical strategy. The game revealed Nigeria's lack of creativity in the middle of the pack, as the team struggled to break down the defence only to run into the defensive wall in vain.
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