World Cup Qualifier: Poorly Rated Swazis Hold Nigeria’s Super Eagles

Date: 13-11-2015 9:20 pm (5 years ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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The first meeting between Nigeria and Swaziland ended 0-0 on the plastic pitch of the Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba on Friday evening, in the opening round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Super Eagles had more ball but failed to create scoring chances although Nhlanhla Gwebu had to make multiple saves from Godfrey Oboabona and Ahmed Musa in the first half, and Moses Simon’s free-kick that came off the post in the second half.

Given, the plastic pitch did little to help the Nigerians.

First Half
The first half started twice as Moses Simon had a clash of heads with 22 seconds into the encounter and both players needed treatment. Moses resumed with a bandage around his head while his opponent had to have protection for a suspected broken nose.

The home side sat back and elected to play on the break and resorted to shots from distance with the first on target from their captain, Thulani Tsabedze, testing Carl Ikeme on 23 minutes after he had received a yellow card for deliberate hand ball.

In the 32nd minute, Oboabona almost gifted the Swazis an opening with a misplaced pass. The Rizespor defender looked jittery on the ball and was yellow-carded in the 44th minute when he kicked a Swazi defender when he should have crossed the ball.

The half ended with the Nigerians crowding the referee seeking explanation for some rash calls.

Second Half
The second half started with Rabiu Ibrahim on for Sylvester Igbonu. Ighalo got an immediate sniff at goal from a defensive mistake but he blazed over. In the early minutes, slack passing in the midfield created chances for the home side and Tsabedze came close with a shot on 49 minutes.

The Eagles should have taken the lead on 58 minutes from a set piece. Ighalo was brought down on the edge of the box and Simon stepped up on the kick which hit the right post and bounced off Gwebu to safety. Ikeme was called upon to save Efe Ambrose’s blushes in the 61st minute after Mikel Obi was robbed of the ball.

The pitch had a lot to play in the lack of chances as the ball bobbled away as play got quicker in the last third and the Eagles tried to play balls in behind the defenders.
Ibrahim was taken off after being on the pitch for just 21 minutes as Kelechi Iheanacho got his debut. Obafemi Martins was also thrown on for Mikel with 19 minutes left on the clock as Oliseh sought a win against 132nd ranked team in the world.

Five minutes was added and Ambrose almost won the tie but his header, two minutes into added time, grazed the bar.

The two teams will now go all over again on Tuesday in Port Harcourt as they seek to qualify for the last round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.


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Posted: at 13-11-2015 09:20 PM (5 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- Wikigenius at 13-11-2015 09:29 PM (5 years ago)
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Wey d mumu wey vow to score?
Posted: at 13-11-2015 09:29 PM (5 years ago) | Upcoming
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- dickieponga at 13-11-2015 09:31 PM (5 years ago)
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Wat an insult we draw wit swaziland.....
Posted: at 13-11-2015 09:31 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- chealseafc at 13-11-2015 09:45 PM (5 years ago)
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shameless eagles.
Posted: at 13-11-2015 09:45 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Wikigenius at 13-11-2015 09:49 PM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: dickieponga on 13-11-2015 09:31 PM
Wat an insult we draw wit swaziland.....
If I talk dem go say I no see sumtin gud abt d country, na underage trophies Nigeria go dey always win, ordinary Swaziland, if na Ghana wetin dem go play na only mouth oliseh get e call him best squad yet na draw dey go dia go play Swaziland suppose defeat dem since dey no fit win, useless pple after a year or two dey go retire without achievement, e years tried bt na emenike dey vex me, oliseh dey form boss only with mouth
Posted: at 13-11-2015 09:49 PM (5 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Wikigenius at 13-11-2015 09:52 PM (5 years ago)
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Enyeama tried
Posted: at 13-11-2015 09:52 PM (5 years ago) | Upcoming
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- dickieponga at 13-11-2015 09:58 PM (5 years ago)
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No mind dat Oliseh na so so mouth e get and i don't tink he has wat it takes to inspire d players....
Na friendly e sabi win...
Dis is disgusting and disappointing...
Posted: at 13-11-2015 09:58 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- gogoman at 13-11-2015 10:18 PM (5 years ago)
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phyukinggg idiout!! i hare super eagle all of them!!! U17 na my people
Posted: at 13-11-2015 10:18 PM (5 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Novic at 13-11-2015 10:39 PM (5 years ago)
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lol... we cant compare super eagle with that of U17. super eagle has done cooking,but U17 stil cooking.
Posted: at 13-11-2015 10:39 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- Novic at 13-11-2015 10:40 PM (5 years ago)
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i knw say then no fit beat them
Posted: at 13-11-2015 10:40 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- blackcurrent at 13-11-2015 11:44 PM (5 years ago)
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USELESS USELESS USELESS
Posted: at 13-11-2015 11:44 PM (5 years ago) | Newbie
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- blackcurrent at 13-11-2015 11:45 PM (5 years ago)
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USELESS PLAYERS
Posted: at 13-11-2015 11:45 PM (5 years ago) | Newbie
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- blackcurrent at 13-11-2015 11:49 PM (5 years ago)
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really dissapointed waist my time watching nigeria game rubish nigeria football
Posted: at 13-11-2015 11:49 PM (5 years ago) | Newbie
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- morgrawl231 at 14-11-2015 12:35 AM (5 years ago)
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They tried oo...u guys shld not insult them...
Posted: at 14-11-2015 12:35 AM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- Ken1230 at 14-11-2015 03:34 AM (5 years ago)
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Oliseh is just a tout...............
Posted: at 14-11-2015 03:34 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- rizzotti at 14-11-2015 05:54 AM (5 years ago)
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very poor
Posted: at 14-11-2015 05:54 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- chealseafc at 14-11-2015 10:41 AM (5 years ago)
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Oliseh's sack loading.
mister BIG mouth.
Posted: at 14-11-2015 10:41 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- sugarwealth at 14-11-2015 09:19 PM (5 years ago)
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What a shame!! Common Swaziland wey no dey anywhere for football na him we no fit win at least 5-0. Oliseh keep on disgracing us.. .
Posted: at 14-11-2015 09:19 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mkennedyk at 14-11-2015 09:25 PM (5 years ago)
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Very annoying.
Posted: at 14-11-2015 09:25 PM (5 years ago) | Newbie
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- dickieponga at 16-11-2015 08:25 PM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: Michael Oluwapelumi on 13-11-2015 09:29 PM
Wey d mumu wey vow to score?
Hahahahhahaha
E disappear inside d tunnel...
Posted: at 16-11-2015 08:25 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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