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Madagascar 2-0 Nigeria: What did we learn?

07:44 IST 01/07/2019
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The tiny nation are on cloud nine after recording the biggest upset of the 2019 African Cap of Nations thanks to Nomenjanahary and Andriamatsinoro

  • Madagascar Afcon 23062019

    Madagascar are toast of the underdogs

    Ranked 108th in the world, the Barea were one of the minnows of the 2019 Afcon, thus expected to struggle. They have however been far from that, as they finished unbeaten in Group B and topped the group after what was arguably their biggest win in history. Nicolas Dupuis’ side have been extremely organised and committed so far in Egypt, and the awesome feat is one of the joys of the expanded Afcon tournament. Should the island nation keep the momentum going, we could be in for more surprises in the knockout phase of the tournament.

  • Gernot Rohr - Nigeria

    Nigeria a complete eyesore

    The Super Eagles have been far from their best in Group B, getting scrappy victories against Burundi and Guinea, when they should have been stamping their authority as the group and Afcon favourites. It’s rather ironic that a supposed minnow topped the group at the end of the day, and that is big slap to Gernot Rohr’s face. It further highlights how Nigeria continue to disappoint when it matters most in major tournaments.

  • Nigeria v. Argentina - Leon Balogun

    Balogun struggles evident

    The famous ‘Oyinbo Wall’ of Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong was reconstructed on Sunday evening as Rohr rested a couple of players which included Man of the Match against Guinea, Kenneth Omeruo. The wall however crumbled with Balogun failing to time a back pass from John Ogu, which allowed Nomenjanahary to pounce and leave Ikechukwu Ezenwa for dead. It was a costly error for the former Mainz defender who is usually known for his grit and concentration. Not dealing with a ball that should have been easy to collect raises questions on whether he’s still a viable option, particularly after a torrid Premier League campaign with Brighton and Hove Albion, where he was limited to just eight appearances (five starts).

  • Chidozie Awaziem

    Awaziem becoming adept at right-back

    With regular right-back Shehu Abdullahi injured since the opener against Burundi, Chidozie Awaziem has stepped in and has shown that he is capable of fitting into a position that isn’t naturally his. The typical centre-back has been very solid defensively on the right flank, making fine tackles and preventing opposition attacking moves. His downside though is that he is not good offensively and that limitation could cost the Super Eagles as they face sterner opposition in the knockout phase.

  • Ikechukwu-Ezenwa

    Ezenwa just unlucky

    The Katsina United goalkeeper was making his first appearance since November 2018, but would be disappointed with how things went down in Alexandria. The former FC Ifeanyi Ubah shot-stopper would be most upset with Leon Balogun and Wilfred Ndidi who were the culprits of the errors leading to the two goals. Errors aside, the lack of a clean sheet will hamper the 30-year old's bid to claim for the number one spot that Rohr is yet to decide on almost three years into his reign as Super Eagles coach.