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Nigeria 0-0 Uganda: What did we learn?

20:25 GMT 20/11/2018
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The action in the Delta State capital provided no goals, but there are still a few lessons for the Super Eagles to take from the clash

  • Stephen Keshi Stadium

    #1 Asaba isn’t a bad home for the Super Eagles

    The Stephen Keshi Stadium hosted the national team for the very first time, and it provided the backdrop for a good spectacle. The pitch conditions looked great and the stadium was packed to capacity. The Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo has been problematic in recent times, but if things in Asaba can be maintained, it won’t be bad as a permanent home for the Super Eagles.

  • Semi Ajayi - Rotherham United

    #2 More Friendlies needed

    Coach Gernot Rohr used this friendly to test new names in Semi Ajayi, Stephen Chukwueze and Victor Osimhen, while regularly called-up players in Mikel Agu, Brian Idowu and Daniel Akpeyi all started. Seeing that Rohr has a wide pool of talent at his disposal, this was the perfect chance to evaluate them. Chukwueze and Ajayi particularly impressed and it will do a lot of good if more friendlies are organised to further assess what these names can offer to the national team.

  • Uganda Cranes line up.

    #3 Uganda remain solid

    The Cranes came into this game as the only side yet to concede a single goal in the Afcon qualifiers, and while it can be argued that they were placed in a relatively easy group, they showed great resolve by keeping the Super Eagles at bay in Asaba even when the West Africans pushed hard for a goal as the game wore on. It is proof of their reputation as an emerging African powerhouse, having been declared the best team in Africa at the 2016 Caf Awards.

  • Gernot Rohr

    #4 Rohr’s commitment to using NPFL players remains questioned

    The German tactician has done a good job of selecting a fine crop of players for the national team. However, one of his biggest ills has been consistently neglecting to use home-based players, which hasn’t gone down well with the local supporters. Enyimba’s Theophilus Afelokhai was called up as a replacement for the injured Francis Uzoho and he failed to get any minutes in Asaba. With such an opportunity gone by, it’s becoming more difficult to convince Rohr that home-made players have something to offer.

  • Samuel Kalu

    #5 Samuel Kalu is a set piece master

    Samuel Kalu’s stock continues to rise as Nigeria moves on from the international retirement of Victor Moses. He has shown major quality, and given Nigerians assurance that he’s got a lot more to come. Coming off the bench in the second half in Asaba, Kalu threatened from set pieces, with his free kicks unsettling Uganda. It was unfortunate that none resulted in goals, but it was ample reminder of what he offers.