By ONOCHIE ANIBEZE
Eagles sent a message to Nigerians through their game in Calabar yesterday, “We are still far from a perfect team and we can only get better.”
Against Rwanda in a Nations Cup qualifier they had two goals to tell their story. And that was it.
With many wrong passes and a somewhat uncoordinated play when in possession the Eagles were still a better side than Rwanda. But technocrats knew they could do better and expected more from them. And their coach Stephen Keshi agreed but explained what happened.
”The boys were under pressure to win and win well and when you are under pressure you make mistakes. But the good thing was the victory and with it confidence will develop and they can only get better.”
Ike Uche scored in the 9th minute and with early goal fans expected to see many goals. But there were misses. But their game appeared to lack precision and some players who impressed in the past lacked rhythm. Ejike Ozoenyi played below par and Ahmed Musa became his colleague in this art.
But Musa’s goal in the 55th minute appeared to have made up for his poor play. Kalu Uche who also lacked grit chested the ball backing the post and superbly laid for Musa whose finish was clinical. But Eagles showed they would still have to work on dead balls.