These are five things we learnt from Super Eagles 1-0 win over Poland.
The much anticipated friendly match between Nigeria and Poland took place as the Super Eagles were victorious over the World Cup bound Eastern Europeans as the match ended 1-0.
The home side gave the former African champions a run for their money but the West Africans ran away with victory with the only meaningful chance created by Gernot Rohr’s men.
1. Absence of Mikel Obi
The performance of the Nigerian team stems from the fact Mikel Obi is still a force to reckon with in the Super Eagles squad.
The midfield and the attack could not string passes together as possession were easily lost in key areas of the pitch.
Joel Obi was hard working in midfield but he didn’t have the composure to retain possession while Kelechi Iheanacho who played as the team’s link between the middle and forwards was too close to goal to dictate play.
Ighalo in attack was a lone-ranger as he had to work his way from the flanks or the midfield to a deliver a threat towards goal.
2. The Super Eagles central defence pairing of Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong was impressive again.
Although Lewandowski troubled them, running free from their high line on a couple of occasions, the two defenders combined well to nullify the threat of the Bayern Munich star.
3. Moses is still Super Eagles most dangerous player
Victor Moses was the liveliest player in the Super Eagles squad as he dribbled past a Poland defender who tripped the Chelsea man for a penalty.
4. Shehu Abdullahi is solid
Though not a right-back by trade, Abdullahi has played in the right side of the Super Eagles defence under Gernot Rohr for a while.
5. Much work still needs to be done
No doubt the win will boost the confidence of the men in Green, but more work is needed for Rohr’s side to play as a unit.
In all departments of the team, improvement is needed and the inspirational captain will surely make the Nigerian squad a better side in the coming friendlies.