These are five things we learnt as the Super Eagles of Nigeria were beaten 2-0 by Serbia.
The Super Eagles were humbled 2-0 by the Serbian national team courtesy of a brace from Aleksandar Mitrovic in the second half.
The Serbian side could have taken the lead in the first half when Mitrovic’s header was scrambled off the line by Francis Uzoho as the referee did not award the goal.
The Serbs were dominant in all proceedings of the match and they were rewarded in the second through their hitman Mitrovic.
These are five things we learnt from the game:
1. The Super Eagles don’t have a No. 10
Just like the game against Poland, the Super Eagles of Nigeria lacked creativity in the middle and that is because of the absence of a natural No 10.
Against Serbia there was no creative player in the middle, Joel Obi who played in that role was too deep and was nowhere near the Serbian 18-yard-box to cause any problem.
There is a clear need of a No. 10 in the Super Eagles squad even Mikel that the team has not been a No. proper No 10 for almost 10 years.
2. Uzoho is not bad at all: The Deportivo La Coruna stopper is the reason why the Super Eagles did not concede more than two. The 19-year-old was a more assured presence in London, four days after he was practically a bag of nerves against Poland. There’s still a lot of improvement to be done, but he is on the right path.
3. Awaziem, capable stand-in: Chidozie Awaziem was called in at the last minute to replace Leon Balogun, who missed out through illness. The Nantes defender had an impressive outing and hardly put a foot wrong.
4. Victor Moses is very important to Super Eagles.
5. A team under experiment: It’s a no-brainer that some of the players that featured against Serbia will not make Rohr’s final cut for the World Cup later this year.