That Portugal/Eagles Friendly: Time To Review Jose’s Job

By Victor Enyinnaya on November 21, 2022

Last week’s international friendly match between Nigeria and Portugal would remain in long time to come worst ever by the Super Eagles. It further showed also the state of our football at that level presently. No pretence about it the Nigerians put every football wrong and therefore paid dearly for it.

It must be noted the lineup who played that day seemed not to know why they were on the field. They allowed Portuguese’s side even when Rolando was not in their line up to strip them naked before the whole world. 

Super Eagles team has no depth and played aimlessly. The Nigerians showed early in the game that they would not be able to hold their host and so they paid for such unpreparedness.

Without much ado, let it be put that the nasty spotlight on a team which has gone so down since Gernot Rohr was hired by the last NFF regime. The sorry side of it all was the unseriousness of the team in quest to close opponents which resulted to the intensive pressure the team underwent throughout the game.

 Aside from obvious lack of technical input by the new head coach Jose, the players never showed capacity, sense of direction, responsibility and commitment too. It was one game that further exposed the Eagles as an unready team.

Let me say here that the present scenario that Super Eagles have found itself in the comity of national teams in the continent remains sad commentary to say the very least. Nigeria is now in deeper crisis as her flagship has failed woefully to live up to its billing of a team to be reckoned with.

Nigerian fans were on their edge throughout last week’s friendly match against Portugal team that has never run rings whenever it plays the Super Eagles, be it at any level. It has shown the trend today is that any team can defeat or rubbish the Super Eagles at any level be it friendly or competitive level. It has gone worst that the team has no definite system. The present state of the Super Eagles must be so worrisome to true football pundits and administrators.

The critical question that nobody cares to provide answer (s) to is how the country arrived at this lowest ebb in her senior football side.

Truth is that the present crisis in the Super Eagles is caused by Amaju Pinnick who brought Rohr and later sacked him after much hue and cry by analysts and pundits alike. As if that was not enough, he went for another low capability coach from Portugal, Jose who has no result to show as coach. His records as a coach are in the public domain and unfortunately this is again the kind of coach he forced on the country again. What abnormality. It meant that there is something fundamentally wrong with our football administration in this country.

Last week’s international football friendly between Portugal and Nigeria honestly opened up many defects in the Nigerian team.  Things have gone astray in the Super Eagles that seem not to have a head coach who has what it takes to lead the side to the promise Land. For instance he has led Nigerian team to friendly games without making any impression. He has imparted nothing so far. The team has no teeth. He Jose has shown his deficiency to handle the Super Eagles team. The state of the team is drastically depreciating in each game.

As it showed during the last week friendly against Portugal, no department in the Super Eagles team has exceptional player. We saw more of the lads running round the field while their opponent looked more coordinated, technically and tactically superior. The Super Eagles side lacked a play maker. There was no coordinator too.

Super Eagles squad has no goalkeeper and defence that can withstand any kind of pressure when the chips are down. Ibrahim Gusau led NFF must quickly find the way forward for this dilemma in Super Eagle now. Things have gone amiss. Jose has no capacity to lead the team. As it is widely said, you don’t give what you don’t have which aptly describes the personality of Jose as Super Eagles head coach.

Though, Gusau was part and parcel of this Jose arrangement however nothing stops him from saving the situation, by doing what he deems fit as being needful as we have seen where the pendulum is gradually swinging to.

Let us keep our fingers crossed and keep the administrators and other key players on their toes for good of the game and a better Super Eagles team.

Keep shooting hard till next week. Meanwhile we wait!!



Source Daily Sports Nigeria

Posted November 21, 2022


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