Ahead of the AFCON2019 round of 16 clash between Nigeria and Cameroon on Saturday, Bet9jaSociaLiga bosses have tipped the Super Eagles to progress to the quarterfinal.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria take on fierce rivals Cameroon in one of the round of 16 ties which kick (ed) off on Friday at the ongoing AFCON 2019 in Egypt.
Nigeria finished second to first-timers, Madagascar, who famously defeated the Super Eagles 2-0 in their last group game to emerge Group B winners.
Therefore, their poor performance in that game against the debutants has raised further concerns about a potential early exit for Nigeria, especially after drawing Cameroon.
However, speaking to thesocialiga.com, Bet9jaSociaLiga managers, while also not impressed with the Super Eagles so far, believe that the team has all it takes to go past Cameroon if their manager, Gernot Rohr, would change his tactics and approach.
First to speak up, the Guns FC boss, Ifedotun Ojobanikan
“I can’t really judge based on the game we lost considering we had already won two and qualified but this (game against Cameroon) will obviously be a bigger test than all 3 games so far, ” he said.
Asked if he believes Nigeria can qualify for the quarterfinals, the Bullet Boys gaffer added;
“Well. Yes. I think we’ve not put our best foot forward especially with the line ups. CB pairings have changed almost every game. (John Obi) Mikel in 10. (Henry) Onyekuru yet to play. (Samuel) Chukwueze (has played) just one game. (Victor) Osimehn too is yet to play. If we get it right, of course, we can.”
Danny Nazzal, Dannaz FC
For Danny, the Super Eagles have a lot of work to do on their attitude if they are to get past the very physical and difficult Cameroon.
“Their performance has not been convincing at all. The Super Eagles have not been playing well in this Afcon competition and we were exposed against Madagascar.”
“During that game, we lacked the right attitude and unity as a team but again things could still improve, especially when we are playing against the champions Cameroun who are very physical and tough to beat and with their new coach ( Clarence Seedorf) they have established this attacking football mentality.”
“To beat them, we must up our game in every area, and most importantly, we must play with the right attitude and composure and each player must be ready to give it his all.”
For The Cubs manager, Onyenekwu Ebere, aka Deco, the manager, Rohr is to blame for the poor display from the Super Eagles as he missed a golden opportunity to try out the younger players and future of the team.
“Rohr has been doing the same thing and expecting different results. The game against Madagascar was his chance to try out his young boys and the future of the team, but he chose the same old flat formation with Mikel Obi, two central midfielders, and Odion Ighalo up top.”
“On Cameroon, recently we have had the edge over them and I expect us to win, but I hope the coach takes the big decisions because now is the time. Let him give Chukwueze and Onyekuru their chance on either flank and we will see how they will cause Cameroon problems.”
Howard Okpara, The Royals FC
The Royals manager did not hold back at all in his assessment of the team.
“The team has been abysmal so far and there’s nothing impressive about them. There is no particular pattern to their play and it seems that the coach doesn’t know what to do with the team. For example, take the game against Madagascar where Nigeria needed a goal but the coach was still playing with only one striker up front.”
“For the game against Cameroon, there’s nothing spectacular about both teams so it will boil down to grit and the team that perseveres. Hopefully, Nigeria will win it.”
Finally, Alimosho boss, Raji Olatunji Yekini, was not left out as he says Nigeria must soldier on and look beyond the group stage.
“I will give it to Naija, ” he said. “We should not look at the last game we played but now every game is a final for the team and there is no second chance. They need to play this game as if they are not going to play another to be able to progress to the next round.”
“African football has changed entirely, they need to be fast with the ball, because in their last match against Madagascar, most of the players were walking on the pitch compared to Cameroon with the likes Choupo Moting, Basogog who have the pace and can do damage at any time.”
“The Coach also needs to do more on the attack because playing three matches with two goals is not good for a team representing Nigeria, ” he concluded.