Football, the game we love so much is about scoring goals and winning matches. It is not about passing the ball, ball possession, creating chances and not converting them, not being disgraced or ‘doing well’ without achieving positive results.
If you agree with me that football is about scoring goals and winning games, you will agree with me that the Super Eagles have not performed well at the Confederations Cup currently holding in Brazil. The eagles were eliminated last night after a 0-3 loss to Spain.
The popular opinion amongst Nigerian football fans and some analysts is that the team “did well” but did not have quality strikers to convert chances created.
In my opinion, the poor finishing of the Super Eagles is an indication of poor performance and failure. The team’s coach, Stephen Keshi had enough time to scout for competent strikers that could have been added before the Confederations Cup.
It is unacceptable to suggest that in a country of over 160 million people, three prolific strikers cannot be found for the national team. Hence, I urge my fellow Nigerians to stop embracing mediocrity and call a spade, a spade- the Super Eagles performed poorly with Mikel Obi being the only stand-out player at the Confederations Cup.
I have not written this blog post to run the Super Eagles down but it is important to recognise failure when it occurs so as to make the necessary changes to achieve the desired success.
I hope the technical crew of the Super Eagles will do what it takes to ensure that Nigeria qualifies for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and perform on that big stage. Nigerians deserve nothing less.
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