Few minutes after the match between Nigeria and Argentina took the centre stage in Krasnodar, Russia, reactions poured in especially when it looked like the Eagles were not getting their rhythm. And with a two goals down it was as if the sing song over Argentina’s perceived supremacy will continue.
Questions were being asked as to why the team appear to performing below par, but then with the impressive free kick by Kelechi Iheanacho reducing the tally, the confidence soured and the result was a massive 4-2 victory.
But one thing that should be taken away from this match is that the contest for Eagles shirt has become more competitive. With the exception of a few players who have proved that they can always come and fit in, it is no longer a question of just walking in to pick a shirt.
Again the Gernot Rohr approach has also sounded a note of warning which is that everyone should be able to take opportunity when offered. A Brain Idowu that that is getting his first call saw an opportunity and took it.
While some players may still need to prove themselves others have already sealed their place in the Russia.
This all important and much talked about friendly has fired warning shot one for and another against. It is an indication that this Eagles can spring a surprise in Moscow and on the other hand is an indication that Argentina who struggled before booking a place for the world cup may not go far in Moscow.
That is however not to say that anything is cast on stone any team can do the kind of turn around we witnessed Tuesday night. No doubt there will be fireworks in Moscow and you cannot rule out the possibility of nontraditional winners of the world cup clinching it with panache. Some may say it is too early to predict but I dare say that there is nothing wrong predicting early in the day. When the time for change comes it has come.
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