Monday, January 29, 2018

Weekend round-up: Eagles wobble to semis, Kwara United on thin thread and others.

So we huffed and puffed our way to the semi-finals of the CHAN tournament in Morocco. It was another come-from-behind win, we did it the hard way again.

We had to come from behind to beat Equatorial Guinea in our last group game and we made hard work of the quarter-final tie against the Palancas Negras.

Nigeria should have been ahead in the first minute but Anthony Okpotu (who was guilty of missing a few sitters) found himself one-on-one with the Angola goalkeeper but lost his balance when it mattered most.

We were better in the opening exchanges but could not make it count and that gave the Angolans the impetus to have a go at it.

They did have a go an dominated proceedings for large spells of the game. We just could not raise our game and when the chances came, we blew it away.

Ikechukwu Gabriel had a brilliant chance to score but missed whhen he was through on goal. We eventually got back into it with Okpotu's late goal and Gabriel wrapped it up in extra time.

All pictures via CAF Media.

It was a good win that was marred by injuries to Faleye, Orji and Ogbugh. I hope they make it back on time for the semi-final against Sudan.

We won but a lot of Nigerians were not happy at all.

In case you didn't watch the game, check the video below for the highlights.

On the home front, Match Day 5 of the #NPFL2018 went down.

Plateau United beat MFM 1-0 in Jos with Tosin Omoyele's goal the diffrence on Saturday. Sunday saw eight games.

Pillars, Sunshine Stars,Yobe Desert Stars and Enyimba all picked away points while  Kwara United continued their flirtatious relationship with relegation as they were spanked 3-0 in Uyo by Akwa United.

Below is the graphics of the results. Nasarawa United vs Rangers will be played on Monday in Lafia.

That's all for the weekend round up.


  1. I tweeted on the CHAN Eagles yesterday, and I mentioned that over reliance on spot kicks by our NPFL strikers(annoyingly aided by bias officiating) is what is hindering our strikers or forwards from being prolific in front of goal. If we want to see improvements going forward, then the adjustments have to start from the league(NPFL).

  2. @GodwinOdiko Aside Morocco which other team is scoring so much in CHAN? Is over reliance on penalty the reason CR7 is on less than 6 goals this season?

    Nice round up @OgaRanda. Interesting to read