Many Nigerian football fans on Saturday night, June 10, 2017 suffered serious insomnia following the shocking defeat of the Super Eagles against their much heralded opponents South Africa.
Nigeria and South Africa met in Uyo in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier, and to the surprise of many football faithfuls around the world, the Super Eagles were beaten in-front of their own fans.
Many people left the stadium in annoyance as they could not believe that the Eagles would fail to soar against the Bafana Bafana, while those that watched the match via the television itemized their grievances on the social media.
After Nigeria's failure to qualify for the last two editions of the Nations Cup, Super Eagles' defeat to South Africa has now put their qualification for the 2019 AFCON in serious doubt as they currently sit on the throne of despair.
There are many factors that many fans feel contributed to the Super Eagles' defeat on Saturday, and here we bring you four out of the reasons Nigeria lost to South Africa.
1. Mikel Obi's absence
Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel could not be part of the Nigeria's squad as the former Chelsea star is currently recuperating from an injury.
Mikel would have been of serious help to the Nigeria midfield that lacked coordination against Bafana Bafana as the duo of Onazi and Ndidi failed to produce any finesse which helped the South Africans to penetrate.
2. Victor Moses' absence
Chelsea star Victor Moses would have been of great assistance to the Super Eagles striking department as the performance of the duo of Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa almost gave many Nigerian fans heart attack.
Victor Moses' attacking skills and experience would have decimated Bafana Bafana defense, but sadly, the former Liverpool man pulled out of the game due to injury.
3. Defensive gaffe
The Super Eagles back four were not up to the task against South Africa as player like left full back Elderson Echiejile disappointed many Nigerian fans who had believed that his experience would be exemplified against South Africa, but the night turned sour for him as the South Africans broke his defense.
4. Goalkeeping error
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr thought using Daniel Akpeyi for the tough match against South Africa would be of help to Nigeria since the goalie plays in the South African League, but he failed to realize that most of the Bafana Bafana players also play in their country's top flight and they might have met him many times in League games.
Akpeyi however looked jittery in the duel, and Ikechukwu Ezenwa should have been given the chance to hold the post for the Super Eagles considering his recent superb form.
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