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Super Eagles: Top 9 Players Who Netted On International Debut

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The great feeling that comes when a player lays a mark after notching debut goal(s) is incomparable; in most cases, it sets the bar high for what’s to follow, and it also creates a personal memory for the player to cherish all through his life.

The dream of every football player is to announce his/her arrival into the team with scoring remarkable debut goal(s). And sometimes, these dreams come true in the most unbelievable ways.

For the Super Eagles, a host of players would definitely have had this dream of scoring on their debuts, but it’s one thing to dream; it’s another to make the dream come true.

Cheapgoals will in this piece, bring you the Super Eagles player who bagged a goal or two on their debuts even though it doesn’t guarantee a successful international career.

  • Finidi George – July 27, 1991

Super Eagles: Top 9 Players Who Netted On International Debut

Considered to be one of Nigeria’s greatest wingers, Finidi at 22 made his debut for Nigeria in 1991, during an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burkina Faso.

Finidi came off the bench for an injured Austine Eguavoen to score and also provided three assists for Rashidi Yekini and also scoring once in the 7–1 rout – the game was staged at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos.

  • Julius Aghahowa – February 3, 2000

Super Eagles: Top 9 Players Who Netted On International Debut

The backflip specialist having performed fantastically at the 1999 FIFA U20 World Cup, earned a place as a teenager in the Super Eagles squad to the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana.

But due to the presence of some big boys in the Bonfere Jo’s squad, Aghahowa couldn’t feature in the first two opening matches for Nigeria. He however got his chance in the last group game against Morocco after replacing Benedict Akwuegbu.

An 81st-minute goal from Aghahowa gave Nigeria a convincing 2-0 win over Morocco. In total, Aghahowa netted 14 goals in his 32 outings for the Nigerian National team.

  • Victor Agali – January 13, 2001

Super Eagles: Top 9 Players Who Netted On International Debut

Agali is one of many Nigerian players that played for more than 10 clubs outside Nigeria – 12 precisely.

He earned his national team call-up for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash with Zambia following his exploit at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, a competition in which the lanky forward netted three times.

He justified his maiden call-up by scoring with his second attempt on goal as Jo Bonfrere’s team labored to a 1-0 win in the hard-fought encounter. Also, between 2000-2004, he was able to make 12 appearances for Nigeria and scored 5 goals.

  • Femi Opabunmi – May 4, 2002

Super Eagles: Top 9 Players Who Netted On International Debut

A fine outing at the 2001 FIFA U17 World Cup handed Opabunmi a spot in Nigeria’s provisional squad prior to the 2002 World Cup under Chief Adegboye Onigbinde.

In his first outing for the Super Eagles against Kenya albeit a friendly match, the forward had a convincing performance, netting on his international debut – a feat which booked him a place in the final 23-man team to South Korea and Japan.

At the FIFA World Cup in 2002, Femi became the third-youngest player to feature at the World Cup, at the age of 17 years and three months.

  • Obafemi Martins – May 29, 2004

Super Eagles: Top 9 Players Who Netted On International Debut

That day was a propitious day for “Obagoal” and Nigeria at large. Martins was an exciting teenager by the time he made his debut for the Super Eagles.

The match was against Ireland and it coincided with Nigeria’s Democracy Day celebrations. He demonstrated that he was more than ready to take the baton from the set of attackers Nigeria paraded back then when he notched his first of 18 international goals, a tally that puts him fifth in Nigeria’s all-time scoring charts.

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  • Stephen Ayo Makinwa – November 17, 2004

Super Eagles: Top 9 Players Who Netted On International Debut

Makinwa made his debut for the National team in 2004. The striker started for Christian Chukwu’s side that lost to Bafana Bafana at the 2004 Nelson Mandela Challenge in Johannesburg.

Makinwa who later played for Lazio netted the only goal for the Super Eagles. Although, the Super Eagles lost by 2-1. The defeat was South Africa’s first-ever triumph over the Super Eagles.

  • Ekigho Ehiosun – February 9, 2011

Super Eagles: Top 9 Players Who Netted On International Debut

Ekigho is clearly not a popular name today in Nigerian football, but he had a Super Eagles debut that he’d probably forever relish. He made his debut in the match which marked Samson Siasia’s managerial bow with the national team.

The former Warri Wolves striker was called in as an emergency replacement for Victor Anichebe in a friendly game between Nigeria and Sierra Leone in 2011.

And while the game was on, Ehiosun was brought on to replace the injured Emmanuel Emenike. He doubled the Eagles’ lead with a well-struck shot, seven minutes after coming on.

  • Bryan Idowu – November 14, 2017

Super Eagles: Top 9 Players Who Netted On International Debut

Bryan Idowu is a Russian-Nigerian who was one of the players invited to the Super Eagles by Gernot Rohr. In 2017, he made his debut against in a friendly against Argentina before the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Nigeria ran riot over the Albiceleste by scoring 4 goals to Argentine’s 2 – Bryan, (the only defender on this list) scored the third goal in the encounter.

His performance in the game was instrumental as he was named in Nigeria’s 23-man squad to the 2018 World Cup.

  • Joe Aribo – September 10, 2019

Super Eagles: Top 9 Players Who Netted On International Debut

Another Gernot Rohr intake to the National team. The Rangers midfielder also had a remarkable debut for the Super Eagles, he found the back of the net in a 2-2 draw against Ukraine.

After his brilliant debut, Aribo again netted against the Samba Boys of Brazil in another friendly a month later.

 

 

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FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

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Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.

Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.

Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.

As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.

The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.

FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

International match calendar and release of players.

The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.

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The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.

2020 financials and 2022 budget

The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.

The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.

The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.

FIFA Arab Cup 2021™

The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.

 

 

 

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?

The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.

Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.

Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.

The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.

It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.

The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.

READ ALSO: Super Eagles: 9 Players Who Netted On Debut

Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.

Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.

In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.

Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.

Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.

Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.

However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.

 

 

 

 

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