African Games 2023: Three Things Nigeria’s Flying Eagles Must Fix to Seal Win Against South Sudan

African Games 2023: Three Things Nigeria’s Flying Eagles Must Fix to Seal Win Against South Sudan

Ero Samson
updated at March 8, 2024 at 5:06 PM
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  • The Flying Eagles kicked off their African Games campaign with a defeat against Uganda
  • Nigeria risks early elimination if they suffer defeat in their next fixture against South Sudan
  • Sports Brief highlights things that must be done to ensure victory against Sudan’s Bright Stars

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria kicked off their African Games 2023 campaign with a disappointing loss against the Hippos of Uganda.

Coach Ladan Bosso's team began the game sluggishly, and their Ugandan opponents capitalised swiftly, demonstrating the high stakes of competitive play.

Forward, Kiza Usman, and midfielder, Ivan Irinimbabazi, scored on either side of Sadiq Isiaka's header to secure victory for Morley Byekwaso Ochama's side.

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Ladan Bosso pictured during the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarter Finals match between Korea Republic and Nigeria. Image: Marcio Machado.
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The Flying Eagles will be eager to redeem themselves in their upcoming match against South Sudan, as they aim to secure their first points of the competition.

Sudan’s Bright Stars also suffered a defeat against Senegal's Young Lions. As the match is shaping up to be a crucial one, Sports Brief outlines three key areas the Nigerian team must address to secure a vital win against South Sudan.

What the Flying Eagles must fix against Sudan

Questionable tactics by Ladan Bosso

The defeat to Uganda's Hippos starkly highlighted the tactical shortcomings of Coach Ladan Bosso.

From the start, Uganda showed their dominance, controlling the game and eventually scoring the winning goal with only ten minutes left.

In the lead-up to the showpiece, critics had already questioned the tactical abilities of the Flying Eagles coach, and this loss will only fuel their doubts.

Nigeria had difficulty creating chances in attack and struggled to keep possession, often resorting to unsuccessful long passes.

This approach hampered Nigeria's ability to penetrate the opponent's defence and contributed to their loss.

Ahead of the clash against South Sudan, coach Bosso must devise better tactics to effectively maximise the potential of the players in the Nigerian camp.

Ensure Daga and Bameyi hit their strides

Daniel Daga and Daniel Bameyi fell short of expectations in Nigeria's defeat to Uganda.

Despite their wealth of experience, having played in the FIFA U20 World Cup, both players struggled to make an impact. Daga had difficulty dealing with Uganda's wide players, while Bameyi couldn't control the midfield for the Flying Eagles.

If Nigeria hopes to secure a win against the Bright Stars, both players need to step up to the occasion.

Enhanced creativity and midfield fluidity

The Flying Eagles' performance showcased a clear gap in creative prowess within their midfield.

Despite Bameyi's seasoned expertise, his defensive orientation hindered his ability to inject creativity into the team's play.

To enhance their prospects against South Sudan, coach Bosso must rectify the midfield's dearth of creativity to unlock greater scoring opportunities.

Nigerian coaches poised to replace Peseiro

In a separate report, Sports Brief highlighted a lineup of Nigerian coaches who could succeed Peseiro.

Among the candidates was Emmanuel Amunike, alongside several other tactically adept local managers.

Peseiro declared his decision to step down as the Super Eagles coach following the expiration of his contract.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).