Int'l Friendly: Eagles waste 45 minutes...holds steady with England's wealth of stars


The International friendly between England and Nigeria started with the Lions showing they own the ground and the Eagles displaying nothing likened to their fans' expectations.

England reigned supreme with their not-too-effective performance owing to Nigeria's bask in complete confusion and lack of confidence that existed the entire first half which credited the Lions with 2 goals lead and Eagles wasting a good forty five minutes of football.

Awaiting the second half one would think England will lash in more valid goals but the Nigerian side came back with three valid substitutes that replaced the confusion with a composure that brought about confidence in the Super Eagles and yielded a goal for Nigeria.

Gareth Southgate, England's coach who sat down the entire first half, remained seated thinking the urge will quell in no time but as the Super Eagles displayed further composure resulting to consistent forward breaks that was no way achievable for the Eagles earlier in the match, he stood up with worries on his face to communicate with the Lions who appeared to have lost their not-too-effective show.

Nigeria, egged on by their fans mushed further with stabled composure that enabled their stands against England's attackers. Southgate brought in more players to brew up an undying spark but Nigeria's restructured defense tit for tat with his wealth of stars whose efforts were not prospective.

Mikel Obi ran effortlessly in the first half to cause discomfort for  England's defense but could not hold on to the ball with stability as he's known for. However, the  captain of the Nigerian side ensured the needed bite to hold the confidence existing in his team is given—Ebuehi, Omeruo and Etebo's impact on the left side, central back and the mid-field supported Mikel's demeanor.