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Possible lessons from the Nigeria Vs Germany match


/ by Obiweluozo Martins
The Dream Team VI have plundered the hope of winning an Olympic Gold medal Rio, Brazil in emulation of the Nwankwo Kanu led side of Atlanta 1996 as they lost the common side. 

The Germans will be facing Brazil in the final as the Dream have been cut short on the road to the disappointment of soccer loving Nigeria who wondered the kind of lacklustre performance been put up by the Dream Team VI who have been in imperious form prior to previous games at the ongoing Olympics Games in Rio, Brazil. 

The Dream Team would now face the Honduras side who lost 6-0 to a Neymar led Brazil side who looked like champions going into the finals. The Dream Team loss have left Nigerians mute as we wonder what might have gone wrong with the vibrant U-23 side. 
On this note we take a look at the possible lessons from the Dream Team VI defeat against Germany.


Another dream quashed for the next four years as star man Etebo clutches his head in despair.

There is no question about who to play in the final and who will play in the third places match as Germany will trade tackles in Brazil who booked their final berth for the gold medal match earlier on with Nigeria taking Honduras in what is a bronze medal match. 

The Dream Team therefore has lost another chance of lifting the gold medal as Nigeria bowed to the more organized German side who were pulling the strings in the Nigerian defence as they got what they deserved in two unreplied goals.

 It is very painful for Nigerians with all the talent and experience of John Obi Mikel; the skipper, Oghenekaro Etebo and Stanley Amuzie will have to settle for a bronze medal even when we won silver in Beijing 2008 and gold in Atlanta 1996, Reality is painful but we have to deal with it quickly as Honduras are waiting in earnest for the bronze medal match.

Impressive Skipper John Obi Mikel whose performance was one of the positives in the game.

In a shady performance from the Dream Team VI where so many talents faltered, some players gave Nigeria hope for the bronze medal match and as well to the future.

 Players like John Obi Mikel was very impressive as we all saw a tree cannot make a forest as Usman Mohammed  and Ndifreke Udo (who was replacing Azubuike Okechukwu following a yellow card picked up against Denmark in the quarter finals last Saturday) failed to turn up in the game. At the defence line, players like; Amuzie had a moderate game along with Shehu Abdullahi but it was Troost- Ekong who caught the eye in a Nigerian team not because of his skin (fair) colour but because of his wonderful output in the game. 

Emmanuel Daniel was impressive in goal as he came to the rescue on several occasion as this players have given a little bit of hope ahead of Honduras show down in the third place match.

Evident German dominance as they beat Dream Team VI 2-0 on the night.

The German machine under the inspiration of talismanic forward serge Gnabry defeated Nigeria once again to confirm a long standing dominance over the highly talented West Africans who have failed to organize themselves tactically and administratively for the benefit of our darling national teams. 

A goal in the ninth minute set the tone for the German victory as they rounded up the match on the stroke of eighty nine minutes leaving no stone unturned in the clash. In 2015 U-20 world cup, a certain kelvin Akpoguma (Nigerian born Germany youth international) captained the German U-20 sides in the attendance of his Nigerian father who watched on as they defeated Nigeria 1-0 in the match. 

The flying eagles’ dreams were ending by a solitary strike from Julian Brandt who is part of the current U-23 squad that eliminated Nigeria at the Olympic Games. Even on the female side an Asisat Oshoala a U-20 side who had Chinwedu Ihezuo and mid field talent Osarenoma Igbinovia lost to the German side 1-0 in the final of the U-20 world cup in Canada after dominating the tough and robust German side for much of the contest.

John-obi-mikel-chelsea-against the purposeful marking Germans.

The Germans knew from the onset that talent alone will not be enough to beat Nigeria as they employed strategy and a very superb organizational pattern to get past the Dream Team in the contest. When the Germans are in possession they traded with caution ensuring that the passes where accurate and to the right person as they threatened Emmanuel Daniel repeatedly in goal.

 The Germans were very much attentive and stuck to their game plan as they passed the ball into spaces in the Nigerian defence. The Germans when not in possession form a freezing formation of five payers long a straight line which makes it difficult for the Nigerian side to break them down in transition. 
 They master minded the most tactical and disciplined fouls as they escaped mostly with a yellow card due to the perfection of those fouls notably in the first period against the threatening Imoh Ezekiel in the left side of attack and John Obi Mikel in the second half when the skipper was on transition down the opposing half. It remains to be seen how the Germans would compete against the Brazil side led by Neymar Jnr who are not lacking any form of inspiration in front of their home supporters who will readily cheer the samba guys to victory against the Germans bearing in mind the 2014 world cup defeat in the hands of the tactful German side.

The Nigeria eleven that lacks the momentum and bite to trouble the strict German side.

The Nigerian side was really lacking in character as they failed to string passes repeatedly when in possession. There were too many poor decisions in the game especially when a player was making an assumption pass to his team mate which were usually intercepted. They looked really vulnerable and found it had to win a 50-50 ball in motion. 

The Nigerian team really struggled all through the game to assert themselves and so therefore where on the receiving end defending one cross to the other as Seven Bender and Lars Bender combined well in midfield with the trickery of Arsenals Serge Gnabry who had a special date with Abdullahi Shehu on the left wings. The Nigerian side lacked ginger and inspiration and that was their major undoing as they failed to come into the game entirely in the match.

 They were never lacking in quality, it’s just unbelievable to see players like Usman Mohammed and Sadiq Umar of AS Roma to name a few struggling in possession as the Germans capitalize on their poor performance to nail them in the semi-final match thus setting up a final with the host, Brazil come Saturday.

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