There are some nights that you are so excited that you wonder when you would sleep. Last night was one of such.
It was a great comeback.
It was a different test from the World Cup qualifiers and it was a grade A friendly for the first time in ages. It was Argentina, a team that always comes out the winner against Nigeria in competitive matches. Our last memory of Argentina was Messi grabbing the winning goal despite Ahmed Musa’s brace in Brazil 2014.
Last night in Krasnodar, The Super Eagles came from 2-0 down to defeat a Messi-less Argentina. The Argentina were ahead via Benaga’s freekick (26′) and Aguero’s goal (36′) in the 1st half but 3 goals in 9 minutes turned the tide around for the West Africans.
Alex Iwobi was fouled at the edge of the box and Iheanacho’s freekick beat the goalie to half the deficit in the 45th minute. After the break, Iheanacho turned provider as Iwobi drew level in the 52nd minute.
Brian Idowu put 2013 African champions ahead in the 54th minute, less than 9 minutes into his debut.
Alex Iwobi rounded up the scoring in the 73rd minute after making a meal of three Argentine defenders, with Mascherano nutmegged. His 1st brace for Nigeria.
Daniel Akpeyi failed to win any alliance last night no thanks to his display. Nigerians may now look to young Francis Uzoho who made his debut at half time and kept a clean sheet.
Yes, there are loopholes within the team but to comeback from 2-0 down to win 4-2 against Argentina is no ordinary feat.
Congratulations Super Eagles and Rohr. Can we have the draws now?
Calm down. It is just a friendly.