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Nigeria 1-1 Tunisia: Three questions Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles must answer

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The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia held the Nigeria’s Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly played in Austria on Tuesday.

Both sides scored in the first half as the second half looked more of experimentation as regards to the friendly.

Nigeria and Tunisia had their chances to win the match but the goalkeepers proved decisive for both sides.

As we look forward to the returning of players to their respective clubs in view to checkmating their performances ahead of the African

Nations Cup qualifier slated for November, these and more are salient questions Gernot Rohr and the Super Eagles must answer

Who is Nigeria’s penalty taker?

In the past, players like Austin Okocha (Jay-Jay), Obinna Nsofor and at some point and John Mikel Obi held the penalty duty in the team.

While Victor Moses shared the same role alongside Emmanuel Emenike in their own time.

The Eagles’ is spoilt with options as to who to take charge of this duty going forward in the future.

Players like Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho and Odion Ighalo had held sway in this duty in recent past.

But with Ighalo now retired from the national team it remains to be seen who gets this role in the days ahead.

Why is Nigeria struggling to score?

The Super Eagles have got decent attacking talent options as we all know with the likes of Ahmed Musa captaining a host of impressive forwards in the team.

Guys like Cyriel Dessers, goal scorer Kelechi Iheanacho and Paul Onuachu had had their fair share of game time on the pitch but it was Iheanacho that managed to find the back of the net.

He missed a penalty later on in the game. And this sums up the team’s lack of goals as we ponder why goals are farfetched from the team.

The quality of the RC Genk forwards (Paul Onuachu) and Cyriel Dessers should produce the goals.

But they struggled to find the back of the net especially for the former who was not picked for the match against Tunisia due to his poor form against Algeria.

This should be a course for worry even as trickery winger likes Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze and debutant Chidera Ejuke are capable of adding goals to their game for Nigeria.

What does the future hold for Nigeria?

The Super Eagles may have drawn with Tunisia and lost to Algeria 0-1 but there is hope for real optimism ahead of future games for Nigeria.

It was good to see Kevin Ufuoma Akpoguma play alongside Leon Balogun and Kenneth Omeruo in defence just as Akpoguma replaced Tyronne Ebuehi in the Starting XI.

The manager Gernot Rohr is spoilt for choices in the defence as they made do without stand-in-skipper William Troost-Ekong in defence against Tunisia.

The attack as we know is full of quality even as Joshua Maja and Ademola Lookman expect possible call-ups in the days ahead.

All this could spur Nigerian fans on, irrespective of the outcome of the friendly matches they’ve played.

Gernot Rohr must work hard to create a balance in the team with a quest for a good midfield.

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LaLiga: Why David Luiz did not join Real Madrid after leaving Arsenal

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Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was keen to bring David Luiz to the club this summer, but the club never tabled an offer for the player, Globo reports.

Ancelotti is believed to have made contact with Luiz, who he worked together with at Chelsea.

The 34-year-old became a free agent this summer, having seen his contract with Arsenal expire at the end of June.

However, he has now returned to his native Brazil to sign with Flamengo, putting pen to paper on a 15-month contract.

It ended Luiz’s 15-year playing career in Europe.

But things would have been different if Madrid presented an offer for the experienced centre back.

The LaLiga giants allowed captain Sergio Ramos leave this summer, while Raphael Varane signed for Manchester United.

David Alaba arrived at the Bernabeu on a free transfer over the summer, but the La Liga giants are said to be determined to bring another centre-back to the club in 2022.

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Serie A: Mourinho’s Roma tipped to win title

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Former Inter Milan president, Massimo Moratti, has said Roma are title contenders under new manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho won the Treble at Inter Milan under Moratti during his first spell in Italy.

According to Moratti, his return to Serie A makes Roma one of the teams to watch out for.

“I follow the league with great attention.

“Mourinho has revived the competition, he started very well.

“Serie A has one more team, Roma, who will aim for the title. Someone like Mourinho is not aiming for third place,” Moratti said.

Mourinho only joined Roma this year, after he was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager.

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2022 WORLD CUP Salah Among Absentees as African Qualifying Resumes

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Africa’s second round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup is set to kick off with some notable absentees – Mohamed Salah, among them – after the refusal of British clubs to release players for various matches.

Premier League clubs have led the way in refusing permission for players to head to countries on the British government’s Covid red list, which would require 10 days of quarantine upon their return.

With Egypt one of 17 African countries on the red list, Liverpool superstar Salah will miss this week’s home match against Angola in Cairo but could play in Gabon, which is not on the list, next week.

Quarantine conditions meant he could have been one of several internationals to miss multiple games, said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“As clubs we cannot do that – not only because we play games in that time, but because without being positive (for coronavirus) they lose 10 days of training,” he said.

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