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  The Boys in Green Of Ireland Vs The Super Eagles Of Nigeria May 29, 2009

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Game Summary.

Date : May 29, 2009
Event: Fifa International friendly
Teams: (The Boys In Green) Ireland vs (Super Eagles) Nigeria
Results: 1-1 (Robbie Keane  & Michael Eneramo)
Attendence: 11,263
Head Coaches:  Giovanni Trapattoni (Ireland) Shaibu Amodu (Nigeria)
Ref: William Collum
Red Cards: None
Yellow Cards: Ireland (None)  Nigeria (None)

Starting Lineup Nigeria                             Starting Lineup Ireland
GK Austin Amamchukwu Ejide #12        Gk Shay Given #1
Defenders                                                     Defenders
Sam Sodje #19                                            Richard Dunne #5                      
Yusuf Mohammed #21                              Kevin Foley #2
Adefemi Olubayo #3                                  Sean St. Ledger #4
                                                                        Eddie Nolan #3
Midfield                                                         Midfield
Seyi George Olofinjana #14                     Liam Miller #6
Kalu Uche #16                                             Keith Andrews #8  
Sone Aluko #15                                          Liam Lawrence #7
                                                                        Damien Duff #11
Forwards                                                      Forwards
John Utaka #7                                            Robbie Keane #10
Joseph Akpala #13                                    Leon Best #9
Michael Eneramo #8

Bench                                                            Bench
Vincent Enyeama #1 GK                           Keiren Westwood #16 Gk
Obinna Nwaneri #5 ST                              Stephen Kelly DF #15 
Dickson Etuhu #20                                    Paul McShane DF #13 
Nwankwo Kanu #4 ST                               Glenn Whelan M #19
Peter Osaze Odemwingie #11 ST         Stephen Hunt  M # 17
Victor Nsofor Obinna #9 ST                    Kevin Kilbane M #12
                                                                      Aiden McGeady M #18
                                                                      Andrew Keogh ST #14
                                                                      Shane Long ST #20

Ireland Substitutions
Keiren Westwood for Shay Given (46)  Shane Long for Robbie Keane (46)
Aiden McGeady for Damien Duff (46)   Glenn Whelan for Keith Andrews (58)
Paul McShane for Kevin Foley (72)       Stephen Hunt for Liam Lawrence (81)
Nigeria Substitutions
Victor Nsofor Obinna for Sone Aluko (61)  Peter Osaze Odemwingie for Joseph Akpala (61)
Obinna Nwaneri for Sam Sodje (78)

2dramasports.com Match Notes & Concerns about the Ireland versus Nigeria encounter

  1. New team lineup- refreshing new faces
  2. Super Eagles missed key players Ike Uche, Obodo,Yobo,John Mikel Obi,Tawio,Odiah,Obasi,Shittu
  3. Still no Wilson Oruma invite to the Super Eagles, Nigeria Midfield needs his touch on attack
  4. Micheal Eneramo shows a preview of  the Mike show
  5. Super Eagles still missing a play-maker in midfield , strikers were left without service
  6. Akpala needs to step-up , was not impressed with his performance
  7. No Victor Moses invite & Aluko for his first start was not SE material yet
  8. Sodje showed that he still has the goods, it being a while he featured for Nigeria
  9. Kalu Uche would be more pruductive playing behind the strikers
  10. Akpala or Eneramo not creative or running at the defense
  11. Super Eagles need a free-kick taker A.S.A.P
  12. Ejide looked shaky at times , the GK spot is still open with Dele & Enyeama around

Super Eagles Of Nigeria  Player & Coach  Rating

Coach Amodu : 6.5
Postive - New team lineup after back to back games with the same faces each time
                  Made 3 subs in a game , wow he has not done that in a while

Negative: Still needs to address the midfield crisis , inviting veteran like Wilson Oruma
                    Youngster like Henry Uche, Rabiu Ibrahim, Hurana Lukman and Rabiu Mohammed
                    could be options to the midfield issue

Ejide  :  6
             As i mentioned above, very suspect during the whole match

Akpala: 5.5
             The high scoring form in the Belgium league has not translated to the Super Eagles
              for Mr Akpala. I noticed all game long he was quick to pass the ball
              when he had the ball instead of creating chances. Akpala needs to step up or
              he will expire  like spoiled milk

Sodje: 7
           Bailed Ejide a couple of times during the match.

                Not bad, but sorry TnT "Taye Tawio" has that spot on lock. In order to bench TnT
                Adeleye needs to keep on improving -his future is bright

Y.Mohammad: 7
                          Good player ,has not lost a beat since his last Nigeria apperance vs South Africa
                          in the first leg of round 1 WCQ

Olofinjana: 5.5   Not impressed -Nigeria has more DM players that could bench him, if he not

Kalu Uche : 7  Hustled and tried his best ,very impressive in the first half , faded in the
                         second half

Aluko : 4.5 As I mentioned above ,the young man is not Super Eagles material yet.
                          Its a pity he cannot be featured in the U20 selection for Nigeria
                          Aluko has played youth football for England

Utaka: 6 hustled made great passes , i would prefer Amodu play him in attack rather than on
                 the flanks
Eneramo (7) - somewhat of a revelation. Worked hard and got involved in play in all areas
                           of the pitch, I like his hustle, nice finish for the goal.
                           He may have to start v France. For a second look by Amodu
                           He is definately in the mix now.

Obinna Nwaneri: Not enough time to rate Obi

Osaze: 6 came on pitch give his all with passes and hustle , Osaze will most likely start versus

Nsofor: 5 Whats going on,it seem like that move to Inter has derailed his game. This makes
                 two games in a row with poor form. I have seen better from Obinna Nsofor

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