Tunisia Vs Nigeria : Birds That Would Not Fly - The Flop At Rades
By Iwedi Ojinmah aka SUYA (CyberEagles.com)
Published June 22, 2009
Who can blame us for fearing the worst? I mean hadn’t they crossed the Alps on Elephants and made Rome tremble ? Add to that and to make matters worse, hadn’t they once ruined our supposed maiden World Cup appearance in the manifestation of an unfortunate Odiye header in our last true defeat in Surulere?
But to our shock the Tunisia awaiting us in Rades couldn’t even fill the stadium and simply played for a draw. Their front line decimated by injury the Carthaginians obviously are looking to fight another day in Abuja, or pray that either Kenya in Nairobi or Mozambique in Abuja will knock “humpty dumpty” Nigeria off the World Cup wall permanently.
If Tunisian laid low so certainly did Nigeria who never seemed to find the fluid motion we all have been weaned on. Rather Amodu seemed to be down right perplexed when confronted with the very “Inverted Christmas Tree formation” he used to live by when manning the helm of the old BCC Lions. For 45 mins we waited for the Okoro soup to thicken and draw and yet it remained weak and runny. The Tunisians successfully crowded the mid field with 8 men virtually blocking out then sun let alone the listless Eagles.
Uche normally full of vision and the kick starter of so many things dangerous in the past was rendered absolutely ineffective by the Tunisian marking that was as tight as an undersized overcoat in a Siberian storm.
Every body just seemed to be content to allow the clock to tick while doing just enough to fill lanes and hold the ball. Biggest miss of the match came from Michael Eneramo who despite leading the Tunisian league with 18 goals failed to convert a clear goal. Left standing by the Ocean's edge with a bucket of water and asked to throw the contents in, beyond logic he somehow lost them to the wind and not one drop hit the mark a feat I bet he could not reproduce even if he tried over and over.
Except for the first 10 mins in each half when the Tunisians seemed galvanized either by the lingering effects of their national anthem or the advice heaped on them by their coach during the intermission and looked very dangerous - elevating Enyeama to the MVP of the game with 3 superb saves - the game turned out to be downright boring and an anti climatic.
The Battle of Rades had become the Flop of Rades and one can only anticipate a much better game in Abuja between the 2 fraudsters. It would not take much to pull that off as only one real team bent on winning need show up.
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