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World Cup thrills: Nigerians react to Super Eagles goalless draw with Iran

Many Nigerians have continued to express dissatisfaction over the goalless draw by the Super Eagles in their opening match with Iran on Monday.
Speaking to National Daily, Ndukwu Sunday said that the players did not show any sign of professionalism, and they lack winning mentality. “They should understand that they are playing in a World cup competition,” he said.
Prince Uche said that every big game like the World Cup deserves a tactical and psychological plan.
Several others were of the view that the match between Iran and Nigeria was not a match to be won from the bench. It’s an all-out match that should be done with in the first half and steady blocking and possessive football in the second half to neutralize the opponent's tactics, it had been observed.
Some have contended that a player like Ramon Azeez cannot be playing in a big game like the World Cup while an experienced Osaze Odewinge will be playing from the bench. A player like Osaze would have helped energize effective moves for Victor Moses as Ramon Azeez is a bit too slow to close up the gap between the midfield and the attack, it was pointed out.
It has been articulated that the substitutions would have been Shola for Emenike, and Azeez for Osaze. This would have caused much positive minded attack in the Eagles front line as a win would be a better result. Mikel should be allowed to be free while Onazi should remain steadfast in the midfield.
The result was a disappointment for Nigeria, the current Africa Cup of Nations champion.
The draw means the non winning World Cup runs of both teams continues. For Iran, though, this was the first time it had not conceded a goal at the World Cup match.

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