The rebuilding of the Super Eagles continues earnestly under Sunday Oliseh and over his first four matches, his team has scored five goals and conceded two. The last match, a 3-0 victory over arch-rivals, Cameroon, threw up a lot of positives but one negative aspect that stood out like a sore thumb was the chances that were created and not converted.
PREMIUM TIMES therefore looks at the players the coach should be looking to in solving that goal scoring challenge.
The 30-year old Seattle Sounders forward has not played for the national team in 31 months even though his goals to games ratio for the Super Eagles is still about the best for the current crop of available forwards. He continues to show in the MLS that though he has lost a bit of his speed, his eye for goal is undiminished.
GAMES FOR EAGLES 39; GOALS 18
Emenike’s drought in the national team continues. His last goal was recorded in November 2013, a World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia but he has fired blanks since. The 28-year-old had looked like the real deal for Nigeria en-route the World Cup after his scintillating 2013 Nations Cup heroics where he emerged as the team’s leading goal scorer with four goals. He however announced on Monday (yesterday) that he was quitting the team for good. It is yet unclear whether he would be persuaded to return.
GAMES FOR EAGLES 35; GOALS 16
Another striker whose form has dipped since the Eagles were triumphant in South Africa two years ago. The 27-year old just moved from the EPL side, West Brom, to join Greek heavyweights, Olympiacos, hoping that this move would rejuvenate a flagging career and that seems to have worked the magic as he has now scored in consecutive league games.
GAMES FOR EAGLES 25; GOALS 5
|Obafemi Martins||30||Seattle Sounders||20||15||3|
|Emmanuel Emenike||28||Al Ain||3||3||NA|
|Anthony Ujah||24||Werder Bremen||8||2||1|
|Ahmed Musa||23||CSKA Moscow||11||6||1|
A member of the Super Eagles squad to the 2002 World Cup, the 31-year-old has been a journeyman of sorts although he seems to have rediscovered his zest for goals at Cambuur in the Dutch Eredivisie. His five goals this season have won an appreciable number of points for the struggling side.
GAMES FOR EAGLES 11; GOALS 3
No other striker in England has scored more goals in 2015 than the 26-year old Watford striker. He has also replicated that form for the national team – scoring two goals in his last four matches. On current form, he should be the first choice for Oliseh and the Super Eagles.
GAMES FOR EAGLES 5; GOALS 2
Ujah is the Jekyll and Hyde character of Nigerian football. Awesome for his Bundesliga side, Werder Bremen, but looks like a striker with two left feet for the Super Eagles. The 24-year old has failed to grab the occasion whenever he was presented with a chance in the national team.
GAMES FOR EAGLES 4; GOALS 0
The current captain of the Eagles and the youngest of these lot, Musa, at 23 years of age seems to be blossoming every time he plays for either his Russian side, CSKA Moscow or in the green-white-green of the Eagles. Musa has scored the most goals for the national team in the last 12 months, even though many see him as a speedy winger – a provider of assists.
GAMES FOR EAGLES 54; GOALS 11
The urge to add the likes of Taiwo Awoniyi, Imoh Ezekiel, Success Isaac and China-based Aaron Samuel to the equation has been resisted with age been the main reason for the omission. So of the lot that we have above, whom do you expect to become the main custodian of the No. 9 jersey?
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