Pastor Taribo West was in the news recently as he urged the Super Eagles to exert their revenge on Algeria in the friendly match coming up on Friday 9 October following their slim semi-final loss to the Dessert Warriors in last year’s Afcon.
However, the 1996 Olympic Gold medalist footballer was quick to remind everyone that this is a friendly match and thus should be viewed as such.
If the last 2 friendly matches of the Super Eagles are anything to go by, the intensity to which this match will be played will make it seem almost like a competitive fixture.
The match against Ukraine was enthralling whilst the one against Brazil was absorbingly entertaining. So, I expect fireworks against Algeria.
Pastor West touched on something that struck a chord with me, though.
“But the most important thing is to know how to learn from a meeting like this,” said the former AC and Inter Milan center defensive Linchpin.
What have learnt from Rohr’s matches post 2019 Afcon. What will we learn from this eagerly anticipating friendly against Algeria?
Will the Super Eagles continue to toss victory overboard after seemingly cruising to a win (as we saw against Ukraine and Brazil)?
Are we going to see strength in depth in our goalkeeping department?
Have we learnt how to cage big name players having been knocked out by magical acts from Messi and Mahrez in recent times?
Will recent invitees be able to replicate club form in national team colours?
And, will the Super Eagles’ whole be greater than the sum of its constituent parts (after all, there is no point having a collection of players who cannot function as a well oiled, well drilled cohesive unit)?
Thankfully, due to the fierce nature of recent encounters between both sides, coupled with the fact that the Algerians are also a side on the ascendancy, this promises to be a smashing encounter.
However, like Pastor Taribo West said, it is just a Friendly!
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