OPINION: My 4 hot picks to end Eagles goal shyness

OPINION: My 4 hot picks to end Eagles goal shyness

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Sep 08, 2016. 15:30

Super Eagles have been struggling to get goals in recent time and that contributed to the team's inability to qualify for AFCON 2015 and 2017.

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The team under new coach Gernot Rohr found it difficult to score goals against less fancied Tanzania in AFCON 2017 qualifier at the weekend, which Nigeria won 1-0.

I have taken a look at four strikers who could solve the goal-scoring problem of Eagles if given the needed chance as Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers draw nearer.

1. Kehinde Fatai

The former Nigeria youth international is one of the best strikers Nigeria can boast of in Europe.

He is a complete striker who is very dangerous around the box and has proven to be a goal scorer at every club he has played.

The former JUTH FC striker played for Farul Constanta, FC Farul, Astra Giurgiu (All in Romania), Club Brugge (Belgium) and Sparta Prague (Czech).

The FC Ufa forward scored five goals in Europa league, four in UEFA Champions league and eight in the league last season for Sparta Prague. He has scored a goal in two games for FC Ufa.

Romania tried their best to make him play for their national team but FIFA declined.


Born: 19th February, 1990

Height: 1.78m

Previous club: JUTH, Farul Constanta, FC Farul, Club Brugge, Astra Guirgiu and Sparta Prague

Present club: FC Ufa(Russia).

2. Olanrewaju Kayode

Former Maccabi Netanya of Israel striker is another red-hot striker Nigeria have in Europe.

The ex-youth international has proved his worth as a goal poacher in Israel and Austria.

The Austria Wien striker is fast and always a constant danger to opposing defenders.

He scored goals to win promotion for Maccabi Netanya and helped them stay in the top flight with his goals.

Kayode scored 15 goals in the league for Austria Wien last season and has shown class in the UEFA Europa League, where his club will feature in the group stage.


Born: 8th May, 1993

Height: 1.74m

Previous clubs: ASEC Mimosas, FC Luzern, Maccabi Netanya.

Present club: Austria Wien

3. Fenando Adi

The big target man has been the best in MLS since 2015 when he joined Portland Timbers.

He has broken every goal scoring record at the club and some in the MLS.

His strength and speed have held him in good stead in the MLS.

Though he has been called up to the Eagles once, he was not given a chance to play even when he was the MLS leading scorer at that point.

Adi scored 19 goals in 38 MLS games last season.


Born: 19th October, 1990

Height: 1.92m

Previous clubs: FC Copenhagen, Trencin, Dynamo Kiev

4. Ogenekharo Etebo

The U23 international is a hard working player who knows where the goal is.

He showed his goal-scoring prowess at CAF U23 championship, where he was the top scorer and also scored four goals in Nigeria’s opening game against Japan at Rio 2016 Olympics.

Coach Gernot Rohr has already mentioned the former Warri Wolves star will be considered after he was overlooked on account of injury at Rio.

The Feirense of Portugal forward is ripe enough for Eagles and could be the one to get in the goals.


Born: 9th November, 1995

Height: 1.72m

Previous club: Warri Wolves

Present club: Feirense

By Olusola Alao

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