Ijeh spelade för Nigeria igår

Publicerad 21 november 2002

Igår spelade Nigeria en träningslandskamp i Lagos mot Jamaica. Enligt uppgifter var Ijeh en av de bättre i ett annars blekt och otränat Nigeria. Matchen slutade 0-0

Texten har vi fått från Ian Williams som är Managing Editor på Kick Off magazine i Nigeria

”An untried Nigeria could only manage a goal-less draw with Jamaica in Lagos.
A Super Eagles side missing almost all of its star names spluttered rather than flowed against a thrown-together Jamaica side.

Nevertheless, Nigeria had the better of the chances, and should have won comfortably.
On the Super Eagles team-sheet only Peter Ijeh’s name really stood out.
Ijeh is the top scorer in Sweden this year, and was winning his first cap for Nigeria against the Reggae Boyz.
Ijeh had a great chance to open his international scoring account in the 15th minute, but fired wide when well placed.
Each side had good chances in the first half, but with both keepers on fine form the period ended scoreless.
Nigerian shotstopper Vincent Enyeama, who played in the World Cup against England, was particularly impressive.
One save in the 42nd minute, from a point blank header, was top drawer, but generally Enyeama had an untroubled evening.

Jamaica improved somewhat in the second half, but not sufficiently to pierce the Nigerian rearguard.
The Super Eagles should really have won the match, too, but passed up a succession of presentable opportunities in the closing minutes.

The game ended with the home fans calling for the appointment of a foreign coach to replace incumbent Christian Chukwu.

Goalflashes and major incidents

90 mins: Jamaica clear the corner, and the refere blows the final whistle.
90 mins: Corner for Nigeria.
89 mins: the Nigerian fans cheer their side on as they search for a late winner.
86 mins: A Nigerian striker breaks into the box, but his shot beats the post as well as the keeper.
76 mins: Jamaica’s keeper is on top form, making a second save in a minute.
75 mins: Nigeria manage an attempt on goal, after nice combination play.
73 mins: ”We want goals,” the home fans chant, but they seem unlikely to get them.
68 mins: The match is being played largely in the midfield, with little finesse on show.
60 mins: Jamaica is having a better second half, and has taken the upper hand.
57 mins: Nigerian Igho is injured, and has to go off.
54 mins: Jamaica make their first substitutions in an effort to turn things round.
48 mins: Nigeria send a free-kick whizzing over the bar.
Second half. 46 mins: Nigeria threaten from a corner, but lose the ball.
45 mins: half time. A disappointing first period.
44 mins: A bit of a scuffle between the two teams after a harsh tackle. Only one yellow card is shown.
42 mins: Jamaica have a great chance to score, but the header is well saved by Enyeama.
40 mins: Benedict Idahor is injured trying to shoot.
32 mins: The game is of a fairly poor quality so far.
31mins: Nigeria make a substitution, as the Nigerian fans’ club beat their drums.
27 mins: A Jamaican dribbles past 2 Nigerian players, but scuffs his shot.
24 mins: Nigerian captain Romanus Orjinta is booked for a tough tackle.
18 mins: Nigeria attack again, but the powerful shot is tipped over the bar.
15 mins: Debutant Peter Ijeh has his first chance in a Nigeria shirt, but his shot goes wide.
11 mins: The match is very even, in front of a half-full stadium.
4 mins: Jamaica pass the ball around nicely, having been under the cosh from the start.
1 minute: Nigeria win a corner. A Nigerian attacker nearly scores with a shot, but the Jamaican goalkeeper saves well.
1807 GMT Nigeria kick off the game.
The national anthems are being played, and the game is near to kicking off.
Nigeria are wearing their traditional green, and Jamaica are in yellow shirts.
Nigeria: Enyeama, Enahire, Idahor, Orjinta, Seyi, Issah, Ayeni, Igho, Ekong, Ijeh, Kumbur.”