Africa’s ‘Best Hopes’ Fail To Impress – Again

Nigeria fell to another defeat as they completed their World Cup warm-up friendlies in Austria.

The Super Eagles, who were beaten 2-1 by England at Wembley last weekend, went down 1-0 to a Czech Republic side who could only finish third in their qualifying group.

Touted as the best of the African continent’s qualifiers, particularly in light of the injury problems of Egypt’s star man Mo Salah, it was a fourth successive winless friendly for the side who take on Croatia in their World Cup opener on 16 June.

Chelsea defender Kalas Tomas was the 25th-minute match-winner for the Czechs, from whose group Germany emerged as qualifiers for Russia.

Only Chelsea’s Victor Moses, Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City and Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi, scorer against England, emerged with any credit.

As against the Three Lions, Nigeria were more effective when they reverted to a 3-5-2 formation, although their lack of firepower continues to be a concern.

Newcomers Iceland and Lionel Messi’s Argentina are the other opponents for Nigeria in Group D.


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