The vibe and thrill of Nigerians at Wembley stadium now make them the group to watch or listen to at the World Cup next week in Russia. The uniform is also a massive hit. A poll by Sky Sports named it as best jersey to be showcased during the World Cup.
by Rachel Ogbu in London
England versus Nigeria Super Eagles pre-World Cup international friendly ended with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in Wembley London. That didn’t stop the Nigerian side enjoying every moment of the game with a sense of pride and intrepidity in the air.
Showing off the newly launched national world cup kit in partnership with Nike, Nigerians turned out en masse to the game in London. It is the second time Nigeria and England will meet at an international game and the party atmosphere really took hold after Alex Iwobi slotted home.
Prior to that positive vibe, I should mention that some mischievous Nigerian fans booed Dele Alli because he played for the England team. They felt his place was with the Super Eagles, his father being Nigerian. The Spurs player born in Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire plays for England.
A few Nigerian stars like Innocent Idibia, John Boyega, Tinie Tempah, Anthony Joshua, Banky W, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Kcee and more came out to show their support too. Many of them felt it was generally a fair game
“Playing in a stadium like Wembley is something you dream of,” Nigeria defender Tyronne Ebuehi told KweséESPN before the game. “We know it is going to be a hard game, but also a very nice one. It’s such a great stadium and everyone is looking forward to playing in it.”
He wasn’t wrong, the vibe and thrill of Nigerians at the stadium now make them the group to watch or listen to at the World Cup next week in Russia. The uniform is also a massive hit. A poll by Sky Sports named it as best jersey to be showcased during the World Cup.
The Teams at the England -Nigeria Super Eagles pre-World Cup game:
Nigeria: 23 Francis Uzoho, 2 Bryan Idowu, 5 William Troost-Ekong, 6 Leon Balogun, 9 Odion Ighalo, 10 John Obi Mikel, 11 Victor Moses, 12 Shehu Abdullahi, 15 Joel Obi, 17 Ogenyi Onazi, 18 Alex Iwobi
Substitutes: 4 Kenneth Omeruo for Balogun 46, 21 Tyronne Ebuehi for Abdullah 46, 8 Oghenekaro Etebo for Onazi, 19 John Ogu for Obi 46, 7 Ahmed Musa for Moses 63, 14 Kelechi Iheanacho for Ighalo 77
Substitutes not used: 1 Ikechukwu Ezenwa, 16 Dan Akpeyi, 3 Elderson Echiejile, 13 Wilfred Ndidi, 20 Chidozie Awaziem, 22 Simeon Nwankwo, 26 Ola Aina, 27 Mikel Agu
Head coach: Gernot Rohr
Goals: Alex Iwobi 48
Cautions: Ahmed Musa 78
England: 1 Jordan Pickford (Everton); 2 Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), 3 Ashley Young (Manchester United), 4 Kyle Walker (Manchester City), 5 John Stones (Manchester City), 6 Gary Cahill (Chelsea), 7 Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), 8 Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), 9 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) (C), 10 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), 11 Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
Substitutes: 17 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) for Lingard 67, 12 Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) for Young 68, 21 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) for Kane 74, 20 Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) 74, 15 Fabian Delph (Manchester City) for Dele 81
Substitutes not used: 13 Jack Butland (Stoke City), 23 Nick Pope (Burnley), 24 Tom Heaton (Burnley), 14 Harry Maguire (Leicester City), 16 Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), 18 Adam Lallana (Liverpool), 19 Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Manager: Gareth Southgate
Goals: Gary Cahill 7, Harry Kane 39
Cautions: Raheem Sterling 52
Referee: Marco Guida