Super Eagles vs Yellow Blue Showdown. In a little heard of-move by African teams, the Super Eagles are set to play the Ukrainians Yellow Blue team in a Friendly on September 10th in Kyiv. Which is great news for both teams?
Why are they playing the Ukrainians now?
In truth European football is at the epitome of football on the planet, most of the top football countries are in Europe and according to FIFA’s own latest rankings, published on 25th July, 8 of the top 10 teams are European.
If you are wondering, the Ukrainians are Ranked 25 while the Nigerians, the top team in Africa is at the 33rd position.
With Europen football being at a higher level of competition, it is advisable to expose teams with the same ambitions to that higher level of competition in order for them to improve their player to a higher level.
“It is part of our on-going drive to expose as many players as we can to global football, so this should be another springboard for our young stars.” In a series of tweets announcing the move by The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) through boss Amaju Pinnick was quoted as saying.
Super Eagles vs Yellow Blue. How have the teams been fairing lately?
The Super Eagles just concluded their participation in the 2019 African cup of Nations in which they finished third after defeating Tunisia 1-0 via a 3″ early goal by Ighalo.
The Yellow and blue is on a 5 matches undefeated run with 3 straight wins and 2 draws, Having defeated Luxemburg 3-1 on aggregate and Serbia 5-0 in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group B
Super Eagles vs Yellow Blue – What will the squads look like?
For the Super Eagles – The retirement of Captain John Obi Mikel after the 2019 AFCON will be felt, as a captain and leader of the team but he felt it was the best time to go.
“At the age of 32 it’s time for me to retire from the national team and let the youth take over, who’ve done an amazing job securing a bronze medal at AFCON 2019,” the former Chelsea midfielder announced on social media.
Mikel won 89 caps and scored six goals between 2005 and 2019 for the Super Eagles during which he won a winners’ medal at the 2013 Africa Cup in South Africa. He also led Nigeria to win a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil as one of the over-aged players.
This leaves the following 22 players who participated in AFCON. Thanks to Wikipedia.
For the Yellow Blue – The following players have been called up for a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Serbia and Luxembourg on 7 and 10 June 2019 respectively. Players’ records are accurate as of 10 June 2019 after the match against Luxembourg. according to Wikipedia.
The early prediction is a home win for Ukraine and over 2.5 goals as it seems the Super Eagles will be looking to test their youngsters and the Yellow and Blue have lost just 1 game in the last 12 with 7 wins and 4 draws.