FEATURES HEAT OF THE MOMENT SPORTS GIST WORLD FOOTBALL THE SUPER EAGLES THAT LOST 3-O AGAINST BRAZIL IN 2003 OR THE TEAM THAT DREW THE SAMBA BOYS IN SINGAPORE: WHICH WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE? By Admin Posted on October 15, 2019 6 min read 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Since the Nigerian Olympic team of 1996 pulled off a miracle after they came from 1-3 down to defeat their Brazilian counterparts 4-3, any match between the two teams has always been regarded as a kind of Clasico even though the Super Eagles have always remained the underdogs in such encounters. In a first game between the senior national teams of these countries, a friendly game which opened the Abuja National Stadium, the Super Eagles led by the likes of Okocha, Kanu, Utaka and Enyeama were humbled 3-nil by the samba boys of Ronaldinho, Dida, Belletti, Adriano Gilberto, Lucio and Emerson who were the reigning world cup champions and ranked no 1 at that time. Meanwhile last Sunday, the current Super Eagles played out a 1-1 draw against the Brazil national team which had the likes of Coutinho of Bayern Munich, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson of Man City, Arthur of Barcelona, Firmihno of Liverpool and the likes. Quite a number of Nigerian football pundits and analysts have not hidden their dissatisfaction with this current set of players. In this report, Hotjist.com takes a look at the performance of these two eras of the Super Eagles and how they both faired against ‘almighty Brazil’ In a chat with hotjist.com Ezekiel Akinbo a sports enthusiast rooted for the 2003 team, despite their loss: ‘The Brazilian national team of that era were world champions, Ranked No 1 in the world, had the best player in the world and they boast of the best players in every wing from goalkeeper to the striker.’ ‘But this Brazilian team we drew against had no Neymar who is their best player even though his form had dipped. Its a team which is no longer the No 1 team in Fifa rankings and can’t boast of having the best players in the world’. Another football fan, Sanusi, who is also an educationist believes that lack of leadership is one major ingredient that separates the old Eagles from the new guys who he said are talented and possess more potentials. ‘The 2003 team that encompasses the likes of Okocha, Enyeama, Odeize, Babayaro to mention few with this present squad are two different sides of diverse passion’ ‘The last Sunday team of Brazil to start with lacks LEADER unlike then… Our own team then has leaders but most are bench warmers in their clubs and also, NFA not NFF is the sole decider cos of our local handler while this Sunday own of eagles are players who comprise of first-timers and young ones who don’t play for Nigeria alone but indirectly making name for big clubs to buy them’. Seyi Oniyitan, a Professional Graphix Designer in his own view said, “The likes of Neymar & Coutinho aren’t small fishes at all…. Talent nowadays is now evenly distributed. So a team’s draw to one side doesn’t mean it’s less of a team. Times have changed.” No doubt, there have been many transitions between 2003 and 2019. In 16 years the team has witnessed many phases on and off the pitch in terms of style of play, management, administration, philosophy and so on. While some believe that since the exit of Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu from the team, it has arguably struggled to boast of ‘go-to’ players who are capable of instilling confidence and striking fear in the heart of the opponent. Others opine that lack of proper structure and continuity contributed to the decline in quality.