Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Emenike Meltdown: 19 Games and Counting = 0 Goals. . . .

Two years ago, Emmanuel Emenike was one of Nigeria's heroes in the improbable Cup of African Nations' triumph. During that competition, his scoring in five consecutive matches tied a Nigerian record. But that was two years ago!

He is still Nigeria's top choice for striker. However, he has now played 19 games without scoring a single goal. This drought is far more than any top Nigerian striker has ever endured in a national team shirt. The table below lists the 19 games played by Emenike without getting on the scorers sheet. His drought began against Ethiopia in a World Cup qualifier on November 16, 2013 and has continued. Before that fateful date in 2013, Emenike scored twice in Addis Ababa to win a critical game for Nigeria.

So what has happened since?

1.  Emenike has played 1,353 minutes of soccer for the Super Eagles without scoring!

2.  Nigeria has won 14 games but surely not through Emenike's scoring.

3.  Ahmed Musa has scored 5 goals in games played by Emenike.

4.  Moses Simon has  scored 2 goals, Sone Aluko has scored 2 goals and a defender, Efe Ambrose, has scored two goals in games played by Emenike!!

5.  Nigeria has scored 45 goals in games played since. None came from Emenike.

6.  Nigeria was at the 2014 World Cup and reached the second round without an Emenike goal.

7.  Nigeria failed to reach the finals of the 2015 Cup of Nations perhaps because Nigeria failed to count on an Emenike goal.

Fans may have ideas of other important things that occurred since Emenike's drought begun. Fortunately, a game with Swaziland is coming up and it will be yet another opportunity for Emenike. Will he get out of the funk? Perhaps, the next penalty kick awarded to Nigeria should be taken by Emenike.

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