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Uwa Echiejile And Taiye Taiwo: Who Is Better?.

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Taiwo better than Echiejile – Okpala

BY EPHRAIM NWOSU

Monday, December 21, 2009

Olympic Marseille strongman, Taye Taiwo, is a better player than Rennes defender, Elderson Echiejile. This is the verdict of the former Nigerian captain, Sylvanus Okpala (MON).

“So long as I am concern, Taye Taiwo and Echiejile are incomparable,” began the erstwhile Enyimba and Rangers International Chief Coach.

“When it comes to the left wing back, Taiwo is the best player to man the position. The Olympic Marseille boy is better than the youngman playing there at the moment. That is my personal opinion.”

Echiejile stole the heart of Super Eagles coach, Shaibu Amodu, after posting a five-star performance in the international friendlygame between Nigeria and France which Taiwo failed to honour. Ever since then, the rising youngster is now ahead of Taiwo in the national team pecking order and football pundits believe he has what it takes to pocket the shirt ahead of his more experienced rival for a long time to come but Okpala who helped Nigeria to win the 1980 African Cup of Nations insisted: “Taiwo defends better, make use of the ball better. He also overlap better.

In football he has a lot of characteristics that can earn him goals. For instance, he crosses the ball well, he is a free kick and penalty specialist and above all his legs are loaded with bullets. Such a player should be the dream defender of any coach in the world and it beats my imagination why Amodu is keeping him on the bench. I’ve watched the other guy play so many times and there is no doubt he is a good player. He is a great defender in the making, but for now, Taiwo is far better than him.”

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Personally I don't like Taye tayeshe the guy is ugly just as this site www.appiiforum.comis urgly

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Taiwo has experienced on his side but i will stick with echiejile any day

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He is also superb defensively for Marseille and much more than for his left foot, forward runs and freekicks he is revered as a superb defender.

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@Marutimon. Eh eh so his defendin is superb abi? So tell me why he lost his shirt to Echiejile in d 1st place? Did u watch the Mozambique match in Maputo or the Tunisia one in Abuja?

U r makin me sound like i hate him and is not so,all i did was state his relative weakness only for u to turn it to somethin else. Everyone who watches d SE regularly knows he's more of a Carlos than a Maldini

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Taye Taiwo is superb defensively. Please watch him at Marseille - he is brilliant.

Stating that he is horrendous defensively is so far from the truth that it is ridiculous.

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Taye Taiwo's defending is horrendous. He goes overlaps better but he ends up wastin the crosses too much for my likin. But having said that,he still commands a regular shirt in Marseille. That means he must have been doing something right that we dont know afterall Deschamps is one of the best young coaches around. As for Echiejile,his defending is better but has he got the big game experience like Taiwo who has been there done that.

Verdict. I think it's safer to go with Taiwo for his experience and his dead ball ability (not that he's really good at that but he's the best the SE has got).

But what do i know sef? Thank God that is Lagerbeek's headache

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we dnt appreciate the gud thing we have, let start thinking bout our central defenc and pointman.

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i think taiwo has more experience than echiejile.

the current soccer formation of these days does not restrict a player to a particular spot.

everywhere outside our national team under amodu, these left full backs and the right full backs act as attackers as well to put preasure on the oposing teams.

the coach missed out on the right instructions on how to cover the spaces left behind in the course of attack.

if a player is playing a first team game in marselle, he is over qualified to play in the super eagles.

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Hmmm,Taiye taiwo/echie jile,bro taye 2 dey overlap unessesarily.anyway i will prefer jile,while bro taye play left forward{11}

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No need to compare na,it taiwo taiwo

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when you are playing against a side with messi you can be sure that your ability to score is the key to victory. not stopping him from scoring because you may not be able to do that.

very true this. you dey see road my broda.

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abeg if you no get better discussion why cant you save your breath rather than bleeping your keyboard

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it depends on Taiwo's mode. In his Marseille mode, he is a better player but in the super eagles mode, he is non existent. I guess its the super eagles that matter so i'll go for Elderson Uwa Echiejile.

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Dumb question

as much as i like Echiejile, I will prefer the power Taiwo anyday

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how can taiwo be a winger?? he has not got the prerequisite level of individual skill or the technical ability to deliver the kind of crosses a top winger should. he is first and foremost a good defender, a very fast player and a guy with powerful left foot.

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as of d nations cup i think echiejile was better, taiwo is a gud player, bt he overlaps 2 much and dere are defense lapses. luk at the first match of the eagles in d nations cup, why did u think taiwo was dropped, wel he is more of a left winger dan a full back

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the fact of the matter is that the super eagles do not play well together but these are all good individual players. an attacking fullback is the reality of the modern game. typical example would be evra. it is the job of the other players to cover him depending on the team strategy.

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Taiwo the better LB in the eagles? nah, i don't think so, when it comes to defending, you can count on Echiejile and not Taiwo except you want what happened between Ghana vs Nigeria (2008 nations cup quarter final) the goal Agogo scored was caused by Taiwo when he watched Agogo go pass him to score that winning goal after Nwaneri failed to stop the ball from being crossed into the eighteen yard box.

Not Taiwo except you want what happened in the match between Nigeria vs Tunisia at Abuja.

Not Taiwo except you want what happened in the match between Egypt vs Nigeria in the first match of 2010 nations cup (1 and 3th goal), he was no where to be found when the ball got to the LB area.

I watch ligue 1 almost every weekend and whenever they air Marseilles matches, i see him play and what he does mostly is to go forward while the rest defenders cover for him (their 4, forgot his name), and now that Heinze is with them, it has made it easy for him to go all out to attack while heinze sit back to defend.

Largerbeer should wake up, shift TAIWO to the position of LW or LFB, he's good going forward but a disaster coming back after losing the ball to the opponent.

Echiejile is good when it comes to just defending, but other than that, he's not as creative as Taiwo and not as useful as Taiwo going forward.

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of course its taiwo! do any of you watch this guys club games?? you dont know what you are saying i assure you! this guy is a very good player

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fan site for taye in progress at http://www.tayetaiwo.com/ , suggestions are welcomed.

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Taiwo is better.

FAR FAR BETTER!

Indiscipline is a major bane of his messed up displays like so many of the eagles players.

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Taiwo may not be a good defender but I will prefer him to Echijile.

However a more practical approach to a game would be to defend with Echejile

and attack with Taiwo.Taiwo gives you options.

B4 the match against algeria,we all saw how Mikel was wasting the set piece we had.

Taiwo can give u crackers that will draw rebounds for a sharp attacker to shine.

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You guys do remember that Taiwo almost allowed Nigeria to score against Algeria through a free kick bullet, that he played out a ball to Kalu Uche in the EGypt game that should have made it 2:0 and that he was the only player actually trying (with some successes) to level up with Egypt in the second half?

Without Taiwo Nigeria has no idea what to do with freekicks, Taiwo does not score a lot of goals, but all he needs to do is thrash it at the keeper and more often than not the keeper will spill and allow for a rebound.

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Echiejile is a better left back for the SE. Taiwo's two games showed disgraceful positioning and lack of awareness doing his main duty, DEFENDING!!!

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Taiwo is more talented player, if properly use he is world class and the best we have now.

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Taiwo a supersub? He is a first team regular and arguably the best LB in Ligue 1. CURRENTLY. Not in the past.

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Taye Taiwo. He gives so much more to his side. You just have to know how to use him. He is one of the few world class players Nigeria have at the moment.

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I don't care what he does in Ligue 1; I care about his performances for the Eagles. Was he not the player responsible for almost throwing our WC ticket away against Tunisia. He was ball-watching as the Tunisian player jugged past him.

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Damn, Taiwo suspect at the back? You really must watch more Ligue 1 football, he is the best tackling LB in the world.

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Since Nigeria has no left winger and Amodu has not unearthed any from the local league, why not play Echiejile has the left back and Taiwo has the left winger. Taiwo is suspect at the back I think but can be lethal going forward - Crossing, freekicks, and a wicked left-footed shot.

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Personally, I believe Taiwo has more experience. He has been performing with Marseille and he's improving on his focus. He has Champions League experience. He has tremendous pace, a powerful left leg strike and is good in the air.

Echiejile has raw talent but is still too frivolous for my liking. Besides, he doesn't even have 1st team shirt with Rennes. Rennes. . . (9th of the domestic league at the moment)

My SE starting 11 for Afcon:

ENYEAMA

ODIAH YOBO(c) APAM TAIWO

AYILA MIKEL OLOFINJANA

OSAZE MARTINS OBINNA

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Damn, Taye Taiwo is the best LB in France by far, he is excellent in defence and great at positioning, you really must not watch a lot of Ligue 1 games. That said he has been slightly off form this season, but he won the title of Best LB two years running.

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Remember Taiwo was voted third best most valuable player in 2005 edition of U20 World youth championship. Michael Obi was second and L. Messi was first. 4 years later, Messi becomes MVP in the world.

Something is wrong along the line.

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Taiye is a calamity in defence.He is also not smart when he has the ball.Highly predictible.Slow recovery time.In the underpopulated world of left footies,Taiye happens to be a local champion

Echiejele has a potential,he needs to be well nutured and if thoroughly worked on,he could step in the shoes of Amuneke

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Echiejile hands down!!! Taye Taiwo, for most of the game, runs like a pregnant woman. He is either unfit, or way too heavy to be effective at full back.

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Chidi as LB? Nah I think that RB is his natural position. He plays that same position for his club.

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@FBS, YOU ARE RIGHT.

How about deploying Chidi Odiah in that position?. My question is as a result of what I watched live last may at Craven Cottage. In the match Rep of Ireland vs Nigeria, Amodu drafted Odiah to that position when Taiwo was red carded and Chidi gave a decent performance.

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Both of them are wan.k!

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na which time dey start to select players on the basis of ur phyical apperance? they tell u sai na mr world beauty contest we dey go for?2morow now, nigeria go dey struggle to employ u as our national team coach.

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Hello nairalanders, From your Nations cup observations, I still ask, Taiye Taiwo and Uwa Echiejile who do you think is better?.

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