Rohr Selects Musa, 23 Others For Cameroon Friendly

File photo of Super Eagles players.

 

Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has selected captain Ahmed Musa, deputy captain William Ekong and homeboys John Noble and Anayo Iwuala as part of the squad that will battle five-time African champions Cameroon in a friendly match in Austria next week Friday.

The list also has goalkeepers Maduka Okoye and Francis Uzoho, defenders Ola Aina and Chidozie Awaziem, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Abdullahi Shehu, and forwards Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon and Simy Nwankwo,

Turkey-based former U20 defender Valentine Ozornwafor, Denmark –based midfielder Frank Onyeka and Lorient FC of France’s Terem Moffi are also included.

Nigeria, who have won the Africa Cup of Nations three times but have been beaten by Cameroon in the final of the competition on three other occasions, defeated the Indomitable Lions 3-0 in a friendly in Belgium in October 2015, and yet to lose to the Lions in regulation time since a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Yaounde on 27th August 1989.

THE FULL LIST

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus); John Noble (Enyimba FC); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Twente, The Netherlands); Valentine Ozornwafor (Galatasaray FC, Turkey)

Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasaray FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Abdullahi Shehu (Omonia Nicosia, Cyprus); Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Abraham Marcus (CD Feirense, Portugal)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Kano Pillars FC); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Peter Olayinka (Slavia Praha, Czech Republic); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Anayo Iwuala (Enyimba FC); Terem Moffi (FC Lorient, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Simy Nwankwo (Crotone FC, Italy)

AFCON Qualifiers: Nigeria To Miss Three France-Based Players Due To COVID-19

Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr briefs reporters in Lagos on March 22, 2021.

 

Three Nigerian players based in France have missed training at the gym in Lagos ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers games against Lesotho and Benin Republic on March 27 and 30.

This is according to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, who briefed journalists while the players had a light training session on Monday in preparation for the matches.

He revealed that the affected players in Europe would be absent following the COVID-19 restriction imposed by the French government.

A third of France’s population was under a new partial lockdown Saturday to stop the spread of COVID-19, as some European countries resumed AstraZeneca vaccinations following an all-clear from EU regulators and the WHO.

The pandemic is still speeding up worldwide, with the number of new global coronavirus infections rising by 14 per cent over the last week compared to the previous week.

Rohr explained that although he expects more players, he would replace the absentees with local players from Enyimba.

“Some of our players could not come because of the (COVID-19) restrictions, especially the players playing in France. They are not allowed to come,” he said.

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“We are missing our three players from the list. We have to replace them so I found some local players to replace these people.”

The three local players are Enyimba goalkeeper John Noble and striker Anayo Iwuala alongside Abia Warriors defender Adeleke Adekunle have been summoned to the Super Eagles’ set-up for the first time.

The coach also supervised the gym work-out with the early arrivals that include captain of the team Ahmed Musa, Assistant Captain, William Troosk-Ekong, Ola Aina, Semi Ajayi, Henry Onyekuru, and Oghenekaro Etebo.

Nigeria currently tops the Group E log with eight points (one ahead of Benin Republic and five more than third-placed Sierra Leone).

The Eagles will tackle the Squirrels at the Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto Novo on Saturday, March 27, and will lock horns with the Crocodiles of Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos three days later. Both are the concluding games of the AFCON qualifying series.

How Super Eagles Ended 2020 Without Winning A Match

A combination of pictures of the Super Eagles’ arrival in Freetown, Sierra Leone on November 16, 2020. Photos: Twitter- @NGSuperEagles

 

The Super Eagles were on Tuesday forced to a barren draw by Sierra Leone in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier, a development that ensured the three-time African champions ended 2020 without a win.

In the reverse fixture of the encounter played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City on Friday, Gernot Rohr’s men threw away a 4-0 lead, managing a 4-4 draw.

The Eagles did not win a match in 2020. Photo: [email protected] NFF.

 

“So we are doing everything in training and in the meeting, we will do, we will see again everything in the video, speak about the mistakes and I’m sure they will react because I know my team, I know what we can do, they showed it in the first half,” coach Gernot Rohr said in an interview on the Super Eagles YouTube channel.

Despite vowing to beat the Leone Stars, Nigeria’s attack could not breakdown the Sierra Leonean defence. A Kelechi Iheanacho goal was, however, flagged down for offside.

Super Eagles players listen as NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, addresses them after a 4-4 draw with Sierra Leone at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

 

Nigeria sit at the top of the Group L standing in the qualifier for the competition in spite of the draw.

An Unfruitful Year? 

The Sierra Leone game is the 2013 AFCON champions’ fourth match for the year. They lost one of them and drew three.

They began the year with back-to-back friendly matches against Tunisia and Algeria. Both games were played in  October at the Jacques Lemans Arena in Austria.

Borussia Mönchengladbach star Ramy Bensebaini scored the lone goal in the clash with Algeria on October 9th to hand the North African side their second consecutive win over Nigeria.

A few days later – 13th of October – Iheanacho’s 21st-minute strike proved inadequate as the Carthage Eagles forced Rohr’s charges to a 1-1 draw.

Nigeria’s next match will be against the Benin Republic in a 2021 AFCON qualifier. That game will take place in March 2021. They will equally play Lesotho the same month.

AFCON Qualifier: Rohr To Start Iheanacho, Etebo, Others Against Sierra Leone

Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, sits beside a Nigerian player at one of the dressing rooms at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

 

Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, has selected Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Galatasaray midfielder, Peter Etebo, to start Tuesday’s match against Sierra Leone.

Both men and nine other players are on the first team for the second-leg of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against the Leone Stars.

The line-up of the Nigerian team was revealed via the Super Eagles’ verified Twitter handle.

According to the tweet, Iheanacho will play alongside Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa (Al-Nassr FC), and Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal CF), in the forward role.

They will be supported by the trio of Etebo, as well as Alex Iwobi (Everton) and Joe Aribo (Rangers), in the midfield.

Kevin Akpoguma (Hoffenheim), Leon Balogun (Rangers), William Troost-Ekong (Watford), and Ola Aina (Fulham), are on the defence, to support goalkeeper Maduka Okoye.

Those on the bench include Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs), Sebastian Osigwe (FC Lugano), Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow), Jamiu Collins (SC Paderborn 07), and Shehu Abdullahi (Omonia Nicosia).

Others are Emmanuel Bonaventure (Club Brugge), Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto), Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk), Chidozie Awaziem (Boavista FC), Tyronne Ebuehi (Twente), and Semi Ajayi (West Brom).

The match is scheduled to kick off by 5pm (Nigerian time) at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone.

Read the tweet from the Super Eagles below:

Rohr Invites Musa, Ekong, Etebo, Others For Sierra Leone Clash

A file photo of Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr during the African Cup of Nations qualification match between Nigeria and Libya in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on October 13, 2018. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has invited Ahmed Musa, William Ekong, Oghenekaro Etebo, and 21 others for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying quick-fire double against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.

Defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun and Chidozie Awaziem, midfielder Alex Iwobi, and forwards Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze and Chidera Ejuke, were among the players invited.

Nigeria’s leading goalscorer in the series, Victor Osimhen returns after missing out of the friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia, same as midfielder Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, and South Africa-based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

Switzerland –based goalkeeper Sebastian Osigwe will hope to earn his first cap for Nigeria, while defenders Kevin Akpoguma and Zaidu Sanusi, who impressed in the friendlies in Austria, have been handed opportunities to add to their caps.

There are seven players on standby, including defender Abdullahi Shehu, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, midfielders Ramon Azeez and Samson Tijani, and forward Paul Onuachu.

The Super Eagles take on the Leone Stars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on Friday, 13th November before flying to Freetown for the return game on November 17 at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.

Players are expected to report in Benin City on Monday, November 9.

Victory in both encounters will guarantee Nigeria a slot at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations finals scheduled to take place in Cameroon.

 See the full list of the invited players below:

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Sebastian Osigwe (FC Lugano, Switzerland); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany).

Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasaray, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Twente, Netherlands); Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Unattached); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure (Club Brugge, Belgium); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia).

Standby: Francis Uzoho (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus); Samson Tijani (TSV Hartberg, Austria); Abdullahi Shehu (Omonia Nicosia, Cyprus); Ramon Azeez (Granada CF, Spain); Kelechi Nwakali (SD Huesca, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium).

Alampasu Returns As Osimhen Leads Eagles Invitees For Ivory Coast, Tunisia

A file photos of Super Eagles of Nigeria during a training session.

 

Dele Alampasu, Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Osimhen are among players invited for the Super Eagles friendly games against Ivory Coast and Tunisia. 

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) released the list of invitees for the matches – billed to hold next month –  on its verified Twitter handle, Thursday.

Alampasu, 23, returns to the Eagles for the first time since the team played out a 1-1 draw with Cameroon in a 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Yaounde, 2017.

Maduka Okoye who made his debut for Nigeria in a 2-2 draw against Brazil in October 2019, and Matthew Yakubu, are among the three goalkeepers invited for the games.

Expectedly, Napoli forward Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, and captain Ahmed Musa, were also handed a call up for the tune-up fixtures.

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File photo: Iceland’s midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (C) vies with Nigeria’s forward Kelechi Iheanacho (L) during the match at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 22, 2018. NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP.

 

Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is also among the players invited for the matches after he was dropped for the Nigerian team that came third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Tyronne Ebuehi who is back after a long injury lay-off is on standby alongside AS Monaco’s Henry Onyekuru and others.

Tyronne Ebuehi featured for Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Photo: [email protected]

 

FULL LIST OF EAGLES INVITEES FOR TUNISIA, IVORY COAST GAMES

Goalkeepers

Dele Alampasu (FK Ventspils, Latvia); Matthew Yakubu (SKF Sered, Slovakia); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Defenders

Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders

Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasary SK, Turkey); Samson Tijani (TSV Hartberg, Austria)

Forwards

Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyril Dessers (KRC Genk, Belgium); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)

Standby

Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Ramon Azeez (Granada CF, Spain); Joshua Maja (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Henry Onyekuru (AS Monaco, France); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Twente, Netherlands).

Two-Step Forward

The Eagles recently moved two places to 29th in the latest world rankings. This is the first time FIFA will be releasing the rankings in six months.

In the latest rankings released by the football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria got 1493 points even though they did not play a game within the period under review.

Gernot Rohr’s men are now third on the continent, trailing Senegal (20th) and Tunisia (26th) in first and second respectively.

Nobody Tells Me Who To Pick For Super Eagles Games – Rohr

World Cup: Gernot Rohr Says Russians Will Support Nigeria
Nigeria’s German manager Gernot Rohr gestures on the touchline during the International friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018. Ben STANSALL / AFP

 

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has said nobody dictates to him the players to pick for the team’s matches.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) last week handed the German coach a fresh two-year contract after the expiration of his last deal with the West African nation.

While speaking on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sports This Morning, Rohr said he critically looks at players before inviting them to feature for the three-time African champions.

“It is not a part of my contract to take players who are not so good,” the former Niger Republic coach said. “I can choose my players myself. It is the most important [thing]. So, nobody can tell me ‘You have to pick this one or that one.’”

He explained that he does the selection of players in consultation with his technical crew and that the best footballers will always be picked for matches irrespective of where they ply their trade.

“I can take the best players and I don’t do it alone,” he added. “We have a team and our staff.

“I have my assistant, I have my analyzer; each Monday we have our meetings and we speak about the games played at the weekend and what our players did. We have to take the best ones no matter where they are coming from.”

Also, he said he signed a new deal with Nigeria because he has not completed his mission with the team which he described as young.

According to him, there is a whole lot to be done to make the Eagles a better side, just as he lauded the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, and the football body for trusting him to lead Nigeria.

Rohr was named as Nigeria’s coach in 2016 following the departure of Sunday Oliseh and went on to qualify the side for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He also led the Eagles to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt after Nigeria had missed out on the last two editions of the continental showpiece in 2015 and 2017.

Pinnick: Gernot Rohr’s New Contract Will Have Clauses

File: President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Amaju Pinnick

 

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has restated that the new contract for Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, will have some new provisions. 

The President of the NFF,  Amaju Pinnick, said this on Monday when he appeared on Channels TV’s Sports This Morning. 

According to him, Rohr whose present deal elapses in June 2020 will be handed a new contract soon.

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“He has a contract. And the contract states clearly that he has the right of first refusal. Now, we are sending the contract to him,” he explained.

“And the contract definitely will have maybe one or two provisions but not radically different from what he has. And that is the truth.”

Speaking further, he said: “When people talk about Gernot Rohr, I know a lot of  people who were antagonistic when we brought him the first time.”

Pinnick added that “People said he is not fit to coach Nigeria” but the said the football body has always been steadfast and does not take individual decisions.

He said: “We take a collective decision and at times we also engage the ministry (Youths and Sports Development). Whatever we are doing is in the best interest of the country.”

On the payment of the coach and players in naira, he said the NFF will back any government decision, saying the body is part of the government and will do anything to protect the interest of the country.

“When they play in Nigeria, their bonuses have been in naira. When they play abroad, we pay them in dollars but that can even change.”

The NFF boss explained: “Like I said, we are going to take many difficult decisions that will go across board because we need to promote our fiscal policy.

“If the government is saying that we need to strengthen our naira, we should not be paying in dollars. We are an integral part of the government.”

Pinnick revealed that the NFF is doing a lot behind the scene to help the country in the fight against coronavirus, adding that no one expected the outbreak of the pandemic.

“Behind the scene,” he stated,  “we do quite a lot. We are going to support some of these centers even if it is buying some tubers of yams. We have to do that. COVID-19 is something that nobody expected.”

 

 

 

 

 

Rohr Replaces Idowu With Anaemena As Eagles Prepare For Squirrels

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A file photo of Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr. Ben STANSALL / AFP

 

 

Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has called up Enyimba FC defender, Ifeanyi Anaemena, to the team’s camp.

This comes as the team prepare to open their 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign against Benin Republic’s Squirrels on Wednesday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Anaemena will also be part of the squad for the Day Two clash with Lesotho in Maseru on Sunday next week.

But Russia-based left-back, Bryan Idowu, who submitted his international passport for renewal will not be available because the document is not ready for him to travel to Nigeria for the encounter.

In October, Anaemena was impressive for the Eagles team B in their 2020 African Nations Championship qualifier against Togo at the Agege Stadium.

He has also been a key player for Enyimba, two-time CAF Champions League winners, as they reached the group phase of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup competition.

Captain Ahmed Musa and 13 other players arrived at the Eagles’ Ibom Meridien Hotel and Resorts on Monday while the remaining nine squad members re expected on Tuesday morning.

The 14 who trained on Monday evening are Musa, goalkeepers – Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi and Maduka Okoye; defenders – Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins and Oluwasemilogo Ajayi; midfielders – Alex Iwobi, Ramon Azeez and Wilfred Ndidi; and forwards – Samuel Kalu and Victor Osimhen.

Those arriving on Tuesday morning are defenders William Ekong, Anaemena, and Abdullahi Shehu; midfielders Mikel Agu and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo; as well as forwards Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Paul Onuachu, and Emmanuel Dennis.

Ayodele-Aribo, who plays for Glasgow Rangers in Scotland, has scored in the Eagles’ last two games – against Ukraine (2-2) and Brazil (1-1) – incidentally the only two matches he has played for Nigeria.

The Super Eagles will train at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Tuesday evening before their match with the Benin Republic on Wednesday.

Rohr Invites Players For 2021 AFCON Qualifiers

 

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has selected his squad for next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against the Benin Republic and Lesotho.

Captain Ahmed Musa is making a return from injury and midfielder Ramon Azeez has been retained after seeing action in 1-1 draw international friendly match with five-time world champions Brazil in Singapore.

Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi is called for the first time since the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt this year summer – first choice Francis Uzoho is out for several months after his horrific injury against Brazil – and defender Kenneth Omeruo is also back, while there is another opportunity for midfielder Mikel Agu to justify his place in the team.

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France-based utility player Samuel Kalu returns after missing the prestige friendly game against Brazil. Stoke City’s Oghenekaro Etebo is on standby as a result of his injury and is being monitored.

Nigeria, who won bronze in Egypt will open their campaign for a place in Cameroon 2021 against the Squirrels of Benin Republic at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Wednesday, 13th November. When that is done, the team will travel to Maseru to play the Crocodiles of Lesotho on Sunday, 17th November.

23 EAGLES TO BATTLE BENIN REPUBLIC & LESOTHO

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia)

Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France);

Standby: Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England)

Draw With Brazil Is Huge Boost For Super Eagles, Says Rohr

Brazil’s forward Gabriel Jesus fights for the ball during an international friendly football match between Brazil and Nigeria at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has praised his team for putting up a good performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Brazil in a friendly match in Singapore.

Five-time world champions Brazil had to dig deep before securing the equalizer as the Super Eagles had them chasing the ball in the first half following Joseph Ayodele-Aribo’s 35th-minute goal.

“This result is a good confidence booster for the team. We now have to prepare for the more competitive games next month.

“I am happy we stayed organized even when the Brazilians mounted a lot of pressure on us in the second half. The only negative thing is the injury to Francis Uzoho,” the Franco-German said.

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Aribo’s goal, his second in a second appearance for the Super Eagles, was a clinical finish as he received a pass from Moses Simon and then maneuvered his way through a number of Brazilian legs to shoot past goalkeeper Ederson.

Brazil drew level three minutes into the second half through Casemiro. And despite several attacks from the Samba Boys, the three-time African champions stayed strong and could have won it if Aribo and Samuel Chukwueze had converted late chances.

The team doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran has confirmed that goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, who horribly twisted his leg as he went for the ball from a corner kick, will be out for about six months,

Nigeria host Benin Republic on 14th November in the opening day of the 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign. On 19th November, they will take Lesotho for a matchday two action.

Gernot Rohr’s Mother Dies At 97

A file photo of Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, and his mother, Elizabeth. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The mother of Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, is dead.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced this in a tweet on Thursday.

According to the nation’s football governing body, Rohr’s mother, Elizabeth, died at the age of 97.

It, however, did not say when and where she died.

NFF condoled with the Super Eagles Head Coach and prayed that the soul of the departed rests in peace.

See the tweet below: