Coach Rohr Resumes Role As 20 Eagles Train In Uyo

Gernot-RohrFranco-German Gernot Rohr has resumed as the coach of Nigeria’s senior football team, Super Eagles, as the team begin training sessions ahead of Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania.

Rohr and a number of players landed in Uyo on Tuesday, a day after their flight was cancelled by ARIK airline.

On arrival at the team’s Le Meridien Hotel, Coach Rohr had a meeting with his assistants, backroom staff and players present, before the evening’s training session at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

The players in camp as at Tuesday evening were Skipper Mikel Obi, assistant captain Ahmed Musa, goalkeepers Emmanuel Daniel and Ikechukwu Ezenw; defenders Musa Muhammed, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Jamiu Alimi, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong and Elderson Echiejile; midfielders Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi and Nosa Igiebor and forwards Brown Ideye, Imoh Ezekiel, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo and Victor Osimhen.

The team’s administrator, Dayo Achor, confirmed to thenff.com that Belgium-based Moses Simon and Slovakia-based Kingsley Madu would arrive on Wednesday.

The delegation of Tanzania’s Taifa Stars is expected to arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday, while the match officials will jet in on Thursday.

Super Eagles To Open Camp Ahead Of Tanzania Clash On Monday

Super eaglesNigeria’s national team, Super Eagles will open camp in Uyo on Monday, for Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Tanzania.

The Deputy General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, made the announcement in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in southeast Nigeria.

Dr. Ikpeme had arrived in Akwa Ibom State on Friday, as a one-man advance party ahead of the team’s assistant coaches and backroom staff who are expected to arrive in camp on Monday morning.

Home-boys Emmanuel Daniel, Ikechukwu Ezenwa (goalkeepers) and Jamiu Alimi (defender) are also expected in Uyo, alongside a number of overseas-based professionals, including defender William Troost-Ekong and forward Odion Ighalo.

Team captain, Mikel John Obi, who had led the National U-23 to Olympic bronze in Brazil, is expected to arrive at the team’s Le Meridien Hotel on Tuesday.

Both the Super Eagles and Taifa Stars have little other than pride to battle for in Saturday’s game, as Egypt’s Pharaohs have already picked the lone ticket from the group to Gabon.

However, the Eagles and their new Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, would use the match as a rehearsal for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series match-day one clash with Zambia in Ndola on October 8.

Although the result at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium would not count, the outcome of the encounter at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium in Ndola would set the tone for the Eagles’ World Cup qualifying campaign.

The invited players are:

Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers) and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah).

Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Troost-Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France) and Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia).

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium) and Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Imoh Ezekiel (Al-Arabi Sporting Club, Qatar), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Brown Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece) and Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany).

Siasia Invites Arsenal’s Iwobi, 8 Others For Gabon

samson-siasiaCoach of the national U-23 men’s football teamin Nigeria, Samson Siasia had invited Arsenal’s teenage sensation, Alex Iwobi and eight other foreign based players for the crucial first leg All Africa Games qualifying game against Gabon.

The match will be played in Libreville and it has been fixed tentatively for 22 February.

According to a media statement, coach Siasia explained that the invited foreign based players were selected from the batch who came for the screening in November and December last year. Imoh Ezekiel of Standard Liege of Belgium and Japheth Okirie of Hadley FC, England were selected based on their club performance.

Meanwhile, five home based players in camp were dropped for not meeting up with the required standard of the team but the former Super Eagles coach assured them that if they improved on their game, they could be recalled to join the team.

The dropped home based players are goalkeeper Isah Mas’ud, Effiong Emmanuel Etim, Godwin Odibo, Adetunji Sunday and Yahaya Adamu.

“For now we are expected to go to Gabon with 18 players, so only the best will make this team, there will be no automatic shirt for anybody, as both the home based and their foreign counterparts will have to battle for the slots,” Siasia confirmed.

Speaking further, he said: “We have released all the home based players whose clubs are involved in continental games this weekend, but they should all be back in camp by Monday, when hopefully all the foreign based players invited would also have reported to camp, then we will raise the stake”.

The invited foreign based players are; Gero Salisu Abdullahi, Iwobi Alexander Chuka, Atanda Sodiq Oluwole, Oshobe Oladele, Salisu Sadiq Popoola, Ezekiel Imoh, Paul Onwachi Ebere, Aminu Umar and Japheth Okirie.

John Obuh Given A Second Chance By NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it would not take any hasty decision on the fate of flying eagles chief coach, John Obuh after the team failed to defend the African Youth Championship title in Algeria.

NFF’s spokesman Demola Olajire said the former Sharks of Port Harcourt handler would be giving another chance to tinker the team ahead of the FIFA U-20 world cup in turkey.

Olajire said the Flying Eagles which finished in third position at the biennial youth showpiece will be overhauled before the world cup in June.

Reports say standard liege striker Imoh Ezekiel will be invited to beef up the team’s attack.  The Flying Eagles are expected to participate at the Toulon football tournament at the end of May.