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Rohr Confirms he Won’t Invite New Players to Super Eagles Squad
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Rohr Confirms he Won’t Invite New Players to Super Eagles Squad

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said he won’t invite new players when they begin their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in June. Nigeria rounded off their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series with a 3-0 win over Lesotho. Next up for the three-time African champions, is the second qualifying round for the World Cup. They have been drawn with Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia in Group C. “The World Cup qualifiers will start soon and I think we will be able to do well, and we should expect good football again on a good pitch. “We can’t try new players now, it is too late and it is getting more serious because it is World Cup qualifiers,” Rohr told the media. Enyimba winger, Anayo Iwuala, was the only fresh face who play...
It hurts my heart to see Benin Republic lose – Gernot Rohr
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It hurts my heart to see Benin Republic lose – Gernot Rohr

  Super Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr has sympathized with Benin Republic over their 1-0 loss to Nigeria in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday. Benin thought they had made it to Cameroon 2022 with few seconds to the referee’s final whistle but were shocked by Paul Onuachu’s header. With the win, Gernot Rohr’s men also ended the Squirrels’ 8-year unbeaten record at home. “It’s easier to play if you are already qualified so the players wanted to go ahead,” Rohr explained during his post-match press conference. “The challenge was to win here since 2013, Benin has not lost a match at home and the players absolutely wanted to do so and to be the first in eight years to beat them. “It hurts my heart to see an opponent lose at the last second but it’s true the...
Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Yet to Decide on Goalkeeper
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Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Yet to Decide on Goalkeeper

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted he is yet to decide which goalkeeper will start against Benin Republic, in their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Saturday. There are three goalkeepers in the camp working under coach Alloy Agu. They are Maduka Okoye, John Noble and Francis Uzoho. Rohr has disclosed either Okoye or Uzoho will start against the Squirrels in Porto Novo. “Let us narrow it down to two goalkeepers in Uzoho and Okoye. “They are both doing well in training at the moment and we will decide on the eve of the game. “The best among them will be in goal,” Rohr told reporters. Okoye manned the posts, when Nigeria threw away a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 against Sierra Leone in Benin City last November. He then k...
AFCON: I’ll Treat Okoye, Uzoho, Noble Same Way Enyeama Treated me – Ikechukwu Ezenwa
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AFCON: I’ll Treat Okoye, Uzoho, Noble Same Way Enyeama Treated me – Ikechukwu Ezenwa

  Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has promised to treat younger goalkeepers, Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho and John Noble, same way Vincent Enyeama treated him when he first joined the Super Eagles. He described the as his younger brothers and wonderful goalkeepers. The three goalkeepers: Uzoho, Okoye and Noble are in contention for the Super Eagles starting XI for the African Cup of Nations matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Super Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr did not find Ezenwa worthy in his 24-man team. Nigeria have scored 10 goals and conceded 7 in four qualifying matches but the 32-year-old believes his ‘younger brothers’ need some luck to do well in the coming matches. “All of them are wonderful goalkeepers, I’ve been with them and they are...
Nigeria National Team did not Contract me – Daniel Akpeyi reacts to Super Eagles snub
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Nigeria National Team did not Contract me – Daniel Akpeyi reacts to Super Eagles snub

  Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has expressed disappointment over the decision of Nigerian coach, Gernot Rohr, to drop him from the Super Eagles squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON, qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Akpeyi only managed to make the Super Eagles standby list, while Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho and John Noble received the nod for the fixtures against Benin and Lesotho from Rohr. Rohr’s men will tackle Benin in Porto Novo on Saturday and face Lesotho three days later in Lagos. Akpeyi while expressing his sadness said he was not contracted to the Nigeria national team, adding that he just needs to focus on his club side. “The truth is that I’m concerned. Nothing surprises me in football anymore because I have been in the...
Iheanacho vs Osimhen: Rohr Told to Change Nigeria’s Lead Attacker against Benin, Lesotho
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Iheanacho vs Osimhen: Rohr Told to Change Nigeria’s Lead Attacker against Benin, Lesotho

  Ifeanyi Udeze, a former Super Eagles defender, has told head coach, Gernot Rohr, to allow Kelechi Iheanacho lead the team’s attack ahead of Victor Osimhen against Benin Republic and Lesotho in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, qualifiers. Rohr’s men will travel to Cotonou on Friday for their matchday five ties against Benin in Porto Novo on Saturday. The Super Eagles will also tackle Lesotho next week Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. But Udeze believes Iheanacho’s brilliant goal-scoring form for Leicester City in the Premier League and recently his two goals against Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final last week is an indication that the former Manchester City star must lead Nigeria’s attack ahead of Osimhen. Recall that Osimhen has be...
Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Reacts to NFF’s Plan for Super Eagles to Travel by sea
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Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Reacts to NFF’s Plan for Super Eagles to Travel by sea

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said travelling by sea to Benin Republic ahead of the qualifiers on Saturday, is the best route. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has decided the team will travel for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier by boat. According to Rohr, the distance by sea is not only shorter but quite calm. “It will be the best way to go there. “Last Saturday, I made the trip and we were flying on the water. It was so quick and calm,” Rohr said according to SportingLife. The trip by sea takes around an hour. The Nigerian delegation will set sail for Benin capital Porto-Novo on Friday morning. The three-time African champions lead Group L with eight points from four matches, while Benin is second on seven points.
Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Rohr Gives Injury Update Ahead of AFCON Qualifier
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Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Rohr Gives Injury Update Ahead of AFCON Qualifier

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed there are no injury worries ahead of the team’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin Republic on Saturday. All the invited 24 players including Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City took part in full training at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. “The training was okay. It was a long training today because today is Wednesday and we still have the time to recover, so we wanted to physically work hard today. “It was a good training session, no injuries, tomorrow again we will do it, and then after tomorrow we will go to Porto-Novo and from Porto-Novo to Cotonou and back to Porto-Novo because we have one training session in Porto-Novo where we will play,” Rohr told reporters. Nigeria takes on Le...
Benin vs Nigeria: Why it will be Difficult for Super Eagles to Win – Rohr
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Benin vs Nigeria: Why it will be Difficult for Super Eagles to Win – Rohr

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said the Republic of Benin will be hard to beat on their own turf. Nigeria take on the Squirrels at Porto-Novo’s Stade Charles de Gaulle on Saturday. Michel Dussuyer’s men are currently on a five-game unbeaten run. Benin have also not lost at home for eight years, as the last time they were beaten was against Algeria in 2013. “Benin have not lost a match for eight years at home. The last time they lost was in 2013. So you can imagine we want to be the first team to win there in eight years. “It will not be easy, they have a very good defence. They were quarter-finalists in the last AFCON tournament. They eliminated Morocco,” Rohr told reporters.
Rohr Must Begin To Focus On Local League – Peter Rufai
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Rohr Must Begin To Focus On Local League – Peter Rufai

Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has called on the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to beef up the team with some crop of home base players with the withdrawal of some of the foreign-based players from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho. Recall that Almeria’s Umar Sadiq, FC Leganes defender, Umar Sadiq, and Nantes winger, Simone Moses have been prevented by their respective clubs to honour the make or mar games due to the Covid-19 travel ban imposed by some countries in Europe. With just a few days to the crucial games against the Squirrels of Benin and Crocodile of Lesotho, Rufai in a chat with Completesports stated that the withdrawal of some of the foreign-based players should signal the need for Rohr to focus more on Nigeria Professional...
Rohr’s Plans hit as More Super Eagles Players Withdraw From Benin, Lesotho Games
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Rohr’s Plans hit as More Super Eagles Players Withdraw From Benin, Lesotho Games

  Almeria forward, Sadiq Umar, has become the latest player to withdraw from Nigeria’s squad for their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next week. Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, had included Umar in his 24-man squad for the matches. However, he will not be able to honour his first call-up to the senior national team, having previously played for the U23s. Almeria have confirmed Umar will not be allowed to honour the invitation, because the necessary COVID-19 protocols to enable him to play for the Super Eagles has not been followed. Enyimba’s Anayo Iwuala has been called up as his replacement. Umar joins France-based duo of Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu (injury) in pulling out. The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has released a statement confir...
AFCON: Ahmed Musa Wasn’t Invited, he won’t play for Nigeria – Gernot Rohr
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AFCON: Ahmed Musa Wasn’t Invited, he won’t play for Nigeria – Gernot Rohr

  Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said that Ahmed Musa is not in the 23-man squad he called up to prosecute the qualifying matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho later this month. He said that the clubless Musa was not invited as a player but as the captain of the team, adding that the former Leicester City forward will not play. After terminating his contract with Saudi Arabian Al-Nassr, Musa has been without a club. Musa was a surprise inclusion in Gernot Rohr’s 24-man provisional team list released yesterday by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Rohr told Leadership Sports that the former CSKA Moscow striker would play no part in the last two group games. “He is not in the list of 23-man but he is invited like a captain, not like a player of the lis...
AFCON Qualifiers: Rohr Under Fire Over Players Invited for Benin, Lesotho Games
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AFCON Qualifiers: Rohr Under Fire Over Players Invited for Benin, Lesotho Games

  Former Super Eagles winger, George Finidi, has criticized coach of the national team, Gernot Rohr, over the list of players invited for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Finidi, who specifically singled out captain Ahmed Musa, said players who are not playing regularly should not be invited ahead of those who are fit. He further questioned why Paul Onuachu does not get game time in the national team despite his form for his club. “Coaches should be made to defend their list when they come up with names that are questionable. Coaches should not be left alone. “They should be made to explain how they arrived at certain decisions on who they invite. Journalists should question the names on the list,” Finidi said accordi...
Rohr Invites Sadiq, Uzoho, Musa, 21 Others For Benin, Lesotho Games 21 March
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Rohr Invites Sadiq, Uzoho, Musa, 21 Others For Benin, Lesotho Games 21 March

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has included Captain Ahmed Musa, deputy captain William Ekong, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and forward Victor Osimhen in a 24-man list for this month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying battles with Benin Republic and Lesotho. Nigeria, top of the Group E log with eight points (one ahead of Benin Republic and five more than third-placed Sierra Leone), tackle the Squirrels away at the Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto Novo on Saturday, 27th March 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 qualifying series. Also included are Enyimba FC goalkeeper John Noble, defenders Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo and Olaoluwa Aina, midfiel...
Gernot Rohr Reacts after Top Neurosurgeon Warns Against Rushing Victor Osimhen back to the Field Following Brain Trauma
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Gernot Rohr Reacts after Top Neurosurgeon Warns Against Rushing Victor Osimhen back to the Field Following Brain Trauma

Nigeria national team coach, Gernot Rohr has  reacted after a top Neurosurgeon warned  against rushing Napoli striker Victor Osimhen back to the field after he sustained brain trauma following a collision with another player in a league game last month. The Italian neurosurgeon, Alfredo Bucciero who treated Victor Osimhen said he won’t give Osimhen the all-clear unless he is absolutely sure there are no lasting effects from being knocked unconscious after falling awkwardly and hitting his head on the ground, leaving him with head trauma and no memory of the accident. “He returned to training, but before we send him back out onto the pitch to play, we need to make absolutely sure he is in perfect condition." The doctor told Radio Marte. “There will be another MRI scan and t...
Serie A: Gernot Rohr Spills Discussion with Osimhen on Gennaro Gattuso
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Serie A: Gernot Rohr Spills Discussion with Osimhen on Gennaro Gattuso

  Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed his discussions with Nigerian frontman, Victor Osimhen about his manager at Napoli, Gennaro Gattuso. Osimhen joined Napoli in a record-breaking deal last season after a top performance at Lille, that saw him score over 20 goals. Napoli is having a poor run of form and is currently sitting outside the top four mounting pressure on Gattuso. And the Nigerian striker has struggled in his first season at Napel due to fitness issues Appearing on Radio Kiss Kiss, Rohr, who is preparing his team for the Nations Cup qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Lesotho, said, “Gattuso is a good coach and Victor told me he trusts him a lot and what he’s teaching him. I think he can get results already this season. “Unlucky se...
Rohr hopes Balogun and Aribo win Scottish Premiership title with Rangers
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Rohr hopes Balogun and Aribo win Scottish Premiership title with Rangers

The Super Eagles stars have been playing key roles for the Gers this season to help the club open a 15-point gap at the top of the league table Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr is hoping Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo will win the Scottish Premiership title with Rangers this season. The Super Eagles stars have been playing a pivotal role for the Gers to help Steven Gerrard’s men open a 15-point gap at the top of the league table. The Ibrox Stadium outfit narrowly missed out on the league title to Celtic last season and have recruited a number of players in their quest to clinch the coveted trophy this term, including signing Blalogun last summer.
Bayern Munich Angry after Golden Eaglets Thrashed Their Academy 5-1
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Bayern Munich Angry after Golden Eaglets Thrashed Their Academy 5-1

  Bayern Munich have reportedly been left fuming after the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria thrashed a team purportedly representing them (Bayern) 5-1 in a friendly, according to Score Nigeria. Angry officials of the World Club Cup winner said such an embarrassing defeat was bad for the club’s image. After the first half of the friendly game ended goalless, the second half returned with half a dozen of goals with Ahmed Abdullahi firing in twice for the Golden Eaglets. The Golden Eaglets are putting finishing touches to their preparation for next month’s U17 African Cup of Nations in Morocco. The top official of the German champions said the Bundesliga leaders were not happy that the selection carrying their name were defeated by such a heavy scoreline. They were said to...
2021 AFCON Qualifier: Why Super Eagles May Travel By Boat To Benin – Rohr
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2021 AFCON Qualifier: Why Super Eagles May Travel By Boat To Benin – Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has confirmed the possibility of the team traveling to Benin via the use of a boat for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Nigeria will face the Squirrels of Benin on March 22 in a game that could decide the fate of the two teams. In an interview with French radio station Europe1 (via Football 365), the German tactician lamented Benin’s poor road network for their decision not to travel by road to the capital, Porto Novo. He also appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to move their hotel closer to the Nigerian-Benin border. “We will have the “fitness” at the hotel, which we did not have on the previous day in Benin City,” Rohr told French radio station Europe1 (via Football 365). “We will be very close to Benin. We risk ma...
Nigeria Cannot Win World Cup – Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr
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Nigeria Cannot Win World Cup – Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr

  Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr has given reasons why the Super Eagles cannot win the World Cup with the current crop of players. Nigeria had only succeeded in reaching the last 16 of the global tournaments in 1994, 1998 and 2002. Under Rohr’s watch, the Super Eagles crashed out of the competition at the group stage after losing to Croatia and Argentina. And Rohr’s recent two-year deal with the senior national team means he could lead the three-time African champions to their next World Cup. But the German is of the opinion that his team cannot win football’s highest title because many of the players are not playing in top clubs. “We are not ready to win the World Cup, for several reasons,” Rohr told NewsCentral. “France is the champions at the moment, where are ...
Rohr Reacts as West Brom Snub Ahmed Musa
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Rohr Reacts as West Brom Snub Ahmed Musa

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has expressed confidence that captain Ahmed Musa will find a new club soon, after his proposed move to West Brom fell through. Musa is currently a free agent, after leaving Saudi club Al Nassr in October 2020. After visiting the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos ahead of next month’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho, Rohr assured that the 28-year-old will be back to his best soon. “It’s unfortunate it didn’t work out at West Brom, but I believe Musa will find another club soon,” Rohr told BBC Sport Africa. “He has the ambition to get back as quickly as he can to play football again at club level. “Musa made a great impact for us in big matches like against Iceland in Russia, that is a rem...
Nigeria Coach, Gernot Rohr Announces Okoye as Super Eagles First-choice Goalkeeper
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Nigeria Coach, Gernot Rohr Announces Okoye as Super Eagles First-choice Goalkeeper

  Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr has named Super Eagles first-choice goalkeeper. According to Rohr, Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye is the national team’s number one. During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Francis Uzoho was top choice while Daniel Akpeyi was No 1 at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt. “Number one is Maduka (Okoye),” Rohr said in an interview with ESPN. The Franco-German further explained that decisions on who man’s the goalpost are taken between him and his goalkeeper trainer, Alloy Agu. “Myself and Alloy, we agreed that it’s actually Maduka,” he added. “We have the experienced Akpeyi doing good matches with this club in South Africa (Kaizer Chiefs). “We have the young (Francis Uzoho) coming back after injury, but he has to play also now not only o...
Why I Won’t Invite new Players for Super Eagles AFCON 2021 Qualifier – Rohr
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Why I Won’t Invite new Players for Super Eagles AFCON 2021 Qualifier – Rohr

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has hinted that he won’t invite new players for their upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Speaking in an interview on the team’s official YouTube page, Rohr debunked reports that some new players had been granted permission to play for Nigeria by FIFA. He insisted he has good players in his squad and would not consider bringing in any new player at the moment. “You can read so many names in the newspaper, but that’s not the best way to select the players. The best way to select the players is to scout them very well, and also to speak to them if there is motivation to come. If they want to come, they have to write a letter to FIFA that they want to switch from England or Germany or Aust...
Rohr gives condition for Ighalo’s return to Super Eagles
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Rohr gives condition for Ighalo’s return to Super Eagles

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said Odion Ighalo can return to the team if he is playing well and also desires to represent the country again. Ighalo announced his international retirement shortly after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Since then, the 31-year-old has moved to Manchester United, where he spent the last year on loan. He has now left United to sign a two-and-a-half-year deal with Saudi Professional League club Al Shabab. “There’s no reason not to take him if he’s doing well. The question is if he wants to come back,” Rohr told the media today. “We hope so because he’s an experienced player. He can be very useful to his partners. We’re waiting but firstly he has to play.”
Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr fails to rule out Odion Ighalo’s return to Super Eagles.
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Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr fails to rule out Odion Ighalo’s return to Super Eagles.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has failed to rule the possible return of ‘retired’ striker Odion Ighalo back to the squad after he joined Saudi Arabian side Al –Shabab.   31-year-old Ighalo retired from international football in 2019 after helping the Super Eagles to win bronze at thec of Nations in Egypt in that year.   He joined Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab FC on a permanent deal from Shanghai Shenhua after his loan spell at Manchester United.   When asked about the chances of Ighalo returning back to the Super Eagles, Rohr, 67, told NationSport.: “Playing regularly in Saudi is not a reason to eliminate a good player from Super Eagles.”   Rohr also expressed happiness over the impressive lineup of Nigerian strikers making a mark with their Euro...
Will The World End If Rohr Is Sacked? – Odegbami
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Will The World End If Rohr Is Sacked? – Odegbami

In the aftermath of the two matches between the Leone Stars and the Super Eagles I have refused to make any comments. I have been besieged with questions about why I have remained silent. I am surprised that people are surprised that I have been unusually quiet. What more is there for me to say? One year ago, or so, I was vehemently opposed to the renewal of the contract of Franco-German coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr. I screamed and shouted to the point where some people thought I had personal issues with the coach. My take was simple: the coach may have been good for the standards set for him by his employers, but surely he was not good enough for the vision most Nigerians have about the place of their national team in the world considering the country’s achievements, capa...
NFF Considers Amuneke, Salisu Options For Rohr’s Assistant Role
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NFF Considers Amuneke, Salisu Options For Rohr’s Assistant Role

Sequel to the recent uninspiring performance of the Super Eagles that led to the home and away draws with their Sierra Leonean counterparts in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are set to take measures to check the slide. Consequently, the NFF is tinkering with the idea of contracting either Emmanuel Amuneke or Salisu Yusuf to assist Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, adding to Joseph Yobo’s assistant capacity. “Having seen the technical report from the coach and taken into consideration the observations from the meeting with the sports minister, we shall open talks with either Emmanuel Amuneke or Salisu Yusuf to support Rohr,” an official of the NFF told Completesports.com “We have to look at the possibility of getti...
2022 World Cup year will be a difficult year for Super Eagles – Gernot Rohr
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2022 World Cup year will be a difficult year for Super Eagles – Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has predicted that 2022 will be a difficult year for the Super Eagles if they qualify for the Fifa World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations, both happening in 2022.   The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the global football calendar forcing the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to postpone several competitions, including the 2021 Afcon.   AFCON was scheduled to hold between June and July in 2021, but has been moved to January 2022, the same year the World Cup in Qatar will occur.   Rohr who in May, agreed a two-and-half-year contract extension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to continue as the Super Eagles coach until December 2022, says that the hectic qualifying schedule in 2021 might affect the team the fo...
Rohr Clears air over alleged Invitation to Bournemouth Midfielder to Play for Nigeria
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Rohr Clears air over alleged Invitation to Bournemouth Midfielder to Play for Nigeria

Nigeria head coach, Gernot Rohr, has disclosed that he never asked Bournemouth midfielder, Philip Billing, to play for Super Eagles. According to Rohr, it was Billing’s agent, who called him and said his client was interested in playing for Nigeria because he doesn’t play as much for Denmark. Speaking in an interview with ESPN, the German tactician, who recently signed a two-and-half-year deal with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said Billing, 23, told him he wanted some time after he asked the player few questions about the Nigerian team. Rohr said: “Billing’s agent called me and said he was interested in coming to Nigeria because he doesn’t play as much for Denmark. “So he wanted me to call Billing. I said I didn’t have his number, so he gave it to me. When I calle...
Rohr Gives Super Eagles Players Condition to win AFCON 2021
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Rohr Gives Super Eagles Players Condition to win AFCON 2021

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has told his players that they can only win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), if they remain humble. Nigeria have won their first two fixtures in the qualifying rounds, which was suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic. Rohr and his men will be looking to win the country’s fourth title next year. In an interview with Channels TV, Rohr warned the players that even qualification for the tournament has not been secured yet. “Let’s qualify first and I think we are on a good way to that and then, let’s stay humble if we want to win it. “I think we have a good team, we are already number three now in Africa. When I arrived, we were number 13. So we are on a good way but it needs time, and we even don’t know when...
‘I Will Asked Any Player To Play For The Super Eagles’ – Rohr
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‘I Will Asked Any Player To Play For The Super Eagles’ – Rohr

The Franco-German has clarified what happened among him and the 23-year-old, who as of late suppressed a report connecting him toward the West African. Nigerian coach Gernot Rohr has expressed he will never ask any player to play for the national group, and proposed Bournemouth midfielder Philip Billing utilized him to get the consideration of the Danish national group supervisor. The 23-year-old was destined to a Nigerian dad and Danish mother and has spoken to the European nation’s childhood group, however is as yet qualified to include for the Super Eagles having not played for Denmark at senior level. A month ago the forward suppressed a report making adjusts that he has consented to vow his loyalty toward the West Africans, expressing he felt increasingly like a Dane and ...
Rohr Clears air on NFF Dictating Which Super Eagles Players Should be Picked
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Rohr Clears air on NFF Dictating Which Super Eagles Players Should be Picked

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohs, has made it clear that no one dictates to him the players to pick. Rohr stated this while speaking on Channels Television on Monday. The German agreed a new two-year deal with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) last week, after his initial contract expired. “It is not a part of my contract to take players who are not so good. “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 said. Rohr also explained how he consults with his assistants before team selection. “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. ...
Rohr Gives Osimhen Condition to Join EPL Club
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Rohr Gives Osimhen Condition to Join EPL Club

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said that Victor Osimhen has a good chance of moving to the Premier League after this season. However, Rohr wants the striker to join a club, where he will play regularly. Osimhen is one of the hottest young prospects in Europe at the moment, after enjoying a brilliant debut season with Lille. The 21-year-old has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United in England. Rohr, speaking on Channels Television, however advised Osimhen not to rush his decision. “If he stays for another season it would be good for him because he’s playing. “If he is going to a very big club – you have seen the clubs ready to buy him now – he is not so sure to play because there’s big competition for th...
It Is Very Difficult For Nigeria To Win 2021 AFCON – Gernot Rohr
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It Is Very Difficult For Nigeria To Win 2021 AFCON – Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr said it is hard for his team to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations because they are not the best team on the continent. The German tactician recently agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal to continue his work as the handler of the three-time African champions, putting to bed speculation around his future. On Wednesday, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick revealed the conditions in the new contract which include a mandate to qualify the country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and also win the next Afcon in Cameroon. The 66-year-old guided the Super Eagles to a third-place finish in Egypt last year, however, he disclosed that the new target might be difficult to achieve. “When you go to a tournament it is to win...
NFF can terminate Rohr’s contract if he fails to meet targets – Sports Minister
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NFF can terminate Rohr’s contract if he fails to meet targets – Sports Minister

The Franco-German tactician has been given the target of leading the Super Eagles to the global tournament and winning the Afcon title in Cameroon The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has revealed there are clauses in Gernot Rohr’s new contract which gives his employer the right to fire him if he underperforms. On Wednesday, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick confirmed the 66-year-old has been handed a new deal and explained he has been given the mandate to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and qualify the Super Eagles for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Dare explained the Franco-German’s contract was renewed to enable him to prove himself but should he fail to meet his target he would be fired.
Gernot Rohr reaches agreement with NFF to Continue as Super Eagles Coach for Two and Half Years
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Gernot Rohr reaches agreement with NFF to Continue as Super Eagles Coach for Two and Half Years

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has confirmed he has agreed on a new two-and-half-year contract extension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Rohr has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016 and qualified the team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with ease. He also led the three-time African champions to finish third at Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 in Egypt. The 66-year-old Franco-German's current deal ends in June and he has been in discussions with the federation over a renewal since January. The NFF gave him new conditions in his contract namely residing in Nigeria, being paid in Nigerian currency and grooming local talent from the Nigerian Football league, conditions he has since agreed on. But the NFF have delayed announcing a new deal with the tactic...
Onigbinde raps NFF on Rohr’s new contract
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Onigbinde raps NFF on Rohr’s new contract

National team handler Adegboye Onigbinde has described the quest to extend the contract of Gernot Rohr as coach of the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as nothing but a ‘circus’. Rohr has been on the job since 2016 and it was under his watch that the Super Eagles qualified for both the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup and the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). While the team failed to progress to the knockout stages of Russia 2018, they came out of Cairo with a bronze medal. The Octogenarian emphatically said his stand on Rohr should not be presumed as that of a job seeker, adding he is enjoying his retirement at 82 after contributing his quota to the development of Nigerian football. “When I  heard about the renewal of coach Rohr’s contract, I put up a...
‘I Don’t Care Whether it is Rohr or Not we need a Competent coach’ – Sport Minister Sunday Dare
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‘I Don’t Care Whether it is Rohr or Not we need a Competent coach’ – Sport Minister Sunday Dare

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has waded into the debate surrounding the Nigerian Football Federation's negotiations with Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr for an extension of his contract. Rohr’s four year contract with the national team expires in June and he has been in negotiations with NFF on a new deal. Rohr has accepted new conditions such as living in Nigeria and being paid in Naira- placed in his contract, but has added his own moderations to the contract with the NFF yet to make a decision on his new deal. The delay to Rohr’s contract renewal has increased speculation that the federation might not want the German tactician to continue as manager of the Super Eagles. Sunday Dare has now come out to say what the national team needs a competent...
No need for baseless rumours’ – Amuneke dismisses Super Eagles job interest
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No need for baseless rumours’ – Amuneke dismisses Super Eagles job interest

With the current Super Eagles boss yet to sign a new deal, the 49-year-old former player has been linked with the role in recent times Former Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amuneke has insisted he has no interest in coaching the Nigeria national team at the moment. The 49-year-old has been linked with the Super Eagles job lately along with other ex-internationals as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is yet to reach an agreement with current coach Gernot Rohr. The former Super Eagles winger is currently a sporting director with Egyptian club El Makkasa after leaving the coaching role and insisted he is focused on helping his side achieve greater success after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Igiebor: Why Super Eagles coach Rohr has not selected midfielder
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Igiebor: Why Super Eagles coach Rohr has not selected midfielder

The 29-year-old has only featured twice for the three-time African champions since the arrival of the German tactician Nosa Igiebor has revealed why he has not been playing for the Nigeria national team, suggesting he was frozen out by coach Gernot Rohr. The 29-year-old was involved in the German tactician’s opening two games but was dropped to the bench against Zambia during the 2018 World Cup qualifying game. The former Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder explained he met with Rohr to know why he was not involved in the match, and the 66-year-old responded that he should move to a better league as the Israeli Premier League was not competitive enough.
Super Eagles coach Rohr needs support to succeed – Utaka
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Super Eagles coach Rohr needs support to succeed – Utaka

The 38-year-old feels the German tactician can surpass the performances of previous Super Eagles managers Former Nigeria international John Utaka believes Gernot Rohr needs support to succeed as coach of the Super Eagles. The German tactician was appointed as manager of the West Africans in 2016 and has made a meaningful contribution to the side since his arrival. Rohr is set to sign a new contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as his current deal with the governing body is set to expire next month.
Gernot Rohr accepts to be paid in Naira and reside in Nigeria
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Gernot Rohr accepts to be paid in Naira and reside in Nigeria

Super Eagles of Nigeria Head coach Gernot Rohr has accepted the Nigeria Football Federation's (NFF)  new contract sent to him last month.   In the contract, NFF president Amaju Pinnick revealed they inserted three clauses which includes Rohr residing in Nigeria, watching the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) with a view to grooming home based players to become international stars and being paid his salary in Nigerian Naira.   Pinnick also revealed that other coaches were in contact with him in case Rohr refuses the contract .     Franco-German coach, Rohr, has now disclosed he has accepted the clauses in the contract and that he will be willing to live in Nigeria and be paid in Naira. Rohr also revealed he also agreed to lower his ...
Super Eagles coach Rohr accepts NFF pay cut but reveals offers from two federations
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Super Eagles coach Rohr accepts NFF pay cut but reveals offers from two federations

The German tactician is hoping to continue as the coach of the three-time African champions after agreeing terms for a contract renewal Gernot Rohr has agreed the fresh terms included in his new contract by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for him to remain as the Super Eagles coach. Rohr’s current contract runs out at the end of June and both parties are keen to continue their working relationship which started in 2016. Earlier this month, NFF President Amaju Pinnick revealed the details in the new contract with the ex-Bordeaux manager expected to receive his salary in naira and also reside in Nigeria.
Troost-Ekong names Balogun his preferred Super Eagles defensive partner
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Troost-Ekong names Balogun his preferred Super Eagles defensive partner

The 26-year-old has spoken of his understanding with the Latics centre-back during national duty Udinese star William Troost-Ekong has named on-loan Brighton and Hove Albion centre-back Leon Balogun as his preferred Super Eagles defensive partner. Troost-Ekong has been a key member of Nigeria national team since making his debut for the side in 2015 and now has 42 caps for the three-time African champions. The 26-year-old forged a productive partnership with Balogun at the heart of the Super Eagles defence, as they were the first-choice pairing by manager Gernot Rohr before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Gernot Rohr Reacts To Amaju Pinnick’s New Contract Proposal Of Residing In Nigeria And Getting Paid In Naira
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Gernot Rohr Reacts To Amaju Pinnick’s New Contract Proposal Of Residing In Nigeria And Getting Paid In Naira

Nigerian Senior Men’s Football team manager, Gernot Rohr, has replied Nigerian Football Federation boss, Amaju Pinnick after the NFF supremo went on live TV to discuss Rohr’s new contract proposal and conditions. Rohr’s contract with the NFF ends in June 2020 but Pinnick this week stated that he’s ready to offer Rohr a new contract only if he accepts three new conditions. The first being that Rohr must reside in Nigeria, must watch home league matches with a view to selecting home based players and must agree to be paid in Naira rather than Dollars. The German football tactician has now aimed a thinly-veiled dig at Pinnick for going on air to discuss the conditions attached to his new proposed contract. The former Bayern Munich defender claimed that he spends more time in Nige...
Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr Invites 24 Players for Sierra Leone Clash this month
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Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr Invites 24 Players for Sierra Leone Clash this month

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has invited twenty-four players for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash against Sierra Leone this month. Among the 24 players are Germany–based defender Kingsley Ehizibue, and Holland-based striker Cyril Dessers, who were both called up for the first time, while Kelechi Iheanacho was recalled back to the team after he failed to make the final squad that represented Nigeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. https://twitter.com/NGSuperEagles/status/1235228529132032003 Nigeria will first play the Leone Stars at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Friday, March 27, before flying to Freetown for the second leg at the Siaka Stevens Stadium on Tuesday, March 31. See the full squad below.     Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi ...
Amaju Pinnick Explains The Choice Of Joseph Yobo For Super Eagles Job
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Amaju Pinnick Explains The Choice Of Joseph Yobo For Super Eagles Job

NFF President Amaju Pinnick has come out to explain the rationale behind the football federation’s decision to appoint former Nigeria International Joseph Yobo as the new Super Eagles assistant coach. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced Yobo as the new assistant coach of the senior men’s national team to work under Head coach, Gernot Rohr. Yobo, a former captain of Everton and Nigeria was appointed as the new assistant coach even though he has no FIFA accredited coaching license or any coaching pedigree. Speaking to journalists on the choice of the Ogoni born ex-Super Eagles international, Pinnick insists Yoko is thr ideal candidate for the role saying his wealth of experience will help mentor the young Super Eagles squad. “Yobo has good leadership spirit, I als...
Joseph Yobo Confirmed As New Nigeria Assistant Coach
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Joseph Yobo Confirmed As New Nigeria Assistant Coach

The former Super Eagles skipper has been installed as the country’s national team assistant boss following Imama Amapakabo’s removal Joseph Yobo has been confirmed as the new assistant coach of Nigeria. After Imama Amapakabo was ushered through the exit door, the three-time African champions turned to a familiar face for inspiration. The Everton legend captained the Super Eagles to a triumphant outing at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, and will now assist head coach Gernot Rohr. “The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former Super Eagles’ defender and captain Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the team. He replaces Imama Amapakabo in the three -ime African champions’ technical crew," an NFF statement read. Yobo graduated to the Super Eagles af...
Rohr Hints at new Position for Osimhen in Super Eagles Team
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Rohr Hints at new Position for Osimhen in Super Eagles Team

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has hinted that Victor Osimhen could play as a winger for the national team. The Lille star has mostly played in a centre forward role for club and country. However, Osimhen has played wide roles for Wolfsburg and Sporting Charleroi in the past. Rohr, who recently suggested Odion Ighalo could make a return to the Eagles squad, as now said he could experiment with his front men. “But I play with real wingers, Samuel, Simon or Chukwueze. Victor Oshimen can play as well as a winger. “It’s an interesting organization to combine with the left or right back on the wings, center,” Rohr told French daily, Sud Ouest. Osimhen has scored four goals and provided two assists in his last four games for Nigeria, playing as a number nine....
I’ll Bring Back Ighalo To Eagles – Rohr
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I’ll Bring Back Ighalo To Eagles – Rohr

Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr says he will try to convince Odion Ighalo to return to the national team seven months after he called time on his international career. The Franco-German admitted that it would be difficult to overlook a player playing at the highest level in football. He also stated that the Manchester United striker could be a source of motivation for the young crop of players in the national team. “We are very happy about the new team of Ighalo, Manchester United is a fantastic challenge for him and I spoke already with him and you know he is a very good player on and off the pitch,” Rohr told AOIFootball.com. “If a player is playing in Manchester United each coach of national teams would like to have him. Our young players could learn a lot on the side of ...

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