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Rohr Reveals Venue of Super Eagles’ World Cup Qualifier against Liberia
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Rohr Reveals Venue of Super Eagles’ World Cup Qualifier against Liberia

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has revealed that their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier against Liberia will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. This means Nigeria will return to the stadium where they hosted Lesotho in their last 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March. It was the national team’s first competitive game in the country’s commercial capital in 20 years. Uyo had been home to the Super Eagles for years, but they have not played at the Akwa Ibom Stadium since 2019. They are now set to continue in Lagos, with Rohr confirming it after the friendly match against Cameroon. “The fans are welcome, we hope that the fans can come to the stadium in September, that this crazy pandemic which is making things difficult for everyb...
Rohr Confirms why Uzoho, Olayinka didn’t Play Against Cameroon
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Rohr Confirms why Uzoho, Olayinka didn’t Play Against Cameroon

The head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed that injury worries forced Francis Uzoho and Peter Olayinka out of their international friendly with Cameroon on Tuesday. Before the game, Rohr had told the media that Uzoho would start the game, ahead of Maduka Okoye. However, many viewers were surprised when Okoye went on to play every minute of the 0-0 draw against the Indomitable Lions. Rohr has now revealed Uzoho and Slavia Prague’s Peter Olayinka failed a late fitness test. “He [Uzoho] came this morning with a painful leg and he told me ‘coach, I cannot make it’,” Rohr said on Super Eagles’ Instagram. “Like [Peter] Olayinka too, he was injured during yesterday’s training. Although it was not a big injury, I didn’t want to take any risk, neither did I wa...
Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr names 5 players Super Eagles missed against Indomitable Lions
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Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr names 5 players Super Eagles missed against Indomitable Lions

Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr has named Victor Osimhen, Joe Aribo, Samuel Chukwueze, Samuel Kalu and Henry Onyekuru as the five players the Super Eagles missed following their 0-0 draw against Cameroon in an international friendly game on Tuesday in Austria. Rohr believes Nigeria would have got a different result against Cameroon if Osimhen, Aribo, Chukwueze, Kalu and Onyekuru featured for the Super Eagles. “Like I said before, the result [Cameroon 0, Nigeria 0] is not the most important, what is important is to test some players and see new faces, which was the case again today,“ Rohr told Super Eagles media. “We didn’t want to concede a goal we wanted to score, but we could not and when we are missing players like Osimhen, Aribo, Chukwueze, Kalu, Henry, it’s not easy.“ He ad...
Cameroon vs Nigeria: Livescore from Super Eagles’ Tuesday friendly in Austria
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Cameroon vs Nigeria: Livescore from Super Eagles’ Tuesday friendly in Austria

  Nigeria will play Cameroon for the second time in four days this Tuesday in Austria. Both sides only faced each other in an international friendly last Friday. The Indomitable Lions emerged winners, thanks to André-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s first-half strike. Gernot Rohr is using the double-header against the Indomitable Lions, as preparation for their 2022 World Cup qualifiers later in September. It is also the first time the Super Eagles will be in action, after qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations. Kick off is 5pm West African time. Nigeria’s starting XI against Cameroon: Francis Uzoho, Jamilu Collins, Shehu Abdullahi, Valentine Ozornwafor, Chidozie Awaziem, Wilfred Ndidi, Abraham Marcus, Peter Olayinka, Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu. ...
Super Eagles are ready for 2021 Afcon – Sparta Rotterdam’s Okoye
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Super Eagles are ready for 2021 Afcon – Sparta Rotterdam’s Okoye

  Despite losing to the Indomitable Lions, the goalkeeper has stated that the three-time African kings are prepared for the biennial African showpiece   Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye believes Nigeria are ready for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations despite losing to Cameroon last Friday. Gernot Rohr’s men played well against the five-time African kings, but they were silenced 1-0 at the Wiener Neustadt Stadium. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s 37th-minute encounter separated the two teams in the affair that saw Abraham Marcus, Valentine Ozornwafor and Terem Moffi make their international debuts. Even at the loss, the Sparta Rotterdam star picked some positives while saying they are prepared for the next African football showpiece.
Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr Confirms Players that will Start Tuesday’s Friendly
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Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr Confirms Players that will Start Tuesday’s Friendly

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed that the trio of Ahmed Musa, Francis Uzoho and Valentine Ozornwafor will start against Cameroon in Tuesday’s international friendly. Rohr stated this after the team trained on Monday at Wiener Neustadt Stadium. He was answering questions on the changes he will make, as Nigeria faces the Indomitable Lions for the second time within four days. Musa came on in the second half to replace Kelechi Iheanacho in the first game, while Uzoho was left out for Maduka Okoye. “There will be some changes in the team, Francis Uzoho will be in goal, [Ahmed] Musa will start because he is fit, we lost Troost-Ekong so Valentine [Ozornwafor] will come in for the first time. “There matches are made to test some players who have ...
Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr Replaces Troost-Ekong in Super Eagles camp
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Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr Replaces Troost-Ekong in Super Eagles camp

  The head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has called up Ujpest defender Vincent Onovo, to replace the injured William Troost-Ekong ahead of their second friendly match against Cameroon on Tuesday. Troost-Ekong picked up an injury in the closing stages of the 1-0 defeat to the Indomitable Lions last Friday. The Watford men were replaced by Galatasaray defender, Valentine Ozornwafor. Troost-Ekong has now left the camp in Vienna. Onovo has joined the rest of the squad in Austria. He is a key player in Michael Oenning’s team that finished sixth in the Hungarian top-flight table this season. He also helped Ujpest win the Magyar Kupa (Hungarian Cup), which means they have qualified for the second round of the 2021-22 Europa Conference League.
‘No cause for alarm’ – Makinwa plays down Nigeria’s defeat to Cameroon
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‘No cause for alarm’ – Makinwa plays down Nigeria’s defeat to Cameroon

Gernot Rohr’s men bowed to the Indomitable Lions in Friday’s friendly, albeit, the veteran tactician feels there is nothing to fret about Nigeria’s defeat to Cameroon in Friday’s international friendly is nothing to lose sleep over, according to coach Henry Makinwa. Although the Super Eagles put up an imposing display against the Indomitable Lions, they bowed 1-0 at the Wiener Neustadt Stadium. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s 37th minute encounter separated both teams in the affair that saw Abraham Marcus, Valentine Ozornwafor and Terem Moffi make their international debuts. The loss has continued to generate contrasting opinions from the football sphere, with some claiming Gernot Rohr’s men are off-guard for the Africa Cup of Nations slated for 2022. Nonetheless, the former Abia...
Super Eagles coach Rohr takes positives from ‘interesting’ Cameroon defeat
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Super Eagles coach Rohr takes positives from ‘interesting’ Cameroon defeat

The German tactician is satisfied with the performance of his side in their loss to the Indomitable Lions in Austria Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr has taken positives from his side’s 1-0 defeat to Cameroon in Friday’s international friendly. Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa scored the only goal of the encounter to ensure his side secured victory in Austria. The Super Eagles had a number of scoring chances in the game but were unable to find the back of the net and Rohr has revealed his satisfaction with the showings from his side.    
Why Super Eagles lost to Cameroon – Rohr
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Why Super Eagles lost to Cameroon – Rohr

  The head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has blamed his side’s profligacy in front of goal for their 1-0 defeat to Cameroon in an international friendly on Friday night. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa netted the only goal of the encounter in the first half of the game. Nigeria had more opportunities in front of goal, but were unable to record a goal. “The most important thing is not the result because it was just a test match. It was interesting to see some new players because we had to manage the situation and we did well,” Rohr told the Super Eagles media team. “I think we had 17 shots on the goal while Cameroon only had three, they had only one on target which was the goal and we had six on target. “Like I said, the result is not the most important thing in ...
Why Super Eagles Cannot play in World Cup semi-final – Rohr
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Why Super Eagles Cannot play in World Cup semi-final – Rohr

  Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted that he is not convinced of his players’ abilities to reach the semi-finals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. According to Rohr, most of his squad members do not play for the top clubs in Europe, like their African counterparts. “They (other African countries) have players playing in the best teams in Europe, we don’t. “Our players are playing in lower clubs. We don’t have these players like Egypt, like Senegal, like Ivory Coast who are playing in the biggest clubs. Our players are playing in clubs who are not the best ones. “Only Samuel Chukwueze won the Europa League with Villarreal. All others are fighting to stay in the league or are fighting to be starting players. “When you see the world champions, Fran...
Super Eagles Lose two Players after 1-0 Defeat to Cameroon in Friendly
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Super Eagles Lose two Players after 1-0 Defeat to Cameroon in Friendly

  Coach of the Nigerian national team, Gernot Rohr, will be without the defensive duo of William Troost-Ekong and Jamilu Collins, when they face Cameroon again on Tuesday, June 8. Both players have been ruled out, after suffering injuries during the 1-0 defeat to the Indomitable Lions at the Wiener Neustadt Stadion. Ekong was taken off in the 90th minute, with what looked like a hamstring pull. The Watford centre back had to be helped off the pitch by medical staff. He was replaced by Galatasaray defender Valentine Ozornwafor, who made his Super Eagles debut. Collins finished the game, but it has since emerged he picked up a knock in the game. Nigeria came into these matches on the back of withdrawals, due to the absence of six players. Key starters Victor Osi...
Izuchukwu Anthony: Spartak Trnava defender joins Nigeria camp after late call-up
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Izuchukwu Anthony: Spartak Trnava defender joins Nigeria camp after late call-up

The Slovakia-based centre back has teamed up with Gernot Rohr’s squad in Austria after being handed a late invitation Spartak Trnava’s Izuchukwu Anthony has earned a late call-up to the Nigeria senior national team for Friday’s international friendly against Cameroon.The 23-year-old was invited to give coach Gernot Rohr options in the defence following injuries to regular faces. They include Torino’s Ola Aina, West Bromwich Albion’s Semi Ajayi, FC Porto’s Zaidu Sanusi, Benfica’s Tyronne Ebuehi and Hoffenheim’s Kevin Akpoguma.Anthony was part of the Nigeria U23 squad that failed to impress at the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations staged in Egypt.There, he featured in all games but Imama Amapakabo’s men failed to get past the group stage – which ultimately cost them a place in the Tokyo 202...
Super Eagles Friendly with Cameroon Under Threat
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Super Eagles Friendly with Cameroon Under Threat

Nigeria’s friendly matches against Cameroon scheduled for next week is at risk, Soccernet reports. This is due to the withdrawal of several players from the squad, while there are complaints about unpaid salaries. Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, invited 24 players for the two games, which will be played June 4 and 8 respectively. However, as many as six players have already pulled out of the squad. They include: Victor Osimhen, Tyronne Ebuehi, Ola Aina, Simy Nwankwo, Frank Onyeka and Samson Tijani. This has left the squad thin, and players based in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) cannot be called up as it is too late to apply for visas. Rohr invites 31 Super Eagles players for friendly against Cameroon [Full list] Aside from the injury withdrawal...
All the Super Eagles Players Rohr Dropped for Cameroon Friendly Confirmed
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All the Super Eagles Players Rohr Dropped for Cameroon Friendly Confirmed

    Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has left out Samuel Chukwueze and Joe Aribo from his 24-man squad for an international friendly against Cameroon. Villarreal winger Chukwueze has been out injured after hurting his hamstring in the Europa League semi-final second leg against Arsenal. For Rangers midfielder Aribo, he seems to have been excused following a hectic season with the newly-crowned Scottish champions. Also trimmed from the squad are FC Porto left-back Sanusi Zaidu, Leganes’ Kenneth Omeruo, West Bromwich Albion’s Semi Ajayi, Almeria’s Sadiq Umar and Heartland goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa. Nigeria’s game against Cameroon is billed for June 4 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The fixture will be part of Rohr’s men preparations for their 2022...
Eze’s Versatility Is Awesome -Hodgson
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Eze’s Versatility Is Awesome -Hodgson

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has commended Ebere Ee for his versatility in the team. The England U21 international, who is still under the radar of the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to represent Nigeria, has dazzled fans with his skills, speed, and ability to carve out opportunities for his teammates. The 22-year-old has been outstanding since he moved to Selhurst Park on a five-year deal from Queens Park Rangers in August. He has a tally of three goals after 20 league appearances for Roy Hodgson’s side this season. However, Hodgson, during Friday’s press conference showered encomium on Eze for adapting into any position that has been saddled to him. “He’s a very talented ball player, a very good offensive midfielder. We’re trying to encourage him to be a good al...
Ighalo Has Nothing To Offer Super Eagles Again – Fashanu
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Ighalo Has Nothing To Offer Super Eagles Again – Fashanu

Former England international, John Fashanu has admonished Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to work with the current crop of players in his disposal than to recall Odion Ighalo to the senior national team. Ighalo retired from the Super Eagles after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where he finished as the top scorer of the competition. Though reports in the media have suggested that Ighalo could be recalled to the Super Eagles, however, Fashanu has kicked against such a move by the German tactician. In an interview with an online media, Fashanu stated that recalling Ighalo back to the team may be to the disadvantage of the younger players regardless of his experience. “The only thing Ighalo has to offer to the national team is his experience, it is not his ability because ther...
Rohr Desperate To Have Ebere Eze In Super Eagles Squad
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Rohr Desperate To Have Ebere Eze In Super Eagles Squad

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has expressed his hope that Ebere Eze will choose to represent the West African country. In an interview, Rohr described the Crystal Palace star as one of the best offensive midfielders he’s ever seen in England. This season, he has scored three times and provided three assists. Eze was born in the UK to Nigerian parents and has played for the English U20 and U21 teams. However, he is still eligible to play for the three-time African champions. “Ebere Eze is one of the best offensive midfielders I’ve ever seen in England and I would like to have him with us. But you know that he can also play for England and already played for one team in England. “I sent him a message and in this message, I showed the interest Nigeria have...
Rohr Misses Ighalo, Speaks Out About Eagles’ Strike Force
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Rohr Misses Ighalo, Speaks Out About Eagles’ Strike Force

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has hinted that he would have loved to have Odion Ighalo back into the team in order to share his experience with the likes of Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho. Recall that Ighalo retired from the senior national team after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), where the Super Eagles won the bronze medal after defeating Tunisia in the Third-Place match. He also emerged as the highest goal scorer of the competition and was named in the team of the tournament. Although, there were media reports of his second coming to the team during the just concluded 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, however, the Gerrman tactician stuck with Osimhen and Iheanacho to qualify Nigeria to the bi-annual tournament. In an interview with Elegbete TV, Rohr noted that Ig...
Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars
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Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, is pleased with Ahmed Musa’s decision to rejoin Kano Pillars. Musa, this week, signed a short-term deal with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side. However, the winger is expected to leave if he receives offers from Europe. Musa has not had a club since he left Saudi Arabia Professional League side Al Shabab in October. He almost joined Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion back in January, but the deal collapsed due to his wage demand. “I am very happy for Ahmed Musa to be able to play again with his old club of Kano Pillars,” Rohr told journalists.
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...

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