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AFCON 2021: Gernot Rohr names favourite team to win trophy, reach semi-finals
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AFCON 2021: Gernot Rohr names favourite team to win trophy, reach semi-finals

Former Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, has named the Super Eagles as the favourite team to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after their impressive performance during the group stages. Rohr also tipped host nation Cameroon to reach the AFCON semi-final. Nigeria won all their matches at the group stage, while Cameroon won two and drew one. “Nigeria is for me the favourite to win the AFCON after the group stage. This is the team with the most legs, the most efficient. The team has been built to win for five years,” Rohr told Ouest France. “They know each other very well. It makes me happy to see them fulfil the contract even if they have to be wary of direct elimination matches, it’s completely different. “They must be careful not to take the easy way out. I think they ...
AFCON 2021: Eguavoen can keep Super Eagles job if he wants – NFF
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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen can keep Super Eagles job if he wants – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said Augustine Eguavoen can keep the national team job on a permanent basis if he wants. The 56-year-old stepped in on an interim basis after Gernot Rohr was sacked in December. Eguavoen has so far impressed at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, with the Super Eagles winning all their Group D fixtures. However, he was supposed to hand over to Jose Peseiro after the tournament. But ESPN reports that the NFF is having second thoughts about that. “We will have to leave him there, unless he doesn’t want the job,” an NFF source said. Eguavoen is currently the NFF Technical Director, but the football house would allow him handle both roles. “What we are even thinking of right now is to give Eguavoen the two jobs. The national team pla...
Afcon 2021: Nigeria desire to dominate as favourites
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Afcon 2021: Nigeria desire to dominate as favourites

Having thrived as slight underdogs against Egypt, the Super Eagles’ approach against Sudan will interest fans and neutrals alike   Has the excitement from Tuesday lessened yet? Nigeria went into their opening Africa Cup of Nations clash with Egypt with supporters unsure of what to expect. Despite the gap in quality not being particularly wide, the Super Eagles’ thorny preparation meant a side that were unbeaten in 16 successive games in the competition’s group phase were backed to win, or at least not lose. Augustine Eguavoen had only taken over the team in December, a month to the finals, after the jettisoning of Gernot Rohr at the backend of 2021.
AFCON 2021: Real reason Akpeyi lost his place in Super Eagles – Rohr
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AFCON 2021: Real reason Akpeyi lost his place in Super Eagles – Rohr

Former head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has revealed why Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi lost his starting spot in the national team. Since 2019, Akpeyi has been a reserve keeper, falling behind Maduka Okoye and Francis Uzoho. He was on the bench for six of Nigeria’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Akpeyi was again overlooked for the 1-0 win over Egypt in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations opener, with Okoye given the nod. “He never lost his place in the national team as one of our three goalkeepers,” Rohr told iDiski Times. “He lost the number one because he had some injuries and was ill at times, giving the others a chance to play and play well. “Francis Uzoho also came back, who was the youngest goalkeeper at the 2018 World Cup with 18 years. Maduka also pl...
AFCON 2021: Ex-Arsenal star eager to play for Super Eagles – Nigeria coach, Eguavoen
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AFCON 2021: Ex-Arsenal star eager to play for Super Eagles – Nigeria coach, Eguavoen

Interim coach of Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen has revealed that former Arsenal star, Semi Ajayi, is eager to play for Nigeria at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon. Eguavoen said that Ajayi, who currently plays for West Brom, jumped at the opportunity to play for Nigeria at the 2021 AFCON. According to him, the 28-year-old was considered for selection because he was selected by former Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr in the provisional squad list submitted to the Confederation of African Football, CAF. “Semi Ajayi, obviously he was not on the 28-man list, but he was on the alternate list. Kevin Akpoguma was on the alternate list, Onyekuru and co,” Eguavoen told NFF TV. “And then we reached out to Semi, he jumped at it. I think that is the spirit we want be...
AFCON 2021: Why Ademola Lookman won’t play for Super Eagles – NFF
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AFCON 2021: Why Ademola Lookman won’t play for Super Eagles – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says Ademola Lookman will not play for the country at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, because he is yet to get clearance from FIFA. The Leicester City winger in the past, represented England at U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels. However, in October, Lookman applied to switch his allegiance to Nigeria, where his parents come from. This is why ex-Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, included the 24-year-old in the initial provisional list for the AFCON. However, NFF, in a statement on Thursday, said “The Nigeria Football Federation has stated categorically that Ademola Lookman of Leicester City has not yet been cleared by World Football body, FIFA to represent Nigeria at International level. “It is, therefore, incorrect for any medium to claim that...
What Eguavoen needs to deliver as Super Eagles coach -Ex-international, Akanni
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What Eguavoen needs to deliver as Super Eagles coach -Ex-international, Akanni

An ex-international, Wahidi Akanni, on Sunday, said that the success of Austin Eguavoen, the interim Manager of Super Eagles, is hinged on the level of support given to the coach by stakeholders. Akanni, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, added that all hands should be on deck, with barely a month to the Nations Cup. NAN reports that the Nigeria Football Federation recently announced that Eguavoen would replace Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles coach on an interim arrangement. “With his wealth of experience, I believe he’d bring something fresh to the team because he has been around; he has gone to these tournaments as a player and as a coach. “With NFF’s real support, he’d be able to achieve so much; the tournament is about four weeks and the...
I was Surprised by my Appointment as Eagles Interim coach – Austin Eguavoen
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I was Surprised by my Appointment as Eagles Interim coach – Austin Eguavoen

Interim Super Eagles boss, Augustine Eguavoen said he was shocked when his name was announced as the next coach of the national team. Franco-German gaffer, Gernot Rohr was sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the weekend after a series of not-too-good results during the World Cup qualifying series. Eguavoen said he never expected that the former Burkina Faso coach would be sacked despite a cloud hanging over his future. Technical Director of the Federation, Eguavoen was appointed to take over the managerial reins for the time being. “I would say I was shocked, I was surprised when my name was announced after a brief discussion but I thought Gernot Rohr will continue because it has always been is he going to continue is he not going to continue, w...
Super Eagles: Why I turned down Advice from NFF Officials – Rohr
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Super Eagles: Why I turned down Advice from NFF Officials – Rohr

Former Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has insisted that he rejected advice from officials of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, when he was in charge of the Nigeria national team. The NFF sacked Rohr from his role last Sunday and appointed former Eagles captain, Augustine Eguavoen, on interim basis pending the appointment of a permanent boss. Speaking with ESPN, Rohr revealed he didn’t follow some of the suggestions of the officials because he wanted to make players’ selection with his technical staff and not with people from outside the team. “I know Nigerians are passionate about football and everyone has their own favorites and I understand that everybody wants to see some players and we discussed it,” Rohr said. “Perhaps I didn’t follow some of the ...
Osimhen reacts to Rohr’s sack as Super Eagles Coach
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Osimhen reacts to Rohr’s sack as Super Eagles Coach

Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has wished Gernot Rohr all the best after he was sacked as Super Eagles head coach. Rohr was sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after more than five years in charge. The Franco-German had been in charge since 2016, leading the team to the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where Nigeria finished third. However, the performance of the team over the last 12 months made his position untenable, despite qualifying the team for next year’s AFCON and the 2022 World Cup playoffs. Osimhen wrote on social media: “Thank you for everything coach and I wish you all the best.” The 22-year-old made his Super Eagles debut under Rohr in 2017 and has now become the country’s undisputed talisman. Osimhen scored 10 goal...
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye reacts to Gernot Rohr’s sacking
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Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye reacts to Gernot Rohr’s sacking

Super Eagles first-choice goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye has reacted to the sacking of Gernot Rohr as the Nigerian national team coach. The Super Eagles handler was dismissed from the position on Sunday due to poor performances by the team and was replaced by Austin Eguavoen. Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), President, Amaju Pinnick announced the sacking of Rohr, saying it was to prevent disaster in the team ahead of the African Cup of Nations, AFCON. However, Okoye, via his verified Twitter account on Monday, hailed the Franco-German coach, saying he has “nothing but praise and gratitude” for him. “You turned my young football career around, helped me and gave this career a big boost! You let me do what I always dreamed of, playing for my fatherland Nigeria. Thank you for almost...
Why NFF sacked Rohr as Super Eagles coach – Pinnick
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Why NFF sacked Rohr as Super Eagles coach – Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has explained why Gernot Rohr was sacked as the head coach of the Super Eagles. Rohr was fired on Sunday after a virtual meeting of the NFF executive committee. Former captain and current NFF Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen, has been put in charge of the three-time African champions. Pinnick has now said the decision was taken to forestall a “disaster” waiting to happen. “It wasn’t an individual decision; it was a collective decision from the committee. “We didn’t want a disaster to happen before taking the decision,” Pinnick said on Monday while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. Pinnick also said the last two matches under Rohr were abysmal and Nigeria would not h...
Gernot Rohr’s sack: Uncertainty as Nigeria search for new coach
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Gernot Rohr’s sack: Uncertainty as Nigeria search for new coach

Gernot Rohr is gone. The Franco-German is no longer the Super Eagles head coach, following a virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday. But it feels Rohr should have been gone since 2018, after Nigeria failed to qualify from their World Cup group. The team needed a draw against Argentina to progress. Somehow, they conceded a late goal and duly crashed out. Another good time to have sacked him, was after the 4-4 draw with Sierra Leone in November 2020. Rohr’s men threw away a four-goal lead, a result that NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, described as the worst under his tenure. Yet, Pinnick didn’t act. The Leone Stars also held the Super Eagles to a 0-0 draw in Freetown. It essentially meant the three-time African champions failed to win a single game throughout 202...
Rohr Wants Outstanding Salaries, Bonuses before Quitting Super Eagles
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Rohr Wants Outstanding Salaries, Bonuses before Quitting Super Eagles

Under-fire Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has reportedly demanded the Nigeria Football Federation pay him his outstanding salaries of two months and an additional four months pay before he quits the team. Rohr, who has 12 months left on his deal with the NFF,  also asked to be paid bonuses for qualifying the Eagles for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and World Cup playoffs a close source told PUNCH Sports Extra. The NFF and the sports ministry are said to be finalizing details concerning Rohr’s disengagement as well as the new coach to lead the national team but are yet to agree with the Franco-German over his severance pay. “The federation is broke and cannot afford to meet his (Rohr) demands of disengagement,” a close source told PUNCH Sports Extra. Mean...
NFF to Ratify Rohr Sacking next Week, Rules Out Nigerian coach as Replacement
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NFF to Ratify Rohr Sacking next Week, Rules Out Nigerian coach as Replacement

Amaju Pinnick, the President of Nigeria Football Federation has reportedly briefed the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare on the situation regarding the sacking of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, and the hiring of his replacement. Informed sources close to the ministry revealed to Complete Sports that the NFF briefed the minister of sports on Thursday, December 2, on how Rohr will be paid off and progress made to hire a new coach even as they (NFF) promised to return next week to brief the minister further on the new coach to be hired. The Nigerian Sports site also claimed that an undisclosed Belgian coach is atop the list of coaches the NFF are considering replacing Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles coach. It was claim...
NFF reportedly rules out paying severance fee to Coach Gernot Rohr if sacked
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NFF reportedly rules out paying severance fee to Coach Gernot Rohr if sacked

The Nigeria Football Federation will reportedly not pay Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, severance package as both parties are set to end their partnership barely 40 days to the start of AFCON 2022. Fans have complained about Rohr's tactics with the team saying the Super Eagles play poor football. Previous reports say the NFF will have to pay Rohr a severance package if he is sacked but ESPN journalist and former Super Eagles media officer, Colin Udoh has now denied the reports. According to Udoh, the NFF will only pay Rohr his wages for the remainder of his current contract with no severance package. “Top NFF sources tell me there is no severance package in Gernot Rohr’s contract. The federation is only obliged to pay him the remainder of his remuneration and that is what ...
Is Victor Moses primed to return to Super Eagles squad?
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Is Victor Moses primed to return to Super Eagles squad?

The ex-Chelsea wideman is rumoured to be primed for a Nigeria return; are fans happy? Victor Moses is currently in fine form and is rumoured to be in Gernot Rohr's preliminary Africa Cup of Nations squad. Nigerian fans predictably have a lot to say about the news, and Kolade Daniel picks out some of the highlights. Moses played a prominent role in the Super Eagles' qualification for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Russia, and retired from international football after Nigeria left the tournament in the group stages.  
Super Eagles to camp in Nigeria for AFCON – Rohr
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Super Eagles to camp in Nigeria for AFCON – Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has confirmed that the squad will camp in Nigeria ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Nigeria have been drawn alongside Egypt, Guinea Bissau, and Sudan in Group D, and Rohr Is hoping to begin camping on December 28, with the Eagles to face Egypt in their opening game on January 11 in Garoua. Rohr whose future as coach of the team remains in doubt despite guarding the Eagles to the playoff round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers also wants to play one friendly game before they depart for the tournament. He also hinted that he may not be there for the tournament. “My plan is for the team to camp in Nigeria in December and then play a friendly in the country before departing for Cameroon early where we have very good conditions to prepare...
2022 World Cup: Why Gernot Rohr can’t be sacked – Shehu Sani
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2022 World Cup: Why Gernot Rohr can’t be sacked – Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani, a former federal lawmaker and sports lover has revealed why the Nigerian football authorities cannot sack Super Eagles’ Franco-German coach, Gernot Rohr. According to him, due to the $2 million compensation clause included in his contract, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, led by President Amaju Pinnick would find it difficult to sack the former Burkina Faso coach. Nigeria walked a tight robe to qualify for the final stage of Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers losing 1-0 to the Central African Republic and drawing 1-1 with Cape Verde all in Lagos. Now, the team has the upheaval task of overcoming Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, and other top teams to book a place at the event. Going by the team’s performance in recent games, many p...
Rohr has Damaged Nigerian football – Ex-NFF board member, Green
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Rohr has Damaged Nigerian football – Ex-NFF board member, Green

A former board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Christopher Green, has claimed head coach of the national team, Gernot Rohr, has done a lot of damage to the country’s football. Rohr remains under pressure, despite qualifying the Super Eagles for the 2022 World Cup playoffs. Nigeria played out an uninspiring 1-1 draw with Cape Verde at home to progress into the third round of qualifying. Fans and pundits have been left unimpressed by the team’s performances lately under Rohr and Green says it has given them “a lot of heartache. He told ESPN: “To most Nigerians, to continue to see the Eagles perform this way gives a lot of heartache. “Our football is suffering. Rohr has done a lot of damage to our game because the Super Eagles is Nigeria’s flags...
NFF powerless to sack Rohr, beg him to resign after 1-1 draw with Cape Verde
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NFF powerless to sack Rohr, beg him to resign after 1-1 draw with Cape Verde

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has asked the head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, to consider stepping down from the role. This was revealed by a former media officer of the national, Colin Udoh. Udoh tweeted: “I have been told by the NFF on and off the record that Gernot Rohr has not been fired. But he has been asked to consider resignation. “The NFF cannot afford to fire him because he has not defaulted on his contract, and they would be forced to pay not just his hefty severance pay, but also likely a stiff penalty. “The only way they can fire him is if he does not reach the AFCON final in Cameroon.” Nigeria has qualified for the AFCON but barely made it through to the 2022 World Cup qualifying play-offs after a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde. DAILY POST rep...
Nigeria vs Cape Verde: Rohr gives verdict on Osimhen, Ighalo after W/Cup qualifier
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Nigeria vs Cape Verde: Rohr gives verdict on Osimhen, Ighalo after W/Cup qualifier

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has given his verdict on the performances of Victor Osimhen and Odion Ighalo as Nigeria failed to beat Cape Verde on Tuesday evening in a 2022 World Cup qualifying tie. Osimhen and Ighalo played together for the first time in Nigeria’s World Cup qualifier 1-1 draw against the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. The Napoli striker scored the only goal for Rohr’s men against Cape Verde as they top Group C with 13 points to progress to the World Cup play-off. Speaking after the game, Rohr said at his post-match press conference, “Osimhen will grow and learn a lot by the side of Ighalo. “We saw some interesting things between [Odion] Ighalo and [Victor] Osimhen [today]. “You need a little patience and time with ...
Rohr makes demand from Super Eagles’ Players after 1-1 draw with Cape Verde
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Rohr makes demand from Super Eagles’ Players after 1-1 draw with Cape Verde

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has called for improvements from his squad, following a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde in their final 2022 World Cup qualifier. Nigeria took the lead through Victor Osimhen, but conceded an equalizer five minutes later. The result was enough to send the three-time African champions into the play-offs. “The improvement I want to see is for us to exploit the opportunities we have to score, to be more effective defensively and also play quicker from behind – it is still too slow from behind for me. “Our central defenders still take much time to take the ball forward. So, we have to work on that,” Rohr told the media. Nigeria will face any of Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Mali or DR Congo for a place at Qatar 2022. ...
World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria coach Rohr explains why Ighalo missed Liberia fixture
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World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria coach Rohr explains why Ighalo missed Liberia fixture

The Saudi Arabia-based striker was not listed in the Super Eagles’ squad that dimmed the Lone Star in Tangier Coach Gernot Rohr has revealed why Odion Ighalo was not included in Nigeria’s squad that tackled Liberia in Saturday’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier in Morocco. After a two-year absence from the Super Eagles squad, the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations top-scorer was recalled following his impressive goalscoring run with Saudi side Al Shabab. Despite joining the rest of Rohr’s squad, he was excused from the side that faced Peter Butler’s Lone Star at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier. Despite his absence, the three-time African champions secured a 2-0 win with penalty goals from Victor Osimhen and Ahmed Musa getting the job done. Asked why the 32-year-old was not considered ...
World Cup Qualifiers: ‘The game was not easy for us’ – Nigeria’s Rohr reflects on Liberia win
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World Cup Qualifiers: ‘The game was not easy for us’ – Nigeria’s Rohr reflects on Liberia win

The Super Eagles needed two penalties to overcome the Lone Star and the German tactician admitted it was a tough contest Coach Gernot Rohr admitted Liberia was not an easy opponent for Nigeria in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier. The Super Eagles won the reverse fixture 2-0 with Kelechi Iheanacho netting a first-half brace at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. At the Stade Ibn Batouta, Tangier, Nigeria completed the double over the Lone Star with goals from Victor Osimhen and super-sub Ahmed Musa settling the encounter.  
Liberia vs Nigeria: Real reason Ighalo returned to Super Eagles
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Liberia vs Nigeria: Real reason Ighalo returned to Super Eagles

Odion Ighalo has returned to the Nigerian national team after talks with head coach Gernot Rohr. The 32-year-old had announced his retirement in July 2019, after finishing as top scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations that year. Ighalo had initially threatened to retire after Nigerians blamed him for the Super Eagles’ exit from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The former Watford and Manchester United star missed some chances in the final group match against Argentina, which later cost the team as they lost 2-1. Following the game, he received threats and insults on his Instagram page, which forced him to lock his comments section. However, he was talked out of quitting by Rohr and President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick. Rohr had been in talks with I...
World Cup Qualifiers: ‘Super Eagles are not infallible’ – Liberia’s Garkpah
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World Cup Qualifiers: ‘Super Eagles are not infallible’ – Liberia’s Garkpah

Although the Lone Star are out of the Qatar 2022 race, the Liberian Football official says they are gunning to shock Gernot Rohr’s men Liberia Football Association communication manager Gologo Ben Garkpah says the Lone Stars want to silence Nigeria to make things edgy in Group C. A 1-0 defeat to Cape Verde meant that the aspirations of Peter Butler’s men to qualify for a maiden World Cup faded into thin air – leaving the Super Eagles and the Blue Sharks in the race for a third-round ticket. Ahead of Saturday’s fixture billed for Tangier at Stade Ibn Batouta, the LFA official claims his compatriots will be all out to maintain their impressive home record against the three-time African champions as well as play the role of spoilers.  
Liberia vs Nigeria: We’re missing three players – Super Eagles coach, Rohr
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Liberia vs Nigeria: We’re missing three players – Super Eagles coach, Rohr

Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, has said that his team is missing three players ahead of their Saturday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying tie against Liberia on Saturday. Rohr’s men are currently camping in Morocco, the venue of the next FIFA World Cup qualifiers against the Lone Stars. His team trained for the first time on Tuesday and 21 players were in attendance with Odion Ighalo, Victor Osimhen and John Noble missing. Speaking with the media after the session in Tangier, Rohr said he’s satisfied with the work of the players. “We had 21 players and two goalkeepers. We are still missing three players. They will come tomorrow. It was a good session. We started at our hotel this morning to recover,” Rohr said. “We train in the afternoon, to see how it’s he...
Osimhen arrives, Ighalo still absent as Nigeria intensify training for Liberia
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Osimhen arrives, Ighalo still absent as Nigeria intensify training for Liberia

The Napoli star has joined the rest of the Super Eagles squad for the Lone Star’s game, whereas the Saudi based star is still expected to arrive Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has joined the rest of the Super Eagles squad as they intensify preparations for Saturday’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualification fixture against Liberia. The youngster was part of the Parthenopean team that settled for a 1-1 draw with Verona in Sunday’s Serie A fixture. However, he has teamed up with Gernot Rohr’s side in Tangier for the crunch fixture against Peter Butler’s men, and he was part of the three-time African champions’ gym session.  
2022 WCQ : Gernot Rohr calls up Enyimba’s Noble to replace Uzoho in Nigeria Squad for Liberia, Cape Verde games
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2022 WCQ : Gernot Rohr calls up Enyimba’s Noble to replace Uzoho in Nigeria Squad for Liberia, Cape Verde games

Super Eagles of Nigeria head coach, Gernot Rohr, has called up Enyimba goalkeeper John Noble as replacement for Francis Uzoho in the squad for this month’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde. The Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) made the announcement on Sunday night, November 7.The Super Eagles will face the Lone Star in Tangier, Morocco on Saturday and then host the Blue Sharks in their final grouo game in the qualifiers next week Tuesday. Uzoho featured in Cyprus club Omonia Nicosia’s UEFA Conference League encounter against Swiss club Basel on Thursday night, but missed Sunday’s league clash against Ethnikos Achnas due to illness. ”Enyimba goalkeeper John Noble has been called up to replace Francis Uzoho who has been reported sick. Get well Frank,” re...
Afcon 2021: Rohr confirms Rangers want to release Nigeria stars late
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Afcon 2021: Rohr confirms Rangers want to release Nigeria stars late

Steven Gerrard's side has started making plans to have Nigeria players available for the Old Firm derby scheduled for January 2 Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has stated he has received a call from Rangers seeking for the late arrival of Joe Aribo, Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Rangers are hoping to have the Super Eagles players available for the Old Firm derby against Celtic on January 2 before they depart for the international assignment that will start later that month. Aribo and Balogun are established players in the Super Eagles fold and they have been invited for their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde on November 13 and 16 respectively.  
Ighalo’s return will bring competition to Nigeria’s attack – Garba Lawal
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Ighalo’s return will bring competition to Nigeria’s attack – Garba Lawal

The ex-Super Eagles star is relishing the return of the Saudi Arabia based striker to Gernot Rohr’s squad and has no doubt over what he can offer Garba Lawal claims Odion Ighalo’s international return will bring competition to the Super Eagles, lauding him for the experience he possesses. The former Manchester United striker had drawn the curtain on his Nigeria career days after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations – where he emerged as top scorer in Egypt. Two years later, he rescinded his decision as coach Gernot Rohr aimed to find stability in the frontline of the three-time African champions. And on Monday evening, the 32-year-old was among the 24-man squad for the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde in November.  
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Ighalo returns as Nigeria name 24 players for Liberia and Cape Verde games
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Ighalo returns as Nigeria name 24 players for Liberia and Cape Verde games

The 32-year-old has rescinded his decision to retire from international duty and he is available to feature for Gernot Rohr's team in the coming days Nigeria have included Al Shabab striker Odion Ighalo in their 24-man squad for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde Islands later this month. Ighalo retired from Super Eagles duty after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where he helped the West African country win bronze. His return to Gernot Rohr’s squad is expected to boost their attacking options as they head into their final group games in the World Cup qualifiers before next year’s Afcon tournament in Cameroon.  
Odion Ighalo back in Super Eagles squad for Liberia and Cape Verde World Cup Qualifier Games
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Odion Ighalo back in Super Eagles squad for Liberia and Cape Verde World Cup Qualifier Games

Odion Jude Ighalo has come out of retirement to represent the Super Eagles of Nigeria again. Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr named the Al-Shabab striker in his 24-man squad for the clash against Cape Verde and Liberia next month The ex-Watford striker first retired from international duty after Nigeria’s third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where he finished as the top scorer with five goals. Rohr also listed team captain Ahmed Musa, as well as deputy captain William Ekong with defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun, and others. The Super Eagles will tackle the Lone Star of Liberia at the Grand Stade Tangier in Morocco on Saturday, 13th November and then fly into Lagos for the final group game against Cape Verde’s Blue Sharks at the Teslim Balogun Stadium ...
Ighalo yet to take decision on Super Eagles return
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Ighalo yet to take decision on Super Eagles return

Odion Ighalo who now plays his club football for Al Shabab has said he is yet to make up his mind about making a return to international football. The 32-year-old has been included by Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, in the provisional squad for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon in 2022 and the World Cup qualifiers in November. Ighalo retired from international football after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where he won the Golden Boot. In the ongoing campaign, he has scored nine goals in the 10 games he has played, with the latest coming on Thursday against Al Tai in a 3-0 win. The player has now confirmed contact with Rohr and the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick. “They have been in contact with me about the...
Nigeria not the best when it comes to African football right now – Ikpeba
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Nigeria not the best when it comes to African football right now – Ikpeba

The 48-year-old former star insists the Super Eagles are not well equipped to dominate African football at the moment Former Nigerian forward Victor Ikpeba has claimed the Super Eagles are not the best team when it comes to African football now. The 48-year-old, who made 31 appearances for the Super Eagles during his playing time and managed to score seven goals, was reacting to the team’s mixed results in the 2022 World Cup qualifying matches. Nigeria under coach Gernot Rohr came up against the Central African Republic losing the first meeting 1-0 at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos but they recovered to beat them 2-0 three days later courtesy of goals from Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen.  
Nigeria’s position still dicey despite avenging defeat to Central African Republic
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Nigeria’s position still dicey despite avenging defeat to Central African Republic

You almost thought that it was two different sets of teams. On Thursday, the Central African Republic pulled off possibly one of the biggest upsets in the history of African football. The Wild Beasts defeated the Super Eagles 1-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. A few people might describe it as a smash-and-grab. It was anything but. They came with a game plan and caught Gernot Rohr’s men out cold in the last moments of the match. Nigeria flew out for the reverse fixture desperate for revenge. And they got it. This time around, Rohr came up with a plan, which involved playing three at the back. And it worked, as the Eagles pinned CAR back in Douala. The three-time African champions not only dominated the game, they had a two-goal lead to show for it at half ti...
Rohr reveals how he plotted Central African Republic’s downfall in Douala
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Rohr reveals how he plotted Central African Republic’s downfall in Douala

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that he changed his tactical system for the reverse fixture against the Central African Republic. The Wild Beasts had shocked Nigeria 1-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, in the first leg on Thursday. Ahead of the game in Douala on Sunday, Rohr reverted to a three-man defence. Leon Balogun gave the Eagles the lead, before Victor Osimhen made it 2-0 at the break. Rohr, speaking to NFF Media after the game, said he was impressed by the team’s reaction. “It was a good reaction from my team, we lost the other day – very unlucky at the very last minute. “Everybody wanted to take revenge and they did it very well although we could not score a third or fourth goal. “We changed the system and played three [defend...
Rohr’s neglect of Nigeria’s midfield cruelly exposed in CAR upset
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Rohr’s neglect of Nigeria’s midfield cruelly exposed in CAR upset

Against lowly visitors, the unwillingness to speculate in search of midfield options came back to bite the Super Eagles coach hard in Lagos In order to undertake this post mortem of Nigeria’s first defeat at home in a World Cup qualifier for 40 years, it is necessary to deploy a germ of wisdom that, while obvious, seems lost on Gernot Rohr. It is this: it is impossible to play good football without midfielders. Sure, it is the attackers who, at least principally, score goals; yes, it is the defenders who are primarily tasked with keeping them out.  
Rohr owed Eight Months Salaries
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Rohr owed Eight Months Salaries

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is owed eight months salaries by the Nigeria Football Federation, PUNCH Sports Extra reports. The Franco-German, who helped qualify the Eagles for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, was last paid in February by his employers. Rohr, who is reportedly paid $45,000 as monthly salary, pays the team’s video analyst, chief scout as well as the fitness and goalkeeper trainers from his wages, it was learnt. Our correspondent also gathered that Rohr’s delayed salaries would be paid in naira as stipulated in the new two-year contract extension he signed in 2020. It was also learnt that Rohr’s backroom staffs (the team’s video analyst, chief scout as well as fitness and goalkeeper trainers) were yet to receive their bonuses for the win against Cape Verd...
Nigeria vs Central African Republic: Okoye missing as Super Eagles begin training
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Nigeria vs Central African Republic: Okoye missing as Super Eagles begin training

Nigeria goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, was missing as the team held their first training session, ahead of Thursday’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Central African Republic. Every other invited player took part in the session which was supervised by head coach Gernot Rohr. The team focused on ball work on the pitches of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos. Rohr’s men will hold their second warm-up session on Wednesday morning as they prepare to face Raoul Savoy’s team. Three days after the first game against CAR, the Super Eagles will travel to the Accra Sports Stadium for the return leg. Victory in both games will take the Super Eagles a step closer to the all-important knockout rounds that will produce Africa’s five flagbearers in Qatar.
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Union Berlin star Awoniyi replaces Lorient’s Moffi in Nigeria squad
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Union Berlin star Awoniyi replaces Lorient’s Moffi in Nigeria squad

The 24-year-old has been rewarded for his impressive goalscoring run in the Bundesliga with an invitation to Gernot Rohr's squad Nigeria have summoned Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi to replace injured Terem Moffi for their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying matches Central African Republic. The Super Eagles are scheduled to battle Raoul Savoy’s men on Thursday in Lagos before they travel to Douala for the return fixture, three days later. Awoniyi’s invitation was announced on Sunday after he scored a second-half brace in Union Berlin’s 2-1 comeback win over Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga.
Bassey missing as Balogun & Aribo’s Rangers defeat 10-man Hibernian
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Bassey missing as Balogun & Aribo’s Rangers defeat 10-man Hibernian

The new Super Eagles invitee was an unused substitute as the Gers silenced Jack Ross’ Cabbage Calvin Bassey was an unused substitute as Rangers defeated Hibernian 2-1 in Sunday’s Scottish Premiership encounter. The 21-year-old defender became the newest player to be called up to the Nigeria senior national team, having made Gernot Rohr’s 23-man squad for October’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against the Central African Republic. Even at that, he was kept on the substitutes bench from start to finish as Steven Gerrard’s men survived a scare from the visitors to pick up all three points.  
New Nigeria defender Bassey reveals mother’s role in Super Eagles decision
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New Nigeria defender Bassey reveals mother’s role in Super Eagles decision

The youngster is part of Gernot Rohr's squad preparing to play CAR in World Cup qualifiers Super Eagles new boy Calvin Ughelumba Bassey has revealed it was his mother's dream for him to play for the West Africa nation. The 21-year-old Calvin Bassey, who plays for Scottish giants Rangers and can play as a left-back or centre-back, was handed his maiden Nigeria call-up by coach Gernot Rohr. The 23-man squad is preparing for this month's 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against the Central African Republic.  
Sasere determined to choose Nigeria over Malta
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Sasere determined to choose Nigeria over Malta

Hamrun Spartans star striker, Franklin Sasere has said he is determined to play for Nigeria at senior level despite interest from the Maltese national team. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a fine season at Victor Tedesco Stadium. This has led to him being eyed by the two countries to represent them in international football. A potential Super Eagles call-up has been mooted, although Gernot Rohr’s squad is well stocked in that area. Despite this, Sasere insists he still wants to play for the country of his birth. “My childhood dream is to wear Nigeria’s green and white and that has not changed. “I want to use this medium to state that I have not pledged my international allegiance to Malta or any other country. I will keep working hard until I get called up by the Super Eagl...
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Osimhen in, Bassey handed maiden Nigeria call-up
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Osimhen in, Bassey handed maiden Nigeria call-up

The Super Eagles have named a strong squad for October’s World Cup qualifiers against Raoul Savoy’s Wild Beasts Coach Gernot Rohr has announced his 23-man Nigeria squad that will take on the Central African Republic in October’s double-header 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers. The three-time African kings would be hoping to extend their perfect start in Group C when they take on coach Raoul Savoy’s Wild Beasts en route to potentially qualifying for the global football showpiece. To tackle these games, the German tactician has named a strong squad with Napoli star Victor Osimhen, Genk’s Paul Onuachu and Rangers’ Joe Aribo making the cut.  
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria announce 23-man squad for Central Africa Republic clash
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria announce 23-man squad for Central Africa Republic clash

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has named a 23-man squad for the team’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic . Nigeria already kicked off their campaign in the qualifiers on brighter note with two winnings in their first two games and are currently the group C leaders with six points while Central Africa Republic are at the bottom with just a point. According to the official statement by the Super Eagles media team, Alex Iwobi, captain Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Leon Balogun and Maduka Okoye, are among the players invited. 21-year-old Calvin Bassey who plays for Scottish giants Rangers as a left-back/centre-back was handed his maiden Nigeria call-up. Rohr’s men will take on the Central African Republic on October 7 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos befo...
‘The attitude of champions’ – Pinnick on Super Eagles victory against Cape Verde
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‘The attitude of champions’ – Pinnick on Super Eagles victory against Cape Verde

  Gernot Rohr’s men have been lauded for their resolute display against the Blue Sharks on Tuesday evening NFF President Amaju Pinnick has claimed the Super Eagles defeated Cape Verde because they have ‘the attitude of champions’. The three-time African kings brightened their chances for a place in Qatar 2022 thanks to a 2-1 defeat of the Blues Sharks at Estadio Municipal Aderito Sena. Despite conceding first, Gernot Rohr’s men secured a comeback triumph having capitalised on their hosts’ defensive blunders.  

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