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Kanu backs Super Eagles to beat Argentina

Kanu Backs Super Eagles To Beat ArgentinaFormer Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu has backed the team to beat Argentina in their final Group D game in Saint Petersburg at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday.

Gernot Rohr’s men sit in second position in Group D with three points following their 2-0 win against Iceland on Friday.

Argentina occupy last place with one point after they were thrashed 3-0 by Croatia on Thursday.

A win against the South Americans will send the Super Eagles into the second round while a draw will be enough depending on the outcome of the game between Croatia and Iceland.

“Nigeria 🇳🇬 vs Argentina 🇦🇷 KAN U BELIEVE?YES WE KAN and KAN WE DO IT?YES WE KAN HAHAHAHAHA Up Super Eagles.MARADONA believed and papilo believed 🙏🙏🙏💪💪💪🙌🙌 #supereagles #positivevibes #believe #wecandoit @thenffofficial #hardwork #nigeria #africa #thankgod,”reads a tweet on his Twitter handle.

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Trending: Mikel hopes Super Eagles Can Beat Iceland

Image result for mikel obiSuper Eagles captain Mikel Obi insists the team still harbour hopes of a good outing at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup despite the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Croatia in their first group game last Saturday.

Gernot Rohr’s men must avoid defeat against Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday to avoid early elimination.

Iceland on the other hand were impressive in the 1-1 draw against two-time time champions Argentina.

“We are very hopeful and confident because everything is still in our own hands. It just depends on how much we want it.

“The result against Croatia was disappointing but we can fix it,” Mikel stated while addressing the media at the team’s base in Essentuki on Wednesday.

The Tiajin Teda of China midfielder also responded to former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s assertion that he cannot play as a playmaker but as a No. 6, a defensive midfielder.

“I worked with Mourinho for a long time and he knows me very well.

“It is very fascinating. I played in this position for the last two years. Nobody complained. I feel comfortable to play in both positions and I do everything I can for the team to win,” he stated.

“I understand the feelings of everyone because of the result and how we played.”

Mikel admitted that the team have no complaints in terms of their stay in Russia.

“We have enjoyed Russia so far,” the Tianjin Teda star added.

“We have been able to work and train well. The training facilities, hotel and the people have been great.

“We hope to qualify and stay longer here so we can get to know more places in Russia.”

Football: Aftermath Croatia’s defeat, Rohr reveals Super Eagles lose, tactics, Mikel, Etebo Roles, Iwobi’s Substitution

Image result for RohrSuper Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has stated that his team still has their destiny in their hands as there is still hope of them qualifying for the round of 16 despite losing to Croatia in their Group D opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday.
The Super Eagles got their campaign off to a losing note after losing 2-0 to Croatia following an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a second-half penalty converted from Luka Modric.
“We now have to get four points if we want to qualify,” Rohr said in his post-match press conference. “We are only one point behind the second-placed teams (Argentina and Iceland) Nothing is lost, everything is in our hands  so we will be positive that we can do it.
“We have the youngest team in the World Cup let them learn from this match and try to do better.
“We saw Iceland’s  game against Argentina, they are a very strong team. We can do better  than what we did against Croatia.”
Rohr expressed satisfaction with the organisation of the Super Eagles play despite the defeat, promising that they will work on their approach to set plays.
“You are not satisfied when you don’t score. We are satisfied with the organisation of the team defensively but we didn’t have so many opportunities to score. Alex Iwobi did well in the beginning later Ahmed Musa came in to bring his speed to the match and he has the chance to start the next game.
“I think the organisation was okay. It was the first time we played like that in the midfield with (Wilfred) Ndidi who was coming back after a long injury with Etebo and Mikel Obi. So when they played together for the first time it was a bit complicated.
“I think this young players need time. Sometimes it’s naivety when it comes to set pieces but we will work on it.”
Rohr gave reasons why the Super Eagles did not switch to a back three as they did during their friendly games.
“We didn’t concede in normal play, we conceded only two goals from set pieces,” he explained. “This is not a question of tactics or system. Our system was okay, we cannot play with three (at the back) when there is only one centre forward.
“We played with four defenders because there were three Croatian strikers who are very strong. I was satisfied with the organisation of the team but what we missed in the game is being professional from set pieces. Each game is different. We know we can play with three centre backs but it was not a good day (Saturday) to do that.”
When quizzed on why skipper  Mikel Obi operated as an offensive midfielder, Rohr said:
“Since I have been in Nigeria for two years now  we play Mikel in this role as an offensive midfielder. It was going very well throughout our games and the team was built around him.
“I know he played in a defensive midfield role and I know in China he plays offensive and defensive. When we don’t have the ball everybody is defensive and when we have the ball everyone is offensive. With Etebo and Ndidi, we had two good defensive midfielders who dis very well against Croatia despite playing for the first time together.
“Mikel tried his best but it is not easy when you have to play against  (Luka) Modric  and (Ivan) Rakitic. When you see the clubs these players play and compare it to where our players play, there is a little difference.”
And on why Alex Iwobi was substituted in the game, Rohr said:”Alex Iwobi did very well in the three weeks we had our training camps and he deserved to start the game. He had a big work to do defensively against right-back (Sime Vrsaljko) who was very offensive.
“He had to work a lot to contain him and was missing the energy for his offensive game. But he did well in his tactical role. He tried also with some dribbles to be dangerous. So he did well. It was not his fault that We lost the game, it was the mistakes we did from the corners that cost us.”
-Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

World Cup: Coach Rohr drops four players from World Cup camp

Image result for dele ajiboyeSuper Eagles , coach Gernot Rohr has dropped four players from  World Cup camp.

The German coach Gernot Rohr announced the development this morning. The Nigerian team are expected to be hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari before travelling to London in preparation for the friendly match against England at the Wembley Stadium. According to reports the players dropped includes; Dele Ajiboye, Uche Agbo, Stephen Eze, and Junior Lokosa.

Why Super Eagles coach, Rohr bans prostitutes from Super Eagles’ camp ahead of Russia 2018 World Cup

Image result for gernot rohrIt has been reported that Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, is making efforts to avoid distractions in the camp of the senior national team at the forthcoming FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia by clearly stating that ladies of easy virtues (prostitutes) or any female who has no direct link with the national team players would not be allowed near the Eagles’ camp.

Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye, who revealed this on Monday, also added that the players were already aware of the development. “We know there are cute girls in Russia who will be all over the place to be around our players but they won’t get close because there will be strict resistance. Concentration is crucial at the World Cup and the coach is taking this seriously.”

Wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of the players who have been given approval to be with the players would also not go to the camp just anyhow and any day. “They can only come after match days when the players are relaxed. The training after match will be light and before the start of strategic work for the next game, that is the time WAGs will be allowed. They can only visit and won’t be allowed to stay with the team,” a source said.

Super eagles will compete with Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D of the forthcoming World Cup. The team will play three more international friendlies before the World Cup.

Why Mikel is doubtful for Poland friendly match

Image result for mikel obiIt will be a full house on the training pitch for Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr  on Wednesday as most of the players he invited for  the  friendly affair with Poland in Wroclaw on   Friday  arrived at the Super Eagles’ camp in the Polish city  on Tuesday.

The Eagles are scheduled to travel to London for another  warm-up clash against Serbia on March 27 ahead of  the 2018 World Cup in Russia from  June 14 to July 15.

Nigeria face DR Congo in Uyo or Abuja, before  clashing against  England at Wembley on  June 2.

The Wroclaw camp opened  on Monday  with Bursaspor defender  William  Ekong,  Arsenal attacker Alex Iwobi,  Hull City defender Ola Aina, Ado Den Haag right-back Tyronne Ebuehi, utility   Amkar Perm player Brian Idowu and  Mainz 05 centre-back Leon Balogun.

But   the arrival of 16 players including injury-prone Torino midfielder Joel Obi, Chelsea star Victor Moses, Leicester City midfield  general  Wilfred Ndidi, who is reportedly high on  Liverpool’s wanted  list, China-based striker Odion Ighalo, CSKA Moscow’s Ahmed Musa and struggling  Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho set the camp alight on Tuesday night.

Others are  Israel-based midfielder  John Ogu,  Turkey-based Ogenyi Onazi, Standard Liege’s Uche Agbo,  Gent’s Moses Simon,  young Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, Stephen Eze, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awazien.

The Nigeria Football Federation  confirmed on Tuesday that Enyimba keeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and  his South Africa-based rival  Daniel Akpeyi  would hit camp  on Wednesday.

But Rohr’s plans for the fixture against Biało-czerwoni (the White and Reds), who finished third at the 1974  and 1982 World Cups, appears to have been dealt a huge blow with Mikel Obi  a major doubt for the match.

The  administrator  of the  team Dayo Enebi  said  Tianjin Teda  star Mikel  had been  trying to  renew his work permit in China and would likely miss    Friday’s game.

“We all had been hoping that the renewal would come in good time for him to fly to Poland. As it is now, it is not likely that he would make the trip,”  thenff.com quoted Enebi as saying.

The NFF  ruled out injured  Las Palmas midfielder   Oghenekaro Etebo from the encounter along with  Zamalek winger Junior Ajayi, who was unable to secure a  visa  to enter  Poland.

However, the federation said  the players would  be  in  London for Tuesday’s clash  against  Serbia at The Hive, Canons Park.

Meanwhile, Poland coach Adam Nawalka says the clash against Nigeria  as  well as Tuesday’s fixture against South Korea  will  help his team prepare for the World Cup. Poland are  drawn  in Group H alongside  Japan, Senegal and Colombia  at the  world football’s  showpiece in Russia.

“I’m very happy with my opponents. Both Nigeria and South Korea present a very similar style to our rivals at the World Cup, as well as Chile in June,” Nawalka told the Poland Football Federation official website.

World Cup: Gernot Rohr is expected back in Nigeria on Saturday

Image result for Gernot RohrFindings revealed that Nigeria Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr is expected back in Nigeria  ahead of the Coca Cola World Cup trophy tour holding in Lagos on Saturday, and ahead of the much anticipated unveiling of his squad list for the upcoming international friendlies.
According to the Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, the Franco-German Coach is expected to arrive in Nigeria before Thursday for the event. The has been in Europe visiting Nigeria players at their various clubs.
Ibitoye also informs that the Super Eagles Coach will use the opportunity of the Coca Cola event to unveil the list players that have been invited for the two international friendly games against Poland and Serbia later this month.
“Rohr is coming back to Nigeria before Thursday because he has been invited for the Coca Cola World Cup tour and he is going to use the opportunity to unveil his list for the two international friendly matches against Poland and Serbia this month,” Ibitoye tells CSN.
It was gathered that the trophy which will be in Nigeria for four days, will spend two days in Abuja (Wednesday and Thursday) and two days in Lagos(Friday and Saturday).
Nigeria will play Poland in Warsaw on March 23 and also face Serbia on March 27 in London as part of preparations towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
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