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Gernot Rohr expresses his satisfaction with Cameroon draw

The German tactician was satisfied to collect a point from his side’s World Cup qualifying game against the Indomitable Lions

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has expressed his contentment despite his side’s 1-1 draw against Cameroon on Monday.

The Super Eagles travelled to Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium for a game billed as a potential decider, with a win handling them a 2018 Fifa World Cup ticket.

But a match of attrition between two well-matched teams ended in stalemate as both created clear-cut chances with Vincent Aboubakar’s penalty cancelling out Moses Simon’s first half strike, meaning Nigeria’s next fixture against Zambia takes on extra importance.


Sports News: Super Eagles coach, Rohr releases full list for match against Cameroon


China-based duo John Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo will make a return to the Super Eagles squad after missing a couple of World Cup qualifiers.

Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr on Tuesday released the 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions.

Israel-based marksman Anthony Nwakaeme got his first call-up to the national team while defender Leon Balogun returns to the squad after missing the qualifiers against Algeria and South Africa.

Chelsea wingback Victor Moses is also back after sitting out the duel with the Bafana Bafana in June due to injury.

Nigeria will host the reigning African champions at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, on September 1 before flying to Yaounde for a return match three days later.

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)

Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Ola Aina (Hull City, England)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

Standby players: Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht FC, Belgium); Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea FC, England); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United); Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)

Mikel, Moses, Ighalo’s Experience crucial for Eagles against Cameroon – Rohr

Rohr: Mikel, Moses, Ighalo’s Experience Will Be Key To Eagles’ Win Vs Cameroon

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said that the experience of Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo will be vital for Nigeria to beat Cameroon in their September 1 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo.

“I am happy Mikel is back from injury and has played two games for his club since his return. This is positive news for the Eagles, and I have invited him because we need his style and experience to face Cameroun,” Rohr stated after watching the home-based Super Eagles book 2018 CHAN ticket with a 2-1 aggregate win against Benin Republic.

“We shall use him if he is fit enough to face Cameroon because, he with Moses, and Ighalo are vital to our game plan against the Lions. Their presence with bring out the best of our youthful team”

“The Super Eagles will be ready for Cameroon in Uyo, I don’t fear them because I know them and I have the players who are smart enough to outwit them. It is not going to be an easy game, we are not going to let go our lead in the group.”

Rohr stated some home-based players who excelled in the two games against Benin republic will be rewarded with an invite to the main Eagles for the match against Cameroon next month in Uyo.




















Beware of Cameroun, Disu warns Eagles

Former coach of the Flying Eagles, Tunde Disu has warned Super Eagles coach Genort Rohr against wrong tactics against Cameroun in the Russia 2018 qualifiers on September 1. Gernot Rohr Disu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday that the team’s tactical formation against South Africa in the AFCON qualifiers was wrong and should not be used again. He said that the Eagles loss to Bafana Bafana in the AFCON qualifiers was due to wrong tactical formation, adding that the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun would be more tactical. “The formation used by Rohr during the AFCON qualifier against South Africa is wrong tactics. He cannot use a supporting striker as an arrow head when using 4-3-3. “Rohr should know that Kelechi Iheanacho cannot spearhead attack, that is not his role and that is why he is roaming about during the match against South Africa without a shot at goal. “I want them to sit down and analyse the match themselves, that system is faulty because most teams can now predict the formation. If we use that selection and tactics, we will be embarrassed. “Rohr should align with the modern tactics of play rather than stick with the old play which will not benefit us. We are too predictable now. Disu said that the players at the disposal of Rohr were good enough to accommodate another formation which was less probable to opposing teams. “We cannot continue to use the 4-3-3 formation, it’s outdated and counterproductive. We should rather play 4-2-3-1 which is far better for the defenders. “The players determine the system and not the system that determines the players. It is better to have two defensive midfielders in front of the defenders, maybe if there is an overlapping one. “Playing 4-3-2-1 formation also means that we need intimidating strikers like the late Rashidi Yekini to torment the opposing teams. We have Gbolahan Salami before but I don’t know if he is not called. “The lone striker may be very tall and strong to hold the ball up as his midfielders while full-backs join him in attack. The striker could also be very fast.

See Super Eagles list vs Algeria today

13eba-2Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has released names of the players to play against Algeria today .

The Chippa United goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and Oghenekaro Etebo will start roles in today’s World Cup qualifier against Algeria.

 According to Rohr’s final training session yesterday, the German tactician adopted a 4-3-3 formation which will see Etebo playing at the tip of the midfield along with the duo of John Obi Mikel and Ogenyi Onazi.

In form Chelsea winger, Victor Moses, returns to the starting lineup in a trident attack.

Moses and Alex Iwobi will flank Kelechi Iheanacho who will play as a false nine for the encounter.

In defence, Rohr will deploy Kenneth Omeruo and Elderson Echiejile as full-backs while FSV Mainz defender, Leon Balogun and William Troost Ekong will partner in the Super Eagles’ heart of defence.

Photos: Coach Gernot Rohr,Meets Captain Mikel Obi ahead of Tanzania clash (photos)

New technical adviser Gernot Rohr alongside his captain John Mikel Obi and some other Super Eagles players engaged with the media Thursday afternoon at Le Meriden hotel, Uyo ahead of Nigeria’s AFCON 2017 qualifiers clash against Tanzania this weekend. Since Nigeria have already missed out on qualification for the tournament, Rohr will use the match as an opportunity to assess his new squad

Sodje blasts NFF over Rohr’s $47,000 salary

According to , Nigeria World Cup star Efe Sodje has slammed the country’s football federation for paying new Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr $47,000 as monthly salary.

The German signed a two-year contract with the Nigeria Football Federation, which will be financed by an oil and gas company. Rohr would be assisted by three others – an adviser, a fitness trainer and a video specialist, with reports saying he would be responsible for their salaries.

“When Shuaibu Amodu, Stephen Keshi and Sunbday Oliseh were in charge of the team, they weren’t paid such amount. They honour people here (England), but they don’t in Nigeria.Here the FA is concerned about their own people but we keep letting our own people down,” Sodje, who represented Nigeria at the 2000 World Cup said, said in a telephone interview.

“We should respect our own people. Nobody knows him (Rohr) but they gave him the crucial job of taking us to the World Cup. Why didn’t they take the same risk on Nigerian coaches? If you put this man down amongst five white men, no Nigerian will know him. But put Salisu (Yusuf) or Samson Siasia among five blacks and Nigerians will know him. So why don’t we go for who we know?”

Sodje, a member of the Eagles squad that reached the final of the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil, also challenged the federation to make the contract with the German public.

The UEFA B Licence coach added, “They said he will pay the other people he’s bringing from the $47,000. They should tell us how much he (Rohr) will personally earn from the money. Didn’t Keshi and Oliseh bring their own assistants too? Were they paid the same amount? Let them show us the full details of the contract.

“If a private firm is paying the coach, then what is the NFF doing? Who will pay the local people who are part of the backroom staff? It’s a funny development and a shame that we still haven’t changed after so many years. There is Siasia and Emmanuel Amuneke, these are big names. Why can’t we bring them to manage the national team?”

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