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AFCON 2021 qualifiers: Super Eagles must beware of Benin – Gernot Rohr warns

DonIt has been reported that Super Eagles Head coach, Gernot Rohr has warned Nigerian not to underrate Benin when his side face the West African team today in the AFCON 2021 qualifying match.

Rohr, whose side boasts very young and pacy players, coached the Super Eagles to impressive results against Ukraine and Brazil last month, but has warned Nigerians not to take the very defensive-minded Benin for granted, as they are a threat on the counter when they decide to sit back and defend.

Rohr speaking to reporters during the pre-match press conference in Uyo, said : ”We try always to bring the best team, our two games you spoke about were very difficult games against great teams but not African teams, the football was different and the two teams played very offensively so we had space and we need that in our team for our quick wingers and strikers, we enjoy it.

”It will not be the same game perhaps tomorrow because Benin Republic as a team play well defensively, you saw them play in the AFCON competition, they did so well, they eliminated Morocco for example and it will be different.

”Our two games were good games but it is dangerous to believe now we played well in these two games it will be easy against Benin, it will be more difficult because it is a different team, different football and we only have one day but it’s the same for them.

”When you play at home, you leave some complicity in your play so I hope that with one training session, everybody together,  we will be able to have a good performance.

”If we play well, with our quality, nice pitch, we did not go there yesterday with our 14 players for the training, I hope the pitch will be good to play good football like we did in the last two games but in a different way because African football is not the same”.

There’s been a lot of talk about Rohr’s late substitutions in matches and he explained his reasons for not making changes till the dying minutes of matches.

The Franco-German tactician explained : ”I prefer to wait to be sure to make good replacements than to go quickly.

”I let the players the chance to show themselves, I have confidence in the team starting the game and then to bring somebody out if there is no injury.

”I must be sure that we have better possibilities to be stronger without the people starting the game but I think we changed six players in Singapore, it was the maximum.

”In Ukraine also, we saw a lot of people, now we have the chance to have two games which means that we can see a lot of players also.

”The players are happy when they play but we are 23, we can only play 14 in official games. Like you see the spirit in the team is good and they admit some other players can start in their place.”

Trending: All you want to read about Super Eagles vs Algeria

AFCON 2019: Nigeria not favourites — RohrSuper Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that his team lost to a better side in the semifinals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Riyad Mahrez’s goal from a free-kick at the edge of the box, with seconds left to play, condemned Nigeria to a 2-1 defeat and steered Algeria to their first AFCON Final match in 29 years.

Rohr told newsmen during a post-match interview that it was a game of two halves, adding however that Algeria were the better side at the end of the day.

“Until the last minute, Algeria had a better first half than us, but we came back a much better team in the second half.

“Unfortunately, we conceded a goal in the last minute. I think the players wanted to go to extra-time believing that perhaps Algeria will get tired and we could win the match in extra time

“It was a wonderful game. We lost it, so we are not happy. Congrats to the winners. They were the better team in the first half.

“We scored an own goal. We were unlucky but we came back like we have always done all the time in this tournament.

“When we found ourselves in a difficult situation, we always reacted and we did that also today coming back through a penalty and playing a better second half.

“But a wonderful free-kick from a football genius made the difference.

“In our last game, we won in the last minute against South Africa and today we lost. That’s football, ” he said.

Coach Djamel Belmadi of Algeria on his part said his side had a tough game against a tough opponent, adding that it had to take the quality of Mahrez to decide the result of the match.

“We knew that it would be a tough game because of the quality of our opponents and the tough game we had against Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday.

“My boys had an amazing first half. So, we deserved at that time to score a goal and I think we could have scored even more goals.

“Then in the second half, we had a difficult moment for about 15 minutes, we were under pressure.

“I think we played too deep and didn’t apply enough pressure on our opponents due to fatigue on my players and the quality of course of our opponents.

“Then came the penalty which I think my players showed great character and mental strength to come back and fought until the end to score the decisive goal.

“We however had some situations in the second half, maybe not clear cut chances where I think we could have scored another goal with a little more accuracy.

“Then the free-kick arrived and of course with the quality of players like Riyad Mahrez, it’s a massive chance at goal and thank God we made it count,” he said.

Nigeria will now take on 2004 champions Tunisia in the third place match at the Al Salam Stadium on Wednesday, while Algeria take on Senegal in Friday’s final at the Cairo International Stadium.

Super Eagles Coach, Rohr thick Bafana Bafana for trophy

Image result for gernot rohrNigeria head coach Gernot Rohr claims Bafana Bafana are firm favourites to lift the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations following their impressive 1-0 win against Egypt in the Round of 16.

South Africa pulled off the unthinkable last Saturday when they dumped hosts Egypt out of the competition in front of 75, 000 fans at the Cairo International Stadium.

And Rohr feels their remarkable exploits deserve respect, explaining why their achievements surpass their last-16 win over champions Cameroon.

“We saw the game with Egypt against South Africa and we know South Africa well because they were in our group competing for the qualifiers,” he said at the pre-match press conference.

“To beat Egypt, in this circumstance, up against a good team with one of the best players in Africa (Mohamed Salah), it will make them full of confidence.

“They (Bafana Bafana) deserved to win because they were the better team and now for me, if you beat the favourite number one in Egypt, you become the new favourites.”

Rohr added, “We also had a good game against Cameroon, we also have confidence, so we should be expecting a match of high quality.

“I think the strength of our team is the unity and the fighting spirit — and even against South Africa, which has suddenly become the new favourites of the tournament.

“We also have confidence after scoring three goals (against Cameroon) against a team who did not concede a goal in the group stage, so we’re confident also, but for me South Africa in the favourites.”

Bafana take on the Super Eagles on Wednesday evening at the Cairo International Stadium.

Trending: ‘I’ll sack Gernot Rohr if I were NFF boss’ – Segun Odegbami

It has been reported that Segun Odegbami, a former national team captain said that he would have sacked Gernot Rohr after Nigeria’s 2-0 defeat to Madagascar at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations if he were the Nigeria Football Federation boss.

Odegbami who was a guest on Channels TV, faulted Rohr’s attitude during Nigeria’s matches, saying the coach was “too relaxed” even when the Nigerian team were losing. He advised the NFF to consider a vocal coach in their next appointment.

“If I was in charge of Nigerian football, Gernot Rohr would have been on his way home. I’m sorry that is a bit harsh, but you could see how he selected players, particularly in that match against Madagascar.

We could have been out of this competition now, because of his selection of players for that match. See coaches like Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, they are the 12th players. They are by the side of the field, they are directing their players.

They are shouting on referees, they are doing things. That is the sort of thing Nigerian players need. Nigerian players don’t want somebody who will just sit quietly and not say a word. They won’t hear his voice.

You won’t help them with difficulty. Our nature is to be loud, to be compelled and driven to the wall. Our nature is not to just relax” Odegbami said during the interview.

Gernot Rohr: Madagascar defeat inspired Super Eagles against Cameroon

Image result for Gernot RohrNigeria Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed that Nigeria’s 2-0 bashing by debutants Madagascar in their final group game at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 inspired his side progress to the quarterfinal. The Franco-German could not hide his excitement after Super Eagles defeated the Indomitable Lions 3-2 in the round of 16 cracker at Alexandria Stadium redeem their image. Nigeria went into the half-time break on the back-foot after two strikes from Stephane Bahoken and Clinton N’Jie canceled out Odion Ighalo’s 19th minute opener .

However, Ighalo and Alex Iwobi’s second half goals in the 63rd and 66th minute saw Nigeria reclaim the lead, to claim a 3-2 win at the blast of the final whistle. Speaking moments after the game, Rohr, noted that the victory over the defending champions was the best way to react after the embarrassing defeat against Madagascar.

“I know my team and I know that since last Sunday they want to really do well and win for all the players who made some mistakes,” the 66-year-old Rohr was quoted as saying to journalists by Goal after the game. “We lost the game we never had to lose against Madagascar, but it was a lesson of humility and also the motivation to do really well [against Cameroon]. “We wanted to finish first in the group but we could not. The most important for us was to win this match of the last 16. It happened when I was in Gabon, we won the three matches as host country and we lost in the quarterfinals after 120 minutes via penalties. So sometimes it’s better to have one loss in the group stage and then win in the knockout games,” noted Rohr, who was criticized after Nigeria’s below-the-par performance in the group stage. He further noted that Nigeria’s comeback after the break against Cameroon was a step in the right direction as he plans for the next round. Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor

Football: Iwobi, Iheanacho, Musa Spearhead Eagles’ Revenge Mission Against Bafana

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Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi; Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho and Al Nasr of Saudi Arabia winger, Ahmed Musa will lead Nigeria’s revenge mission at the FNB Stadium on Saturday when they take on the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The trio and eight other members of Gernot Rohr’s 23-man team who were expected to land in Johannesburg in the early hours of Friday were in the June 10,2017 squad that set an unwanted record of being the first Nigerian team to lose to South Africa in a competitive game.

South Africa came to the Akwa Ibom International Stadium Uyo,saw and conquered with two second half goals scored by Tokelo Rantie and Percy Muzi Tau.

Iheanacho is well aware of the need to make amends with a success of a revenge mission albeit their names will never be forgotten whenever the history of games between Nigeria and South Africa is to be told.

Golakeeper – Ikechukwu Ezenwa;defender,Kenneth Omeruo, midfielder Mikel Agu and forward,Ahmed Musa were unused substitutes in
that game.

For Rohr, a win for Nigeria will not only seal their passage to Cameroun 2019 for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations, it will also be sweet revenge mission accomplished as the Bafana Bafana gave him his first loss as manager of the Super Eagles.

Eagles players are serious to close gap on South Africa, Libya, thrash Seychelles in AFCON qualifier

Image result for ahmed musaIt was celebration yesterday for stand-in captain Ahmed Musa who led the Super Eagles to record their first win of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifiers after defeating Seychelles 3-0 in their Group E clash in Victoria on Saturday.

Goals from Musa, Chidozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo gave the Gernot Rohr’s men a comfortable win in the encounter.

The win puts the Eagles in third position with three points in the group following a goalless draw between table toppers Libya and second placed South Africa, who both have four points, in Durban on Saturday.

The win was the first for the Eagles in two years away from home. Their last away win was against Zambia in Ndola in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier in October 2016.

With several team regulars, including captain Mikel Obi out due to injuries, Rohr handed a debut to Bordeaux forward Samuel Kalu while Francis Uzoho started in goal with Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo and Leon Balogun in the defence. Wilfred Ndidi and Ogenyi Onazi were in the midfield while Musa, Kalu, Kelechi Iheanacho and Odion Ighalo were in the attack.

Nigeria, who struggled on the artificial pitch, dominated the match from the start pegging the hosts back at Stade Linte. The Eagles were aggressive in the attack with Kalu and Musa constantly troubling the hosts and forcing them to defend in numbers.

The hosts packed their defence in the first half and soaked the pressure piled by Nigeria until the deadlock was broken after 15 minutes. Musa fired home a thunderous strike from the edge of the box which beat Jerome Longueuil in goal for Seychelles.

The Eagles doubled their lead in the 34th minute when Awaziem finished off a rebound after Iheanacho’s free kick bounced off the upright. Ighalo fluffed a chance to make it 3-0 three minutes later – after he beat the offside trap by the Seychelles defenders, his lob over the goalkeeper came off the crossbar.

At the start of the second half, the Eagles continued piling pressure on the hosts and were rewarded with a goal three minutes before the hour mark. Kalu was brought down in the box and the resultant spot kick was converted by Ighalo, for his fifth Nigeria goal and to end his nine-game goal drought for the Eagles.

The China-based striker missed another chance several minutes later after he failed to shoot clearly on target.

Rohr brought on Oghenekaro Etebo for Iheanacho, Semi Ajayi for Awaziem, who was injured, and Henry Onyekuru for Kalu but neither of them could add to the tally.

The Eagles host Libya in their next match in October while Seychelles travel to South Africa.

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