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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.

Real reasons Victor Moses quit playing for Super Eagles

Image result for Victor MosesVictor Moses  has announced his immediate retirement  from international football to concentrate fully on his club career.

The 27-year-old Chelsea wingback made the shock announcement on Twitter  on Wednesday, dealing  a major blow to  Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr’s  plans for the  Cameroon 2019  Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Nigeria  were beaten 2-0 by South Africa in  their first group  qualifying match  in Uyo last year, and the three-time African champions need a convincing  win over Seychelles next month to keep qualification hopes alive.

In his statement,  Moses said he informed  Rohr that he  had decided to call time on his six-year international career  “by telephone”.

Moses quickly become a fan favourite after he helped Nigeria win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa – after he switched his international allegiance from England to Nigeria, where he and his parents were born. He represented  England  at U16, U17, U19 and U21 levels.

Some of  his fans have taken to social medial to express their shock and  sadness  at   his  decision’s to quit the Eagles.

“I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football,” Moses, who represented Nigeria at the Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018 World Cups,  wrote.

“I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime.

“Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.

“However I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagles stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish.

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.

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.” 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.

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