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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.

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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.

Football : Ideye, Ighalo return to Super Eagles Vs Poland, Serbia

Super Eagles Vs Poland, Serbia: Ideye, Ighalo To Return; Nwakaeme, Nwakali DroppedSuper Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is set to hand Malaga striker Brown Ideye a recall to the Nigeria senior national team ahead of next month’s international friendly matches against Poland and Serbia, a top official said.

Ideye last featured for the Super Eagles in their first Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying game against Zambia in Ndola in 2016 which Nigeria won 2-1.

Since joining Malaga in January, the 29-year-old has scored once in four La Liga Santander games.

CSN also gathered from that the trio of Chidebere Nwakali of Aberdeen, Victor Osimhen of Wolfsburg and Hapoel Beer-Sheva forward Anthony Nwakaeme have been excluded from the squad to face Poland and Serbia.

The Super Eagles, drawn against Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland in Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, will face Poland in Warsaw on the 23rd of March and four days later take on Serbia in London.

According to CSN sources, Elderson Echiejile, Odion Ighalo, Ogenyi Onazi and Mikel Agu who missed the last games against Algeria and Argentina due to injuries as well Victor Moses are expected to be named in the 25-man squad for the friendlies.

“No major surprises in the team list actually, but it’s more likely Ideye returns but Nwakeame won’t be in the squad,” one of the sources revealed.

“The first team players who missed the last two games in November will be included.”

Rohr is expected to announce his squad that will prosecute the games before Friday.

Invited players are expected to arrive in Poland from 19th March for the friendlies.

Football: Ezenwa excites for winning Man of the Match Award Vs Angola

CHAN 2018: Ezenwa Happy To Win MOTM Award Vs AngolaSuper Eagles Goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa is delighted at the moment.
The talented keeper was happy to have scooped the Man Of The Match (MOTM) award in the Home Eagles’ 2-1 quarter-final win against Angola at the 18 African Nations Championship (CHAN)  on Sunday.
The home-based Super Eagles captain believes that his sterling  performance in the game has put him in a good stead to claim a spot in Nigeria’s squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Ezenwa dazzled in front of Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, who was in attendance at the Stade Adrar, Agadir, with a number of key saves to help his side win the game.
He was duly named the best player of the game that needed an extra time for the winner to emerge.
“I have to thank the team, especially the coach, who was very calm in the technical area pushing the team and believing that we will get the win.” the Enyimba goalkeeper stated after the game.
“The performance was great because we continued to push and tried to get the goal after going down and we did just that in the last minute.
“I’m happy with my performance and having Gernot Rohr here watching, I believe that will help me with the senior national team.”
The Home Eagles will face Sudan in the semi-final on Wednesday in Marrakech

RUSSIA FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 DRAW: Teams Are Scared Of Drawing Super Eagles

Eguavoen: Top World Cup Teams Are Scared Of Drawing Super EaglesFriday 1st December 2017, all attention will be at Moscow, Russia where FIFA World Cup draw will take place.

Former Nigeria coach Austin Eguavoen has revealed that big countries are scared of the Super Eagles ahead of the FIFA World Cup draw.

Eguavoen who led the Super Eagles to the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt said the exploits of Nigeria during the qualifiers have reawakened interest in the coach Gernot Rohr-led team.

Nigeria finished the qualifiers unbeaten and was the first African country to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after their 1-0 win over Chipolopolo of Zambia in Uyo in October.

“I think we should just focus on a good draw because I have read many reports suggesting that Nigeria is likely to play some big names and that has caused a kind of panic to some people. But I want to tell you today that some of these big name teams are scared of the Super Eagles,” Eguavoen, who represented Nigeria at the country’s first World Cup in 1994, told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“Being the first African country to qualify for the World Cup and playing all the qualifying matches without a single defeat showed that we have a good team and that has reawakened the interest of other countries in Nigeria.

“As I speak with you, I am sure some coaches will be saying they don’t want to play Nigeria in the first round but as a coach, I believe preparation is key to any opponent you want to play.

“The boys and the coaches need the best of support they can get from the NFF, government, journalists and supporters.
“My prayer is for the Super Eagles to be in the group that will be easy for them to qualify.”

Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr arrives Germany to scout for Nigeria football talents

Image result for Gernot RohrNigeria coach Gernot Rohr is currently in his home country Germany scouring the Bundesliga for  talent  as he aims to arrive  in Russia for  next year’s World Cup with a quality squad.

The Super Eagles qualified for their sixth World Cup after winning four of their six games to sit atop Group B, which housed African champions Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria.

Rohr, who guided Nigeria to a shock 4-2 victory over football superpowers Argentina in a friendly encounter in Krasnodar, Russia, on November 14,  has since said the players who did not play any  part during  the qualifiers will get their opportunities to break into   the World Cup squad.

Our correspondent learnt that the 64-year-old has been encouraged to revive his interest in the players he had pencilled in for the World Cup qualifiers but could not get them – after succeeding in convincing Russian-born Brian Idowu to switch his international allegiance to Nigeria after a long battle.

Reports in the German media on Monday said Rohr watched the Bundesliga clash between Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt  at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena in which German-born Nigerian centre-back  Kevin Akpoguma played the  90 minutes for the home side (Hoffenheim).

Punch information learnt that Rohr is monitoring Hannover 96  German-born Nigerian forward Noah Sarenren-Bazee’s situation. The attacker is set to return to action after six months on the treatment table  due to various problems with his thigh.

Sarenren-Bazee,  who has a German mother,  is  eligible to represent Nigeria because of his Nigerian  father, honoured   Rohr’s invitation  to feature in  the March 2017 friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso but the 21-year-old was forced to withdraw from the games reportedly due to injury.

Rohr was working towards persuading Akpoguma, who has represented  Germany at U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 levels, before the 22-year-old suffered a career-threatening injury.

With the combative defender having started three successive Bundesliga games since he was promoted to Die Kraichgauer’s first team, Rohr has  ramped up  his  interest in the player.

The former Gabon coach told German radio SWR on Monday that he was interested in  Akpoguma.

He  said, “I watched him play for Hoffenheim against Frankfurt on Saturday. Kevin is an excellent match for the players we are on the lookout for.

“But he’ll have to decide soon whether he wants to wear the colours of Nigeria and I’ll call him in the next few days.’’

Akpoguma, who  was a guest on SWR TV, said,  “That (Nigeria’s interest)  honours me, of course, but I’m German, I was born here, and then I should play for Germany too.”

Super Eagles is not World Cup favourite – coach Gernot Rohr says

Related imageSuper Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has played down the favourite tag of his team ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia after guiding his side to an emphatic 4-2 win over Argentina in a friendly on Tuesday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Goals from Ever Banega and Sergio Aguero gave Argentina a 2-0 lead after 36 minutes but a wonderful free-kick from the edge of the box by Kelechi Iheanacho two minutes from half time gave the Super Eagles a chance of a comeback in the second half.

A brace from Alex Iwobi and a goal from debutante Bryan Idowu sealed the win for the Super Eagles.

“It’s a good victory for us but it doesn’t mean we’ve become favourites to win the World Cup. We stay humble and realise we have more work to do,” Rohr said during his post-match interview after the game in Krasnodar, Russia.

“We prepared well for this game because playing Argentina is big for us, maybe it is different for them.”

The win took Rohr’s impreesive record in charge of the Super Eagles to seven wins, three draws and a defeat since he took charge in September 2016.

On his side’s comeback win, Rohr said: “I am happy we came back from two goals down to win 4-2. It shows we have great team spirit and determination when you keep fighting after going two goals down against a great team like Argentina.”

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