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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.”

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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.”

Echiejile loses Super Eagles shirt to Aina

Image result for ola ainaWith the reports from the Super Eagles camp in Russia, recuperating Elderson Echiejile left back might loose his shirt to Ola Aina, this is authoritative.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is confident that Hull City full-back Ola Aina will offer recuperating Elderson Echiejile good competition for the left-back role ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Rohr who is set to hand Aina his third international cap against Argentina on Tuesday in Krasnodar, Russia was pleased with the 21-year-old’s showing against Algeria.

“It’s good for the competition for Elderson Echiejile when you want to progress you need two good players in each position,” Rohr told Completesportnigeria.com, referring to Aina.

“I’m happy we already have this friendly against Argentina. It is wonderful to play against some of the best players in the world.

“We are unbeaten in the qualifiers but now we need to work harder ahead of Tuesday. But it’s going to be tough because we have just two days to prepare for it.”Image result for Elderson Echiejile

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.

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