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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.”

What Super Eagles can do to qualify

Image result for super eaglesDespite losing their first game against Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr believes his wards can still qualify for the round of 16. Nigerians and virtually all the Super Eagles fans were livid on Saturday, June 16, with how Croatia defeated Nigeria 2-0 to go top of Group D at the Russia 2018 World Cup. Gernot Rohr who is currently facing serious criticisms from fans because of the defeat to Croatia believes his boys can redeem themselves by beating Iceland and Argentina.

‘’Everything is possible in football, it’s important to make at least four points if we want to qualify for the next round of this championship. “We are only a point behind for the moment, nothing is lost and all is in our hands. Let’s be positive, we have the youngest team at the World Cup, let them learn and try to do better. “We saw Iceland have a good game against Argentina, a very strong team, but we can also do better than what we did. “We have to win against Iceland but all is possible still. If we win the next game all is possible for qualification,” Gernot Rohr told Journalists in Russia Read more:

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.

Photo News: John Obi , Onazi ends rift as Eagles fly to Russia World Cup today

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Mikel John Obi and Ogeyi Onazi smile as Nigeria Super Eagles set to fly to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.

They have ended rumoured rifts between them according to reports.



(photo: Pascal Patrick)

Onazi Ogenyi vs Mikel Obi rift rumored to be leadership tussle in Super Eagles’ camp

Here is what Onazi Ogenyi had to say on his alleged rift with Mikel Obi over leadership tussle in Super EaglesSuper Eagles assistant captain, Ogenyi Onazi has dismissed reports he and the national team captain,John Mikel Obi are having a rift in camp ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

It was claimed that both stars are no longer on talking terms due to a fight for leadership and it’s distracting other players in camp.

A source in the camp says the friction is largely due to Onazi’s refusal to take orders from Mikel.

”If we must do well in Russia, the NFF must ensure they resolve the wrangling between Mikel and Onazi. Both players I can confirm are not in talking terms and this could cost the team at the World Cup. As we speak, the tussle is a big distraction for the team. Some players have also pitched their tents with either Mikel or Onazi in the struggle. Though, the reason for tussle is not known yet but some people felt it was due Onazi’s insistence on not taking orders from Mikel,” the source said

The source who is also a footballer added that Ahmed Musa has joined Ogenyi Onazi in his fight with Mikel.

Speaking with Complete Sports Nigeria in a chat, Onazi denied having any rift with Mikel.

“It’s ridiculous to read that I don’t take orders from him (Mikel),” Onazi told CSN. “He’s an outstanding individual and it hurts that this could be out there without verification.

“I relate well with Mikel, he is our captain and our leader. Thank you for trying to balance your reports.

“We all grew up together in Jos and he’s someone I have looked up to since I started my career. I get along with him and he has been helpful encouraging me after the criticism I received after the England game.”

Football: Kayode Joins Shakhtar Donetsk On Permanent Basis From Man City

Kayode Joins Shakhtar Donetsk On Permanent Basis From Man CityNews reaching us currently has it that Nigeria forward Kayode Olanrewaju has joined Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk on a permanent basis from English club Manchester City following a successful loan spell.

Kayode, 25, penned a five-year contract with Paulo Fonseca’s men on Friday.

The forward made eight appearances for the club in all competitions and recorded three goals and one assist.

“FC Shakhtar have bought on permanent transfer Olarenwaju Kayode from Manchester City and the striker has signed a five-year contract,” the club confirmed on their Twitter handle.

The striker, who has also represented Nigeria at youth levels, joined Manchester City from Austrian Wien last summer and was immediately loaned out to Spanish club Girona where he struggled to pin down a regular berth.

He returned to form at Shakhtar Donetsk where he won the domestic double.

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