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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAN: Benin Republic 1:0 Nigeria

Image result for super eaglesThe Squirrels edged past the Super Eagles for a crucial three points in Sunday’s African Nations Championship qualifier

A Mama Seibou penalty saw Benin Republic to a vital 1-0 win over Nigeria in an African Nations Championship qualifier on Sunday.

The US Krake midfielder struck from the penalty spot in the 90th minute at Stade de l’Amitié in Cotonou to hold a slim advantage over Salisu Yusuf’s men.

Seibou fired past captain Ekene Ezenwa after Afeez Aremu had brought down an opponent in an attempt to win the ball.

Despite being outplayed in the second half, the hosts held on in a huge result and they would be hoping to finish off the job in the return leg at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on August 19.

Winner of this fixture on aggregate will qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship billed for Kenya.

My Russian in-laws will kill me if Eagles miss 2018 World Cup – Mikel

My Russian in-laws will kill me if Eagles miss 2018 World Cup – Mikel Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has said he would be “killed” by his Russian in-laws and friends if Nigeria fails to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup holding in Russia. Mikel has two kids from his Russian wife Olga Diyachenko. The Nigerian captain now playing in the Chinese league told FIFA.COM that his Russian family would love to see their in-law leading the Eagles on their home ground. : He said, “My wife is Russian. And many of our relatives and friends are from Russia. They are all expecting Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup. I think they will kill me if I fail them.” : Super Eagles are ahead in Group as Nigeria prepares to host Cameroon in Uyo on August 31 and Mikel strongly believes that the team would maintain the good run for the ticket to Russia. : He said, “We are in a very good position in our group. We have two wins from two games, and in our last game we beat Algeria at home. We have a very good young team and the players play good football. If we can win our next match it will edge us closer to qualification. I think we can go through.” : The former Chelsea midfielder however warned that it could quite tough with current African champions Cameroon. : “As everyone knows, they are a very good team. : “They are strong and they play with confidence. We must get ourselves well prepared for this game and try our best to get on top against them. It won’t be easy but these are important matches. If we win both, we will be almost there.” : Eagles currently top Group B with six points after back-to-back victories against Zambia in Ndola, Zambia and Algeria in Nigeria. Lions of Cameroon are second with two points while the Zambians are third on one point and Algeria are bottom with just a point.

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.

England Goalie Hart sympathies with Ikeme in hospital over leukaemia disease

hart and ikeme

England and Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart, paid a visit to Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers shot stopper, Carl Ikeme in hospital where he is being treated for acute leukaemia.

Last week Thursday, Wolve announced on their official website that Ikeme returned “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing and further checks confirmed the diagnosis.

According to expressandstar.com, following the sad news, Hart who could depart City in the current transfer window, was the latest football star to show his support by visiting the Nigeria international.

Former Bulgaria and Aston Villa star, Stiliyan Petrov who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2012 but successfully battled the disease, also made a trip to see Ikeme over the weekend.

On Tuesday, Wolves confirmed that Ikeme will retain his No.1 jersey for the 2017/2018 season despite his battles against leukaemia.

 

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