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AFCON 2021 qualifiers: Super Eagles must beware of Benin – Gernot Rohr warns

DonIt has been reported that Super Eagles Head coach, Gernot Rohr has warned Nigerian not to underrate Benin when his side face the West African team today in the AFCON 2021 qualifying match.

Rohr, whose side boasts very young and pacy players, coached the Super Eagles to impressive results against Ukraine and Brazil last month, but has warned Nigerians not to take the very defensive-minded Benin for granted, as they are a threat on the counter when they decide to sit back and defend.

Rohr speaking to reporters during the pre-match press conference in Uyo, said : ”We try always to bring the best team, our two games you spoke about were very difficult games against great teams but not African teams, the football was different and the two teams played very offensively so we had space and we need that in our team for our quick wingers and strikers, we enjoy it.

”It will not be the same game perhaps tomorrow because Benin Republic as a team play well defensively, you saw them play in the AFCON competition, they did so well, they eliminated Morocco for example and it will be different.

”Our two games were good games but it is dangerous to believe now we played well in these two games it will be easy against Benin, it will be more difficult because it is a different team, different football and we only have one day but it’s the same for them.

”When you play at home, you leave some complicity in your play so I hope that with one training session, everybody together,  we will be able to have a good performance.

”If we play well, with our quality, nice pitch, we did not go there yesterday with our 14 players for the training, I hope the pitch will be good to play good football like we did in the last two games but in a different way because African football is not the same”.

There’s been a lot of talk about Rohr’s late substitutions in matches and he explained his reasons for not making changes till the dying minutes of matches.

The Franco-German tactician explained : ”I prefer to wait to be sure to make good replacements than to go quickly.

”I let the players the chance to show themselves, I have confidence in the team starting the game and then to bring somebody out if there is no injury.

”I must be sure that we have better possibilities to be stronger without the people starting the game but I think we changed six players in Singapore, it was the maximum.

”In Ukraine also, we saw a lot of people, now we have the chance to have two games which means that we can see a lot of players also.

”The players are happy when they play but we are 23, we can only play 14 in official games. Like you see the spirit in the team is good and they admit some other players can start in their place.”

Etebo Expects to be fit for Super Eagles Vs Benin, Lesotho

Etebo Expected To Defy Injury, Be Fit For Super  Eagles Vs Benin, LesothoOghenekaro Etebo is expected to be fit for Nigeria’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double header against Benin and Lesotho after picking up an injury in Stoke City’s 1-0 away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, reports have it.

Etebo was replaced by Mark Duffy in the 21st minute at Hillsborough after he sustained an injury and

There are fears the 23-year-old who missed Nigeria’s friendly encounter against five-time world champions, Brazil this month due to personal reasons would not be available for the Super Eagles in the AFCON 2021 qualifiers.

 

Photos: Lille unveils Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen who completes €15m move from Charleroi

Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen completes ?15m move to Lille ?from Charleroi (Photos)

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen has completed a move to Lille of France from Belgian side Sporting Charleroi.

The 20-year-old signed a 5-year contract with Les Dogues for a reported €12m plus €3m in bonuses that will keep him at the club until 2024.

See more photos below: Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen completes ?15m move to Lille ?from Charleroi (Photos)Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen completes ?15m move to Lille ?from Charleroi (Photos)Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen completes ?15m move to Lille ?from Charleroi (Photos)

 

How Super Eagles sneaked to Nigeria after winning Bronze in Egypt

Super Eagles Arrive Abuja From Cairo, Welcomed By FG ChieftainsThe Super Eagles arrived Abuja on Friday afternoon from Cairo following their participation at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Gernot Rohr’s men defeated the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia 1-0 on Wednesday to secure the bronze medal in the competition.

The Super Eagles – players and their officials, left the Cairo International Airport in the early hours of Friday morning and arrived the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport around noon.

AFCON19: Nigeria Beat Tunisia To Win AFCON Bronze Medal

Nigeria Grab Early Lead In Tunisia AFCON Third Place ClashThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have won their eighth bronze medal of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo handed Gernot Rhor’s side victory with his second-minute goal in the third-place match against Tunisia at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on Wednesday night.

The Nigerian forward also dominates the leading goalscorers’ chart with a total of five goals in the tournament.

He is being followed by Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez and Adam Ounas, as well as DR Congo’s Cedric Bakambu and Sadio Mane of Senegal with three goals each.

Despite claiming his first AFCON medal, the Chinese based striker seemed not so good as he limped off the pitch after pulling his hamstring while he attempted to make a pass.

He, however, looks forward to winning the golden boot of the tournament, should Mane, Marez, and Ounas fail to score two goals on Friday.

Few minutes after Ighalo’s goal, Nigeria’s Kenneth Omeruo made a wonderful interception to cut out Taha Khenissi’s shot from the right after the Tunisian was sent through by a great curl from skipper Wahbi Khazri.

While the game was ongoing, the Super Eagles played too deep in their own half, paving the way for midfielders Sassi and Joris Skhiri take charge of the match.

After the restart, the North African side took charge again and were close to a goal just two minutes in.

Khazri sent substitute Firas Chaouat through, but the striker missed a one-on-one opportunity with goalkeeper Francis Uzoho as his shot hit the side of the net.

Nigeria also had a chance to extend their lead when Chukwueze picked the ball at the edge of the box but his effort was diverted behind for a corner by Ben Chirifia.

Tunisia fought hard for an equaliser in the keenly watched match but Nigeria defended the lone goal to return with at least a medal.

In the semi-final matches played on Sunday, Nigeria lost to Algeria 2-1 while Senegal beat Tunisia 1-0.

Algeria and Tunisia will fight for the trophy on Friday at the Cairo International Stadium.

Trending: All you want to read about Super Eagles vs Algeria

AFCON 2019: Nigeria not favourites — RohrSuper Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that his team lost to a better side in the semifinals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Riyad Mahrez’s goal from a free-kick at the edge of the box, with seconds left to play, condemned Nigeria to a 2-1 defeat and steered Algeria to their first AFCON Final match in 29 years.

Rohr told newsmen during a post-match interview that it was a game of two halves, adding however that Algeria were the better side at the end of the day.

“Until the last minute, Algeria had a better first half than us, but we came back a much better team in the second half.

“Unfortunately, we conceded a goal in the last minute. I think the players wanted to go to extra-time believing that perhaps Algeria will get tired and we could win the match in extra time

“It was a wonderful game. We lost it, so we are not happy. Congrats to the winners. They were the better team in the first half.

“We scored an own goal. We were unlucky but we came back like we have always done all the time in this tournament.

“When we found ourselves in a difficult situation, we always reacted and we did that also today coming back through a penalty and playing a better second half.

“But a wonderful free-kick from a football genius made the difference.

“In our last game, we won in the last minute against South Africa and today we lost. That’s football, ” he said.

Coach Djamel Belmadi of Algeria on his part said his side had a tough game against a tough opponent, adding that it had to take the quality of Mahrez to decide the result of the match.

“We knew that it would be a tough game because of the quality of our opponents and the tough game we had against Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday.

“My boys had an amazing first half. So, we deserved at that time to score a goal and I think we could have scored even more goals.

“Then in the second half, we had a difficult moment for about 15 minutes, we were under pressure.

“I think we played too deep and didn’t apply enough pressure on our opponents due to fatigue on my players and the quality of course of our opponents.

“Then came the penalty which I think my players showed great character and mental strength to come back and fought until the end to score the decisive goal.

“We however had some situations in the second half, maybe not clear cut chances where I think we could have scored another goal with a little more accuracy.

“Then the free-kick arrived and of course with the quality of players like Riyad Mahrez, it’s a massive chance at goal and thank God we made it count,” he said.

Nigeria will now take on 2004 champions Tunisia in the third place match at the Al Salam Stadium on Wednesday, while Algeria take on Senegal in Friday’s final at the Cairo International Stadium.

Gernot Rohr: Madagascar defeat inspired Super Eagles against Cameroon

Image result for Gernot RohrNigeria Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed that Nigeria’s 2-0 bashing by debutants Madagascar in their final group game at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 inspired his side progress to the quarterfinal. The Franco-German could not hide his excitement after Super Eagles defeated the Indomitable Lions 3-2 in the round of 16 cracker at Alexandria Stadium redeem their image. Nigeria went into the half-time break on the back-foot after two strikes from Stephane Bahoken and Clinton N’Jie canceled out Odion Ighalo’s 19th minute opener .

However, Ighalo and Alex Iwobi’s second half goals in the 63rd and 66th minute saw Nigeria reclaim the lead, to claim a 3-2 win at the blast of the final whistle. Speaking moments after the game, Rohr, noted that the victory over the defending champions was the best way to react after the embarrassing defeat against Madagascar.

“I know my team and I know that since last Sunday they want to really do well and win for all the players who made some mistakes,” the 66-year-old Rohr was quoted as saying to journalists by Goal after the game. “We lost the game we never had to lose against Madagascar, but it was a lesson of humility and also the motivation to do really well [against Cameroon]. “We wanted to finish first in the group but we could not. The most important for us was to win this match of the last 16. It happened when I was in Gabon, we won the three matches as host country and we lost in the quarterfinals after 120 minutes via penalties. So sometimes it’s better to have one loss in the group stage and then win in the knockout games,” noted Rohr, who was criticized after Nigeria’s below-the-par performance in the group stage. He further noted that Nigeria’s comeback after the break against Cameroon was a step in the right direction as he plans for the next round. Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor

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