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2022 AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles, Leone Stars Draw In Freetown; Nigeria Still Top Group L

2022 AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles,  Leone Stars Draw In Freetown; Nigeria Still  Top Group L

The Super Eagles and Leone Stars of Sierra Leone played out a 0-0 draw in the return leg of their 2022 AFCON qualifiers Group L in Freetown on Tuesday, Completesports.com reports.

The Super Eagles made two changes from the team that played in Benin last Friday as Kelechi Iheanacho replaced the injured Victor Osimhen while Ola Aina came in for Zaidu Sanusi.

Following the draw the Eagles still top the Group L, now on eight points. Benin Republic are second on seven points, Sierra Leone third on three points, while Lesotho are bottom on two points.

The group’s other game saw Lesotho play a goalless draw against visiting Benin Republic.

The Eagles went close in the 5th minute after a long ball from Oghenekaro Etebo to Kelechi Iheanacho, but the Leone Stars’ goalkeeper rushed out of his line to gather the ball.

In the 15th minute Kei Kamara produced a fine cross from the right, but the Eagles did enough to clear their lines.

The Leone Stars had a half chance on 35 minutes through a header from Kwame Quee which was easily gathered by Maduka Okoye.

Also Read – Live Blogging: Sierra Leone Vs Nigeria (2021 AFCON Qualifiers)

In the 36th minute the Eagles were forced to an early substitution as Etebo went off injured and was replaced by Shehu Abdullahi.

With three minutes left in the first half Okoye made a brilliant save to keep the scoreline at goalless.

The Eagles had the upper hand early in the second half and almost took the lead on 51 minutes but Iheanacho sent his effort over the bar after he was set up by Samuel Chukwueze.

In the 57th minute William Troost-Ekong brought down Kei Kamara in a dangerous position but the Eagles wall defended the free-kick well.

Ten minutes later Iheanacho thought he had opened the scoring with a header but his effort was ruled out for offside.

With 15 minutes left in the game the Eagles made their second change with Chidozie Awaziem replacing Kevin Akpoguma.

Iheanacho had another chance on 83 minutes but his curling effort was superbly saved by Mohamed Kamara in goal for the home side.

By James Agberebi

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  • Paul 2 days ago

    Dr Dre, I’m calling you out. How far? She ur Rohr win the match? Ur type is part of the reasons our football is going backwards every day. You’re never sincere in ur analysis. I hope you win the World Cup with your Con men, Pinnick and Rohr.

     
    • Dr Drey 2 days ago

      Hahahahaha……see them….e dey pain dem say we nor loose…LMAO. Biko who is topping the table…???. Did you EVER top any qualifying table in the days wen you couldnt even qualify for ordinary AFCON…???

      Third place S/L and 4th placed Lesotho cannot get 6 points in their next 2 games so we are technically already in Cameroon, but one sincere nuisance is here gloating…LMAO

      You wey sincere where ur sincerity don carry your life reach. LMAO.

      Your football is going backwards to 70th position where your african guadiola leave am abi.

      We are still topping our group and will still qaulify with game to spare…..but not qualifying at all 3 times out of 4 is your won forward moving forward……you are truly sincere my brother….infact them suppose change your name to Sincerity

       
      • Kenny 1 day ago

        Have supported some of your analysis for a while, but now see irrespective of what the old time is with whoever were in charge then, we did not employ rohr to come and just qualify us for tournament, we did to move forward and finally start competing. I mean for God’s sake rohr is the only coach we have given so very long rope. Five years is not a joke and all this man keep saying is my young team is it that they don’t grow since five years ago or they must remain young team forever. Truth is he lacks ambition. 3very team to him are better than his team, which mean he does not even believe this team should beat anybody. Imagine saying his going team are not good enough to beat serria leone. I mean he lacks technicality, he lacks tactics, he can’t get first eleven for five good years. Hana please cut me some slacks. Please it’s time for him to go. And let’s get an ambitious and technically sound coach. I mean imagine the Algeria team we beat very well during world cup qualifier. They sack that coach and brought in a technically sound coach and under a year the same team is performing wonders. Read what I said again under 2 year the coach is performing wonders just because he is technically sound meaning he knows football. What we have is acoach who can scout fir players and after scouting he does not know how to being the players to play a good football together.

        My submission is get him out and bring in a technically sound coach who knows football, who is ambitious. If we leave rohr he will continue to build for 15 years and we will not go anywhere, he will keep qualifying and we will keep being a tournament team and not a champion team.

         
        • NA ME TALK AM 1 day ago

          @kenny .. Are you aware the sound Algerian tactician also played a 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe at the recent AFCON qualification ? Despite Algeria leading with a 2-0 at half time . Zimbabwe is number 111 in the current world ranking .

          Spain just defeated the Germans by 6-0 , Venezuela defeated Chile and Sudan defeated Ghana

          Football / Coaching is not mathematics and aint easy as most people would imagine .

          Nevertheless , NFF , Rohr , The players and technical crew needs to improve their POOR FORM .

          God bless Nigeria

           
          • Dr Drey 1 day ago

            leave am…..tactically sound Algeria coach threw away a 2 goal lead to no 111 ranked team in the world and heavens did not fall. Rohr goes away to win on a millet farm in freetown but heavens must fall. LMAO

             
          • Kenny 1 day ago

            @Na Me Talk Am, the you know that same Algeria team had finish work at home by defeating zimbabwe 3-1 so they knew what they needed was just a draw away.

            Now that being said you need to understand my argument here is that no sound coach, note sound coach I said can be building for five solid years and still be tagging his team a young team. What some of us are blind to is rohr’s technical and tactical prowess which is now getting worse.( And it’s normal that when a coach has given his best he relax). You know he has gone to world cup and Afcon so what else is needed to be done? Nothing Ofcos so he doesn’t have ambition at all.

            That germany coach you talk about have won the world cup , won confederation cup that’s the height he set for himself and having achieved it, what else is there again so he can’t be under pressure at all, and so these bad results are normal for someone who has gotten to the highest height already, there is tendency to relax.

            Now back to rohr, he has never coached a bigger nation like Nigeria and so his ambition personally was to just qualify and go to tournament, which he has done. Hence the bad results(He has relaxed). Now the danger of this is we would be shocked when he degenerate and starts looking out of qualifications for tournaments then the eyes of some of us will now be opened. Remember that the world cup qualification this time would be very hard, and so of he is still drawing with the small teams now, when it get to that point and he now need to face the big team obviously we won’t be able to be them this was evident in the last two friendlies, meaning the signs are beginning to show that our world cup qualification chances might be jeopardized if we do not act now.

            So what are we saying in essence that we have seen what he could do obviously so he doesn’t have nothing again in his barns. Any wise person will see that he want to again start the way he started in the beginning when he came(building a team for Afcon tournament and world cup). Now if we are not careful we won’t even qualify for world cup.

            I advice us to be more deep in analysis and not just be sentimental

            Thank you

             
      • Chidi Smart 22 hours ago

        Super football anything can happen, believe me Right is still the right man for now
        But if need be for changing of coach amunike will definitely be the best for his attacking style of ball

        Rohr need to get the best out of while that boy be useful more than Samuel kanuand Moses in the left wing cos I have watch him play

        Rohr should Learn how to pair iheanacho and osimehn as 8 and
        I love SE

         
    • Paul 2 days ago

      All u pussy ass bowl headed shallow cunts hating, go shoot yourselves.

       
      • Dr Drey 2 days ago

        Go and shoot whoever brought such a useless commodity like you into the world first.

         
      • chuks 1 day ago

        Abeg paul, no dey stress yourself, imagine he don use all the fake names to give you 16 thumbs down, na wa, and then he got 13 thumbs up all of a sudden. keep it Mr Dr

         
        • Dr Drey 1 day ago

          You sef use fake names to give him thumbs up na. The thumb downs have increased to 22 now. Dr.Drey is a useless he-goat like you who does not have work but to be creating 22 identities on CSN….LMAO

           
      • Jibsmy 1 day ago

        with all your dirty language, u are not worthy to be on this platform of civilise people……..

         
  • Larry 2 days ago

    Sack Gernot Rohr and save our national team

     
  • Dr Drey 2 days ago

    Sack Rohr for being on top of the table in the qualifying group and qualifying you for your 3rd consecutive tournament with games to spare….LMAO. Ngwa Sack am na…..You nor sabi type sack letter….???? LMAO

     
    • KRYSS 2 days ago

      Dr Drey, I am with you. It is easier said than done. Sack Rohr, sack Rohr. Don’t worry when your wishes are carried out then you will be ready to hire the perfect coach for the nation.
      Football is a web of so many forces. It is proper to fix basic things before we can begin to expect better results. It’s obvious that most African pitches are very bad save South Africa and Egypt. Of course, our coaching crew is not helping matters but not enough to crucify it. The crew should learn from this and then make amends.
      Now, Osihmen,Dennis and Etebo had been injured. They would be out for a couple of days. If any of them were to be your sibling would you be happy.
      Let’s continue to support and strengthen them instead of killing their morale. Please FANS let us change our attitudes towards our players and coaching crew. Let’s always present positive attitude when expressing our sentiments. I know how you feel when your darling national team is not where it’s supposed to be. However, try to offer your own opinion without necessarily be rabid.

       
    • UBFE 2 days ago

      @Dr. Drey…

      This thing u are doing is not good at all….

      My enemies seeing me burst into laughter may thing i’m having the best of everything not knowing there’s one certain DR. SENSE DREY “OFFING” the wisest of them on CSN FORUM….

      The way u the take off them with ur replies the tire me sef….

       
      • Whomsoever keeps giving Dr Drey a thumbs up for his bull shit trashy analysis may you not prosper in your endeavours of life yeye people licking nyash of a enemy of progress. If it is you giving yourself thumbs up with your fake profiles well we all know where you will end up in the next year or two. asshole DR FRAUD

         
        • Dr Drey 1 day ago

          Hahahahahaha…..e dey pepper am for body…..LMAO. You nor see as your life just dey miserable…?? You have never prospered in your life na, so you don’t know what prosperity is. You sef give yourself multiple thumbs up if it is possible na….LMAO. Jealousy is already killing agents of the devil. Your kinsman Chima said I will die 2 years ago and I’ve been waxing stronger ever since. Come a year or two from now I will even be going stronger and better than i am now. Complete born-by-mistake Idiot.

           
          • Na you wey dem born by mistake I don tell you sey. all your fake profiles cannot change the fact that you and Rohr are frauds. You are a useless nonentity a disgrace to this forum changing profiles and thumbing yourself up LOOOOOOOOOL!!!!. come o do you even have a job in this your miserable existence because it seems you spend most your time on this forum talking trash Miserable Neanderthal. Wowo bastard

             
          • Dr Drey 1 day ago

            Hahahahahaha…..look at this generational curse. i can see the number of likes I gather really pains you and you cant phantom how an idiot like you CAN NEVER get such numbers….LMAO. It is paining you so much that you cant hide it any longer that you even had to place a curse on the sensible innocent people who give them as always. You think everybody is as stupid and senseless like you…? I spend most of my time on CSN whipping you like a slave. So that makes two of us who does not have job. And if rubbing shit in your face is the only job available in the world, I will gladly accept it pro bono. Imbecile. Cant you see my 35 profile names on this forum that gave you 35 dislikes the other day….LMAO…? Its on the same forum that you are that I gathered “nyash lickers” without seeing or having contact with anyone and you gathered 35 dislikes…..cant you see you are a failure already. It is your failure in life that followed you here to CSN to continue failing. Common street dog.
            Did you see our goal yesterday….yes our legitimate goal that your bastard twin brother of a refree ruled out, did you see defense splitting pass Musa gave Iwobi, and did you see the sweet floated assist Iwobi gave Iheanacho for the goal…? You will continue to fail because all those whom you are plotting evil against are the ones who keep delivering in the national colors. Cap no 94 already for Musa….6 more caps to go. Go drink poison when he reaches his 100 caps. Bloody tribalist son of a whore.

             
  • pompei 2 days ago

    Na siddon look we dey! Which way Nigeria?

     
  • pompei 2 days ago

    Calculator sellers at Alaba market are on RED ALERT! Big business opportunity in the offing. A draw or defeat in our next game, and calculators will become HOTCAKE!

     
    • Goal ⚽️ 2 days ago

      Sit down look mode activated!

      Big congrats to Sierra Leone national team and their coach for a job well done!

      You guys have proven again that name doesn’t play football.

      You guys are the better side, good team work, cohesion, and also good in set pieces.

      As for Rohr’s eagles I say shame to you guys, I couldn’t see any advantage in playing in Europe in this match.

      Very overrated chickens!!

      I thank Rohr for he has done so far for Super Eagles but let the truth be said you can’t take us to where we belong, don’t get me wrong you have done well in convincing Nigerians born abroad to switch association and maybe in the area of team selection but technically and tactically you have many flaws, your team lack cohesion, there’s a big gap between the midfielders and attackers .

      After 4years your team still panics when defending set pieces and they are very poor when taking set-pieces too, it’s more of a waste.
      Does it mean that without osihme your team can’t score?
      Since you have nothing more to offer it’s honourable for you to resign just like Iceland former national team coach did after the world cup, as a professional that’s what I’m expecting you to do.

      Please do so and save yourself from being booted out.

       
      • Sean 2 days ago

        Congrats to Sierra Leone how? For their failure to qualify for nation’s cup? Ha! Nawa o!

         
        • Dr Drey 2 days ago

          Hahahahaha….help us ask o. Haters are congratulating Sierra Leone the BETTER team for failing to qualify for AFCON for the umpteenth time…not even being able to make 2nd place in the group…..LMAO. Our own Super Chickens and their dumb coach has once again scaled through with games in hand…..na wetin dey pain for body them like chloroquine injection be that….LMAO.
          Make dem nor worry, the psalmist says he has prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies. This is how Rohr will continue to have a table prepared for him in the presence of his enemies and continue meeting targets till he brings that trophy home.

          Shebi they were praising S/L for tactical ingenuity for the fluke 4-4 draw. Why the same S/L coach nor fit use the same tactical ingenuity even make Okoye to save one ball today…..zero shots on target. On the other hand na their own keeper and wasteful iheanacho dem must thank for avoiding a home defeat today.

          S/L sympathizers should go and adopt S/L citizenship and leave our own chickens for us.

           
          • Proudly 9ja 2 days ago

            @Drey, well said but mathematically SL may still qualify if they beat Lesotho and Benin, that 6pts plus 3 point they presently have. When we beat Benin and Lesotho we will have 14 points thereby eliminating Benin Rep.

             
    • ChrisB 22 hours ago

      A draw with Benin and we qualify, no need for calculators

       
  • Kudos to the boys and the coaching crew. They have tried!!! Even though it is not the result we all wanted, let’s support them.
    I’m very sure it wasn’t easy for them. After the Benin debacle, the team and coaching crew were under tremendous pressure. Just to have more advantage to themselves, look at the stadium (sorry, field) SL took us to. Most secondary schools in Nigeria can boast of better fields than that.
    Bottom line…. We would have done our best to win the first leg. If we had won the first leg, we would have been in a better frame to win the second

     
  • _ Gone with the wind: Sierra Leone 0:0 Nigeria _

    The wait for Super Eagles fans to taste that sweet honey called victory will have to continue as Nigeria laboured to a dour draw against a spirited Sierra Leonean side in an Afcon qualifier second leg in Freetown today to pile more pressure on German tactician Gernot Rohr (as even some of his most hardcore supporters are now starting to re-evaluate their love for a coach who – not that long ago – could do no wrong).

    After the first leg had ended in a 4-4 draw, a defeat in almost everything but name for Nigeria when you consider Rohr’s men had been leading 4 goals to nothing, the president of the NFF said afterwards: “We must go to Freetown and beat them at least four goals so that they will know truly the Eagles have landed. So we should double our effort and go to Freetown and win that game by 4-0 because it is very symbolic so that they will know that what happened in Nigeria was a fluke.”

    The second leg has now come and gone with the Super Eagles failing to avenge the draw that was rightly received by Pinnick and a vast majority of Super Eagles fans as a home loss – and a painful one at that. In contrast, it was the Sierra Leoneans who showed the Nigerians that the result in Benin was no fluke with today’s nail-biting 0:0 draw.

    Rohr and his boys can point to the deplorable Siaka Stevens Freetown National Stadium pitch as part of the reasons why their revenge mission failed. But I doubt very seriously that fans (or Mr Pinnick) will sympathise too much with that excuse more so as the starting 11 released by the coach failed to inspire much confidence from the off.

    A lot of fans were despondent to see Akpoguma starting again after his shambolic display in the first leg while many had expected the more experienced Akpeyi to replace apprentice Okoye in goal after leaking 4 record-setting goals in the first leg. Etebo – who clearly struggled as a defensive midfielder – had also retained his place leading to a fan on social media to resort to the Pidgin English curt: ‘this coach no sabi nating!’

    If that was bad enough, the German tactician’s in-game substitutions just left many cursing the coach in language too rude for me to reprise. In a must-win encounter (to perpetuate Rohr’s own legacy of always qualifying for tournaments with games to spare [more than anything else]), he brought in a right back and a defensive midfielder in moves that left me both shocked and bewildered in equal measure.

    Nigeria will in fact more or less qualify for the 2022 Cameroon Afcon with at least a game to spare but it has more to do with results elsewhere this time around with Benin and Lesotho – in the same group – also playing out a draw.

    The results to one side, quite a number of players gave a decent account of themselves in this disappointing encounter. Balogun was as commanding as ever in the execution of his duties while the likes of Chukwueze, Iwobi, Aina, Awaziem and even Okoye helped to keep things tight.

    The Leone Stars had their moments but if the Super Eagles weren’t going to win, they were as sure as hell not going to lose either because, make no mistake about it, an upset was very much on the cards. The home team was fired up for this match and the 4 goals they scored in Benin gave them much belief going into this encounter.

    But each team had to settle for a 0:0 draw with Sierra Leone perhaps the happier of the two when you consider Nigeria’s pedigree.

    Pedigree, is that now all that is left of Rohr’s Super Eagles? Why is it that everything Rohr touches no longer turns to gold? After 3 years, when will his ‘young’ team grow into maturity? Whatever happened to qualifying for tournaments with games to spare (convincingly)? Whatever happened to score lines like defeating Cameroon 4:0, Argentina 4:2 or Algeria 3:1? Whatever happened to the air of invincibility that surrounded Rohr’s outputs?

    Gone, they are all currently gone with the wind. The question on many fans lips now is: ‘when will Rohr be gone too?’

    That said, the German tactician still retains the support of a section of Super Eagles fans who still believe that he can deliver the 2022 Afcon trophy for Nigeria and then take the nation all the way to the quarter-finals of the world cup of the same year (which seems like pipe dream to me at this stage).

    But even among his faithfuls, it is safe to say that doubts are starting to creep in based on recent uninspiring results.

     
    • Olumide Adeniyi 1 day ago

      Your analysis is quite right, however, there is just one aspect from your explanation that you and a (myself inclusive) million of football fans across this nation are all aware of, and it is what you mentioned in the 4th paragraph, THE STARTING ELEVEN.

      Without mincing words, the Golden generation of the Super Eagles obviously peaked in 1994, with the AFCON win and quite commendable first outing at the World Cup later in the year, so much that we even expected them to at least reach the semi-final stage notwithstanding the massive pedigree of the Italians at the time.

      My point in a nut shell is that we have lacked QUALITY in the National team for the past 20 years. Come to think of it, can you mention any player in the last 15 years or more that can displace, or bench the starting eleven we had back in 1994.

      1. Goalkeeper- Peter Rufai and the late Wilfred Avgbonibare
      2. Right back- Austin Eguavon
      3. Left back- Ben Iroha
      4. Centre back- Uche Okechukwu
      5. Centre back – Chidi Nwanu or Stephen Keshi
      6. Defensive Midfield- Sunday Oliseh
      7. Right midfield- Finidi George or Tijani Babangida
      8. Centre Midfield- Mutiu Adepoju, Thompson Oliha
      9. Centre Forward- Rashidi Yekini
      10. Centre Midfield- Austin Jay-Jay Okocha or Kanu Nwankwo
      11. Left Midfield- Emmanuel Amuneke

      Those names were so frightening, that even our brightest prospect in Victor Osihmen would take a lot more years to able to be compared to the legendary Rashidi Yekini.

      Even if you sack Gernot Rohr and bring in Deschamps, Klopp, Guardiola, Zidane or any other World Class coach would not be able to do significantly better. That is why these coaches with so much pedigree would always go for the best players.

      Unfortunately, NIGERIA don’t have them anymore.

      Lastly, as a food for for thought: When was the last time a Nigerian Player won the African Player of the year award?

       
  • JimmyBall 2 days ago

    … It’s well. The only thing I have to say is that, ROHR is a confused coach. If Akpoguma is now the new CAFU of Brazil we have discovered at right back despite having Ebuehi, Aina, Awaziem… Why are we still chasing Kingsley Ehizibue? Did Rohr persuade Akpoguma with the promise of playing him from the start in all games and was he (Akpoguma) recruited for right back position? If he is electing to play Aina at left back despite the guy consolidating right back at his club… Why then do we need two additional left backs in Zaidu and Collins and not just one of them? I also realized that Rohr seems to be giving the German-born Nigerians some preferential treatment… I feel only Balogun merits that… I THINK Rohr needs to decide between Ekong and Akpoguma who should be pairing Balogun… for me Tyrone Ebuehi offers the most offense from Right back and that guy is so technical that if we are looking for impact from right back towards assisting forwardplay he is the most suitable… at this moment with the way Rohr has not been anything other than average since 2016… I strongly believe he is at his wits end and not the best man to lead us to another Afcon or World Cup… I am of the opinion that we no longer need Rohr, regardless of the pitch we played on today… Rohr has no sharp intelligence for deploying players to optimal use…

     
    • Proudly 9ja 2 days ago

      @Jimmyball, very valid points and questions you raised concerning Akpoguma. Altho u have to admit he held his own today however he is position needs to the spelled out, he is a CB and should be deployed in that role. GR should stop playing people out of position when not necessary. You are right it should be a straight fight between Ekong/Akpoguma/Omeruo while in my view Balogun/Awaziem/ajayi should battle for the other CB position. A max of 4 CB should be invited going forward to maximize the team. RB should be a straight dog fight between Aina and Ebuehi, we nor get Kingsley yet so no point mentioning him, same goes for adarabioyo. Collins and Sanusi need to up dia game ooo but thats the fight for LB. Jimmyball, I think this team will be hard to beat when the full compliment of players are available. Just my thought. Just a question for you Jimmyball, are you ready for rebuilding again? Bcos thats what a new coach will do except you want to impose players on him. What if the new coach comes and says he doesn’t like Iwobis kind of play, neither does he like Ndidi or other players presently with the team, he will have to rebuild his team to his taste which might take long and could ultimately cost us a worldcup ticket. We should be careful what we wish for ooo. E dey still pain me se we nor qualify for Olympics, wirldcup will be worse. You know deep down we have a better chance of qualifying for worldcup with GR than a new person that will start rebuilding. Just a thought tho.
      Also people saying that SL team is all home based player are being economical with the truth, there are only 3 home based players from that team although the majority of them play in obscure leagues but pro na pro. Ajayi too na pro in dat sense as well.

       
      • JimmyBall 2 days ago

        @Proudly 9ja.. You raised good points with the possibility of a new coach and starting rebuilding again which is not advisable. However, if Rohr must remain he needs to become assertive and not appear to be any players friend… Let him decide between Ekong/Akpoguma, Balogun/Ajayi for centre back slots. I believe we can accommate 9 defenders in every invite, noting that some of our defenders have shown versatility in playing multiple positions… Ola Aina, Tyrone Ebuehi, Sanusi Zaidu, Jamilu Collins and Chidozie Awaziem to me should always be on the list. The reason why we must always have Awaziem and Aina is because they can play multiple positions across the backline… rather than pushing Semi Ajayi to be trying at DM we should leave Shehu there who did very well today… In the midfield and attack we can almost predict personnel there so we should always have 3-9-5-6 making 23 going into every tournament… In qualifiers we can invite additional best two high performing players in midfield and attack. Qualifiers should have 25man list and tournaments proper 23man list… But we must ensure the best are invited at all times to compete. In my humble opinion, we have seen Onuachu, though he was not involved much this time, Iheanacho is also nothing new, forget the hype of playing at Leicester (albeit from the bench all his while so far there), we have also seen Aribo, and Iwobi… though if not for the glitches from loss of concentration and occasional skewed passes from Iwobi, he did well over these two legs… however, we should involve Dennis, Olayinka, Junior Ajayi and Kayode Olarenwaju properly in the remaining two qualifying games… Let Rohr have the courage and leave out Musa, Iwobi, Iheanacho and Aribo in the next games let’s start with the above mentioned players and see how they fare… Nobody can tell me that Junior Ajayi, Kayode Olarenwaju, Peter Olayinka and Emmanuel Dennis are not up to the level of playing against Lesotho and Benin Republic… no idiot should tell me that. Now on the above suggestion we start Junior Ajayi for Aribo or Iwobi, Peter Olayinka for Ahmed Musa on the left, we can play Kayode Olarenwaju in place of Iheanacho… Olayinka and Kayode Larry can almost play in similar roles by the way… let’s be bold and see what these players bring in real match situation as we won’t have opportunities of many friendlies before coming up any time soon… Gernot Rohr be bold and try others playing who have been knocking on the door and begging for meritted chances on the team… That we cannot do all these despite knowing how good and variously dynamic these other players are shows Rohr has been too timid all this while despite using constant and same tools to achieve indifferent and mediocre results… I rest my case!

         
        • Junior Ajayi for Iwobi and Aribo?This is atrocious thinking on its own..For one,they don’t play the same position

           
          • JimmyBall 1 day ago

            Junior Ajayi plays attacking midfield too… Football is not as difficult as some of you assume. So, is Iwobi who does not even play attacking midfield for Everton not makeshift 10 for Super Eagles? Can you say Iwobi plays what looks like 10 compared to Eze? Junior Ajayi plays 10 occasionally for Al-Ahly… he can do the job if trusted.

             
  • emmy 2 days ago

    Rorh can only help nigeria to qualify but he can never bring the trophy home because it is not in his DNA this man have never won a trophy as a coach. Nigeria will qualify with Rorh but this man lack the ability to win trophy i remember when late stephen keshi beat his burkina faso tutored lads in 2013. To qualify is not the problem if nigeria strugle to qualify and win the afcon it is better with this dull oyibo no trophy for nigeria NFF should make him chief scout not a coach.

     
  • MAJOR FLEX 2 days ago

    I be dey listen to Nig info wey chuma talk sey Nigeria doesn’t have talent, some of this sport journalist forming analyst eh, na thunder go fire dem, the guy is there defending rohr for winning Bronze in afcon with this team! Tell me as a team collectively, who has a better team than Nigeria in Africa. Senegal only has mane and koulibaly, sarr plays in championship, algeria has only mahrez and bennacer, cameroon choupu moting! And you are telling me that we can’t dominate africa? Keshe, rest in peace, but rohr has to leave, yeah musa too

     
    • Dr Drey 2 days ago

      Two Senegalese goal keepers faced each other in the UEFA champions league just 2 weeks ago….1 for Chelsea, 1 for Rennes…..lets start from there first…..LMAO

       
      • Footballfanatic 2 days ago

        So what is your point?? Cause they both faced each other in the champions league doesn’t mean shit. A goalkeeper for maccabi Haifa can as well lay claim to playing in the champions league….

         
        • Dr Drey 2 days ago

          So why are your own goalkeepers not in the champions league…? LMAO. Senegal doesnt have better players but I have just mentioned their 1st and 2nd choice keepers facing each other at the highest level of club football. LMAO

           
          • Footballfanatic 2 days ago

            Senegal have good players no doubt and they are ranked farther than any other African country…

             
          • Dr Drey 2 days ago

            So can you see the “shit” in my opinion now…?

             
      • Footballfanatic 2 days ago

        So cuz they faced each other in champions league means they can’t concede goals or what?

         
  • DrinkWater 2 days ago

    Lol you guys are just something else on this forum..
    I really tried to watch the match on YouTube but it was so discouraging.so lol I couldn’t.. hence I really can’t say much..
    But whoever did try and watch at least 45 mins..you are a definite MVP and PS also share his/her ratings of the SE or the Match in review.

     
    • Samuel 2 days ago

      South korea/Japan 2002 Vincent Enyeama was in post against England and then was keeping for Enyimba Fc of Aba !!! .See i stopped supporting Gernot Rohr,when i studied his pattern and style of football.People can say he qualified Nigeria for nations cup after we had struggled for 2 straight sets qualifications !!!,but all those times had past and he was duly paid his salaries and efforts.I don’t bring past glories to praise people for present accountability. Presently,Nigeria with these games we have played so far in this post covid-19 state,cannot beat Senegal,Egypt,ivory coast etc.Our games and style are fast diminishing and people are not seeing it but just praising Gernot rohr because of his past achievements of qualifying us to nations cup, Haba !!!.
      NFF should liaise with FG and kick start our league.Gernot Rohr cannot win any trophy for Nigeria.We need a balance team and trophies and not only just qualifying with a match to spare

       
      • Proudly 9ja 2 days ago

        @samuel, am not a fan of GR but a super fan of any 9ja team, if GR leaves today I will still support the various team. I like u write up alot cos sense dey inside. I don’t think that the teams you mentioned can come out and say categorically we will beat SE, with the exception of Senegal, all the other teams in africa are average. I will even go as far as saying SE players are above these countries players. Wetin dey special about ivory coast other than Zaha, abi na Pepe or whom? None of those countries would like to face 9ja. Again ur points my broda are very valid but to say we can’t beat those countries haha my broda. We be super eagles ooo forget that blip in Benin city, na 1 off.

         
  • Dr Drey 2 days ago

    In another news, Egypt U23s currently taking on Brazil U23s in a friendly macth. Pls where is Nigeria’s own U23 team….????
    But wait for 2 weeks to beginning of Olympics qualifiers and then NFF will recall we dont have a team on ground yet to prosecute it

    http://www.livetotal.tv/c/football/under-23/17-11-2020/egypt-u23-vs-brazil-u23/1/

     
  • Agbo max 2 days ago

    The idea of playing top Five of Europe must stop ,imaging non of sierra Leone player plays in any top Five league yet we couldn’t defeat them,my points is invite players base on his quality not his clubs

     
    • Dr Drey 2 days ago

      That is why they are no 3 in the group with 3 points and no hope of being in Cameroon and we are no 1 on the group with 8 points and 1 foot in Cameroon.

       
      • UBFE 2 days ago

        @Dr Drey….

        I troway cap for this ur humble replies….

        Infact u just made my night….

        Thanks a lot…

         
        • UBFE and Dr Drey you are the same people. Stop this nonsense

           
        • Get a life and Job abeg all this data wey you dey use spend on CSN it will run out ooo and you won’t be able to put food on the table for your family go and do something with your lives abeg instead of languishing here thumbing yourself up and down

           
  • mutum 2 days ago

    hahahahahhaah sack rohr !! I have been saying this for a year now. any 1 who keeps supporting rohr as super eagles coach no sabi anything.

     
  • Femi 2 days ago

    Who said assistant coach don’t matter to the team? This the 4th consecutive matches our dear yobo have been assistant and we yet to win, wow wow wow, what a record . In all sincerity am actually not expecting us to win, the S/L are even in a better frame of
    mind to win the second leg considering they came from 4-0 to draw the first leg, so they actually have the zeal and we can do it courage in them to go all the way, I will personally take the draw as a not too bad result. But Na wah oooo.

     
  • Proudly 9ja 2 days ago

    GR just bought himself an extra life based on the display by the boys today. All credit should go to the coach cos if he had lost all the blame should have been his. Today GR showed a masterclass, the line up was great, the boys showed character as well. GR decisions were spot on. Akpoguma was commanding today, Aina did very well, even Ekong played well he redeemed himself altho his long balls are still very poor. Etebo b4 his injury was excellent and Shehu showed why he is still very relevant in the SE. Aribo also battled like a warrior, kept tracking back when we weren’t with the ball. GR should help himself and stop inviting Onuachu and Ajayi, we have better in the team. Iheanacho too should be a standby list member, he should really sort his club future out, he needs to be playing regularly to help his case.

    I think we should only use our main team when we are playing at home or against a country whose pitch meet premier league standard while using the home based players for games like today’s. If we win all our home games that 9 points already and often times for AFCON 10-12 is enough to top the group and 9 point should guarantee u 2nd spot. The reason why am saying this is if our 1st team keeps playing on pitches like these spinal cord injuries or career ending injuries could happen but our local lads are also as strong as the other team while also neighbors used to that kind of pitch. I am in no way belittling their abilities but our home-based players would hold dia own against teams like these if and only if our league is operational. Yobo should be charged with this task since NFF wants him to learn the ropes. These home based players can be sprinkled on with some fring players. I personally think we can raise 3 teams with the guys we have playing in Europe. Competitive teams too. All the teams should play according to the chief coach’s playing philosophy so there is always synergy in the teams, so if the main team is missing a player, it will be easy to pick players from the other team and the 1st team won’t miss a beat. If I were NFF and yobo, some of the boys who failed in the u20 and u23 should be called up to camp since the league isn’t working. Due to fans impatience and quest for instant results this won’t be possible. Just my thought

     
  • UBFE 2 days ago

    Ehmmmm…

    Bia…
    Biko…

    Pls Who’s typing the sack letter???

    Hahahahahahaha
    hahahahaha…

    Chai…

    9ja with pride na like five and six…

    in 2006 when ANGOLA took our world cup spot hell did not loose….

    At least EQ. GUINEA is a little bit an average team ( TRAGEDY OF 2012 AFCON MISS).

    The most painful moment was in 2015.
    What a year never to remember…..

    Not even DR CONGO that has quality players like MULUMBU, MBEMBA, KAGE, MAKIADI, BOLASIE, MBOKANI, MABWATI… THAT STOPED US FROM AFCON 2015 o!….

    CONGO…. I repeat; CONGO…

    THEY BEAT US RIGHT IN OUR OWN ROOM; INFACT INNER-ROOM AND PICKED THE REMAINING TICKET AFTER S.AFRICA CONFIDENTLY AND BOLDLY “FLAWED” US & PICK THE FIRST ONE.

    INFACT WE PLAYED 6 GOOD MATCHES AND ALL WE CAN STRUGGLE, BEGG AND MANAGE TO COLLECT FROM THE HANDS OF mighty GERMANAFRICA, BRAZILCONGO AND SPAINSUDAN WAS JUST 8 POINTs, I REPEAT INCASE U DIDN’T GET IT WELL…. JUST 8 MEDIOCRE POINTS.

    OUR FOOTBALL WENT INTO SHAMBLE AND NONE TO SAVE.

    ROHR MEN WOULD NOT REWARD U SHAR.

    In all this hell never got loosed….

    This man’s team has accummulated 8points from 4 games and they say we should type his sack letter….

    Who CURSE us ooooooooooo??

     
  • De Star 2 days ago

    Can an patriotic Nigerian fault these action plan by the football stakeholders platform to storm National Assembly for another # End SARS in NFF

    Blessed day to us all in this group please note there is nothing to prove this present NFF there are using old key to open new key how can that be possible, they are giving carpenter injection to go and give Doctor, there are 15 busses which is 48 seater each to take football stakeholder and explayers to the senate in Abuja to do our peaceful riot we need to do something urgently for our football to come back the way it was,  a country that Enyimba and kano pillars alone can beat, how many  sierra leone players play for big clubs in big league 2 players alone in the Nigeria team can pay the entire seirra Leone team we need to take our football back since this tenure off Nff we have not celebrated any cup or any good win in any tournament can you imagine we cannot even watch our match on TV, all the money they have been collecting from federal government, adding some ex players to some abandoned committee that has not been utilized doesn’t change anything football brings joy after God is football in Nigeria all what they are doing in State FA collecting money and others thank God  airport are now open For international Flights like Klm Airfrance are  now opened  we need to riot and take back our football from hijackers. All what we are celebrating today was won by 1st and 2nd Dutch foreign coaches Olympic gold medal and Blessed day to us all in this group please note there is nothing to prove this present NFF there are using old key to open new key how can that be possible, they are giving carpenter injection to go and give Doctor, there are 15 busses which is 48 seater each to take football stakeholder and explayers to the senate in Abuja to do our peaceful riot we need to do something urgently for our football to come back the way it was,  a country that Enyimba and kano pillars alone can beat, how many  sierra leone players play for big clubs in big league 2 players alone in the Nigeria team can pay the entire seirra Leone team we need to take our football back since this tenure off Nff we have not celebrated any cup or any good win in any tournament can you imagine we cannot even watch our match on TV, all the money they have been collecting from federal government, adding some ex players to some abandoned committee that has not been utilized doesn’t change anything football brings joy after God is football in Nigeria all what they are doing in State FA collecting money and others thank God  airport are now open For international Flights like Klm Airfrance are  now opened  we need to riot and take back our football from hijackers. All what we are celebrating today was won by 1st and 2nd Dutch foreign coaches Olympic gold medal and qualifying Nigeria for the first world cup  we have some good ex players that can succeed more than this foreign coach 45% of this players in this super eagles team are from Emmanuel Amueneke. ualifying Nigeria for the first world cup  we have some good ex players that can succeed more than this foreign coach 45% of this players in this super eagles team are from Emmanuel Amueneke.

     
    • Dr Drey 2 days ago

      Hahahahaha…Enyimba and Kano pillars can beat Sierraleone indeed. LMAO
      It was a sierra leone 2nd division team that dumped our own CAF Confed cup representatives out of the competition 2 or 3 years ago. LMAO. The last time I chcked it was 4-1 togo walloped our CHAN team, the best collection players in our local league.
      Tell your Enyimba and Kano pillars to qualify for CAF CL group phase 1st b4 thinking of beating S/L natioal team. Lolz.

       
      • UBFE 2 days ago

        @Dr Drey….

        DR SENSE DREY…..

        BABA you are a true son of your BIOLOGICAL FATHER…. No be mouth….

        Infact; the money ur parents invested in u was never and can never be in vain….

        U are the type this falling nation needs in key Governmental positions….

        When last did our NPFL teams reach any CAF competion SEMIs???

        Simply and clear….

         
        • Footballfanatic 2 days ago

          Second post wey this guy just dey lick ass lmao

           
  • Goal ⚽️ 2 days ago

    Sit down look mode activated!

    Big congrats to Sierra Leone national team and their coach for a job well done!

    You guys have proven again that name doesn’t play football.

    You guys are the better side, good team work, cohesion, and also good in set pieces.

    As for Rohr’s eagles I say shame to you guys, I couldn’t see any advantage in playing in Europe in this match.

    Very overrated chickens!!

    I thank Rohr for he has done so far for Super Eagles but let the truth be said you can’t take us to where we belong, don’t get me wrong you have done well in convincing Nigerians born abroad to switch association and maybe in the area of team selection but technically and tactically you have many flaws, your team lack cohesion, there’s a big gap between the midfielders and attackers .

    After 4years your team still panics when defending set pieces and they are very poor when taking set-pieces too, it’s more of a waste.

    Does it mean that without osihme your team can’t score?

    Since you have nothing more to offer it’s honourable for you to resign just like Iceland former national team coach did after the world cup, as a professional that’s what I’m expecting you to do.

    Please do so and save yourself from being booted out.

     
    • Dr Drey 2 days ago

      Your BETTER team is in 3rd place in the group with 3 points, while our chickens are on top of the group and already on the way to Cameroon with 2 games left. LMAO…..isnt that lovely.
      Enemies….see the way they are lamenting and crying…..LMAO. Pls stop watching our Super chickens. Leave them for us like that. You are free to go and support your better team that will watch us play in AFCON in 2022….LMAO

       
  • lanre 2 days ago

    the way most people on this forum talk i can just hope that Gernot rohr nd his players, especially the europe breed do not get to read the various uncomplimentary remarks so that they would not come to think we are all the same ingrate,inconsiderate nd dirty minded people.A team that had a bad day,conceeded four goals at home,then got their act together to claim a clean sheet away disallowing their opponent’s home fans an expected celebration of goals harvest yet these forumites see nothing spectacular in them

     
    • Dr Drey 2 days ago

      Leave them. They themselves know the truth…they know it was us that gave that match away out of our own complacency….but their hatred for Rohr has made that misadventure the petrol they want to use to roast him. Their African guadiolas never topped any group talk more of qualifying for any tournament before they were sacked o. LMAO

       
  • lanre 2 days ago

    the way most people on this forum talk i can just hope that Gernot rohr nd his players, especially the europe breed do not get to read their various uncomplimentary remarks so that they would not come to think we are all the same ingrate,inconsiderate nd dirty minded people.A team that had a bad day,conceeded four goals at home,then got their act together to claim a clean sheet away disallowing their opponent’s home fans an expected celebration of goals harvest yet these forumites see nothing spectacular in them

     
  • UBFE 2 days ago

    @Ianre….

    U go fit withstand weting u the carry come so???

    Allow them o!

    They are the ones crying for PINNICK, ROHR, NFF to lure all the foreign borns to play for SE….

    Now they are still the ones discrediting these lads….

    Pls whoever is related to the likes of EZE, ADEMOLA, EJARIA, ONOMAH, TURANIGHA, UDUOKAI, ADARABIOYO, SAKA, AKINBIYI-PARK, ZIRKZEE, EHIZIBUE et all the foreign borns should advise them to stay put with their contry of birth…. FIGHT FOR SHIRT IN THE NATIONAL TEAM…

    There’s nothing special at home…
    “home is no longer sweet home”….

    Just play there even if it is one or two matches case close….

    Tell them when they come they would discriminate and segrigate them….

    Warn them not to come biko…. I personally hate nonsense….

     
    • Jason Burroni 22 hours ago

      @UBFE sir, you just got yourself a fan in me. Dr Drey you are the best man. Please never stop speaking the truth with facts.

      There are actual people desperately working hard to reposition themselves to begin to gain from SE once again. For at least 4 years now the current coach has successfully blocked all of the avenues they use to enrich themselves even at our team’s expense.
      They have been gradually sowing tares and putting spokes into the wheels of the coach’s hardwork over the last 3 years. The sad part of all these is that well meaning fans of SE are beginning to bite into the hook set by this selfish people whose goal is to take our national team to a place where it suits them but cause pain to Nigerians.
      Pls let us not fall into this trap because of lack of patience.
      Rohr is on a MISSION. He is gradually building us a team that will rule Africa for years to come and possibly the world too. A
      little PATIENCE and we’d get there. Rome was not built in a day. The best teams in history took years to build before success. Germany won the world cup in 2014 with Joachim low with a team built by klinsman.
      A little PATIENCE with Rohr and we will enjoy our team for years to come.

       
  • Thats the spirit of the game….to get a win away from home is not that easy…. instead tonlose,a draw is still a fair result.even the time of okocha and kanu in the national team…the still experience such…that’s why non of them is condemning ROHR and his boiz…just a reminder that Ghana chop defeat away from home to sudan while Cameroon and Tunisia settle for draw away from home.

    SR throw everything bcs the know all die na die,either we win or we lose but Nigeria is playing mind game bcs them know if the lose it will worstin the current situation……atol atol draw can instead make dem settle for a draw.draw is not too bad after the that ugly home match…. honestly their morale is very low…let’s encourage and appreciate what we have.

    This boys will bounce back strong …am sure of that

    God bless our super [email protected] team
    God bless our [email protected]
    God bless our boys……

     
  • pompei 2 days ago

    Should Rohr remain, or should he go?
    How can we, in good conscience, fire Rohr, considering that he has not been given the ideal environment to do his job? Look at the poor pitch the team had to play on in Benin! Not to mention the unbelievable distractions from Pinnick and Dare.
    I saw highlights from quite a few of the Afcon qualifiers played across the continent. The stadium that hosted the SA vs Sao Tome game was so pristine, so nice. I couldn’t help but wonder. If we had “rented” that stadium from SA, and played S/L there, I have no doubt in my mind that we would have massacred them. Our boys are used to good pitches, and would have felt more “at home” on that SA pitch. Playing the match in that poor pitch in Benin did not help them at all. As far as our boys are concerned, they just played 2 “away” games. Ogbe stadium was definitely not home!
    I’m not even going to talk about the Siaka Stevens stadium in S/L. That’s not a football stadium.
    If these results had occurred on a good pitch, then the calls for Rohr’s removal would have been more justified. But as it is, as annoyed and frustrated as I am with Rohr, I don’t think we have the moral right to sack him. If we must sack him, we shouldn’t stop with just him. A lot of people would have to go with him. The people that chose Ogbe stadium to host such an important encounter, these must go as well! The administrators that fail to pay match bonuses and coaches’ salaries on time, these must go too! The people who are responsible for the proper functioning of our football, and other sports, should also be shown the door, because nothing is working!
    So, if we want to sack Rohr, we have to also sack a whole lot of people. And out of all these people that are due for sacking, Rohr is the only one with a valid excuse.
    By failing to provide Rohr with a good pitch to play his games, I see that as a fundamental breach of his contract. It is the NFF that owes damages to Rohr in this circumstance, not the other way around. So, if Rohr must go, the NFF must also pay him every penny of his severance, per his contract.
    While I would love his replacement to be someone of substance, like Rijkaard, good coaches do not come cheap. Can the NFF fulfil their obligations to this new coach in a timely manner?
    Furthermore, they are not stupid. They do their due diligence, and when they see what Rohr has endured at the hands of the NFF, do you think they will agree to come and be part of our mess?
    As it stands, although we are disappointed, especially with how Rohr and the team contrived to waste away a 4 goal lead, it stands to reason that our situation is likely to get worse if we get rid of Rohr without having a proper replacement asap.
    And a proper replacement will be reluctant to come, if they see that like Rohr, they will not be provided with an enabling environment to do their job. Then we will have to go back to mediocrity, and our football will go back to the dark ages.
    I would rather stick it out with Rohr till he genuinely fails, or after the 2022 world cup. Indeed, half bread with Rohr is better than none!

     
    • deo 1 day ago

      Hi Pompei,

      Thanks for the submission above which I read with much interest. As you said, the issue is not about getting rid of Rohr but, more to your point, it is about what is on ground.

      Believe me when I tell you : I am more worried about how our football administrators run football than I am of Rohr’s handling of the Super Eagles.

      Is Gernot Rohr the best coach for Nigeria under the right circumstances (and based on recent results)? Perhaps not. But, if I rephrase that question to read: is Gernot Rohr the best coach for our country based on how football is being managed by the NFF (and more so based on past results)? The answer has to be an emphatic ‘Yes’.

      That itself speaks more to the ineptitude of the NFF.

      Indeed the NFF can elect to get rid of Rohr now but their own edifice is built on rotten foundation so much so that any new coach is almost already set up to fail.

      It is a very sad state of affairs.

      As disappointing as recent Super Eagles results have been, more disappointing is the fact that I don’t trust the NFF to manage football in a manner that inspires confidence.

      Let’s make no bones about it: results have been dire. I read somewhere that 2020 is the first year since 1970 that Nigeria failed to win any match in a calendar year.

      Actually, the last time we won a match was exactly 12 months ago (on 17 November 2019 against Lesotho). The last time I can remember Nigeria conceding 4 goals in a game prior to last Friday’s game was 10 years ago (against Egypt in an Afcon group stage match). Even our meteoric rise in the Fifa rankings slumped last month.

      We won’t be true to ourselves if we don’t apportion to Gernot Rohr his share of the blame for these grim milestones.

      But what of the NFF? What is their contingency plan? What is their long term plan? Do they even have a plan?

      The worry is not about sacking Rohr (in club and international football, coaches get hired and fired with the drop of a hat). Rather, the worry is what happens afterwards.

      And based on how football is managed in Nigeria, I have every reason to worry.

       
      • pompei 4 hours ago

        Vey well put, Deo. Our football is in a big, big mess.
        When I read the part where you talked about contingency and long term planning, I found myself laughing uncontrollably. How can NO FUTURE FOCUS NFF have plan of any kind? Ordinary stadium for our boys to play on, we not get. So what exactly have the NFF been up to all this while?
        If they decide to sack Rohr, they should also vacate their jobs. In fact, let them sack him. The poor guy has had enough. He will collect a large sum from his severance per his contract, and go back to Mannheim to live out the rest of his days in peace and luxury. And leave our football in the hands of these clueless, corrupt bunch of administrators!

         
  • Sunnyb 2 days ago

    A bone  crushing encounter, I’m glad our boys escaped with no major injury, is this team really progressing, what would make this team super. Again What’s the lesson learned from this encounter 

     
  • Ayphillydegreat 1 day ago

    To be honest our post covid matches have been really uninspiring. 4 matches 1 loss 3 draws. That’s not good enough for the SuperEagles especially the capitulation in Benin. I know some are just waiting to wake in the morning to read about Rohr’s sack. Some can’t wait for him to be gone. However, like someone said are we going to be rebuilding again??? If at all Rohr should be fired are we hiring another foreign coach or give the job to a local coach?? What happened to most of the players that just pledged their allegiance to Nigeria because of Rohr?? Can we afford a world class coach that will take us to the promise land?? Well Rohr will most certainly leave someday, but requesting for his sack at this crucial time n my opinion will be counterproductive. I believe by the time we get back the full complement of our players back from injury this team will improve.

    A glimpse of what they’re capable of is that first half in Benin. If they can sustain such a performance for 90 minutes and beyond SuperEagles will be the team to beat at the AFCON. Can this team under Rohr win the AFCON?? Well I can’t predict the future, but certainly they can if they prepare to face a tough battle ahead and work on their mental alertness. Even with a Guardiola, Klopp, Maurinho, Simeone, Zidane or Rijkaard Nigeria is not going to win the WorldCup. They will all still start rebuilding from scratch again.

    The state of our league is nothing to write home about therefore I don’t see any home based player making it into the SuperEagles anytime soon. Hopefully Ndidi and Osimhen come back stronger, Ekong needs to elevate his game better. His performance shows that Omeruo is still relevant until we find something better or Akpoguma moves to pair Balogun in the heat of defense. For now they should focus on their club form till the next window in March. The recent results will prepare them well for the WorldCup qualifiers ahead. Some players have shown their capabilities while some have played themselves out of the team. It’s up to the coach to invite any good player he feels can add depth to his team. I’ll prefer Rohr to continue with this team till 2022. 

     
    • JimmyBall 1 day ago

      @Ayphillydegreat… good piece. The good thing is that we have a vast pool of quality players to call any day. My take is that Rohr should have help. Yobo was a good player but as yet, not a coach… he is just experiencing how it feels to be watching from the sidelines and learning how to analyse live plays as opposed to playing himself. We need seasoned personnel who can truly help Rohr… by this I mean local coaches who know what pressure is, and how the Nigerian mentality is wired towards assessment and expectations from how our teams should setup and play. If Amuneke is already tied to contract in Egypt that he cannot leave, then, let us get Coach Manu Garba and Nduka Ugbade to work with Rohr… These men rather than stay idle, will gladly accept between 2 – 2.5million each to help Rohr… they nurtured most of the talent we are now seeing in the Super Eagles. They know the strengths and depth of African football, and for once Coach Rohr could also draw help from their own caoching philosophies… Nduka was a good defender and Manu Garba was an elegant midfielder in his days with Moscow ’83 flying Eagles and the great El-Kanemi Warriors of Borno of the late to early ’90s. If NFF wants to help Rohr this is what they should do… Finidi George, and Mutiu Adepoju are also there, likewise Ben Iroha… these ones already have some level of coaching and playing experience. Rohr cannot continue depending on the advice of an immature Yobo and his Tunisian assistant (Trabelsi) alone going forward… this is how to also encourage local content… for sure several good heads are better than one… we clearly need to help Rohr with additional THINK-TANK! This is my candid addition to you well-written piece… for God’s sake can we blame playing turf also for the games against Algeria and Tunisia recently?

       
      • NA ME TALK AM 1 day ago

        @JimmyBall .. I agree with your writeup . The problem with the SE is NFF , Rohr , SE technical crew and the players . First only clueless person would consider YOBO as an assistant coach because being a good footballer doesn’t implies you’ll make a good coach or assistant coach . A situation whereby the main coach needs help , the assistant coach input his ideas to the team . Yobo is the only assistant coach I know in the world with no Coaching Badge ( I stand to be corrected ) .

        The Greatest surprise of all this problem is since YOBO become the Assistant Coach of the SE , the SE have failed to win any game . They have also failed to improve and work as a unit .

        A coach is as good as his / her assistant example is PEP and Arteta , Mourinho and PEP , and others . Until NFF start going the normal route , SE will continue to decline .

        NFF failed to develop the grassroot football , Underage football and even the local league , Yet they claim to build a team for the future or are building a team for the future ( Very funny ) .

        Yes every team has it own UPS-DOWNS regardless of the team being a good or average team but then NFF , Rohr , His technical Crew and The players are all to be blamed for the current poor form of the team

        God bless Nigeria

         
  • SAMUEL 1 day ago

    @jimmyball,nice write up.But are you aware that despite our league on break,some of our same league players are going abroad for trials and succeeding.The thing is Gernot Rohr should have been aware that come rain and sunshine,that some african countries will still be using bad football pitches for their games.Yesterdqy Spain thrashed Germany 6 nil,will the Germans be praising their world cup winning coach because he won it last 2014? Capital NO sir.
    Please we are not doing well this post covid 19.Gernot Rohr is not progressing

     
    • Kenneth 1 day ago

      Well said, the question to ask is what was Rorh during the Covid period, He had the opportunity to assemble players from the local league and train them why on break. Guess we were just paying him $55k to do his hotel business on the NFF watch. Abi is it everyday he is calling each players in Europe, because that will be the next excuse now

       
    • pompei 1 day ago

      If the Germans decide to sack Loew, they have a much better reason. Loew has always been provided with a first class working environment, including excellent football pitches. Can the same be said of Rohr? No doubt, Rohr has been poor recently. My point is that the failures of the NFF contributed to Rohr’s failures.
      For instance, if we had played our home game on one of the several good SA pitches, what do you think would have happened?
      When our boys come home to play matches, one of the things they need is a good pitch to do their jobs, and the NFF FAILED TO SUPPLY THAT NEED. The NFF failed the players, and failed Rohr.
      Sacking Rohr without any consequence for the current football administration makes no sense. Rohr is in a bad patch, but he is not the root cause of our problems! If he is provided with a good pitch, and he messes up again, I will be the first to clamor for his removal. You can’t sack an employee for poor performance when you consistently fail to provide the employee with his/her needs!

       
      • Dr Drey 1 day ago

        Before they sack Rohr, they should pay ALL the bonuses of the team which they have not done since the last group game of the 2019 AFCON, because latter, lairs we will come here and tell us Rohr was NEVER OWED a kobo even for 1 day and that was why he was churning out results under the same conditions their guadiolas failed.

         
      • kenneth 23 hours ago

        What did you just say, so are you saying the venue of our matches is imposed on Rorh, thats a big lie. Rorh himself said he liked the ogbe stadium. Please look for a better excuse. he gets his salary steadily, unlike the local coaches that handled the various national teams. Please show us the proof they are owed money, because the previous national teams will not even play any matches until there bonuses are paid. This NFF i will say has done everything possible to make Rorh comfortable.

         
    • Kingston 1 day ago

      “Believe me when I tell you : I am more worried about how our football administrators run football than I am of Rohr’s handling of the Super Eagles”.
      This is the most reasonable thing I’ve read all day.
      Sack yobo
      Sack whoever is the head of our national league
      My neighbor also told me to say “sack rohr”. My neighbor sells calculator, since rohr came nobody wants to buy calculator.
      Sincerely speaking, sack yobo!!

       
  • Dr Drey 1 day ago

    Hahahahaha……Rohr had the opportunity to assemble local league players during covid break….LMAO…..e be like say some people just drop from jupiter…..LMAO. Abeg where them dey when FG banned all sporting activites for this country…??? LMAO. Abeg even local league clubs, them assemble during covid break….??? LMAO. Why are the teams representing us in CAF competitions complaining now of no time…? Why dem too nor assemble begin they train during covid break….LMAO. Why are we just camping our U17 and U20 teams now if it was possible to assemble during covid break…LMAO.
    Orisirisi for CSN. Some people just like talking because everybody is talking, so they too must talk make e nor cause quarell….LMAO

    I dont even give a damn again about whatever the NFF and the Media plan against Rohr…..afterall….the job nor be in family chieftaincy title, he is bound to leave one day, but we need to learn from history. It was the media and ignorant oversabi fans who clamoured for the sack of Amodu in 2002……what followed….CALAMITY….we replaced him with a local coach and set our football backwards 5 years. In 2010, the same thing…..Amodu, Just like Rohr now, navigated the entire WCQ series without loosing one match and got to AFCON semis, media and ignorant fans called for his sack….what followed….CALAMITY. For no tangible reasons, just because his team had a blip, oversabi talk-talk people requested he be sacked. It was the same Media and ignorant fans that clamored for Keshi’s sack (some of those ignorant fans today are always praising the same keshi on this CSN but were always raining insults on Keshi and calling him “gather and play” coach)….we sacked him and brought our flamboyant guadiolas…what followed….CALAMITY…..we fell to the lowest ebb we ever fell as a nation!!!

    It is like we have been cursed to always press the self destruct button each time we seem to be looking like moving forward…..I have said it before and will say it now….SACK ROHR today… and the calamity that will befall our football, we wouldn’t recover in 5 years. When NFF sacks Rohr now they should put it on record that they sacked him despite topping his current qualification group and qualifying for the 3rd straight tournament with games to spare. I have never been scared about Rohr being sacked, hiring and firing is the name of the job. I’ve only ever been scared about who will replace him. Trust me just like Siasia, Amuneke will be rubbished on this job if he takes it. Mark my words. I pity him if he allows the hype of fans get to his head and takes on the job. He should go and ask Siasia.

    Barcelona was topping the La liga when they sacked Valverde for the most flimsy excuses I’ve ever heard. They brought in Setien because he plays tiki taka…..it all ended in tears at the end of the season. The same Setien is jobless at the momnet.

    NFF SACK ROHR o…..! SACK ROHR and let us move on.

    Lass lass come rain or sunshine we go continue to the support our SE.

    But whether enemies acknowledge or not we have once again done 3 consecutive times with consummate ease what African guadiolas couldn’t do 3 out of 4 times even with better players…..we could even afford to throw away a 4 goal lead and still qualify with games to spare….LMAO

     
    • deo 1 day ago

      “I have never been scared about Rohr being sacked, hiring and firing is the name of the game. I’ve only ever been scared about who will replace him”: Dr Drey.

      Enough said…….

       
    • Dr Drey 1 day ago

      We always hail Westerof and the 94 squad today….but there would have been nothing like 94 and by extension 96 if it were to be in the power of the then NFA and some big mouthed media people who are still alive today….whose names I wouldnt metion here. Oga Mumuni Alao knows them. It was Westerhof’s alliance with the VP of the country that made 94 and 96 a possibility. Nigerians never loved westerhof, no thanks to the huge media campaign against him by Akinyele and his cabal in the sports commission. Nigerians only started loving and respecting Westerhof after he secured world cup qualification against all odds and after winning AFCON in his 3rd attempt. So what is happening today is nothing new. Anyone who coaches SE since mediocres crept into football administration in Nigeria always does so against all odds. We are in a country where even ignoramuses think they know coaching job better that the coach. Talk is always cheap. Shebi yobo dey analyse match for Supersport like say in na former world cup winning coach……wetin happen to all the analysis now that he is sitting on the bench as the asst gaffer….??? LMAO. Once again talk is always cheap.

      NFF PLEASE SACKL ROHR O…..!!! Sack Rohr now and you MUST give us a coach who MUST guarantee us he MUST win the next AFCON and MUST reach WC quaterfinals.

       
      • Glory 1 day ago

        Thumbs up my man @ Drey. you remain a special read.

         
  • Tancosports 1 day ago

    Tancosport is back. We have experienced a great game and great fight given to us buy SL national team, it was a great week for Nigeria football IMO. Firstly, I will accept the fact that our beloved and the best coach we have in recent times, coach GR got his tactics wrong in the second half of the game which affected us a lot but that will not depreciate my love for him and the team because it has happened to many great teams and coaches, that’s Guardiola and his Man city lost woefully in one of their premier league recent games. many SE fan will say playing a draw against SL is like loosing the game and my question to you all is that what should we called loosing the game to SL? National disaster, dead sentence or what? I need your answers pls. Lol

    The result of the game we had against SL is not strange IMO, many big teams in the world sometimes slum against “minows” of the game. France lost to New comer Senegal in Korea/Japan 2002, Argentina lost to Cameroon in Italia 90, South Africa lost to Cape Verde home and away during 2018 wc qualifiers, Cape Verde stopped Cameroon from qualify for 2013 again, just yesterday Sudan beat Ghana just to mention few yet world did not come to an end and how about France the world champion that recently lost to Finland?. I don’t think anyone is very crazier about SE than I do but football is not about win win all the time, Algeria is the best team in Africa at this moment but we all know what happened to them in 2017/2018. They lost to Zambia home and away during 2018 wc qualifiers yet their fans stood by them.

    Let’s take things easy with this team and our coach, after all we lost to Chad during 2015 afcon qualifiers And world did not come to an end. The bitter truth is that most of the players we have now are average players and they cant give much more than they have.

    I will go into proper analysis about the game in my next write up.

     
    • NA ME TALK AM 1 day ago

      @Tancosports .. I agree with you. because sometimes few surprises happens in football because Chile lost to Venezuela , Ghana lost to Sudan and Tunisia played a draw with Tanzania . It doesn’t implies Venezuela , Sudan and Tanzania are better teams or have a coach with good tactics .

      Surprises are meant to happen in football but then the poor recent form of the SE needs urgent attention and solution by the Coach , NFF , Rohr Technical crew and the Players .

      Luckily even a draw in either of our next two match would qualify the SE for the next AFCON.

      The next two qualification match should be a compulsory and mandatory WIN-WIN for the SE . The SE needs to play with their soul , body and mind out in our next two qualification matches to win back the FANS and the country affections / supports .

      God Bless Nigeria

       
  • Dr Drey 1 day ago

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dQq5AIBpCU

    Ladies and gentlemen…..here is the highlight of yesterday’s game once again with a better camera view. Pls scroll to 8.40 min and can someone tell me how that goal is ever an offside…???? I dont know, I must have forgotten football rules.

     
    • JimmyBall 1 day ago

      @Dr.Drey… Thanks for sharing here. I saw this very clear clip earlier this morning and I concluded that goal was a clean goal as I paused the clip several times to see where Iwobi was when Musa freed the ball to him. How does CAF even come about that sort of hungry looking referee at this age and time? A lot of other countries played away and referees were fair that they even won! The question now is will our NFF even petition the referee and get him penalised? That idiot should be punished… A petition including the video evidence and analysis should be sent to CAF… That was daylight robbery… I want to believe most referees in Africa hate Nigeria… Similar thing like this was done to Eaglets in Niger in 2017, a situation that one of our protesting officials who went with the team had his video evidence recording on his mini camcoder seized by security agents of Niger after roughing him up. But another point is that though the pitch was not the best… football is playable on that turf… to me being grass, it’s better than that synthetic turf in Benin City. However… the truth is that Super Eagles needs reinforcement of personnel and championship character!

       
      • Dr Drey 1 day ago

        Hehehehehe…..why always Nigeria…?
        In Johannesburg we were denied a victory with the ref cancelling 2 clear goals. In algiers we were denied a victory with the most dubious penalty I,ve ever seen in my like. Brahimi fouled Shehu Abdulahhi but it was Algeria that was awarded a penalty. Brahimi did not even know the whitlse was blown in his favour and was already distraught about his foul against Shehu. Same thing in Yaoundé. Now this. And some hypocrites in NFF who need to be replaced by foreign administrators will say Rohr is not doing his job…lolz.
        Even on this millet farm we still pulled a win but enemies will not see that. They will rather see the misadventure of the complacency that made us give the match in Benin to S/L on a platter. I though the S/L was a master tactician for orchestrating a 4 goal comeback, why e nor fit orchestrate even 1 shot on target on his own home soil when our boys played with seriousness and focus…? LMAO

         
      • Kenneth 23 hours ago

        Jimmy, we were not on the pitch, It all depends on the position of the assistant referee. I watch it several times like you did, and am wondering why no VAR.

         
    • Tancosports 1 day ago

      Thanks for the video @Dr Drey, but I will disagree with you a bit that the goal scored by Iheanacho was not an offside. Iheanacho should be blamed for that goal miss, he was in offside because of his wrong positioning. You can look the video again sir.

       
      • Dr Drey 1 day ago

        My brother….as at when Iwobi crossed the ball to him, he wasnt in offside position. He was on the line of the 6 yard box while the last S/L defender was still with Iwobi on the far side. Watch and pause at 8.49 of the video.

         
    • pompei 3 hours ago

      Nice video Dr Drey. The version of the stream I watched was full of interruptions, so this is the best view I’ve seen so far.
      Why that goal was disallowed, I can’t tell you. Perhaps the referee and his assistants need glasses. A perfectly good goal as disallowed. Daylight robbery in Freetown.
      If our boys could perform like this on a miserable eyesore of a pitch, imagine what they would have done if we played the game in one of the SA pitches? We would have torn S/L to pieces. Thanks NO FUTURE FOCUS NFF for your administrative and organizational ineptitude!

       
      • Dr. Drey 3 hours ago

        You nor see as all these hoodlums crying for Rohr’s sack keep quiet on this matter…? LMAO. In their minds they are very happy that we were denied a victory with such injustice. Every victory is a dent on their evil plans. See blatant goal korokoro here ruled out for no reason. On top this goal wey we dey see korokoro for TV so naim One federal muntula was asking for VAR….LMAO. Country wey nor fit get ordinary pitch, country wey nor fit get better online broadcast for the match naim go get VAR worth hundreds of millions…??? LMAO

         
  • D-Cardinal 1 day ago

    Blame Nff or not if we must be truthful to ourselves, SE are not playing good football.. You judge a team base on their current performance and not past glory.. We played 4 African oppositions within the span of two months,we couldn’t record a win.not because the playing personnel are not good,but because the technical input was not there,no thanks to NFF and Rhor,the former,appointing yobo has proven to be ill,this is someone who couldn’t analyse football well at super sports,with little or no coaching onus,suddenly he was made assistant coach not even a crew member to help him understudy. Coach Rhor on his own part is still operating in 1990’s German football tactics, where you always seat deep and break quick on a counter,this was vividly clear when ever we play against a team that we are pal or have more pedigree against us..every team that wants to play SE knowns that if you press them upfront they will result to long balls and crumble..this was evident against our game vs Serbia pre world cup,against Algeria, Croatia,England,and even Sierra Leone yesterday.yet he has failed to find a solution to that..His squad selections and starting line up leaves you angry even before the match starts.let us not even go to substitutions,his subs shows he doesn’t read the game well.the truth remains that there is nothing Rhor has achieved more than what the late coach shahibu amodu did.
    Moving forward..NFF should play their part by having uyo as our permanent home,pending abuja and Lagos stadium readiness. Secondly,sacking Rhor will not be ideal now..let’s give him benefit of doubt till after afcon we can then have full assessment of the team…but if he is been sack I will not feel bad at all..

     
    • JimmyBall 1 day ago

      @D-Cardinal… Na you analyze pass joor. This your piece is music to the mind. Final yarn baba! I twale for you…

       
  • Kingston 1 day ago

    If not for poor officiating Nigeria would have won yesterday game. We supporting super eagles and in a large way supporting rohr know he is not perfect. We are not stupid, we also see his errors. Some people clamoring for his exit are fantasizing on employing the likes of Mourinho, guardiola, and the likes. Keep dreaming. With the kind of nff we have? With the kind of local league we have? Have we forgotten that foreign coach that nff want to sign but when the guy saw how bad conditions are in Nigeria, he declined? A hater in this forum once said the day he knew rohr is not capable of leading super eagles to the promise land was when rohr agreed to sign the second contract regardless of the infringement to certain benefits like full dominance over his selection. This statement is purely wickedness pouring out from a wicked person. I blame rohr for his patriotism, in Nigeria a patriot is a fool. That’s why we are sacrificing the coach that have convinced over 6 dual citizenship players to play for us. A case I won’t forget is that of tryonne ebuehi, where his agent was against the idea of ebuehi playing for us!
    Some other haters are blaming rohr for not following local leagues players since rohr was aware of how terrible SL pitch was. Their logic – “local league players would fare well since they are used to that terrain”. How dumb!
    God bless Nigeria
    God bless Super Eagles
    God bless loyal fans

     
    • Dr Drey 1 day ago

      Nor mind them joor. Local league players wey togo homebased hammer 4-1 or local league players wey Sierra leone 2nd division club knock out of CAF confed cup….???? LMAO
      Local league players my foot…..!!!

       
      • Iwobi was not offside yesterday and Iheanaco scored nice goal… It’s sad that incompetence seems to be an African challenge, I hope the NFF does the needful, challenge the refs decision and seek disciplinary action… Rohr can still improve and the team needs to steel up mentally… No need for any sacks at the moment tho, unless we are sacking the glass house lolz…

         
        • JimmyBall 1 day ago

          @Q… good talk. We won that game. We should raise hell on NFF if they don’t petition that idiot hungry-looking charcoal of a referee. That otondo must be humiliated and disciplined. It’s because we don’t follow up with things like that referees in Africa take us for granted to perpetuate evil and injure Nigeria in football. Recall Henry Nwosu goal in Afcon 1988 final against Cameroun… We ought to have reported that episode to CAF and they fail to compensate us, we should have taken ISSA HAYATOU and his corrupt CAF to FIFA and COAS for sports. If we don’t project a no-nonsense attitute towards these sporting ills in Africa referees won’t be scared to always take bribe and be partial against us.

           
          • Ayphillydegreat 22 hours ago

            Lmao!! So now we won that game?? Whatever happened to Rohr is clueless, Rohr is confused, Rohr should be sacked??? ET all?? Ajayi is better than Iheanacho, Olayinka is better than Iheanacho, Kayode will score an hat trick against Sierra Leone. Lmao!! So now is the time you’re now watching the match?? Lmao!! I been dey laugh since. One of them even ask why no VAR because that was a legitimate goal. African incompetency. No problem they will sack Rohr and hire a world class coach that will win the WorldCup. Lmao!!! 

             
  • Mercy 22 hours ago

    Saying I was disappointed with GR tactical substitution in the first leg of our match against SL was an understatement especially when it very obvious that SE became complacent in the later end of first half. I thought he would have brought in Aina to play in the RB, moved Akpos into the CB and Ajayi into the DM position or bring in shehu into the DM to beef up the midfield as a replacement for Osimhen. But he kills the game by his substitution. If I had my way after the game I would’ve sacked him but in my tradition of not reacting to event in the heat of the moment until I slept over it and have thorough reflection of what went wrong in the match before I made my submission.

    A wise man once told me that it is only a fool that will do something the same way and expect a different result. Aside USA 94, Nigeria has always sack the coach on the eve or 2 years before of the WC, France98, 2002,2010 comes to mind. I remembered Arsene Wenger saying that to win a WC you need at least 6yrs of building the team. In this regards, I will not want GR to be sacked because I don’t want us to go through the process of rebuilding a team with new coach that may cost us the WC ticket.

    At the same time, the coach need to be up and doing from hence forth. SE need a reliable striker who will deputize for osihmen, a DM who can come in for Ndidi when not available, an AM to replace iwobi when he start fizzling out in a match.

    The coach by now should know someone like Ajayi is not a player suitable for CB when playing an African team, and Etebo who remains one of my favorite player cannot do the job of a DM because he does not seems to read danger ahead and nullify such dangerous move. However, I will pick him ahead of Aribo whenever playing an African opposition.

    Lastly, GR should stick with his style of play. He should stop trying to please everyone by inviting players he knows will not give him what he want. If he is not comfortable giving any player any minute in a game, he should not because at the end of the day he can not pleased everyone.