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2022 WCQ: Ighalo Will Get His Chance Against Cape Verde -Rohr

2022 WCQ: Ighalo Will Get His Chance Against Cape Verde -Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has confirmed that Odion Ighalo may feature in the Nigeria’s final Group C match against Cape Verde in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Ighalo, who joined the team’s training camp on Thursday, was not listed in Super Eagles’ 2-0 win over Liberia on Saturday in Tangier, Morocco.

The former Man United striker last played for the senior national team at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where Nigeria finished the tournament in Third Place.

However, Rohr during his post-match conference via the Super Eagles social media page, hopes that Ighalo can play a part in the game against Cape Verde on Tuesday, where Nigeria need a point to qualify for the playoff.

“He only arrived on Thursday, that is why he could not participate in this match.

“But I hope the next match, he will be able to help us much more.”

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  • Harriet 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for the update, coach. We are all I together. Good luck.

  • Gowetok 3 weeks ago

    I keep saying and will continue saying it . SE does not need Igaho again. It’s unfortunate that we have sacrifice that slot for him instead of Awoyi, Sadiq and Terim Murphy. Football is a game of current form. If Igaho is the still good why his him not play for a big club like Abrahamovic of AC Milan or Gerude . With all honesty, the player we all S.E fans need is VM. We need him because on current form is the best wingers we have. Pls ,pls get us VM on bended knees.

    • chrisB 3 weeks ago

      VM Has clearly stated severally that he is not coming back from retirement. What else can Rorh do? Arrest him with intrpol and force him back to Nigeria to play for his country? Terem moffi is currently injured and will be out long-term, so let’s also leave him out. Awoniyi & Sadiq will be called again I am very sure of it, but not right now. This is a crunch period. Ighalo may not even play against Cape Verde because I see our 2 front men in Osimhen and Kelechi scoring goals on that day. Up Super Eagles!!!

    • Adebisi Abioye Thompson 3 weeks ago

      Current form? It seems you don’t the meaning of the word and please how many Zlatans are there in the World? Ighalo was deemed good enough to be signed by Manchester united in this year 2021 and you’re talking about current form please

    • Johnson Chima Onyeagoro 3 weeks ago

      If Osimeh cannot deliver with all his unpardonable misses, Ighalo should come in.

  • Francis Eluba 3 weeks ago

    To be honest, if Ighalo was in yesterday’s match, we would have recorded at least 2 open play goals from him. Whatever, we should be able to beat CV at home.

    • Coache 3 weeks ago

      With the way the midfield was choked by the Liberians and Rohr restricting their number of touches? GR is a terrible coach making all the players WORKERS and no PLAYMAKERS.

      • Francis Eluba 3 weeks ago

        We are agreed yesterday that it was the Coach’s game plan. Nothing to it since we secured the 3points.

        • Francis Eluba 3 weeks ago

          Error.. We all(not we are agreed). CSN, pls enable editing nah.

    • That was how they told us that if Bubu was the President, Nigeria will become paradise. We have seen the results. Let’s watch how many goals Ighalo will score in the next match. I love him but I think his time has passed.

  • All the people saying we do not need experience in our attack – just all the young players currently in top form -, hope you all see how an ‘ordinary’ organized Liberian defence line kept nullifying Osimhen out (And he’s the best of the young blood).

    It was the same thing that happened against CAR in Lagos. Against compact opponents, it’s either a penalty or just 1 or no goals. You don’t buy experience in the market. You earn it with time – say after 20 international caps. Not 1, not 2, not 5.

    After about 10 consistent international caps as a striker, you already know different African defence strategies (including those that park the bus), and how to outwit each style to score from open play. And that’s what Ighalo brings.

    Yesterday, after about 3 nulllified moves, an Ighalo would have changed strategy and manouvered his way through dribbles, trickery, quick thinking, twist and turns in combination with Muss, Mikel or Moses in the 18 yard and scored. Check the WCQs for Russia and see most of the goals involved these 4. Between, they’d gelled over time and know quick moves to break down solid walls – just like Enenike and Ideye of old or Yejini and Anokachi back then. Who’s Osimhen’s ‘partner in crime’ today. Don’t tell me Iheanacho, cos you know there’s no gelling yet.

    Yesterday, the team was embarrassingly flat cos we had the tools and players but could not crack open a less talented but experienced side. Same against CAR. I’m not a big fan of Rohr, cos I feel he often comes short tactically. But in the meantime, shouldn’t we get all the help and experience we desperately need? Club side and opponents is not same as international football.

    Should we gamble with 2-caps Awoniyi or Terem in a win-or-bust match? Would you take that risk as a coach yourself and get sacked after the match when calamity would have happened?

    The coach needed to go with strikers that have had at least 10-caps with goals for the SE. And for now, that means only Ighalo, Osimhen and Onuachu. When danger is over, then we can test the rest promising ones.

    Ighalo has agreed to reverse his retirement and help with the goals. Moses has rejected. Let’s make do with the extra arsenal we have. I’m sure Rohr will unleash Ighalo against Cape Verde. He knows how to unlock mean African defences, unlike Osimhen that just grabs and smash 90% of the time. The Ighalo of today will be calmer and score that howler against Argentina at Russia 2018, Osimhen will make the same mistake – like he did yesterday. The difference? EXPERIENCE.

    • When will we come to accept that Rohr was trying before but he has lost touch and is losing ideas on how to move the team forward.

  • SE problem is not the strikers but the team generally……From the central defenders who don’t know what to do with the ball, always contemplating and taking too long to release it,they even float wrong ball to the opponent…….The wing backs are flat…… Collins always scared to bomb forward when he sees space, always making weak crosses…,.The midfielders don’t hold unto the ball and dribble except for Aribo sometimes……The midfielders release the ball too quickly without creating anything with it……. Osimhen made almost 13 runs yesterday and that is ok for a striker…… although he was caught offside on 3 occasions and he missed a clear chance on 1 occasion,his general game was very excellent…….The main ingredient for an attacking team is it’s wing backs or fullbacks……they must be ready to bomb forward at any slightest opportunity…… Currently that ingredient is lacking in SE……. Simon’s crosses are too flat and they lack venom unlike the one I see him deliver at Nantes and I don’t know why…….. Awaziem kept throwing foul throws until the referee flagged him……In all this I still saw some positives apart from osimhen……SE players where very quick to the ball and physical…….I saw Iheanacho Simon and Iwobi doing defensive work and it gladden my heart……I also saw one touch football alot in the final third which is a good sign……this are my observation Rhor take note and work on them.

  • So, will Ighalo be given a chance to play on Tuesday?

    • Johnson 3 weeks ago

      I think your question is subject to this write-up. I want to believe Coach Rohr who we have taken seriously would definitely play Odion Igalo

      • Raphael 3 weeks ago

        Just look at you, don’t you see SE problems inside the write-up?

    • Sanyke 3 weeks ago

      Very irrelevant post. Go back and read the title.

  • adamsi 3 weeks ago

    Ighalo may start from the bench against cape verder. It’s a crusial March any slight blunder will not be accepted. So allow the coach to decide
    I don’t support ighalo to even play our next march let use him in friendly match but the coach should decide.

    • Isetin 3 weeks ago

      Ighalo coming back to super eagles is awelcome development believe me or not we may c d change in tomorrow game

  • Samson 3 weeks ago

    While Osimehen terrorized the defense line, he needs to be more clinical scoring more goals. He lost two or more clear chances yesterday. I hope he will improve going forward.

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  • Omo9ja 3 weeks ago

    With what we saw against CAR in Lagos and in yesterday match, oga Rohr should just resign after Tuesday match.

    If NFF can not ask the coach to go then Nigeria may not qualify for the World Cup.

    Qualifying to the world cup is not even enough. We don’t have a team that can represent Nigeria at the Afcon and world cup.

    We have no team and we have no coach except we are deceiving ourselves. NFF the manipulative people, you have no where to hide. We are coming for you all. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Oakfield 3 weeks ago

      A team that comprises chukwueze, kele, iwobi, ndidi, osimhen etc is not a team abi????? Clown….. Go and remove him from there nah….

      • Omo9ja 3 weeks ago

        Now, I understand your level of football. I won’t argue with you. What you saw yesterday against Liberia was something you could call a team or disjointed team?

        We have players but we don’t have a team and we don’t have a coach yet that can build Super Eagles period. I hope you understand it more now Oakfield?

        I hope you will digest my words so well before Tuesday so that you will limit your expectations.

        But if you don’t, you are on your own. This is where you, your company, Oga Rohr and NFF brought Nigeria to. So, deal with it. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Oakfield 3 weeks ago

    But u said we didn’t have a team. I am quoting u verbatim…… “We don’t have a team that can represent Nigeria at the Afcon and world cup. We have no team and we have no coach except we are deceiving ourselves” were u not the one that said this? Abi u are having amnesia? For ur information, I don’t digest garbage. So, u can dump ur garbage, gulp and digest it yourself. Confused clown.

    • Omo9ja 3 weeks ago

      Oakfield, are you still in doubt if we have a team?

      Can’t you see that you are the only one supporting Oga Rohr on this forum. Where are the others? They ran away as usual since yesterday?

      We won the the yesterday match by 2-0 but it looked like we lost the match.

      Can’t you see that niiiiiiii e? Togo, Madagascar and other small teams in Africa will beat Oga Rohr Super Eagles inside out.

      Super Eagles have no value in African football because of Oga Rohr.

      If CAR could come to Lagos to shocked Nigeria in front of their home fans then CAPE VERDE capable of repeating the same thing on Tuesday.

      Is that a team? Even, Pinnick himself said he doesn’t want Super Eagles to play the likes of Algeria, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt. So what do you talking about kę?

      Oakfield, we have to be humble because we don’t have a team under Oga Rohr but individual players period.

      Keep digesting it and hopefully, it will be more clearer to you before Tuesday. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • QuestZone 3 weeks ago

    Is anyone noticing Ego slowly creeping into Osimhen.. He is a selfish player and anxious to score without any bearing. I like him as a young Nigerian sensation . I am beginning to conclude he is not a team player and we need more calm attackers who never leave any stone unturned when you have your scoring chances, and knows what’s at stake when you blew chances. To him now, he thinks NO.9 and first eleven is a mandate and pride is slowly getting hold of him.. What surprises me most is that most of us here who are quick to judge are not complaining or give the young lad constructive criticism that will help overtime moving forward.

    No personal thing here… I love my eagles and we always tell foul when I see one, even if u be Jay Jay.

    Osimhen’s Cliche and fluke when it comes to national team, needs to be addressed .

    Go eagles go