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AFCON 2021: Salah Snubbed As Five Super Eagles Stars Make Team Of Group D

AFCON 2021: Salah Snubbed As Five Super Eagles Stars Make Team Of Group D

Five Super Eagles stars Moses Simon, Joe Aribo, Zaidu Sanusi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Taiwo Awoniyi were included in the AFCON 2021 Team of Group D.

The Team of Group D was compiled and published on the Twitter handle of football facts and statistics website whoscored.com on Friday.

The list which is dominated by the Super Eagles stars, was compiled after the conclusion of the group stage games on Thursday.

Also Read: Iwobi: Super Eagles Focused On Winning Fourth AFCON Title

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was not listed among the four Pharaohs of Egypt players who made the cut.

While two players from Sudan were named in the list which is in a 4-4-2 formation.

The Eagles and Egypt qualified from Group D while Sudan and Guinea-Bissau crashed out.

Austine Eguavoen’s team will take on Tunisia in the round of 16 on Sunday.

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  • Larry 2 years ago

    This really validates Cerezo’s approach and selection. Zaidu has come to play and show why he is a top player..
    Aribo, Simon, Nacho and Awo have shown that they are the core of the team attack.
    Its really funny that despite Nacho’s contibution, some are already rating Iwobi ahead of Osi as #10. Playing alongside Aribo & Awo, Nacho carries more threat than Iwobi and his experience playing similar role at clubsides has really helped him in exploiting the space created by the attention on Awo. Hopefully, Chukzy will step up and raise his game on the right side to complete the attacking threats.

    • That’s my prayer. Just imagine Chukwueze attacking from the right at the same time the way Simon is attacking from the left wing with Ihanacho and Awoniyi in front.

  • Larry 2 years ago

    This compilation from a reputable source further validates the significance of Cerezo’s selection and approach. I hope those of you that are trying to create slot for Iwobi ahead of Nacho as #10 will understand the influence of Nacho on this team. Nacho is used to playing alongside striker that can attract the attention of multiple defenders. He knows how to exploit open space and that’s the reason he has scored maost of his goals.
    Zaidu is a top defender..
    Aribo. Simon. Nacho and Awo have demonstrated that they are the core of this team attack. For now, the righside of the attack is the only link that needs improvement. Chukzy needs to step up, otherwise I won’t be surprised if the coach opt for 352 against Tunisia.


    Omeruo Ekong Ajayi

    Aina Ndidi Zaidu

    Aribo Simon


  • SD Special Delivery Jones 2 years ago

    All these jingoistic Rohr Haters, how market na? See players that Rohr developed making the team of the tournament. Shame na hair wey Una dey wear like cap. Zaidu, Iheanacho and Simon were discovered by Rohr. We will never stop until the injustice is corrected by reinstating Rohr as the Super Eagles coach with immediate effect. Eguavoen ass lickers continue vomiting raw sewage, who cares.

    • A golden fish has no hiding place they say … These players were there before Rohr was ever the coach. Their form got them to the national team and not your useless coach .
      May God forbid your hopes of getting him back on board , if he is so good , let him get another job na , must he be the coach of the SE? na crime to let go what’s not good ? Abeg stop making a fool of yourself ..

      I can tell you are not Nigerian. . stop fooling yourself .

      • I can confidently say you can’t say this at a viewing centre , the slap when you go collect eeh .. your face fit red once

        • Na delivery agent naa…wetin you expect before?
          Sense or nansense?

      • 1416inno 2 years ago

        Where will he get the job? His only hope is getting paid until his contract expires. Let him go and coach Bayern Munich, since he used to be a defender with the club. Do not be surprise that Another African team may foolishly signed him up for another big pay after giving them some under the table money he got from Nigeria. See how he slowed down the attacking mentality of our players. Let him go and watch the same players at FIFA U17 with their attaching prowess under Coach Manu Garba or Amunike. He does not understand Nigerian football, we always conduct a calculated attacks with any opponent. If you could not take player one-on-one and dribble them and take them out of play to create a scoring chance just forget playing for Naija. Only Naija can coach Naija. We do not tell any players that he is OK when he is not.

        • Since the start of the Afcon I have not watched any Epl or any of the top league in Europe. Not even one. I’m enjoying the matches. My only fear is the goalkeeping department. I don’t trust those 2 guys. Tunisia will not be easy.

    • 1416inno 2 years ago

      So, Rohr developed these guys to play our U17 and lift the cup? Ask Coach Manu Garba. I believe that you are alien to Naija football.

    • Steve O 2 years ago

      It seem I took Nkpurumiri!!..keep dreaming , Rohr never discovered no boy !!..infact these boys was discovered by Amunike and co , they were are youth team that won fifa u17 world cup !!..Rohr is a business man that failed to leave up to expedition!!

      • 1416inno 2 years ago

        Correct, educate them some more, it seems that Rohr’s countrymen and family members have forgotten too soon. He refused to get more talent players from the grassroot instead he is coaching the SE by dwelling in German and Paris. Now he wants to go get his pay from one of the banks in Nigeria. I do not blame him because he used to get it through wire transfer to his account in Europe.

    • You are sick. The same boys that can’t beat Center African Republic at home when your clueless Rohr was SE coach.

      Shame on you.

      We pointed out the weakness of Rohr and we thank God that NFF listened to those of us that want the progress of Nigeria and today we are all smiling.

      Instead of you to hide your face in shame you still have the effrontery to talk.

      Your Rohr coached Super Eagles for six years with no trophy to show. The guy keep on makibg the same mistake he made in the last afcon and world cup despite the correction from fans.

      I can see that there is no different between you and Rohr.

      This is the last time I will try to correct you and other Rohr supporters. I can see that all of you carry the same brain.

      Up Eagles!

      • 1416inno 2 years ago

        No, his supporters are his countrymen and family members. The people writing on his behalf are not Naijas. They attempt to write in pidgin so you may think they are Naijas. Trust me, even when you read their write ups you will understand that they do not speak English or pidgin. They only speak Dutch or French like Rohr.

    • Larry 2 years ago

      I don’t think you should consider those that will never swap Super Eagles for any coach as Roar haters.
      I supported Rohr in its first session as SE coach but he lost my support when he decided to turn to Roar and started showing corruption and tactically inept traits. The law of dimishing return already set-in, instrad of encouraging competition with players invitation he was busy inviting retirees and creating canals, indiscipline and recycling underperforming players.The team was not only losing winnable points but also gradually losing its grip on FIFA standing.

      Perhaps, the latest FIFA ranking is a pointer to the stance of the progressives on this forum.
      SE is now 31st and number 3 ranked in Africa.
      I don’t hate Dumbo Roar but can’t love him more than Super Eagles. Sacking Roar is the best action taken by Picnic board. Good riddance!!

      • 1416inno 2 years ago

        Yes, you are original Naija guy. When they write, you recognize them and when Rohr family members and countrymen write on his behalf you also recognize them. So do not be fooled.


    • Olusegun.B. 2 years ago

      Sunday Oliseh discovered Moses Simon. zaidu was the only player discovered by Rohr.

    • John-I 2 years ago

      Rohr that nearly destroyed Iheanacho? Rohr that hid the talent of Moses? We appreciate his ability to assemble the players but I doubt 5 Eagles players would’ve made this list if Rohr was incharge!

    • Mahmud Shuaib 2 years ago

      Mr. SD DELIVERING CRAP, you are another rabble rouser on this platform. You write trash always. What team did ROHR build? To gather players you monitor on cable TV? Everyone here can do THAT. The real BUSINESS is knowing what to do with the players assembled.

      Let me educate you ij case you were too young of the facts or too lazy to read about NIGERIA FOOTBALL.

      Nigeria failed to qualify for LIBYA 82 after winning AFCON 80. CHIEF ONIHBINDE was appointed in 1983 and he won SILVER in 1984 with 98% home based players. He is a local coach!

      We all know KESHI’s feat. Was he a foreigner???

      Tell this forum one shingle player that no one here had watched or heard about (other than MADUKA OKOYE: that ROHR capped. So what exactly did he do that no one else did?

      “A good man unjustly treated..”yenyenyen. Are you kidding me? Why dont you and your bandwagon of retrogressives take NIGER, BURKINAFASO and GABON to ICC at the HAGUE for terminating ROHR’s contract before his 3rd year?

      Like @LARRY and DESTAR rightly posited, it was CORRUPTION that kept ROHR for close to 6 YEARS. I challenge you to tell us what legacy he left behind. Well, he almost ended the SE careers of AINA, ZAIDU, AJAYI, ONYEKURU, SIMON, AWONIYI! He also almost destroyed our DNA. Bfor you and your co travelers scream qualifiers and FIFA ranking, these are not LEGACIES pls

      ONIGBINDE’s legacy..Silver 84 with an entire new team. Only old PLAYERs from 80 Gold Winning squad were HENRY NWOSU and MUDA LAWAL. Also repeated same trick by raising an entirely new team for 2002 WC from the ashes of Mali 2002 squad. He didnt make it out of the group like ROHR in 2018 but played breathtaking exquisite football and only lost narrowly to both SWEDEN and ARGENTINA unlike the clueless ROHR who lost 0-2 to ICELAND. Remember his players then were mixture of KESHI, SIASIA and OLISEHs…SHEHU, MUSA, SIMON, MOSES, MIKEL, ETEBO, BALOGUN, EKONG. He didnt raise a new team like OBIGNINDE AND KESHI.

      KESHI’s legacy…won AFCON 2013 and WC second round with almost 80% new players after SE failed to qualify for 2012 afrer our quarterfinals elimination by GHANA at ANGOLA 2010. Do you know who coached us to that AFCON? Another clueless GERMAN. That year marked the first time we failed to make the SEMIS of any AFCON SE attended since 1976, bar 1982 I guess. New players are EMENIKE, MBA, OSHANIWA, NEAFOR, OSAS, IGIEBOR NOSA, SIMON, AMBRUSE EFE, OBAOBONA, OMERUO, RAMON AZEEZ, ONAZI OGENYI etc

      In fact GERNOT ROHR is the worst Manager,’foreign or local who spent more than 3 years to ever coach SE!

      Yes…OTTO GLORIA won 1980 AFCON in less than 4years

      WESTERHOFF won 1994 AFCON and made WC 2nd round in about 5 years

      KESHI won 2013 AFCON and sexond round of WC in less than 3 years

      ONIGBINDE won AFCON SILVER 1984 in less than 3 years!

      All coaches mentioned raised fresh teams. ROHR never raised a new team. NEVER! In 5+ his new players (not mere caps but those he persisted with and trusted) are MADUKA, UZOHO, COLLINS, AWAZIEM, NDIDI, IGHALO, ARIBO. 2 goalkeepers and 5 outfiled players ONLY! Just 7. Hahahahahaaha. And the seven COLLINS is minus one. Zaidu and Bassey are better…by a mile!

      • 1416inno 2 years ago

        Do you still remember that Sweedish guy Lar Lagazette or what is his name. He caused us sleepless night. Just appeared from nowhere and took a team to world cup without working for it. We need to be up against these people and learn how to handle our affairs

        • Mahmud Shuaib 2 years ago

          LARS LAGERFRONT…lol

          NFA/NFF have always being our problems. The players were majorly SIASIA’s 2008 OLYMPICS SILVER MEDAL squad with pthers like ENYEAMA, SHITTU, AIYEGBENI, MARTINS, AYILA YUSUF etc. You would expect a SIASIA/EGUAVOEN combination instead of LAGERBACK and that his alter ego..HAVE forgotten his name.

          I keep maintaining its corruption (kick backs) that allow for this clueless journeymen tinkering with our national team.

      • John-I 2 years ago

        Give them facts jare. Unfortunately, Nigerians detest facts. Dem go see road but dem go willingly and gladly follow bush lol

  • Larry 2 years ago


  • Joker, where is ekong? Nija shd have minimum of 6

  • Danny 2 years ago

    What I find really interesting with this squad is that I saw Semi and Sadiq trying to reach the same iheanacho’s pass. Like striker and defender chasing the same goal attempt. That was surreal!

  • @SD Special Delivery Jones what are you saying just stop talking i don’t think you know football with the state of super eagles under rohr you still want rohr i don’t understand you the same moses simon that hardly play offensive football but is a beast right now under coach Eguavouen so guy super eagles has move on.

  • DeSTAR 2 years ago

    @Larry kudos to you for leading a doggedness fight with other progressives Nigerians like @Chima E Samuels, @ Omo9ja,@ JimmyBall and other progressives real Nigerians against the foreigners pretending to be Nigerians in this loop ( Rohr addict )

    If their Rohr is a Coach , why has he not been considered as an assistant Coach in his home countries Germany & France let alone Head Coach ?

    There is no hidden place for Rohr , his technical deficiencies has since been exposed in his come counties , no club sides would ever allow Rohr to come near their technical bench as Assistant Coach not to talk of Germany or France National team. The only way as @1416inno has rightly put , is an African country run by the likes of Amaju Fraud-Pinnick corrupt NFF who can do business with his salary ; but I can bet , no African country would ever that be gullible to allow Rohr come near their technical bench, having been exposed in Niger , Burkinafaso and now Nigeria.

    Rohr is a business man and unfortunately, he would have continued to get his awuf salary had it been he listened to correction of many of the progressives in the house , but alas, his fellow foreigners in the loop , disguising as Nigerians would not allow him to take to the correction, until he was rightly kicked Out ;

    Now Eguafon is proving us right as well as Caf , Taiwo Awoniyi only scored one goal in two games but he was a monster to all the defenders , creating scoring chances for others like Ihenacho; but the same Awoniyi was dropped for a retired Igahalo whose only reason is because he was scoring in his club that I don’t think 1% forum’s members here know the existence of such club; with the same shameless coach coming up with a silly excuse of the reason Igahalo was totally flopped in the game he played , where Igahalo had exposed Rohr that Saudi Arabia Sunday-Sunday football where retired now sluggish Igahalo scores every sunday, is different ball ⚽️ games from senior competitive games

    • 1416inno 2 years ago

      Do you know Ighalo is plying his trade in zone where the disgraced Algeria went and became the Arab champion? Now, Algeria is not able to win a single game in AFCON. Undermine that they are the current African champion of three years ago. See what the current boys are doing with ball, Comoros, Gambian, Malawi, all red hot.

  • Emeka 2 years ago

    Where is Ndidi and troost ekon

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