Aghahowa: Super Eagles -Young Team With Fine Quality Can Win AFCON 2019

Aghahowa: Super Eagles -Young Team With Fine Quality Can Win AFCON 2019

Julius Aghahowa has backed the Super Eagles to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt later this year, reports Completesports.com.

The three-time AFCON winners qualified for the 2019 AFCON with a game to spare after missing out on the last two editions.

Aghahowa who represented Nigeria at four AFCON tournaments winning a silver medal and three bronze believes that the current crop of players have the quality to match the achievement of the 2013 squad that lifted the title after missing out on the previous edition.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the Super Eagles will lift the trophy in Egypt,” Aghahowa told Completesports.com.

Aghahowa, a four-time Ukrainian league champion with Shakhtar Donetsk, also makes case for the home-based players to be given an opportunity in the national team under manager, Gernot Rohr.

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“We have a very young team with a lot of good quality players and I can beat my chest that these lads are going to make us proud, but Gernot Rohr should also give the home-based players a chance to prove themselves,” he said.

“The likes of Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Moses Simon, Oghenekaro Etebo, William Troost-Ekong, and others are not doing badly in their various clubs.

“For me, this is a pointer that Nigeria is one of the favorites to win the Nations Cup in June.”

The former Super Eagles attacker further heaps praise on Rohr, saying the Franco-German tactician hasmade impressive mark already as Nigeria coach.

“Rohr has done well so far as the Super Eagles’ coach but there must be a blend of a couple of home-based players in the squad too.”

By Johnny Edward

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  • Quote of the day: “For me, this is a pointer (young Nigerian players doing very well in their clubs) that Nigeria is one of the favourites to win the Nations Cup in June.”: Nigeria legend Julius Aghaowa (arguably better known for his back-flip celebrations than the goals that actually brought these about)

    I try so desperately not to take aim at the contributions of others as I see this as poor form however on this occasion, I will indulge myself.

    With the plethora of “promising” talents that we have at this moment, it is ludicrous for any fan to come here to declare that the Super Eagles should not be seen as one of the favourites to lift the Afcon trophy come June.

    Football is not actual science so, saying that any of Nigeria, Egypt or Senegal will definitely lift the trophy is just silly because if that was the case, there would have been no reasons to organise the tournament as we already know who the winner would be!

    In fact, against all expectations to defy the odds, countries like Burundi, Benin or Zimbabwe may shock the world by lifting the trophy – that is the beauty of football.

    Very few, in fact nobody, gave Denmark the chance of winning the European Championship in 1992 (they didn’t even qualify but competed due to the disqualification of war-thorn Yugoslavia). Yet they reached the final and beat tournament favourites Germany to lift the trophy.

    In 2004, Greece would repeat this same oddity by reaching the final with no reputable player to defeat huge tournament favourites and hosts Portugal (who had superstar players like: Ronaldo, Figo and Deco) and lift the trophy in shocking circumstance having defeated a tournament favourite France (who featured Zidane, Thierry Henry etc) in the quarter final.

    Zambia shocked the continent to defeat star-studded Ivory Coast to lift the Afcon trophy in 2012.

    My point is that the fact a team is one of the favourites is not a an automatic passport to tournament victory – anything can (and will) happen.

    Having said that; with the quality, calibre, pedigree and experience of the current Super Eagles set-up, it is impossible not the see them as anything other than favourites going into Afcon 2019.

    Will they lift the trophy? That question can only be answered on the field of play.

    • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

      Former Nigeria international Mutiu Adepoju has backed the Super Eagles in their bid to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which will be hosted by Egypt in the summer.

      Nigeria failed to qualify for the last two editions of the showpiece event on CAF’s football calendar but qualified for this year’s tourney with a game to spare after they were held to a 1-1 draw by South Africa two months ago.

      Adepoju, who began his career abroad with the youth team of Real Madrid, believes the Super Eagles are a strong team and most of their key players have been doing well for their clubs ahead of their trip to Egypt.

      ”Nigeria is always one of the contenders if we are talking directly. I believe we have a standard team, a team that is consistent now,” said Mutiu Adepoju.

      ”We have to try and work very hard, all the players are playing for their clubs and are in top form.

      ”I believe they are going to end the season and go the Nations Cup in top form as they are now. I believe it is possible to win the Nations Cup.”

      Adepoju helped the Super Eagles to win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and was part of the squads for the World Cup in 1994, 1998 and 2002.
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      https://www.allnigeriasoccer.com/read_news.php?nid=30799

      • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

        The onus is now on Omo9ja and Chima to come and tell us they know football more that these legends of the game.
        First it was Kanu, now its Adepoju and Aghawonder who beleive this present eagles have the capacity to become champions.
        Oya come and tell us they dont know football na…!

    • Paschal 3 months ago

      Great analysis. I always enjoy your sentences. Your mastery of the English language is near perfect. How I wish that contemporary Nigerian youth can master the language the way you do. Many of us come here to vomit disgusting grammar. I also admire your knowledge of the game. As for Eagles, I think we would have won if South Africa was allowed to host it. But since they gave it to Egypt, I became disheartened not becos Egypt is better than us but becos I know they will try to rig their way to victory. They will plant some unfortunate referees to officiate matches involving their competitors. Remember also that CAF is now like a committee of friends for Egypt and Morrocco. The only thing that can prevent Egypt from rigging the competition is if we have a sound VAR in place. If there is no VAR, the best option is for us not to even attend the competition cos we already know the winner. Check out every time Egypt hosted and AFCON and tell me who won. And its so sad cos this is a country battling with insecurity and regular suicide bombing. The hosting right is itself a political move made by Ahmad Ahmad to repay them for bringing him into power and a political move by Mohammed Al Sisi to make Egypt look like a safe place so as to woo foreign investors. When was the last time we had a terrorist attack in Cairo? Less than one month ago. Yet they will host afcon. I pray what happened in Angola wont repeat itself.

  • Yet another quality quote: ““Rohr has done well so far as the Super Eagles’ coach”: Super Eagles legend Julius Aghaowa.

    One thing I like about this statement is the caveat that Aghaowa added when he said:”but there must be a blend of a couple of home-based players in the squad too.”

    Yes, the Super Eagles legend, whose goal and back-flip celebration against Henrik Larsson’s Sweden was perhaps the most memorable Super Eagles moment of the 2002 world cup, spoke the minds of many fans in more ways than one.

    Yes, Rohr has done well cumulatively, but – like Aghaowa alludes – there are scopes for improvement which include:

    – addition of homebased players
    – effective and timely in-game substitutions
    – establishment of a formation and identity that more fans can associate with and buy into.
    – unveiling of more options in the following departments: goalkeeping, attacking midfield and centre forward positions.
    – Using language, in press conferences, that fans can see as motivational rather than statements seen as excuses for imminent failures.

    The truth is that many will continue to find it hard to dissociate their perception of the coach from the manner in which the coming together of his decisions led to Nigeria’s exit from the 2018 world cup.

    According to singer Tina Turner: “holding on to the past will only stand in the way”.

    If you fail to forgive Rohr for the 2018 world cup, this will continue to affect how you see him now and into the future.

    The coach has done well, it is not a guarantee that he will continue to do well but the signs are good. I see exciting times ahead.

  • Oga Aghahowa,
    I dearly miss your double flips in the air whenever you score. Sometimes, those flips give me more thrills than the goals themselves, I’m sorry to say.
    Wishing you the best in your endeavors.

  • Chima E Samuels 3 months ago

    No doubt Julius Aghawonder as he was called is way ahead of Pdion when it comes to clinical and real striker in his playing days regardless of who the opposition is weather David or Goliath compared the the hide and seek Ighalo we have today that aside. Has made his point and during the World Cup Jay Jay Okocha also made his point same like Victor Nosa Ikpeba all of which were not impressed with the whole tactical decision of Mr Rohr. I never note that not all football will make a good coach or identify talents like the likes of Zidane but we also have players who where good like maradona Thierry Henry but they make a really made coach hmmm Aghahowa has spoken his mind doesn’t mean that is the real deal. My final words will be One day e go better for sure!

    • Chima E Samuels 3 months ago

      Lots of editing required but whoever understands my point good. CS create edit 

      • @Chima E Samuels 
        Since you raised the issue yourself, I want to confess that I don’t understand your point at all. I’m afraid an editing button by CSN would not improve the situation as your writing seems to be muddled and knotted from the start. Tough I’m not an editor or an English teacher, I’ll take the risk of offering some basic measures you can take to transform your communication. I know I’ll be attacked, but I’ll take it since I’m doing it in good faith. It would be helpful if you write in short sentences that address only one or two points. You could take a 3-month course on communication from a nearby community college, or even watch free English lessons at:

         http://www.engVid.com 

        It’s all about clear communication since you’re in public space; everyone’s opinion counts. Good luck. 

    • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

      hahahahaha…..Mr fake analyst. Pls what has this discourse got to do with Ighalo now…? It seems ighalo is the reason why your own players, whom you come here to market daily, is/are not selling.
      .
      Let me help your summarize all that incomprehensible abstract you just wrote in 1 sentence….”Aghahowa should go and sit down joor, he doesnt know football. I sabi football pass am”…Thats how arrogant you are.
      When 2 ex players says something against the coach, their opinions are valid, their opinions are the REAL DEAL……but wen 3 ex players (in the mould of Kanu, Adepoju and Aghahowa) say something in support of the coach, that’s when you remember that not all ex players become successful coaches. LMAO. It is you whose best achievements in football is to come to CSN forum to make a nuisance of yourself that knows football more than them. I hope you can see where your hatred is leading you to… how silly its making you look and how its beginning to make you reason.
      .
      And to the Aghahowa vs Ighalo debate
      Aghawonder scored 14 in 32 matches for Nigeria (44% scoring ratio) over a period of 6 years
      Ighalo has scored 10 in 25 matches (40% scoring ratio) in just 3 years in the SE

      According to you…”No doubt Julius Aghawonder as he was called is way ahead of Pdion when it comes to clinical and real striker”….pls how is 44% ‘WAY AHEAD’ 40%.
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      At club level in europe he scored 40 in 158 matches (25% scoring ratio) compared to ighalo’s 121 goals in 303 matches (40% scoring ratio).
      .
      ……you say he is ‘WAY AHEAD’, more clinical and real striker.
      You obviously do not only need to go and re-learn english, you also need to go and wash your ahead before arusi afikpo.

  • This squad can really make Nigerians proud

  • Aghahowa is a Super Eagles legend

  • Aghahowa has represented Nigerian in four AFCON tournaments, what a living legend

  • Omo9ja 3 months ago

    Nigerians with their mentalities. Do we have the caliber of players or strikers like Aghahowa?

    However, how about Taribe West? Amokachi, Yekini, Peter Rufai?

    Can we rely on Uzoho? What of Ighalo?
    Do we have a striker who can score in every match?

    Yet, people are saying and dreaming that the current Super Eagles team can win the tournament? Keep dreaming ooo.

    Do we think the best car in 2019 can drive itself without a driver?

    If the answer is no, then we should all limit out expectations because Super Eagles has a lot of talented young players no doubt but the coach is not up to the task.

    Eagles were eager to rule the world in Russia but the coach letting the team down and if we haven’t learned from that, another one is coming soon in Egypt.

    I want my darling country to win this year Afcon edition. For sure, I will be Super excited but the coaching crew will letting the team down again and again.

    Yes, our ex players have spoken but that doesn’t mean they hold the destiny of the team in their hands period.

    We have so many great young players locally here in Nigeria, go to Agege, Ajegunle and so on. I bet you, Nigeria can build a solid team within a year than the one we have now but our coaches are so lazy and our system also corrupt, that is why Super Eagles haven’t reaches it potentials.

    I am talking to those who knows football inside out.

    The people who can think positively.
    I know some people here who doesn’t want the progress of our football on this forum.

    They are like APC and PDP of our football lol but Mba, enough is enough. New era has come. Digital era as come and no time for analog and slow motion era.

    Mind you, we have political cabals and we also have football cabals. So, cabal + cabal = failure and zero result. Sorry, it’s time to wake up my people.

    Therefore, it is too early to talk. Fingers crossed. Happy Friday my people. Do have a blessed weekend. God bless us all. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • What is this I am reading? You ask if we have a striker the calibre of Aghaowa.

      Is it Aghaowa that could not score a single goal in the English Premier league in 20 matches for Wigan Ahtletic; the same league 33 massive goals in 82 matches ( a return of 40% of his appearance!)

      In fact, Ighalo has on his CV the following prestigious leagues: Italy Serie a, Spanish La Liga and the English premier league. With all due respect to Aghaowa, the only time he played in a top league – the English Premier League – he flopped scoring 0 goals in 20 appearances!

      I really do not mean to rubbish the accomplishments of Aghaowa because, as far as I am concerned, he is a Nigeria legend and an ex-footballer I have huge respect for.

      However when you come up with a statement that, and I quote, : “Nigerians with their mentalities. Do we have the caliber of players or strikers like Aghahowa?”

      Well, yeah, we do. We have Ighalo!

      Any criticisms of Ighalo no longer holds any water because his present goals to games ratio for the Super Eagles is impressive: 10 goals in 25 appearances (1 goal per 4 games is not a bad return for an international striker).

      Please, put things in perspective.

      • @Deo, Even better, my maths makes it 1 goal every 2.5 games lololol

        • Of course; I stand corrected. Even better statistics indeed. If 1 goal in 2.5 games does not make you a credible striker in internal football (with the bulk of those goals coming in recent crucial matches) what else will???

          In the history of the African Cup of nations, only 6 nations have won the tournament more than 2 times in across 35 tournaments since 1957.These are: Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Congo.

          In fact, the remaining 8 nations who have won the tournament only once have been “usual suspects” i.e. Zambia, Tunisia, Sudan and Ethiopia (both powerhouse in the late 1950s & early 60s), Algeria, Morocco, South Africa (a powerhouse btw 1998 and 2002) and Congo.

          Thus, Africa Cup of Nations is not one to throw massive surprises so I can declare boldly: NIGERIA – WITH ROHR AND IGHALO – ARE ONE OF THE FAVOURITES TO LIFT THE AFCON TROPHY AND SHOULD THEY WIN, IT WILL COME AS A SUPRISE TO NOBODY BECAUSE EVERY RIGHT THINKING OBSERVER WILL TIP THIS CALIBRE OF PLAYER AND COACH AS CLEAR TOURNAMENT FAVOURITES.

      • Correction **
        — Is it Aghaowa that could not score a single goal in the English Premier league in 20 matches for Wigan Ahtletic; the same league Ighalo scored a 33 massive goals in 82 matches ( a return of 40% of his appearance!) —

    • Paschal 3 months ago

      You want to use Agege and Ajegunle players to win afcon? Really? And you will do it in one year? With players who have never played in a standard stadium and who have no clubs. You dont think experience matters here? Eeeeiiii Oga !!!!

      • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

        Hahahaha….My Oga. You go fear o. You are u see what I am saw?! Lolz
        Agege and Ajegunle players that have not formed a formidable team that will win lagos state FA CUP to be used to build a strong SE within a year……this dude thinks AFCON is like the mock nations cup they play in maracana field in ajegunle.
        The european based talents we have been grooming since 2 years ago, we are still struggling to blend them into a perfect team…the 1980 squad that had the legends of the nigerian league had to be camped in brazil for 3 straight months before they could win that afcon. Its ajegunle players that will build a solid team within a year. lolz
        We need to create a special CSN forum for some group of people…like these ones who think ajegunle players should be recruited for afcon and those who think isaac success and julius aghahowa are/were FAR BETTER AND CLINICAL STRIKERS than Ighalo.
        Nor be only ajegule and agege players…..even mushin and okokomaiko sef follow for the promo. LMAO

  • Kbaba 3 months ago

    We really need a complete finisher/striker. A number 9 who can score with leg, shoulder, finese shots, thigh, chest and sagalo.

    I do think Mikel going to Middlesborough is for the sole purpose of Afcon 2019. I hope he picks up form and regular playing time long side our strikers.

    One can’t start celebrating Afcon victory before stepping on the field but with hard work, tactical intelligence and deadly finishing, eagles do stand a chance.

    Flap like an eagle

    • Well said.

    • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

      Thanks o Kbaba…May you walk and never stumble.
      I’m yet to see anyone hand the trophy to the SE yet. Most of us are just sharing the optimism of the administrators, the technical crew and ex-players most of whom have asserted that we can make things happen come July. But some people’s hatred has made them rule out Nigeria completely. Left to them, we are not even favorites for qfinals sef, unless some of their favoured players, who are either playing in backwater clubs or struggling to get gametime or find the back of the net, are in the team. Otherwise, we are destined for failure. Only one team can win the trophy even if 4 teams have all it take to do so. Ive never seen to teams win one trophy in football all my life. When we won in 2013, we werent the best on parade, our coach wasnt the best ranked coach on parade…yet we won. When Zambia won in 2012, they didnt have neither the best players not the highest ranked coach. CIV’s golden generation had all but retired from the national team by the time they won in 2015. Defending champions Cameroon won 2017 with arguably their worst afcon team in since 1998. That is football for you. Sometimes when you have support and people around you make you believe, you end up scaling mountains you wouldnt have believe you could scale.
      But in agreement with basic principles of sociology, a complete society is one which has the right mix of the sane and the insane. So if that is applying here in this forum too….then i believe its a healthy development.
      Thanks once again for your submission. There used to be a very sound Kbaba on KON forum those days too…i wont be surprised if its same of the same.

  • @omo9ja or what do u call ursef. why do u like criticizing d coaching crew all the time? may be u take up d job and lets see how you will fare. bloody racists.

  • i would hv said nigeria can win this trophy, but who is gernot rohr to put hopes on? he lack the sense of substitution…… he is able to dessapoint at any time…..a coach wit an inteligent for sub can use ighalo and osimhen…chukwueze and onyekuru to kalu or musa or iwobi….agu and iheanacho to mikel….olaina and omeruo to ebuhei ekoong balogun collins to lift dat trophy. only ndidi not in need of sub, a giant ndidi. all dem uzoho akpeyi need bench. ezemwa the pillar. iwobi chukwueze kalu able to do dirty work, iwobi and chukwueze can create alot for ighaloosimhen. abeg de guy need sia1

  • Mr Hush 3 months ago

    Is there a time the super Eagles hasn’t been a contender tipped to win the nations cup?
    Since 1980 we have always been one of the favourites..even before, if I am correct..
    Come on, without being arrogant, this is the Africa cup of nations, not the World Cup, if Nigeria is not part of the favourites, I wonder who is…
    As it relates to this nation’s cup, Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Morocco,Ghana,Ivory coast , and yes definitely, Nigeria, are top contenders

    In football, a team is tipped based on their record, current or past and mainly based on thier players current form.
    Players play the game. Coaches manage the game. And administrators do the organization.
    Based on the above three. The super Eagles are definitely one of the favourites.
    They haven’t lost to an African team in over a year, (since the 2-0 lost to South Africa), and they have played some of the best, even the current champion..
    The coach has brought stability,same as the administrator doing good.
    We have players doing good in their clubs right now. So yes, it isn’t about being boastful, Nigeria is clearly good to go to lift the nation’s cup. We got the momentum.
    No one is handing it to us, and no one is counting the eggs before it hatch, but sometimes in life, you have to be positive about your chances especially if you have the potential and have done enough to be sure about your potential.
    A man should have a little bit of pride or he loses his strength to cowardice. Again, it is not being arrogant, it is what is.

    It is going to be foolhardy to think otherwise , when every one knows Man city is definitely going to beat Burton Albion. Or Huesca is not going to win LA liga.
    We know when the World Cup is about to kick off, most Bookers tip Brazil, Germany, France, Argentina, not for anything but for their records and quality of players they possess. No one would tip Saudi Arabia.
    Yes, sometimes a Leicester City happens, a Denmark of 92 happens, but you can count how many times those have happened, but even when those happened, there were teams tipped to win those competition before it started, and those teams tipped weren’t far away from doing just that, Man city in the premier league when Leicester City won, and Germany in 92..

    Yes, we should be cautious, but it is OK to dream and be confident..
    This is the Super Eagles, we have a reason to be confident, cause our hard work has continued to pay off, and it is not just on forums but on the field..

    • Nigeria nation’s cup record:

      3rd place: six times: 76, 78, 92, 02,04,06

      2nd place: four times: 84,88,90,2000

      1st place: three times: 1980,1994 and 2013

      We did not qualify for the past two editions (2015 and 2017) so we should see at least 3rd place as success. However, we must still push hard for first and support them to the max to give everything they have to bring home the cup

  • We can do very well if our players maintain their form  right through to the end of the season AND we pick players based on form.

    Between the sticks Alampasu performed very well last week. Our defence picks itself, our midfield we have options in the DM dept. However, we do need options in the creative/attacking midfield.

    As for a clinical striker our forwards have scored I think 41 in 70 games in premier leagues:

    Ighalo 13 in 12 games since August in China, Osimhen 9 in the Belgian premier league, Odey 10 in the Swiss premier leagueand Onyekuru 9 in the Turkish premier league).

    Now for recent changes: Moses Simon is being used as a left wingback in La Liga and he can be used as an alternative to Jamilu Collins depending on formation, Onyekuru has scored all his league goals from the left side of the pitch and can double as main striker – scoring 4 in 4 matches he played for his club as main striker

    So my squad with first and sub at this time would be:

    Goal: Alampasu/Uzoho/Akpeyi
    RBLWB Aina/Ebuehi/Abdullahi
    CD: Omeruo/Troost/Ajayi/Balogun
    LB/LWB: Collins/Simon
    DM: Mikel/Ndidi/Agu/Ogu
    AM: Iwobi/Etebo
    LW: Musa/Onyekuru
    CF: Ighalo/Osimhen/Odey
    RW: Chukwueze/Kalu

    The third in each position would be standby. That squad has the potential and quality to go all the way. But, there is plenty football to be played between now and June and anything can happen in five months. Many of the players can play in more than one position (Onyekuru, Musa, Chukwueze, Iwobi, Ajayi, Simon) in case a change of tactic or formation is required mid game.

    It’s just for the coach to make the right tactical responses game time 

    • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

      Ewoo…you didnt include Musa Mohammed and Isaac Success in your list…? The vultures are coming for you bro..! lolz

      • Hahahaha, Success cannot bench any of the above based on results and stats, neither can Musa.

        Musa is at best 4th or 5th choice if everyone is fit. Best both can hope for is a spot in the Under 23 squad of they are lucky

      • Igbekun Abo 3 months ago

        Musa Mohammed is gud na. So tuu Isaac Success. Wat r u talking?

        • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

          Nobody has said they are bad bro. But after good, there is still better and best. If you understand…! lolz.
          Right now, at least 4 full backs are ahead of Musa mohammed in the national team. Same thing for Isaac success. So it will be a shock to see any of the two in any 23 man squad of the SE now, unless some big miracles happen before june.

          • Igbekun Abo 3 months ago

            I now c ur point. Much respect sir

        • What am I talking?

          Ahmed Musa 14 games 5 goals for his club 
          Henry Onyekuru 16 games 9 goals
          Ighalo 13 games, 12 goals (since August)
          Osimhen 19 games 9 goals
          Odey 26 games 10 goals

          All approx a goal every 1 to 3 games

          Success 25 games 3 goals (1 goal every 8 games)

          The difference is clear. I didn’t say he was bad, but he needs to improve if he is to be in the Super Eagles. We need clinical finishers. 

          • Igbekun Abo 3 months ago

            No vex sir. I c were u re coming from.Tank u.

  • Abdul ANDAH 3 months ago

    Nigeria needs a clinical striker in the name of JOSH MAJA.
    I guess his choice of Bordeaux of france has a support of Gernot Rohr.
    MAJA IS A BORN SCORER,BUILT WITH GREAT SKILLS WITH SPEED,SHARP

    TURNING AND EYE FOR GOALS.STANDING HEIGHT IS 1.80METER.

    GR needs to be very fast and cap MAJA for us before England looks in his direction.MAJA uses both legs perfectly well and he has scored 17goals for the promotion chasing SUNDERLAND in the league one.
    I won’t be surprised if MAJA is included in the super eagles list comes march.

  • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

    This is for those who think the SE coach doesnt know what he is doing..?
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    Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will reportedly embark on a scouting trip to the Republic of the Niger to watch the Flying Eagles at the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations with hope to invite outstanding players to the senior national team.

    Some of the eye-catching names on the Nigeria roster for the tournament are IK Start midfielder Afeez Aremu, Enyimba’s Ikouwem Utin, Rosenborg’s Igho Ogbu and recent Sonderjyske signing Yahaya Nazifi.

    Rohr has hinted that the Nigeria Professional Football League stars stand a good chance of earning call-ups to the Super Eagles for the games against Seychelles and Egypt.

    ”They (NPFL players) did not play for a long time so it was not easy for the players to be fit again immediately, ” Rohr said.

    ”What I see in this game is interesting, I saw the results of Rangers and Lobi Stars in the African competitions. It’s good now that they are playing.”

    ”With my assistants, we are always watching, Imama is in the other game today, there is Alloy Agu also watching.”

    ”We also have to look at the U20 team who is starting very soon the AFCON. I will be there also to watch. If there is somebody there better than the players, he will be invited.”

    Having said that, the German coach will likely not be planning to make drastic changes to the Super Eagles squad for the games in March 2019.

    Rohr continued: ”We will invite the fittest players for the next game against Seychelles and for Egypt and the best one will play.

    ”We are depending on what they are doing with their clubs but we cannot forget what they did with us already.”

    The Flying Eagles have been drawn against Niger, South Africa and Burundi in Group A of the U20 AFCON which commences on February 2.

    • Omo9ja 3 months ago

      Like he did before the world cup and in Russia abi? In the end the coach would be saying the players are not good enough to be in his team but where did they found our ex players?

      In Germany or in Brazil? Hmm… Nigerians na wa for you oooo.

      In fact, I’m so busy today, I should have say it all but no time because time is money.

      Aloy Agu also a good goalkeeper trainer to be relying on because he is doing a wonderful job for the team that is why we are still having Akpeyi and other incompetent players in the team till enternity abi?

      This is the reason Nigeria may not moving forward because we are always celebrating average achievements.

      Here is the bitter truth. Our coaches doesn’t have what it takes to delivered.

      I’m not here to put anybody down. Coach Rohr is struggling. Other coaches are not good enough to be in charge of the team.

      Imagine, they are relying on Ighalo why we have other strikers and goalkeepers out there waiting for their calls?

      Are you guys kidding me? I think coach Rohr is racist. If not, he would have given others players equal right.

      Therefore, before it is too late, NFF should do something meaningful if they wants Eagles to be crowned Afcon trophy this year.

      Coach Rohr is willing to achieve something great but tactically, he’s not their but NFF are the ones to rescue the situation now.

      Russia scenario have exposing coach Rohr and his crew. You guys can go on and so on to defend our coaches but let us wait before or during the championship then, you guys can see that nobody is bigger than Nigeria.

      As long as you are not doing okay, is our right to talk and things must be changed for good.

      CSN have seeing it before now but you guys refused to listen to them.

      Omo9ja also said its own but you people failed to reasoning with him.

      Chima E Samuels also doing his best to make Super Eagles great again but you guys believed and think you know it all.

      But one thing is clear, if you guys and the coaches of the team failing Nigeria again in Egypt, Nigerians will be forever remembering you all for good or bad. God bless Nigeria!!!

      • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

        I dindin understanding you o. G.Rohr is a racist…wonderful…!!! LMAO.
        There are better Nigerian strikers than ighalo….? pls naming one Nigeria born striker, home or abroad, including your agege and ajegunle players, that scoring more goals than ighalo in the whole of 2018.
        I read all u wrote and I’m struggling to make any sense out of it
        Dude…..you are a phenomenon…..!!! LMAO

        • Jones 3 months ago

          I see you typed in the English that illiterate would understand. Lool

        • Mr Hush 3 months ago

          Bros,I dey feel u.
          I share your anger.
          E be like that world cup outing still dey pain u.
          And no be only u.
          E dey pain me too and many Nigerians.
          We expect to do better than that,but remember say na Argentina and Croatia we play o.
          And Croatia reach final.
          Argentina lose to France when reach final.even we the cup.
          So we still hold our own,even if we know say we could do better .
          U know say other Africa team when go world cup,all ja for group,even easier group than ours.. Egypt even lose to Saudi Arabia..
          Wetin make dem talk?

          Wetin matter for ground now,na Nations cup and na only Africa dey play that one.
          And judging for our record under Rohr for Africa,omo,we dey kampe..
          We sure.
          Wetin we go dey ask for na continue concentration from our team,players,coach and Nff,cause as e dey now,we dey on the right path .

          We never reach there yet,but make we learn to dey appreciate good thing,na only then we fit get better thing.

          U fit worry,but no dey fear.
          As for players,this no be about home based or foreign base d.
          We all know say,the standard of Nigerian league no even measure up to the Northern Africa teams,not to talk of Europe or outside.
          That’s why our best legs for the league dey always comot even when season dey on for here.
          Dem no say,life out there dey more professional,and dem go improve when dem get out there.
          Cause na when u fit chop,get better pay,better facility,na im u go fit play to ur potential.
          E no dey for naija.
          Unless we dey lie to ourselves..

          No be say,we no get potential for Naija league,Nigeria na blessed country,quality full everywhere,but the super eagles need the best legs.
          And right now our best leg for most of our position dey outside..
          Unless for goalkeeping angle,where space still dey..

          For striker,no one for our league reach ighalo right now.
          Even the best before,Lokosa don go Esperance.
          As for defence,no one reach the boys we get now.
          Our best dey abroad.
          If I go select self from home base,na for left back,that guy ikuowem,when dey enyimba.but e must prove imself for u20..as e dey do now.
          And midfield,dimgba,udoh,all dey ok,but who dem won displaced for the eagles midfield right now .

          So u see,.
          Things dey ok as it is.
          No worry.
          Make we see how things goes
          But for now.
          Super eagles are on the right path…

      • Jones 3 months ago

        Guy I doubt if you know the meaning of racism.

      • Omo9ja 3 months ago

        Sorry for the typing errors and mistakes.

        However, I know you all one by one. The only thing you guys can do know now is prayer because anything less than Afcon trophy for Nigeria is a failure and you guys and the coach will be responsible for it. We don’t have time to waste anymore.

        I want to see total football before the tournament.

        I want to see new spirit and wining mentality in this team.

        Our indigenous coaches were treated badly and still, they made us proud. For this reason, we are watching the coach and you guys seriously.

        Therefore, Our Agege and Ajegunle team made the nation proud than this coach both locally and internationally. Abi no be so???

        What was the outcome of the coach since he has taken over from coach Olishe?

        He qualified Super Eagles to the world cup and also Afcon? What else? May be he has built a world class team for Nigeria? What a joke lol.

        You people forgotten that Olishe have already laying the foundation before coach Rohr?

        No wonder you guys know nothing about football but grammatical errors of others lol.

        Therefore, English is not our mother’s language but we are just trying. Even, Oyinbo also making mistakes too lol. You guys said that to CSN team too so, who am I???????

        If you guys doesn’t have anything tangible to say, please step aside. This is 2019. No time for bla bla bla without actions.

        I wish the coach best of luck. I’m expecting him to do more, that is why I am warning him and his followers.

        Mind you guys, I used to be coach Rohr’s no1 fan before the world cup but I made a U turn in the end because he have failed Nigerians and he will continue to do so because he will never learned from his past mistakes. Fingers crossed. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Abdul Andah 3 months ago

    congratulations to Joshua Erowoli Orisunmibare Oluwaseun MAJA on the successful completion of your transfer to Samuel Kalu’s Club (Girondins Bordeaux).I wish you all the best in your career adventure. ameen

  • Omo9ja my brother, either you are not getting the point or you are articulating your argument in a manner that lends itself to be easily misconstrued.

    Listen, the way I am understanding your points are such that your arguments are becoming so outrageous to me by the day.

    Should you continue this way, right thinking folks would stop paying attention to you.

    I couldn’t stop shaking my head at some of your points above; heavenly father, haba, are you for real??

    Let me try to unpack your points:

    -Akpeyi and incompetent players!!! What incompetent players?? So your Ajegunle and agege players are competent!!
    -The coach will say his players are not good enough!! When has Rohr ever made that exact statement??
    -Our coaches don’t have what it takes to deliver!! But your Siasia has what it takes.
    -Russia exposed Rohr and his crew!! That is why high calibre clubs were queuing to sign Rohr’s boys after Russia….
    -If this coach fail us again in Egypt!! Speak for yourself mate! Should the Super Eagles have a poor outing in Egypt, it is not the end of the world.

    Omo9ja, I think your heart is in the right place, but your head may be somewhere else.

    You appear hell-bent on concluding that with Rohr in charge, the Super Eagles are doomed in Egypt.

    Okay you have made your arguments, however, my brother, the points you use to back up your claims simply do not add up; they don’t.

    Listen, if you so believe that Rohr would fail, come up with cogent points and perhaps people would take you seriously even if they disagree with you.

    • Ayphillydegreat 3 months ago

      deo. You don’t need to worry yourself about omo9ja. I’ve stopped taking him seriously long time ago. The only thing I dey enjoy about him on this forum is his Chief Zebrudaya and Jegede Sokoya New Masquerade grammars. 

      • Seriously. He may have something to say but at the moment, he is so eaten up in his conviction that – I am sorry Omo9ja – he is just not making any sense.

        I always have to hold myself back from simply saying “bullocks” to his posts.

  • gritty 3 months ago

    I wish to commend our Coach, Gernot Rhor, for setting a very good standard in the Super eagles,that your performance in your club determines your invitation per time. You see that every Naija footballer is working hard to earn a call-up (not connection stuff to a large extent) and we the fans are glad about this as everyone could see/verify your output in club level that earned you or should earn you a call-up to the National team. I think every indigenous Nigerian coach should emulate this discipline from GR. However, sir Gernot Rhor, you have alot more to improve on and much more to do for the Super Eagles. Also, give some talented and prolific NPFL players invite to contend for shirt.
    #Dr Drey and Deo, pls don’t be sarcastic by calling our home talents “Ajegunle and Agege”. From records, majority of our Nigeria football legends were discovered in Nigeria and were picked and given opportunity to play in tournaments before the world saw them.
    Nigeria has some of the best brains and talents in the world. Its the duty of the coach to groom and blend the team.
    One love all!

  • Omo9ja, can you do me a favour? Please tell me:

    -What does Rohr have to do to convince you that – all other things being – he can ‘win’ the Africa Cup of Nations?

    -Is the answer sacking Rohr with immediate effect?

    -If the answer to the previous question is yes, who (apart from Siasia) do you honestly believe can ‘win’ the Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria?

    -Should Ighalo and Akpeyi be both dropped altogether from the squad?

    -If the answer to the last question is yes, do you truly believe they have nothing to offer the national team moving forward?

    -Why do you think Rohr is racist?

    -Apart from Ighalo and Akpeyi, can you please list the other players you would not want to see any longer in the Super Eagles?

    -Can you please name me the ultimate starting 11 that you believe will definitely ‘win’ the Cup of Nations if you were in charge?

    -Can you please name other players who you believe should be in the squad but presently being unfairly marginalized?

    -Do you think the administration of Amaju Pinnick is doing a good job?

    -If not, what are your recommendations for the NFF to do better?

    -What part do you think fans should play in ensuring that the Super Eagles win the Africa Cup of Nations?

    Omo9ja, I think you have a genuine message to convey and should you answer these questions, it will go a long way in helping me understand you better on this matter.

    Cheers