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Balogun: Super Eagles’ Early Exit From Russia 2018 Still Painful

Balogun:  Super Eagles’ Early Exit From Russia 2018 Still Painful

By Adeboye Amosu:

Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun, is still haunted by the team’s early ouster from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.

Gernot Rohr’s men failed to progress to the knockout round following a 2-1 defeat against Argentina in their last group game.

The West Africans opened their account in Russia with a 2-0 loss to Croatia but bounced back to record a 2-0 win against Iceland in their second game.

Balogun featured in all four games for the Super Eagles in Russia.

“Better late than never, but never late is better. It’s been 2 weeks since this exciting journey has ended for my team and me. Reminiscing it’s still painful, I won’t lie. But life goes on and it gives you so many reasons to smile,” he wrote on Instagram page.

“Meanwhile I turned 30 (thx for all the messages 🙏🏽), am about to start a new chapter in Brighton and there will be a new world champion soon making their nation proud.

“I  will be forever grateful for this invaluable experience with the Super Eagles. So this is to say thank you to my team, the complete staff, to everyone who was part of this great journey and supported us. To Russia and its people for their great hospitality.

” And last but not least, THANK YOU Nigeria for the endless support. It’s been a great honour representing you and we hope we could make you proud.
We will continue to strive for greatness in the future so one day we can hopefully bring a trophy back home 🙏🏽💚🇳🇬 #.”

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  • Mykel 3 years ago

    Thank u balogun, it’s very painful to think about the way genart rohr dashed the hopes of 180 million Nigerians by accepting defeat bf the tournament proper. This whole thing started after the England match when he heard Southgate say that his team will be ready in 2022.that was an experienced coach who knows his team speaking,immidiately G.R now took that as an excuse and started singing 2022 all over the place and into games as a deafeted fellow. See what young players are doing in this world cup, our young team cannot play for 90 mins. When they loose, u will hear that it’s because they did not warm up properly, the distance from hotel to match venue affected them, the pitch is not good, one player is playing with d team for the first time,the travel arrangement was not good. Inferiority complex, young team, 2022,because victor Moses and Mikel obi did not play, iheancho was half fit. All kinds of excuses. As for me, allowing this man will totally destroy our football because he will continue in this trend if begging players abroad to come and represent us. For Christ sake, how is idowu better than ikouwen udoh of enyimba f. c. a full back that couldn’t make a single cross in about 8/9 games he played for Nigeria. poor scouts poor style of play. super eagles has never been a defensive team, we are known for our physical and attacking style of play. the commentator in d match against Argentina said that Nigeria can be fragile at times and I almost wept. we lost every physical challenge to d Argentins.i will rather have a local coach than watch this man with his defensive style of negative football again.

  • Olumide 3 years ago

    I am still surprised at the number of people castigating Rohr. For starters, this was a man that led this team to qualify from a very difficult group in Africa which paraded the current AFCON champions in Cameroon. Nobody complained then.The few issues we must carefully consider are: How far did we really expect to go in this championship, with the exception of Mikel and Moses, how many of these players have played in any AFCON tournament not to talk of the World Cup.Even the Almighty team we had at USA 94 still crashed out albeit in the round of 16. We must give credit to our current coach for qualifying us in the first place after losing out on consecutive AFCON tournaments. The core of the team should still be nurtured for the upcoming 2019 and possibly 2021 AFCON, THEN BY 2022 we should have a balanced team with no interference just as Westerhoff experienced between 1989-1994. We were in a group that has a team in the final now. The boys tried their best though not good enough, the coach did not want us to be carried away that we have a team that can conquer the world just now. He needs time, cooperation and support from everybody. Has the DFB sacked Low of Germany, or CBF sacked Tite of Brazil, even the more vilified Sampaoli of Argentina. It’s all about continuity and making gradual progress.

  • Hmm…this complaints about Rohr and campaigns for a local coach is becoming abnormal.  Any sport news now is being linked to Rohr. Even news about NFF wahala is linked to Rohr and to my surprise, people don’t pick faults from Nigeria matches again, it’s what he says at the press conference.that they pick now. Was it Rohr’s fault that the regulars during the qualifiers like Onazi, ighalo, Echiejile and Shehu lost forms b4 world cup or ikeme and simon’s problems?. Ur plans to get a local coach will not work oh! At list for now. Even if he leaves.


    • ovoke 3 years ago

      But if you are right in thinking you will agree that rohrs poor techniques and tactics contribute in no small measures. I am not an advocate of is sacking but he should realize his mistakes and stop these his excuses for failure or else, he will fail again and give us another flimsy excuse. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Presh 3 years ago

    @Mykel firstly let me agree with you concerning some lazy players like Kelechi,I still.say it,they rather eat Akpu that healthy meal,that’s why you hear most of our africa n players die or collapse in their clubs,let the truth be said,africa lost tiote may his soul r.i.p.,you need to eat healthy to accelerate,now where I disagree with you is Idowu,I down was one of our best defenders,his work rate,me i saw it,I interpret his game,he is not a wing back,but full back,maybe that’s why he cannot make good crosses,but I salute his work rate,let’s leave Our coach aloane he needs time to command this team,our boys weren’t that bad,we lacked focus,lazy Kelechi,I point him out,and bishop killed that game,let’s look to the future,and give our coach a breather,someone asked me,african players play well in Europe,but what happens when they come to the world cup and feel so ordinary,they need to replicate that European character in the world cup,just maybe bring their African mentality in African cup of nations,let’s look into the future. Thanks Leon Balogun. Your passion is too much. Bless.

  • Presh 3 years ago

    Ighalo i meant to say killed that game.

  • Rohr had an intentional defeatist mentality.
    I said on one if my post after the Serbian friendly, that Rohr either looses in purpose or he is not that smart., in other words ,he is clueless.
    I maintain that we had no reason to loose to Croatia in that first match, nor to Argentina.

    Since he chose to be a begged and not the coach, why not begg the “gods’ to play their club wings starting from the first match.

    Which Nigerian coach has had first grade friendlies like Rohr before the tournament?

    Why did Rohr not learn from the friendlies?
    Why experiment against Croatia?

    Gracious me, rohr needs to go to America and take a class on Sports psychology and the mentality and the attitude of winning.

    If we want to know what went wrong, a technical panel of enquiry should be set up under oath of secrecy and confidentiality, interview all the players individually and find out their mind on the Russia 2018; from selection to pattern of play.

    You will find out that the players expected more from the coach.

    Rohr should go.

    • exactly, he made the players feel inferior to their opponents before we played our first match!! He has to go for that reason or be put on probation!!

    • Good points here.

  • Mykel 3 years ago

    @presh, you made a good point concerning idowu’s work rate, no doubt he has a high energy level, but u need those crosses from ur full backs to get goals like we have witnessed in this world cup. If victor Moses was a bad crosser of the ball or failed to make crosses like idowu, I don’t think miss would have gotten his first goal against Iceland. Idowu is highly uncomfortable with d ball at his feet, have u forgotten our past full backs how they were running that flank back in the days, Ben iroha, Celestine babayaro, taye taiwo, with his bullet shorts, don’t forget they were scoring goals as well not forgetting echejile when he was younger, I remember that low crossing he made to yakubu ayegbeni in South Africa 2010 that he missed like ighalo. Oh have watched ikouwen udoh play, he should be given that left full back and let idowu ,Tyrone and Aina fight for that right full back while shehu should fight for his DM position, if he can’t play as a DM, then he should be dropped, enough is enough

    • Presh 3 years ago

      @Mykel those names you mentioned the Babayaros and co and not full backs they are left wing back, they can over lap, and return, but Brian idowu is a left full back, not a left wing back, lets take for example, Tyroone Ebuhee, he is a right wing back, not a right full back, full backs are not that versatile when they overlap, that is why shehu cannot make the team again from my perspective,he doesn’t know what to do with the ball, and when Tyroone came in against Iceland you could see his intelligence, over lapping, and still retuned back, but a Tyroone if he had played that wing against a Messi who is also smart, may be found wanting cos he’s always going to be at the front when staying put at the back, so the coach was perfectly comfortable and right to play Brian Idowu, Idowu for me was one of our best left back, please watch his game very well against England friendly and see other matches how he cuts dangers even coming from his right opposition when we know hes a left sided player, yes his crosses needs attention, hes a left full back and the likes of ahmed Musa was there to support him,and as for those calling for a technical panel probe to call the players secretly what are we trying to play at? to allow the likes of Onazi to say the coach refused to play him,when we know he Onazi and co weren’t good enough, if they have to do it, let the skipper be the voice, or there should be no technical panel, the lads all did well, but a few like three players got to go.

    • Fantastic point my man, Idowu is a poor wing back period, end of story.

  • gernot rohr stays,super eagles will surely get better but ighalo must b axed 4rm d team #9ja4lyf #supereagles

  • Firstly. [email protected],  yakubu’s missed chance came from Ayila’s cross not echiejile. 
    Buy why don’t we view it from this perspective,  Rohr played against African power House: Rwanda (2-0)
    Algeria (3-1)(0-0), Zambia(2-1)(1-0)
    Cameroon (4-0)(1-1), Togo (3-0), Senegal (1-1)only South Africa (0-2). May be he’s very good against African Oppositions.
    Note: any new coach coming in be it home or foreign base is coming the to play a single tournament and get sacked…that if if he qualifies for the tournament. 

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    Gbam!! @Sean. For me it was a fantastic WorldCup for the SuperEagles. Most Nigerians are expecting too much from these young team. We beat Iceland, a team that’d given England, Portugal, Argentina including WorldCup finalist Croatia a tough time (none of those teams ever beat them, they even beat England). We lost only to an own goal and a penalty against a star studded Croatian team that has the best midfielders in the world. These team could’ve beating Argentina if they’re a bit lucky, but eventually got robbed.

    Obviously, I’m not happy with Rohr that we gave too much respect to Croatia and Argentina. Games we could’ve come away with unbeaten. However, if we had been in any other group anything could’ve happened. IMHO the only missing link in these SuperEagles team is a top and proven goalscorer and a skillful holding midfielder. We have the base of the team now, we just need to keep unearthing more talents. Even in the NPFl some can emerge over the next three years. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE.

  • I think we had a dreadful world cup. Although Croatia are in the final, our lethargic performance and woeful goals conceded were stuff of nightmares.
    Hopes were raised with a respectable result against Iceland only to be dashed again by a loss to the poorest Argentina team in living memory.
    Contrast this to 4 years ago and you will see that we have taken 1 step backwards.
    Do you want to compare the Nigeria vs Argentina of 2014 to Nigeria vs Argentina of 2018?
    Even the Nigeria vs Bosnia 2014 match was sweeter than the yeye inconsequential Nigeria vs Iceland match of 2018.
    Don’t let’s kid ourselves, this was a woeful world cup for Nigeria by all standards and this coach has a lot to answer for.

    • Sura the tailor..stick to tailoring

      • Mr Follow-Follow, a beg go and sit down. what meaningful contribution have you ever made in this forum?
        At least @aphillydgreat is a highly respected contributor in this forum even though I disagree with him on a range of matters.
        But you are a nobody. So go and sort out your own career before taking up a career in Career Guidance and Counceling.

        I will stick to my tailoring, it is whether you can afford the cheapest of my clothes.

  • Oruona 3 years ago

    rohr never appeared confident and never believed he could do anything with the team in Russia. I don’t think he ever motivated the players psychologically and emotionaly. It seams he always reminded them that they are a young team and they are for 2022. One can even deduce from his conversations that he believed that his players had inferiority complex. But ii it is him that projected negativity. Obviously he is more confortable with african teams.

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    It could be dreadful in your own view because we failed to make it out of the group stage, but it was fantastic for me because there’s hope for the future if we allow continuity. Keshi’s team of 2014 had already won the AFCON, played in the CONFEDERATION’S Cup before going to Brazil for the WorldCup.

    If you want to talk about a team that is well prepared before the Mundial it is that team therefore, it is expected of them to make it out of their group in 2014. Yet they could only match a record not surpass it. Thank God for Odemwengie, a player Keshi never wanted to take to Brazil in the first place.

    Yes we lost to an average Croatian side that has a combined 9 champions league medals. An average Croatian side that has Modric from Madrid, Rakitic from Barcelona, Mandzukic from Juventus, Pericic from Inter Milan, Vrsjalko from Atletico, Kovacic from Madrid who couldn’t even get into their first 11. And we lost to the worst Argentina side in living memory that has Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Otamendi, Di Maria, Dybala who couldn’t even make the first 11, Macherano, Rojo and co. Y’all gotta be kidding me!!!!

    In reality, when a Victor Moses is your best player then you have to accept the fact that we have an average team and certainly Croatia and Argentina showed that they’re better than us. However, I’m optimistic about the immediate future. Etebo is on his way to Stoke City, Ndidi will continue to gain valuable experience at Leicester, likewise Kelechi and possibly Musa.

    A player like Sadiq Umar if he can light up the Scottish league with is move to Rangers could be the long term solution to SuperEagles striking role. The likes of Simmy Nwankwo, Olarenwaju Kayode, Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray) if properly groomed and blend into the team ASAP SuperEagles will be a force to be reckoned with.

    I also really want call ups extended to Azubuike Okechukwu and Abduljaleel Ajagun. Those two players have been really consistent in Europe over the last couple of seasons. They can provide more competition in the middle. Usman Mohammed, Musa Muhammed and the Nwakali brothers must also be key members of the next stage of the building process. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE.

    • What a difference a month makes. People like you have been known to pick issues with others when referred to this Super Eagles team as “average” prior to the world cup.
      Now that the reality slap bangs you in your face, you openly admit it.
      To be honest, I am not interested in the future at this stage. The fact is your average coach took your average players to the world cup and below- average performances led to your exit, period, full stop.
      Don’t come here brandishing names that will win the world cup for you in future only to pick issues when the same players are called average prior to 2022 world cup and cave in when they crash out.
      In football, the goal posts are never moved so don’t move them in discussions.
      You rode on the back of Joel Obi’s inclusion like the back of a tortoise yet the geezer was a major flop! Now you are mentioning names like Ajagun and you want me to listen to you? Go and sit down my friend.
      One thing I like about you is that you have not allowed the dismal showing of the Super Eagles in Russia diminish your passion and hope for the Super Eagles – that is to be applauded.
      However, coming here to justify failure because of hopes on the future based on players marginally better than what we have right now, does not wash with me.
      Keshi’ team marched but didn’t surpass but matched a record, you said. With all the bribes that he collected ( according to some people) I am surprised he even matched a record.

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

        Im always available to reply to people like you who probably never kicked orange before and expecting us to win the WorldCup. Yes I rode on the back of Joel Obi because at least he plays in a top league and we surely don’t have any better option. If you can provide a better option then you have a future in coaching.

        I’ve never said Nigeria will win the WorldCup you can go and recheck all my posts. I gave you that assignment so that you can have more evidence to bring out your football know how. I’ve always said whatever happens in Russia we will accept it as an experience and a learning curve for a young team.

        It is people like you who are looking for a quick fix where there is none. I can brandish names as much as possible it’s up to the coach to give them a call up as long as they’re doing well for their clubs and playing in a decent league.

        You can cry until Qatar 2022 because Nigeria took an average coach and an average team to Russia that lost narrowly to WorldCup winner in Argentina and a WorldCup finalist in Croatia, that is your own personal vendetta. Nigeria will not win the WorldCup and Nigeria have never been a WorldCup contender. What we’ve displayed to the world since our debut in 1994 is an exciting team that always capture the world’s imagination.

        As for this team, this is just the beginning of greatness to come. I will be here to remind you when you come back to jump on the bandwagon. This is their first major tournament after our football nosedived since 2014. Pundits all over the world have already dubbed the current SuperEagles Africa’s team of the future.

        I’ve seen a long term plan work to perfection in my very eyes. A plan that gave us the greatest SuperEagles of all time. A team that could’ve won the WorldCup if not for bad decisions and inexperience at the time. You do not have to worry about the future if you have never invested in anything in your lifetime.

        • Well said Bro…don’t waste your time on them…Typical nigerian mentality..we love quick fix..Countries with organized and advanced football structures spend four years preparing for the world cup..we feel we can jst use financial motivation to spur our boys to glory..It’s a pity

  • Harsh words won’t hide fact that the Super Eagles you invested high hopes in prior to the world cup have done exactly what they did to you 4 years ago, which is, start to make you plan, pray and hope for a better outing in another 4 years time only to find yourself in the same loop time, time and time again.

    At least 4 years ago the coach you so castigated for bribery matched previous good record, in your words.

    Now, your once-upon-a-time decent (now average) players have taken one step back and you continue to hope.

    I said it before, to your credit, the only thing consistent about you in this matter is your unwavering support for the Super Eagles – come rain , come shine – which can only be applauded.

    You went a bit personal in your tirade and rant which is most unnecessary. If it is a tactical approach to either deflect from the shortcomings of your points or to offend me in any way shape or form, you have lost on both counts.

    When you are not being sentimental, you actually talk sense, and when you are not being rude, your points are not drowned out in personal attacks.

    I repeat, l want to read from you and perhaps learn one or two things.

    But, put aside all the personal attacks, you are on record to support those who criticized (and insulted) a respectable contributor called Pablo when he came out to predict exactly the world cup outcome we have now.

    Now that the reality has slap banged you in your pretty face, you have started preparing for another 4 years with fantasy names.

    Let’s be clear, you supported a mediocre coach who took a mediocre team to achieve a mediocre outcome at the world cup, and that cannot be drowned out by your personal attacks.

    • Also, let me, head on, address some of the points in your last post to see whether or not if they stand the test of scrutiny.
      1)whatever happens in Russia we will accept it as an experience and a learning curve for a young team.: Now, statements like that are worrying. You are starting to sound like Gernot Rohr. I urge you, please do not allow his defeatist and inferiority complex mentality rub off on you.
      2)Nigeria will not win the World Cup and Nigeria have never been a World Cup contender.: you are wrong. Again I beg you, do not allow Gernot Rohr’s mentality rub off on you. Westerhof famously said in 1994 that Nigeria was not afraid of any team in the tournament. I for one considered Nigeria as a world cup contender in that world cup and so did the FIFA rankings. A shame that we have not built on such lofty heights but the defeatist mentality of Rohr is now not what we need,
      3)As for this team, this is just the beginning of greatness to come.: I hope for your sake that you right. Don’t just come here in 2022 and start suggesting the new Efe Sodje and Duke Udi who will provide greatness in 2026.

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

        We were never a contender in 94. How can a WorldCup debutant be a contender?? LMAO!! Yes we were ranked 5th by FIFA but only considered a dark horse because of our AFCON success and boy that team did light up the world with their flair, physicality, gusto and panache. And guess what it took us 5 years to build that team. Leave Rohr alone to continue with the same process. Mind you I’m not a Rohr fanatic, but I’m a fan of continuity and due process. And a great SuperEagles fanatic.

        • Points taken. That said, if you read back at my post, I said I ( not anyone else) considered Nigeria world cup contender.

          I am quite entitled to dream big aren’t I ?

          Also, I will not leave Rohr alone. Until he delivers me the African Cup of Nations trophy and leads us to quarter finals in the world cup, I suspect you and I will continue to clash into the future on this topic.

          I relish the opportunity to go head-to-head with you again;you are good.

          • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

            That’s exactly the bar I’ve set for him. Anything short of an AFCON trophy and quarter finals appearance at the next Mundial (if we qualify) will be a complete failure. And I won’t wait to see his back.

  • @Mr sura the Tailor, at first, I never wanted to reply u because of one statement u made “I’m not interested in the future at this stage” but all the same..for you, 2014 team performed better rite?
    In the group stage, we had:
    Iran…and that tournament was bosnia’s fist remember? ..just compare.
    In terms of selection. ..2014 was worse.
    I asked a question the other day…may be I should ask again….

    • Chief Sean, I repeat: I am not ready for the future AT THIS STAGE. We need to conduct an inquest on what went wrong in this world cup and the factors that led to the total disconnect between Coaching crew and the nation and why Nigeria crashed out from the tournament from a favourable position with less than 5 minutes to go.
      We then need to identify lessons, document these to be applied in future.
      Then we can talk about the future. You know what they say: A person who plans for the future without learning from the mistakes of the past will fall into the same traps time, time and time again.

  • Where are these future players of our so called indegineous coaches:
     * Chigozie Agbim (the best after enenyeama then. Even chosen ahead of Ikeme)
    * Egwekwe (one of the surest to make d team)
    * papa Idris
    * Reuben Gabriel (came in 4 onazi against france)
    * Ejike Uzoenyi (once chosen ahead of Moses and sone Aluko)
    * Sunday Mba
    * Juwon Oshaniwa(our left back at d world cup)
    * Kunle Odunlami (world cup)
    * John Ugochukwu (confederation cup)
    *Mohammed Gambo (missed one on one against Spain at the confederation cup..remember him?)
    * Solomon Kwambe
    * Emeka Eze
    * Benjamin Francis
    * Gbolahan salami
    * Osaguona Ughodaro. ..etc

    • Wow Sean thank you for reminding us of those players. I think I have updates on each of them.
      Chigozie Agbim: the number one goalkeeper of the successful 2014 Chan Super Eagles, Agbim continues to play top flight NPFL football. At 33, age may be a huge factor in his exclusion of future Super Eagles squad.
      Egwuekwe: had a great confederations cup match against Spain in 2013. He would go on to have a decent career in Finland and South Africa. At age 28, he looks unlikely to make a Super Eagles return with younger and quicker options to pick from.
      Papa Idris: he’s had a decent career in Nigeria and even at some point went to Scotland. At 28, age is counting against him slowly
      Reuben Gabriel: this journey man has played in Belgium, Portugal, Slovakia and Finland after his cameo appearance at Rio 2014. He as well is in his late 20s. It is not inconceivable for him to stage a come back to the Super Eagles though highly unlikely.
      Uzoenyi: he has been unfortunate with multiple injuries.
      Sunday Mba: he played in Turkey and scored some goals after his AFCON 2013 heroics. A dramatic loss of form has seen him fade into obscurity.
      Oshaniwa: he initially benefitted from his impressive displays in the 2014 world cup with a high profile move to the Scottish premier league. However, falling out with the club hierarchy led to his exit. Nobody has heard from him ever since.
      Kunle Odulami: Another aging defender that was last known to be playing in Romania.

  • What about foreigners like:
    Sylvester Ighohun
    cincere ceth
    Michael Uchebo
    Michael Babatunde
    Uzonna Uzochuckwu
    Emen Eduok etc…..Argentina had to wait till dying minute before they won against us to the xtent that Maradona was rushed to do hospital after d game.
    Continuity is the key to the future I Beg.
    So, stop sounding like Giwa and dalung and start thinking of the better future for our team

    • My guy Sean, wake up and smell the beans nobody is sounding like Giwa or Dalung here, all we are saying is stop supporting mediocrity or else it is you who will be sounding deluded.
      Join us, right thinking people in fashioning a way forward for our football.
      A future without foreign ,mediocre coaches.
      A future with coaches with a winning mentality.
      A future that we will thrash Argentina in the World Cup.
      A future where we will be genuine world cup contenders.
      A future where coaches will give their players belief and winning mentality




  • Chairmanfemi 3 years ago

    God bless you @Sean. @Aphillydegreat, you’re totally spot on. You just spoke my mind.

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    @Sura the tailor, I’m with you bro, this team needs complete overhaul form the  coaches staff, to our scouting system. Sentiments and bribery must be removed in selecting players.We need inquests about our performance in Russia,.I said it before the World Cup, I expressed my doubt about  iheanacho, Ighalo, Shehu, Onazi, Joel, I was proven right.Anyway we need a new coach, a coach that would have faith in is players. Pls guys records are meant to be broken have we surpassed our 1994 performance?

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    Yes I supported a mediocre Coach and a mediocre team that achieved a mediocre outcome at the WorldCup. Like I’ve said, if you can provide me with better options than what we took to Russia and prove it with genuine facts then you have a point. And I’m still waiting for the day you will brink a Mourinho, Wenger, Conte, or Hector Cuper to come and coach SuperEagles. Other than that both you and your cohorts can cry till Qatar 2022 it won’t change a pinch.

    If you do not have a future of your own then don’t worry about the future of the SuperEagles. Your friend Pablo it could even be you sitting on the back of a computer with varying identify. Came here to brandish unknown and untested names during the preparations for the WorldCup and you expect reasonable individuals to keep mute?? When I brandish names at least everyone knows who I’m talking about because it doesn’t take more than one game to identify a good player.

    I expected a good fight from the SuperEagles leading up to the Mundial and I was cousiously optimistic. I even said in one of my posts that it will take a miracle for the SuperEagles to make it out of that group. I also said the SuperEagles will be a tough team to beat for any top opposition which was all the case. So I have absolutely no idea where you get all your pull him down syndromes from. Even the greatest SuperEagles of all time never trashed Argentina yet this team have them on the ropes till the end despite being robbed.

    • @Aphyllydgreat, you are one of the most respected contributors in this forum and one of most passionate Super Eagles supporter I have ever had the pleasure to encounter online.

      But I think you allow that passion to cloud your overall judgement sometimes.

      My friend, let me try to address each of your paragraphs above.

      Paragraph 1) the better option I could have provided you was not in ‘personnel’ but in ‘mind-set’. With the same set of players a better outcome could have been achieved but it is my view, supported by the veiws of many contributors in this forum, that poor ‘mind-set and mentality’ cascaded from the coach (coupled with doing the same thing the same way but expecting a different result) led to our early exit.

      So, to be clear, I recommend a change in mindset and not necessarily a change in (players) personnel. And I blame Rohr.

      Paragraph 2: Future – nobody knows what tomorrow will bring with a high degree of certainty. I think we still need to conduct a thorough inquest on why we have failed to go beyond the second round at world cups before talking about the future.

      The outcome of this post-world cup national introspection should provide valuable data to help us plan for the future.

      Paragraph 3: Miracle – I disagree with you here. We didn’t need miracles to come out of that group.

      We needed coach Rohr to have approached the 1st match against Croatia with the same sense of urgency, verve and formation that he used in the 2 other matches.

      We needed the German to demand that his players hit the ground running from day 1 and for him to have shown shrewdness against Argentina at the last minute.

      Maturity, not miracles, was what needed from Rohr. He failed to deliver and he must go, NOW.

      Thank you.

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

        Don’t get me wrong I really think the SuperEagles gave too much respect to Croatia and Argentina, but the truth is that both Argentina and Croatia are better than us at least today because they’re ranked way ahead of us. And when you’re up against teams that have at least 5 players playing at the biggest clubs in the world then you just have to accept that they’re better than us even though we gave it our all.

        This is the first time that Rohr will have at least 3 weeks with this team since he took over the reigns. If at least they’d played an AFCON together prior to the Mundial then by now I will the most critical fan and wouldn’t wait to see his back. I know for sure that this team will continue to evolve and there are some interesting talents on the horizon.

        Let’s be realistic only 8 countries have ever won the WorldCup since 1930. France, Spain and Germany went through over a decade of youth investments before they won the WorldCup in recent memory. It takes time to build a world conquering team. Only Moses and Mikel have ever played in a major tournament amongst our first 11. For me I appreciate that we might’ve started something genuine with a new generation that could eventually write their own story just like these Croatian team.

        • Optimism can contagious and I hope to be infected the optimism “bug” that always keeps you going.

          Let’s hope for the sake of well wishers like yourselves that the guys in the NFF learn from this poor World Cup experience and take the right steps so that they get things right next time around.

  • @ Mykel, Cj, Sunnyb unfortunately the foreign coach will continue as the Super Eagles coach so you can go and hug transformer. As for Sura the tailor or what do you call yourself try and look at yourself and see who is been sentimental. Anyway some one as said it all that you shoukd continue with your tailoring work i think you re better off

  • Players that made their super Eagles debutso under Rohr: 
    * Uzoho (became regular)
    * Ebuehi (fan’s favorite)
    * Idowu (became regular)
    * Indidi (became regular)
    * Etebo, formally, Under 23 (became regular)
    * Simy
    Even Rohr himself made his world cup debut as a coach with this team.

  • Don’t forget Aina and Awaziem too.
    My question is…which of these listed players do u want out of the team and which player do u have in mind to replace them?.
    2) I had lists of our local coaches’ players up there…which of them do u want back in the team? Rohr only needs time with this team..even all the current super eagles players won’t want another coach now.

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    @tayo, I know you enjoy insulting people that’s ok. Can you please answer this question. Records are meant to be broken right?Since 1994 has the super eagles done anything differently at the World Cups?

    • Uncle Sunny, don’t even waste your valuable and precious time responding to nonsense.

      Go and have yourself a pleasant weekend and enjoy the England v Belgium match (if you are watching it)

  • Mykel 3 years ago

    you guys have all spoken well ,my annoyance is that rohr was provided with everything that any coach would need to excel, he was even funded more than most European and South American big teams that attended this tournament. how many coaches were paid ahead of the world cup? Only him. How many teams were motivated financially,?only our team. He threw these things away out of fear,this because he doesn’t believe in his players. A coach that invites John ogu for 2 years and couldn’t use him, he invited uche agbo for 2 years and never used him for a day. But when u are his favourite that he usually begs to play, whether u are fit or not, u must play and that GOD that iheanacho and ighalo dealt with him at the world cup. He will at least learn a few lessons. If we are not banned by fifa,he should be sacked and a local coach that knows our players inside out will take over somebody mentioned a few local players like agbim, egwuekwe etc. Those were what we had then and they made it to the second round. Put this current team in that 2014 group, we will be knocked out in d first round because of rohr,he will tell u that they have strikers in mancity, Roma, etc and against Iran, he will tell u that Iran is a better team than Nigeria and his squad is a young team that will be ready in 2022.this will make him finish 3rd with one point in that group. We can’t win the nations cup with heart rohr

  • Eric Ibekwe 3 years ago

    Gernot Rohr should go if he does not deliver a medal at the next Nations Cup in 2019. It is very disgusting for a Coach that is paid to win the World cup to be telling us that we have a young team that will mature in 2022. Rubbish, we should have pulled out of the present world cup if we know that we do not have a team that can win the cup. I hate making excuses for failure.

  • Rankings don’t win matches.
    In 1994 Bulgaria was ranked 3rd we beat them 3:0.
    In 1998, Spain was ranked 5th we beat them as well.
    No body us saying this was a dream team but they might have as well been.
    Look at England, who among you is not proud of what an under 20 coach has achieved with the real young team.

    Croatian coach has only been with thus team for nine months.
    Croatia have only played in the world cup 4 times before this.
    In a fifth appearance, they are in the final.
    In their first appearance, they made it to the quarter, and lost to the host , France.

    So a good coach don’t need 5 years to raise a winning team.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    You guys have said it all. @Sura the tailor, good job bro. @Ayphillydegreat my man, happy weekend and I greet you all in the house.

    However, for me, Coach Rohr has failed and NFF should let go of him because
    He has reached his capacity. Therefore, like I always said, “you can’t give what you don’t have”.

    Even, in four years time, Oga Rohr would repeats the same mistakes because he doesn’t leaned from his past mistakes and for this reason, we need a change lobatan. God bless us all. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • U all have spoken well. My advice is we should give Rorh a 2nd chance. Becos nations cup qualifiers is near. Mr. Rorh must learn frm his mistake. He should also give our Local base players a chance in his team. Lokosa, Ikouwem Udo, would have proove themself or would hav perform more than Ighalo and Idowu.. We also need Siasia and Amunike to replace Salusi. Rohr need a gud assistant coach. Rohr must look for a better scout and must change Agali

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    @Ahphillydegreat, bro you remember I called out some players before the  World Cup, I called them mediocre and flops.Expecially Iheanacho. So I hope u guys are not building ur so called vision 2022 around players like iheanacho, Shehu, Idowu, Simy, Musa,etc.With this current squad by 2022 only Iwobi and Tyrone  would probably be super  eagles materials.Guys please stop deceiving yourselves your team is not the youngest team of the [email protected] and co travelers I’m still waiting for ur answers.

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    @Omo9ja, kudos to you my brother for being very consistent on this [email protected] nice analysis my brother, nice  job guys.. My take is u can put the best lipstick on a pig, a pig will forever remain a pig.Has Rohr ever won any trophy as a coach? if the answer I no, then why  some people going all out in keeping this clueless man as our coach. A coach  who prefers super flopped  iheanacho over Iwobi in our most important game. Common guys Rohr has done is best, but his best can never move our soccer forward..

    • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

      Iheanacho is not a flop. He started the move for our first goal against Iceland. He should’ve gotten a penalty against Argentina despite not being fully fit. He has scored over 30 goals in England over the last three seasons despite limited playing time. It is only you who assumed he’s flop because none of your Jeun Jeun players made the team. Shehu is an accomplished DM he can still be useful in that role. Musa is definitely a mainstay, how can you neglect Nigeria’s WorldCup top scorer? Only if you can provide me with better options. For now they’re an integral part of the team.

  • Wow, very lively debate going on here guys; nice one. Let me wade in with a contribution or two.

    Iheanacho actually had decent outings in the first two matches he played but he was a major flop in the last match and that was there for all to see.

    Iheanacho’s goals-to-games ratio may appear good on paper, the fact that Pep Guardiola did not see him as a premier league winning player combined with the fact that – in all fairness – he has struggled to pin down a shirt at lowly Leicester City both tell a different story.

    In his place, I would have gone for Brown Ideye, Olanrewaju Kayode, Aminu Umar or even Aaron Samuel. I don’t think any of these guys would have been overawed by the occasion like Iheanacho but whether or not any of them would have made a huge difference in the overall outcome is actually quite debatable.

    If Rohr had selected them but used them wrongly, the outcome would still have been the same anyway.

    Overall, in the Nigeria Professional League and leagues around the world, I believe we have players who can do Nigeria proud in the immediate future, they are just waiting to be discovered.

    I don’t think we should focus largely on players playing in elite leagues only as we can see from cases like Joel Obi, such players may turn out not to have much to offer.

    Joel Obi ended up going to make up the numbers whilst Mikel Agu or Azubuike Okechukwu would have been more worthwhile additions to the squad despite playing in Turkey.

    Although I am no longer a fan of Rohr, if he stays and he gets the boys to play anything like how they played against Iceland and Argentina (and also how they played in the World Cup qualifiers), then African teams will struggle against the Super Eagles.

    For all his shortcoming, Rohr gave us Idowu, Ebuehi etc and also qualified us for the World Cup against tough oppositions.

    His approach at the World Cup though has left a sour taste in many mouths and as harsh as it may sound, if Rohr is sacked, I will shed no tears.

    • Haymaker 3 years ago

      Yes Rohr gave us the useless Idowu. Hope he never plays for the Super Eagles again. Let Rohr take him along on his way out. How low have he descended that we should ever think Idowu was a good addition? Ebuehi always played well when introduced yet Rohr kept reverting to the ineffective Idowu. Isn’t that insanity? Look at Hernandez’s footwork in the build up to Mbappe’s 4th goal and you would know how truly useless Idowu was. That is what is expected of a modern full or wing back.

  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    Every time I log on this site, it is in the hope of finding out two things:

    i) That the trouble maker Giwa has been sent packing from the NFF seat he took by force and has been given a LIFE BAN by FIFA

    ii) Rohr has been sacked and replaced with a more ambitious and technically efficient coach.

    Until then, I will keep reading your comments (both the ones I agree with and the ones I strongly disagree with).

  • Andy Big Boy 3 years ago

    Gernot Rohr should be given a chance to do his work. He came in when team was in a very dreadful stage and handle the case of qualifying them in a group liken to the group of dead. What I anticipate is to keep these players plying together for a long period of time to mater each other skills, styles, and movement in the field. If all of them keep tap together any movement made on the field will be understood and each signs shown during play wouldn’t be undermined. We need Players that understand each others. Players that can hold on the ball. Players that can take on the defensive wall of other teams. Players who are not afraid of what may happen if they face two defenders in front of the goalpost. Please, let us give the this man a chance.

  • The economy of scale doesn’t support Rohr’s  continued stay in nigeria.

    In IT, jobs are only outsourced if you can get a better result at a cheaper price. 
    Rohr is neither better nor cheaper than our best locals. 

    With unemployment so high, what is the economics of outsourcing? 

    Pay Silvia $30,000 / month for 5 years, the money will circulate in our economy

  • Siasia  not silvia

  • @Sura the tairlor My Brother you have my Vote . Garnot Rohr is a misfit for this Current Super Eagle players if we really want to restore the fear factor that Nigeria always have over our Opponent’s in any competition. I don’t want to repeat what I have been saying about this White Messiah Coach before the world cup started and now its over .The result was worst as expected especially for those of us that saw his tactical ineptitude in his game plan & his inferiority complex is second to none and it robbed off hugely on our player’s too bad for us.
    If truly we want to be top contenders in the next world cup then about four players in the current squad must be eased out then bring in much younger fresh leg’s then change the personal to our own home grown Coach with the same level of Motivation given to this Mediocre Foreign Coach then the world cup will be ours. Like I have always said before and will continue to say it .No country can ever win the world cup with a foreign coach even Belgium with all their Stars couldn’t and I said it here that they will fall short and it come to pass.Winning the world goes beyond having the best players on the field of play but requires huge sacrifice and patriotism from the technical bench which no Foreign mercenary Coach will be willing to do. What Leon Balogun said after when we were bouted out of our Group in the first round was a pointer as to why no country has ever won the world cup with a foreign coach till date. He simply said you have to play dirty to see off matches at critical stages, the Truth is no foreign coach will start tell his players to starts feigning injuries and deliberate collision with opposing players in other to slow down the tempo of attacks from the apposing team if not a coach that share’s the same affinity with the player’s for a common cause, until we realises this and work to improve our local league and motivates our coaches the same way our football Administrators motivates this misfit White Messiah coach’s that doesn’t know the mentality of our player’s. Anything less than this we will continue to run in circles with poorer result in the world not to talk of winning it Thanks. And Viva France of Africa for winning the world cup for the second time with massive African input’s.