Eagles Cut Celebrations Short, Resume Training For Bafana Clash Sunday Morning

Eagles Cut Celebrations Short, Resume Training For Bafana Clash Sunday Morning

The Super Eagles have suspended celebration following Saturday’s 3-2 win against archrivals Cameroon and will hit the training ground on Sunday morning to begin full training for their quarterfinal clash against SouthbAfrica on Wednesday, Completesports.com reports.

The three-time champions rallied back from a goal down to beat the defending champions in their second round encounter at the Alexandria Stadium.

There was massive celebration inside their dressing room and at the team’s hotel after the game, but head coach of the side, Gernot Rohr hinted that the team will get busy with training for the quarterfinal match against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

“We are happy with the win against Cameroon but the competition is still on and we have to continue with our training, ” Rohr told reporters after the game against Cameroon.

“Tomorrow, we will begin preparations for our quarterfinal game and later move to Cairo.”

The Super Eagles will face the South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday at the Cairo International Stadium.

The Bafana Bafana pipped hosts Egypt 1-0 on Saturday to reach the quarterfinals.

By Adeboye Amosu in Alexandria (pix: by Ganiyu Yusuf)

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  • Ololo 2 years ago

    It’s obvious this coach is angry with comments regarding his sack.. For me he has done well and should remain after afcon.. It’s never easy defeating the defending champion if not for anything Cameroon played for pride as champion.. Samuel eto really believed his team could do it for him

    • Pompei 2 years ago

      If Rohr is angry, it’s tough to blame him! If I were Rohr, after the Afon, I don waka! Why continue to work for a bunch of folks who only see you when you falter, but ignore you when you succeed? Can you imagine – talking of sack just because he lost a dead rubber? Unbelievable!

      • Steve 2 years ago

        Bro’s that is the way football goes , no room for errors!!..As a coach , you are being regarded with your last match , this is Naija and that is how is done all over the world by football playing nations!!.. Do you think is easy to coach a football playing country like Nigeria ?.Is all about pressure and satisfying the unsatisfiable fans!!

        • Oakfield 2 years ago

          @Steve, u are very wrong. That’s not how it’s done all over the world. How can you start talking about the sack of a coach after a dead rubber game. I read the nonsense article Segun odegbami (the ex cricket international) wrote where he threatened to sack the coach Bcs of the madagascar match if he were in charge. I was like what the hell??? Are u for real?? In fact that article was utter crap as far as I’m concerned. He never reasoned like someone who played the round leather, that’s why I’ve decided to be referring to him as the “ex cricket international”. Among all ex internationals, it was only kanu and kadiri ikhana that only showed they believed in the coach and the team in general. Instead of castigating the coach and his team, they offered words of encouragement. They knew as seasoned ex internationals that most times , shit happens and when it does, there is enough room for amends. That’s how it should be and not writing useless nonsense long epistles to bring someone down. @odegbami should be ashamed of himself, this is just the beginning.

      • Abegie…if the coach fumbles against South Africa, show him the door. This is football not a government work, Egypt’s coach and in fact the FA president is on his way home. Coaches must deliver when they’re expected to, if we loose to Brazil or France we can keep him but SA? Nah…we have to win that or he’s a gonna, we condone losses in small games enough

  • Let’s go there. Oh God we are looking unto thee again. Lord! You saw the eagles through red sea today, will thou not see them through Jordan on Wednesday? God help us. Answer your name oh Lord in Egypt for the sake of eagles. Thank for prayer answered. Amen!!!!

  • Edoman 2 years ago

    Today, it really shows that soccer was made in Nigeria. l want to join other millions of Nigerians in congratulate the Nigerian spirit that say never die. l was one of those who didn’t give them a chance in the World to make it pass the Cameroonians. l am extremely pleased that these players proved me wrong.

    • Marvel 2 years ago

      Samuel chukuaze is a baller let rohr forget about bringing simon on board chukuaze is a baller

    • Abdul 2 years ago

      Sincerely, your absolute maturity is unwavering

  • Aauxtyne 2 years ago

    With the host nation – Egypt- out of contention for the title, I think if the Super Eagles can beat the Bafana Bafana, the coast of the Red Sea will be clearer and the title will be ours as no nation (not even Senegal or Ghana) can stop us any more because the Super Eagles tend to improve their games as they come. Kudos for the big win against the Cubs of Cameroon!

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    Hmmm…. this is what I just said. We have to celebrate yes. We deserve it.
    We have to cut that celebrations off for now and face the reality of life.

    South Africa will be hard to crackdown on Wednesday. They are very organized and they also have game plan.

    They are very dangerous offensively. They can score goal from long range.

    They really good at set pieces as well.

    We can’t score from freekick. We are wasteful in front of goal.

    These problems have to be corrected as we are heading to the encounter against the South African team on Wednesday. It calls for a celebration. Congratulations Nigeria. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Oakfield 2 years ago

      Can u just stop talking and let the coach wey no sabi do his job?? He doesn’t need ur useless evil advice,just keep it to yourself or go give it to your Thomas denerby, I think he needs it most than rohr. Just steer clear of the team. Evil man!!!

  • Pompei 2 years ago

    We are thru to the Q/Finals. And a formidable opponent awaits us. South Africa. Our former wives. They have divorced us with recent performances. There are 3 things we need to be careful about going into this match –
    1) Like Madagascar, the SA players are very fit and athletic. They will contest for 50-50 balls very well. They will close us down and deny us time and space to play. And they have a deadly counter attack! Egypt is their latest counter attack victim.
    2) Percy Tau – their deadly winger. The SA team is full of good players. But I have singled this guy out as the biggest threat. He was all over us in Uyo when they beat us 2 nil. He grabbed the equalizer in the 1-1 draw when they hosted us. He is a handful. Although a lefty, he prefers to operate from the right, so Aina will have his work cut out. Tau is also good with set pieces. The SE defence will need to watch this guy closely.
    3) AKPEYI – They know him well! They know he is prone to error, and they will try to capitalize! They will test him with shots, crosses into the box, and they will try to win free kicks around the box so they can try him. I actually think Akpeyi has done well for us so far. But against SA, I think Ezenwa or Uzoho should be seriously considered. Rohr, over to you.
    Yes, SA is a solid side. However, we too sabi play ball. 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 is the system I would recommend, because of SA’s dangerous counter attacking prowess. If Rohr decides to go with 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, the defenders need to stay at home! Limit the overlapping runs! Also, this is not a game for excessive dribbling. Quick, one-time passes is what will open up the SA defence. And we need to take our chances when they come. SA are not goal shy. They will likely score if they get a chance. All things considered, we should have just enough to beat them. Let’s hope for the best.

    • Olawale 2 years ago

      South Africa are good. Accepted but not a goof side for me. They are a side that plays fine football, create chances but miss a lot which might hunt them against a Nigeria side.. Egypt underrated them and depend too much on Mo Salah. Take away Salah, Egypt are not that fantastic.. So I don’t see them going pass the Eagles.. Give it to bafana’s, they are a joy to watch but the finish always let them down and not strong physically..

    • Ayodele 2 years ago

      Well said Bro!

    • Loll…it’s like you are a football coach

  • Ayodele 2 years ago

    Yes coach, that’s the spirit. The players must not rest on their oars and must NOT, I REPEAT NOT UNDERESTIMATE South Africa, otherwise we will pay for it! Only the super Eagles can beat the Super Eagles!!!

  • Abba rossi 2 years ago

    Hmm congrats t9 all Nigerians but I still not believe wit this coach ability very poor?I keep saying this we shld ‘ve been much better than this if rohr is tactically sound,dnt forget we jst came back from world apart from qualifiers and stil we dnt mark very well,we can’t pass among ourselves well,I keep saying individual players and Europe experiences we ‘re ahead of most of this team?why struggle?I think after this tournament rohr need to go for good honestly?NFF ‘re very right despite d scam in his contract,honestly we all know he is not tactically sound,even mallam that sales Indomie question his substitution?

    • Nigerians are only concerned about results…I think Rorh should be more willing to take risk… Start chukweze…go for an attacking style of play…we are better than most of this teams in terms of individual talents…Nigeria is like a sleeping giant been trampled upon by smaller teams… imagine playing 3 defensive midfielders against teams like sychelles Madagascar burundi…I like Rorh he has done a good job but he is too conservative for my liking…he should know Nigeria is a big footballing nation not like niger or Gabon…we like to doninate

    • Omo9ja 2 years ago

      Good observation bro. If you know you know. I keep saying it, nobody hates Oga Rohr. All Nigerians wanted to see is result but it’s beyond that.

      Yes we have players that can delivered the trophy but the Super Eagles coaches are not technically sound. Coach Rohr and his assistants needs help.

      He needs someone like Kanu and I thank God that Mr. Kanu still there with them. That is the perfect combination if NFF knows that.

      I said it before the tournament, the technical crew have no ideas but Kanu can help.

      That showed in yesterday match, having Akpeyi in that match wasn’t a good idea but we were lucky enough to delivered the result. Nigerians satisfied no wahala.

      If we wins the tournament, I will be Super excited but if we fails to win it, no excuses because we have what it takes to win it by God’s grace, all things are possible. God is in control. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Phrank 2 years ago

    Congratulation to the super Eagles. The match against the SA team if care is not taking, might be another big shocker to Nigeria. During the qualifying preliminaries, they prove to be a hard nut to crack against the Super Eagles, and that is the spirit they the SA team will be bring. My only problem with Rohr is d delay subtute he always make. What is wrong if Rohr introduce both Onyekuru and chukwueze at the both Flank? Blive me the counter attack will be deadly. My opinion though.

  • Please we have unfinished business with Bafana Bafana and we must clear all doubts on Wednesday. All the needful must be done. Thank you.

  • Congratulations to the super eagles. But we must be very careful with Bafana Bafana of south Africa. Our defense need to improve. Aina,Omouru and Awaziem must be very careful and they must improve. Pls Mr. Rohr should stop substituting Ighalo with Paul Anoucho. We have. Osimen and Onyekuru they are better than Anoucho. Please Super eagles should not make any mistake of putting on that dark green jersey through out this tournament. They never have good luck anytime they put on that jersey.

    • Eico your Submission was super about the Gren/White Jersey is the worst thing that had ever happened to Nigeria NFF should try everything they can to avoid our dear S/Eagles from wearing that Evil/Hardluck Jersey on Wednesday to dace SA

    • Chika 2 years ago

      I was about to say the same thing. That green Jersey is a no no. Please.

  • Xhuxhu 2 years ago

    South Africa won’t be easy, winning a host and eliminating them in the way they did yester night is no fluke. When I saw them singing and marching into the pitch, I was like “Nah so Cameroon and Congo DR dey sing enter stadium” but I was shocked by their organization.
    Our team should watch their games, especially this last game against Egypt.
    Just like Pompei said, our defense line should be on alert for counter attacks.
    So many people are criticizing Onuachu’s performance yesterday..I feel he did just what he was sent in to do, to keep the Cameroonian defense in their half, to ease pressure on our own defense.
    I believe as the games get into the final stages, it will be more interesting, more intriguing and tougher but I wish our Super Eagles wins this competition for us although, I am not overly confident or expectant.

    • Cuteprince 2 years ago

      Your submissions are spot on especially the last part…RIDE on coache.


    I thank god will make it to quater final.but i have read many comment about d coach.before will play dis game agaist camerom d coach said will have promblem of scoring.dat is coach 4 u.it is not easy to control d player.d coach are trying but d player have d last decision.

  • Adisboy 2 years ago

    Have you guys noticed that in the last few years South Africa have been able to beat teams at home, especially as underdogs? The game yesterday was another example. But the problem with them is inconsistency. After a game like this they normally think they have arrived e.g. “we have beaten the tournament favourites, we are now the best”, and then fumble next game. I think we owe them a win as in the last 2 games it has been a loss, then a dubious draw. I see us winning this.

  • Oakfield 2 years ago

    That’s the spirit able coach, no time for celebrations now. God works in mysterious ways. He made us slip against Madagascar so that we could realise that we still had a lot of work to be done. If we had won that match, it would’ve given us the wrong impression that we were on the right track. Cameroun I guess underrated us bcs of the loss to Madagascar, they felt our house was already in disarray and wanted to finish the job but they got the wrong signal and paid dearly. Now, south Africa has won Egypt and would still be basking in that euphoria when they meet us on Wednesday. They’d have the impression that they’d defeat nigeria just like they did to Egypt and that would be the beginning of their downfall. We are still mourning the loss against them in uyo and have been waiting for a pay back time and this seems to be the better time for us to have our own pound of flesh. We’ll keep our heads low as usual and get the job done. All the best my coach, God is with u.

  • Ndubuisi 2 years ago

    I expect him to be silent this week to absorb the shock but surprisingly he has woken up this morning to teach the same coach he was expecting to hear the news of his sack last night. He has shown his clueless and a very controversial man. Just keep your advice to yourself the coach knows what to do. Ahead ahead we go nobody cares about your ranting any longer they are all distractions. You have already said win or lose Mr Rohr should be sacked then why worry your head again. Imagine drinking paracetamol in someone else headache. Omo9ja more surprises awaits you.

  • Walking 2 years ago

    Well, I must commend the BB they did a great job. Although I didn’t see the match but, I have seen both Pharaohs and BB’s play against different team. Against all odds, I will tip the Egyptians over and over against the South African’s. But, result is all that counts.

    On the SE team,
    Etebo shut my mouth yesterday (First half), but went absent in the second half.
    Awaziem should please step up or Collins should just recover quickly.
    Alex did nothing or little apart from the goal he scored, I hope he gets his best feet in subsequent games.
    Without doubt, Kenneth Omuero has been a backbone at the defence,although he made an error that resulted to Cameroon’s first goal but, he was outstanding.
    Akpeyi had little fault with the two goals, his positions were a bit faulty..

    Onachu is questionable with his body stamina, I expected onyekuru or oshimen should have came in for ighalo. Rohr is a little tacticaless with his substitution.
    Moses simon should just go home, even the match against Burundi that he made an assist he was totally off the game, I would have preferred chukweze ahead onyekuru because he his left footed.

    • @walking or whatever u called ur self.Mr man we don’t want to know what u think here.go to hell with ur support we don’t need it.up nija up SE

  • I still do not like Akpeyi. it’s just the grace of God that is keeping us. He was just too afrid to command the 18 yard box. Always nervous. He is simply not dependable. And it is until he causes a major damage that our eyes will clear. Our defenders are always put under pressure or awkward position just because they don’t have enough confidence in him and always look for alternative defensive positions or make alternative decisions.

  • Aa4labia 2 years ago

    @oakfield you’re wrong with your comment on Segun Odegbami and its disrespectful of you. That is very very clear you don’t lose to madagascar and expect to be told Job well done. The criticism is on point.

    We ask ourselves from the world cup performance has the team really improved… Absolutely no. Yea we are playing well as usual but generally we have not improved.

    It was a good and bad performance yesterday. Look at the defense yesterday.

    • Oakfield 2 years ago

      Are u mr odegbami in veils??? Then U are evil!!! An ex footballer is supposed to encourage and not create more holes in an already troubled ship at sea. Thank God, our team is gradually finding their rhythm but for all u bad belles, Na disgrace and shame go be una portion. Evil men everywhere

  • That Odegbami comment is the most shocking thing i av ever seen an ex footballer did. How can you criticise a national team coach openly like. haven’t him see ex footballer like okocha,KANU,ikpeba etc how many time did they talk like that even when the team did not do well. Odegbami is a disgrace to Nigeria football. Even if he doesn’t like the coach idea I think he is going to far with his openly criticizing the team and belief someone in the glass house should call him to order. One can see that his attitude is the reason why he has not been able to hold any rank in Nigeria football. He hasn’t contribute anything to Nigeria football even during his playing days except his useless write up, so don’t why his wahala is too much these day..As for those who are still pained cos we lost to Madagascar, do ever belief Egypt,Morocco will ever lost to south Africa, Benin respectively? that is football for u. A true fan support his team irrespective of what the circumstances and stop insulting this coach surely he won’t be SE coach forever

    • Oakfield 2 years ago

      Thank u Tayo, u get sense. I thought I was on this alone… He even had the guts to threaten him with sack. That man is evil!!! He’s not an ex footballer but an ex cricket player. Period!

    • Izzylove 2 years ago

      Honestly, I have been the number one fan of Chief Segun Odegbami for years, especially his weekly write-up (Mathematical). But on this one, he has goofed. I am very disappointed, and I hope he will publish an unreserved open apology to the coach and all Nigerians. If he fails to do that, he will lose most of his fans reading his weekly column.

      However, the victory of Nigeria over Cameroon is special and heartwarming, but we should suspend our celebration till when the cup is won, and start planning for the quarter final clash against South Africa. There is no where to hide for BAfana Bafana, we are winning that match 2-0 by God’s grace.

  • 9jaVision 2 years ago

    Next up is the Quarter Finals, let’s hope that there will be VAR in action whenever we meet that dirty Bafana o! Because we’re gonna need VAR for more than one reason when/if we meet those agoraphobics with very erroneously overgrown albeit well undeserved egos, (Well nor be dem fault sha! na all those 9ja’s wey de for SA dey act wrong and continue to drag 9ja name for dirt, wey de mek those drunks dey think say dem better reach us not to mention better pass self!) And the coach must not act like a cabbage neither should our boys! Stand up tall and fight like for like, fire for fire and even if we must assume the bully boys position then so be it! I know that there is no danger of the boys getting used to that kind of nasty way of being because that is not us, it’s simply not in 9ja’s DNA’s and that is why we often loose to 3 teams in particular chief among which is Bafana, secondly those ras clats from Angola and then the chief gra gra players of Senegal, those are the 3 teams that no Nigerian coach so far has cottoned on to and sussed out the way to play and beat. Based on merit alone, ie, skill, greatness, potential, ability and giftedness, we are miles ahead of all these and in fact any African teams currently even with the team we have now which very inferiorly compares to some of our great teams of years gone by, yet this team still has it in them to take this Trophy, however we need switched on guys in charge! I have been clamouring for/about this for donkeys now and I will not stop until the message filters through! We cannot continue to flatter to impress and take over yet be falling short every time. We need to wake up and get rid of any “bogey” teams especially SA, we must meet them head on, stand up tall, refuse to be bullied or intimidated and if necessary, beat them not only through superior skills and general seniority that is our right over them but also beast them up physically if they try and go there(Which, rest assured they will) Rohr must not take any softness from the referee, and we must not let them get away with nothing and subdue them in every way! Let’s do this now and build a legacy of always turning up ready to beat Bafana, Angola and Senegal regardless of anything else every time we meet, not intermittently, or every now and again, No! But every single time! In short we need to make them our wives from this day henceforth!
    I don talk my own p! And I nor fit shout abegi!
    The only other thing I can see if if theyu escape their beating at our hands this time and even then, they will only be postponing it until the next time God willing! If they escape this time and another team gives them a right spanking, then that’ll be just fine too with me. I rest my case!
    Super Eagles 4Life!