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Eagles To Strategize Behind Complete Closed-Door Thursday Ahead Cameroon Clash

Eagles To Strategize Behind Complete Closed-Door Thursday Ahead Cameroon Clash

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has decided that the team’s training session on Thursday evening will be done in complete privacy without the presence of reporters and fans to enable the team concentrate and strategize ahead of Saturday’s AFCON 2019 Round of 16 clash with defending champions Cameroon in Alexandria, Completesports.com reports.

According to official information tweeted on the Nigerian team’s Twitter platform on Wednesday, the Eagles’ training session on Wednesday and Friday evening will be open to the media for the first 15 minutes, from 5:30 pm each day.

“Media Alert. Our training schedules ahead of Saturday’s #TotalAFCON2019 R16.
Today: Training is open for first 15 minutes.
Thursday: Training is completely closed.
Friday: Training is open for first 15 minutes. Time:5.30pm.
#SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong,” the Tweet reads.

The Super Eagles and the Indomitables last faced each other during the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Nigeria won at home in and away in Yaounde

Gernot Rohr’s men thrashed the Indomitable Lions 4-0 at Akwa Ibom International Stadium with goals from Odion Oghalo, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho.

The reverse fixure Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo Yaounde ended 1-1 with Moses Simon scoring for Nigeria and Vincent Aboubakar beating Ikechukwu Ezenwa from a spot kick for Cameroon’s equalizer.

Nigeria and Cameroon finished second in AFCON 2019 Group B and Group F respectively to reach the Round of 16.

The winner of the Saturday’s clash will face the winner between Egypt and South Africa in a quarter-final match on July 10 at Cairo International Stadium.

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  • frank 5 years ago

    Egypt or SA get ready because Nigeria will beat Cameron coming Saturday

  • onwajunior 5 years ago

    Strategize fire!!! They’ve been strategising for ages. No matter how much they Strategize behind closed doors we can still predict their game line up…even substitution

    Line up is easy enough Akpeyi, Omeruo, Ekong/Balogun, Aina, Chidozie/Collins, Ndidi, Etebo (freekicks waster) Iwobi, Musa, Ighalo and Kalu… So what’s there to hide. Unless he bows to pressure then we may see Onyekuru and Osimhen

    • Ayphillydegreat 5 years ago

      I sincerely hope he bows to pressure and play Onyekuru and Osimhen instead of Musa and Ighalo and possibly Chukwueze in place of Kalu. But if it backfires (God forbid) who do we blame?? Definitely most of the same fans will still come back here and rain curses on the coach. And if it works spectacularly they will still blame the coach for benching them all this while. For me he’s the one over there with them in camp and knows the strength of his team. I believe he may stick to that 11 against Guinea with one or two changes if any. 

      • onwajunior 5 years ago

        That’s the thing. He should have used the Madagascar game to test them, that’s why I doubt he’d want to risk starting them for the 1st time during the knockouts. The fans just want to see them in action. Like you said, he is the one there and watches them everyday so…
        I remember watching SE train at the Abj stadium, Yaks was clearly the best player but during the game he was almost rubbish. Some players are comfortable playing against their friends, but when they face other players they struggle. I think that is what is happening to Onuachu.

  • @onwajunior Calm down its always important to back to the drawing board and re – strategize who knows there could be surprises when the starting xi is out… maybe we would see different tactics, players ..

  • abba rossi 5 years ago

    is just unfortunate to rohr NFF ve selfishly kill Nigerians supporters, why Rohr? Why rohr? right day1 when he came in, he prove himself he is not capable of win big match but NFF ignore it allow him to over stay and now they begin to blame his tactical know how? Insha Allah Nigeria will beat Cameroun cos the players will do they best cos they know fans re not happy with them but surely we will not witness any tactical impact from Rohr, the re lucky to ve good midfielders Ndidi and Etebo even though on a good day Etebo himself is an average player compare to Ndidi but when you look at his work rate you can give him credit nobody better than him in team now but still is rohr fault for not getting a better replacing even if is a local player which I believe we ve those players in our league, a good manager will surely be attending local matches for scouting. I believe with the midfielders we ve and the defense is not easy for any team to penetrate, so with or without G rohr anybody can handle this team defense and midfield we all know who and who you will put there. Am just waiting to see wat can rohr to prove the attack as he claim with the players he ve at his disposal now? Honestly I dnt ve any confident in him no matter the out come but I still prayer Nigeria win, thanks GOD our system started making they mind regardless of the outcome of this tournament rohr will be sack which am surely they saw it coming. Failure, failure, failure, rohr ve been failing, please did rohr achieve that S keshi did?

  • God Bless u @Aphilly.
    @abba Rossy, which player do u think we can pick in Local League and Mention whom the player can replace.
    People has been giving names …like Ajayi, Okereke, Denis, Aribo, Ejaria etc so name yours from Local League I beg.
    All of a sudden, 90% of the forumites since morning knew initially that Rohr is not good.
    Suddenly they’ve noticed long time ago but they didn’t talk.
    Names o… Naija people

  • Gernot Rohr is like Naija team itself. They can beat any team and any team can beat them.
    I’m not saying he shouldn’t be replaced for a younger coach because even me I was angry with him after Madagascar match but whenever but for now all they need is our support both coach and the team. I wonder what will u people say if we beat Cameroon convincingly.

    • Pompei 5 years ago

      Great point, Sean. Replacing Rohr is definitely something we need to consider. However, this needs to be done AFTER our participation at the Afcon ends! Why distract him and the team with all these talk about sack, sack, sack, at this critical time? The Cameroun we are facing on Saturday…..we have had the better of them in recent encounters. In the last 3 games, we have spanked them in two, and drawn one. In 3 games, we loaded them with 8 goals, and conceded 1. That one goal we conceded was a dubious penalty. I suspect it was awarded to spare Cameroun the embarrassment of a home defeat to Nigeria. Granted, these defeats may galvanize Cameroun, and heighten their determination against us. But I think we also have a good chance.

  • Aauxtyne 5 years ago

    Take it easy on Gernot Rohr please. If he wins on Saturday and eventually the AFCON title, I am sure the criticism of him will mellow. He must have learnt from his mistakes just as he did from the loss against RSA (2-nil) and bounced back to qualify for AFCON 2019 with a game to spare. He qualified the Super Eagles for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup with a game to spare. He also qualified for the Round of 16 in this AFCON with a game to spare. He only lost the top spot and to a debutant team – Madagascar. Though painful, let’s put that behind us and forge ahead.

    The loss that is raising brouhaha may be a blessing in disguise and a wakeup call to make him and the Eagles realize their errors and bring out his innate technical expertise. Let us also remember his good side and not only the bad. It will be unfair to judge him too hard. Even if he failed to go past the Round of 16 (God forbid), he did qualified us to AFCON after failing to in last two editions.

    All he needs now is our unflinching support and a little bit of encouragement. May God help him and us. Amen!

    • Lord AMO 5 years ago

      We have encouraged him with the 18 million naira a month salary or whatever it is we are paying him.  If he has forgotten his tactical acumen then let him make him make way for someone else that wouldn’t “forget” it just like that.

      I offer my support but not blindly

  • Omo9ja 5 years ago

    Strategize? Lolz. I said before now that we have watched part one in Russia last year, unto the part two in Egypt. It’s a season film lol.

    They didn’t strategize against Madagascar. So, this Thursday they wanted to strategized privately abi?


    Make you layout your plan well well o.
    All we needed to on Saturday is a victory. No more excuses. You know say I love you too much Oga Rohr but I don’t celebrate failure o.

    If you like, make Akpeyi our striker, no wahala. As long as we come victorious over Cameroon on Saturday, that is the most important thing as far as this championship is concerned. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Omo9ja 5 years ago

    They should avoid using that Dark green Jersey in this tournament. I’m not a fan of that Jersey since day one they lunched it because it doesn’t brings victories since they have been using it. CSN, help us tell NFF that. Please and thank you. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Aauxtyne 5 years ago

      The dark green jersey cannot be avoided because it is used when Super Eagles are not the home team in a match. Every team has a home jersey and away jersey.

      For me it is superstitious that wearing that jersey brings us bad luck! The Eagles just need to be disciplined in play and front of goal. For your info, should we get all the way to the final, that jersey will be worn both in the semis and the final.

  • Oralivato 5 years ago

    Talk is cheap,please nigerian football lovers hold your peace till after the match on saturday.
    A winner must emerge.

  • Olusegun. B 5 years ago

    At this moment They need to be focused.
    Let them go forward with new ways to win the game.
    They need guys with speed At the Attack in order to win.
    I wish them well

  • Sunnyb 5 years ago

    Against Cameroon the game would be decided on the flanks , our fullbacks and wingers must be on point, we need fast wingers that can track back to help the fullbacks to prosecute this match. Once we shot  down Njie and Bassong Cameroon is done.Rohr must work on our wingers pick the most mobile wingers to face Cameroon. Musa, and Ighalo are 45 mins players. Hopefully Rohr will get it right.On the record I’m against our local coaches, Siaone Is the only local coach I could support for now. The rest are either corrupt or too sentimental, after Afcon we should look for a better coach with proven records, like the Moroccan coach.

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