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Egypt Coach, Aguirre: Defeat To Nigeria Great Experience For My Young Team

Egypt Coach, Aguirre: Defeat To Nigeria  Great Experience For My Young Team

Egypt’s head coach Javier Aguirre is satisfied with his team’s performance despite their 1-0 defeat to the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Tuesday’s international friendly match in Asaba, Completesports.com reports.

The defeat was Aguirre’ his first defeat as coach of the Egyptian team.


FC Midtylland of Denmark forward Paul Onuachu scored the only goal of the game with just eight seconds into the game firing a powerful shot into the net to help the Super Eagles secure their first win against Egypt in 29 years.

Aguirre says he is happy with the experience his side had playing against a big team, especially the young players as they strive to strengthen the team.

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“I think that it was a match we tried our best but the difference was the first five second of the game,” Aguirre, a former Mexico national team coach, said in his post-match interview.

“After that, we did everything we could to draw level, but I think it is good for the fans and the coaches to see the team. We lost but it’s okay. Congrats to Nigeria, but I’m going back home happy.”

On his team’s readiness for AFCON 2019, Aguirre said: “We brought eight young players for this game so we have time to take the right decision to choose the 23 warriors that I need for the AFCON.

“And of course we have our targets which is to win at home for sure.”

By Johnny Edward

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  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    Sack him…!!! Sack him….!!!
    How dare he call almighty pharaohs young……sack him….!!!

    • Adisboy 2 years ago


    • Bomboy 2 years ago

      When they get beaten, they claim it’s because their team was young. But if he had won, the story would have been different.

      I didn’t hear coach Rohr calling his boys young this time around because they won.

      It is the turn of the Pharaoh’s to be young.

      Of course, Dr. Drey, sack him (lol)!

    • pompei 2 years ago

      Hehehe….these coaches sef. Their charges are always “young” after defeat 🙂

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    Watch out for this Egyptians he is going home happy because he has seen lots of loopholes in our team that his first eleven will tear apart especially our right back. 8 young players inexperienced players for a friendly vs young players for a major tournament who wise pass??? This is where wisdom will be separated from Dummies

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      Our coach goes to a tournament to experiment and uses friendlies or weak team to play his superstars to earn fifa ranking who does this? Hahaha shit hole indeed

  • That is not true Nigeria coach also did same he try his own young team

  • What nonsense is he talking about! He brought eight young players, how many young players do we have in our team?we have loads as well.
    At this point in time, our main problems are the full backs, jamilu and shehu are not the best in that positions, I’ll rather have ola aina at RB and then look for another LB

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      Ola aina is not a right back he is a wing back if you play him at wing back he will perform well but play him as full back you will lose your job! Our coaches can’t find the right back for ages Shehu has deceived them with one assist against Cameroon but the coaches have forgetten that he is not a right back as well. The only right at the moment is over looked even though he is fit tryonne ebuehi and the other guy called Musa is never given a look in despite his performance against Athletico Madrid and his rich history from age group football! If players like Mane and N Pepe or Sliti get hold of whoever plays that role then we are doomed!

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Hahahaha…olodo….where did you watch the match against Cameroon where shehu gave an assist….LMAO…??? I thought u said you have free internet. It seems your osho-free internet is the black and white type that uses kerosene.
        Shehu isn’t a right back and has been deceiving coaches, but your tin-god siasia played him as a right back in all matches at the Olympics in a team where your ‘ONLY rightback that we’ have couldnt even make the standby list not to talk of the final squad to the Olympics.
        If shehu can make the no 2 role his own for the past 4 years just by deceiving the coaches…..then he must be doing a pretty good job. Your short memory forgets that your Musa Cafu-Lahm muhammed had his opportunities under this same Rohr. The 3 senior caps he has so far were all under Rohr. But it seems you know more than the coaches who have tested Shehu, Aina, Ebuehi and the rest, in that position, and settled for the better players.
        It is only Musa muhammed that can stop mane, sliti, Ziyech etc …LMAO the rest cannot. That guy must be paying you 70% of his salary to come and fruitlessly rant about his name on this forum

    • Greenturf 2 years ago

      Another left back fine but please could you name at least two left backs who are better than Collins at the moment?
      You see this lad may not meet your expectations but he seem to be the best we have for now .
      Rightly new discoveries will pop up in the nearest future but for now we have to make do with this dude he has impressed so far that’s what matters and with lots of bundesliga teams queuing up in the summer for his signature,he can only get better.

  • Bomboy 2 years ago

    When they get beaten, they claim it’s because their team was young. But if he had won, the story would have been different.

    I didn’t hear coach Rohr calling his boys young this time around because they won.

    It is the turn of the Pharaoh’s to be young.

    Of course, Dr. Drey, sack him (lol)!

  • Austin 2 years ago

    We won Egypt convincingly even though we need to improve in some areas. We need ebuehi to return and help boost the defence. We paraded some new young players too just as the Egyptian coach claimed he did. We left out a few old players too. The match was good and competitive. Even if Mohammed Salah had played that match, he wouldn’t hv found it easy too. I think we have a team at the moment with determination and with a high spirit that could face any opposition at this year’s afcon. But we still need to improve collectively as a team. Our success at the afcon will largely depend on rohr and his tactics and substitutions. I just hope that the nff will play their part well before and during the tournament.

  • our first eleven re kalu,ighalo,musa,etebo,iwobi..ndidi,balogun,ekong,sheuh,collins.ezemwa. and wat is this coach talking about? we know salah was not there, ok fine, kalu and musa also not there etebo came late into de game. he should thank GOD kalu and musa were not among.

    • No, I disagree @Iluwa. Here’s SE killer 11 for the Afcon plus the bench.

      Aina, Ekong, Balogun, Collins
      Ndidi, Mikel, Ogu
      Kalu, Ighalo (or Onuachu), Musa

      Ebuehi, Abdullahi
      Iwobi, Agu, Etebo
      Osimhen, Onuachu (or Ighalo), Onyekuru, Simon Moses

      Rohr’s work is easier for him now.

      • pompei 2 years ago

        Nice squad. I have also thought about the idea of playing 2 strikers together, like Imama did against Libya. The pair of Ighalo and Onuachu will be nightmarish for any defence. Ighalo especially seems to be at his best when he has a partner. Recall his exploits with Troy Deeney at Watford. Then, I’ll play Ogu and Ndidi in midfield, and Kalu and Musa (Iwobi) on the wings. Back four – Aina, Ekong, Balogun, Collins. Goalie – Ezenwa or Uzoho. With this setup, we will be a big problem for any team we face.

      • Greenturf 2 years ago

        Zubby will be in the mix

  • pompei 2 years ago

    Alternatively, I might go the 3-5-2 route, a formation that has worked very well for us recently.
    Forwards – Onuachu, Ighalo
    Wing backs – Simon or Collins and Aina or Kalu
    Midfield – Iwobi or Etebo, Ogu and Ndidi
    Defence – Balogun, Omeruo, Ekong
    Goalie- Ezenwa or Uzoho

    • Good thinking. If Rohr can fashion out a killer partnership upfront with Onuachu and Ighalo in a 3-5-2 setup, then I can watch SE matches at the Afcon with one eye closed. It will be nightmare of opponents, with a minimum of 3 goals per match. With Osimhen taking up a supersub role of course.

      But how about Mikel? It seems you have retired the capon? Hahahahahaha.

      • pompei 2 years ago

        Retire ke? I prepared the list just in case he is not available. And if he is not available, I personally will understand. The guy has been thru hell for Nigeria in the past couple of years! Even spending his own money to take care of the team at the olympics, when the NFF messed up. And he was always there when needed during the world cup qualifiers, and in the world cup itself. Frankly, the guy has tried! If he chooses to spend some time with his iyawo and kids now, I say let him be. If the guy is ready to come back into action, which will hopefully be the case, then he is welcome to do just that.

  • Walking 2 years ago

    The Squad with the bench.
    Keeper: I don’t know yet
    Defense: Ekong, Balogun, Aina, Collins
    Midfield: Ogu, Wilfred, Iwobi or Mikel, Musa(8)
    Attack: Ighalo and Paul.
    Formation: 4-1-2-1-2

    Bench: Kalu, Ebuehi,Semi,Simon, Oshimen, 2 keepers, Omuero, Agu, Etebo, Onyekuru, Mikel or Iwobi.

    • It is quite easy to predict Rohr’s starting 11 assuming all the players are fit and flying.

      Should Rohr go for his much preferred 4-2-3-1, then you have:

      GK: Uzoho
      DFs: Shehu,Ekong,Balogun,Collins
      DMs: Ndidi,Etebo
      AMs: Kalu,Mikel,Musa
      CF: Ighalo

      Should the German elect to go for his plan ‘b’ of 3-5-2, then you have:

      GK: Uzoho
      WBs: Kalu, Collins
      CBs: Ekong,Balogun,Omeruo
      DMs: Mikel,Ndidi
      AM: Iwobi
      SS: Musa
      CF: Ighalo


  • Egypt V Nigeria II?

    As I was reading up on the timetable for the draw to place teams in group for the forthcoming Afcon in June, what quickly became apparent to me was that our Super Eagles may yet face Egypt in the group stages with an opportunity for Salah and co. to exert their revenge for the recent 1:0 friendly loss against us.

    The draw, which will take place on 12 April in Cairo, will see the 24 teams seeded into 4 pots based on the CAF National Team rankings. The 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams.

    Apparently, the seedings was determined taking into account the performance of the qualified teams during the following competitions:

    – Africa Cup of Nations final tournaments (2013, 2015, 2017)
    – Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers (2015, 2017, 2019)
    – March 2019 FIFA World Rankings

    As it stands, we may have to look forward to juicy group stage encounters between Ighalo and co. against any of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon or Sadio Mane’ Senegal ; oh! I can’t wait.

    *there is also the possibility of facing Amuneke’s Tanzania in the group stages*


    Pot 1: Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast , Tunisia Senegal
    Pot 2: Morocco, Nigeria, Algeria, Guinea, Mali and DR Congo
    Pot 3: Uganda, South Africa, Guinea-Bissau, Zimbabwe, Angola and Burundi
    Pot 4: Mauritania, Namibia, Benin, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania.

    • If CAF goes with this seeding, then it’s completely disrespectful to Nigeria. In Africa, Nigeria must always be in Pot 1. I thought they solely use CAF rankings and Nigeria is currently 3rd or 4th? Anyway, it will be a loss for whoever is grouped with Nigeria from Pot 1 as we will eventually top the group.

      • I mean what are Ghana and Ivory Coast doing in Pot 1, while Nigeria and Morocco are sitting in Pot 2? When did Ghana win Afcon last? 1982? Since the resignation of Drogba and Toure, is Ivory Coast still a powerhouse? They only have Zaha atm.

        • Ghana came second and third in the two that we did not even qualify from, so if they award 20 points for winning, 15 for second and 10 for third, then we will be on 20, whilst they will be on 25 points, plus points for them qualifying and none for us not qualifying.

          Ivory Coast won in 2015 when we did not even qualify.

          The only disrespect I see is Self-disrespect for under achieving for 5 years since our last attendance despite all our braggado and mouth.

          Recent history proves that we deserve where we are in the seeding. We are only just rising from our double knock down (2015 and 2017), but we are strong again and should comeback like a wounded animal and none of the top seeds will be happy to face us.

      • Nigeria last qualified for AFCON in 2013 and completely missed out in 2015 and 2017. Both Ghana and Ivory Coast reached the final of 2015 (Ivory Coast winning) and Ghana came third in 2017.

        If they are using

        Africa Cup of Nations final tournaments (2013, 2015, 2017)

        Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers (2015, 2017, 2019)

        March 2019 FIFA World Rankings

        Then it is right that they are seeded ahead of us as they are the more recent two winners (our victory coming six years ago).

    • Bomboy 2 years ago

      It will be cool if we are in the same group with Egypt then we won’t have to meet them again until the finals of we make it.

      I dey fear their home fans and ref big time.

    • pompei 2 years ago

      Very interesting. The competition is going to be very stiff this year. Going by recent results, I think we will be very competitive with the 3-5-2 system. Looks like the system that works best for this present crop of players we have. We beat Argentina
      4-2 with it, almost beat England at home with it (an England that was and still is in rampant form – just look at their last 2 games).

  • Gideon S 2 years ago

    Onuocha&igalo partnership will be strong to attack African defenders, like Benetia,kulibaly of Napoli,Hagazi and more.. Something like Emenike&ideyi on our glory days

    • No pace, trickery and guile in that combo….

      I will prefer Ighalo/Onuachu and Musa/Iwobi/Success.

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    We’ve played Algeria complete with Mahrez, Slimani, Bentaleb, Behrami etc, we almost beat them home and away….we’ve played cameroun, complete with Bassogog, Moukanjo, Aboubakar, Njie etc, we almost beat them home and away……we’ve played Senegal completely with Koulibaly, Gueye, Mane, Sow etc… and played a draw, We just played egypt (agreed salah wasnt present) and we won.
    How some people think we are gonna be steam-rolled over at the AFCON beats imagination.

  • pompei 2 years ago

    Ghana will be going to the Afcon with a measure of urgency and desperation. The last time they won a trophy at senior level was in 1982, 37 years ago. They haven’t won jack since then. It is possible they can finally break their duck this year. However, countries like Egypt, Senegal, Morocco and of Nigeria (not listed in order of rank) will also be very interested in the trophy.

    • As a neutral, I will be eagerly looking for a country to do the ‘Iceland’ in this Afcon; more so as the tournament has been expanded to 24 teams.

      Which will it be? Burundi, Mauritania or Guinea Bissau?