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Exclusive: Why Super Eagles May Struggle In 2022 Africa Cup of Nations -Nwosu

Exclusive: Why Super Eagles May Struggle In 2022 Africa Cup of Nations -Nwosu

Former Nigerian midfielder, Henry Nwosu believes the Super Eagles may struggle at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations if the team fails to go with a creative midfielder.

Nwosu made this known on the backdrop of the team’s inability to create any meaningful passes to the striker in Tuesday’s goalless draw against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

Recall that the first friendly game ended 1-0 in favour of Cameroon at the Wiener Neustädter Stadium last week Friday.

Both matches are meant to prepare Nigeria for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, starting with Liberia in September.

However, in an interview with Completesports.com, Nwosu stated that the results of the two international friendly games against Cameroon have highlighted the need for Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to look into the team’s midfield.

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He said that Nigeria’s inability to create any tangible chances for the strikers may prove costly for them if they fail to fix it.

Nwosu noted that the absence of Joe Aribo also showed that the team must search for a replacement in case of any unforeseen circumstances before AFCON.

“I am really worried about the Super Eagles performance against Cameroon, most especially, the midfield, where the players failed to create several goal-scoring chances for the strikers.

“The absence of Aribo simply exposed Nigeria’s midfield, as the trio of Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekharo Etebo, and Alex Iwobi could not supply any killer passes for Paul Onuachu. If the team continues this way, then they will struggle to make any positive impression at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.” Nwosu concluded.

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  • Iwobi is playing table soccer in midfield. No wonder he was not in Everton team for sonetime now. Rohr case for him I don’t kno

    • Chima E Samuels 2 months ago

      Guys should leave Iwobi, Kelechi and Etebo out of this crab, we saw how Siasia used Etebo, we saw how Rogers and Pelegrini used Kelechi we also saw how Wenger used Iwobi. I can go on but the main problem to me is the coach who was fired by Niger and Burkina only ending in the hands of almighty Nigeria. He keeps talking about taking us to no32 in fifa ranking like this is the first time we have gotten this far. My brothers i prefer to loose playing good attacking football than this boring anywhere belle face football. We need to get back to the right path and discover our tactical flair and robust attacking football else Senegal, Algeria and co will rip us apart till thy kingdom come.

      • Ayphillydegreat 2 months ago

        How did Siasia used Etebo. Why are you guys comparing club football to international football. Or age grade competitions to seniors?? You are expecting SuperEagles to play like ManCity every time with only 2 or 3 days max training sessions. By the way what justification do have to sack the coach? Has he failed to meet his targets?? Absolutely not. Why worry about an inconsequential friendly match that’s only meant to test our readiness for the WorldCup qualifiers and the AFCON.??

        • @ Aphyily @Chima, lets not worry about what happened 5 years ago. Football is based on current form. Etebo just like Iwobi is not in top form right now. Etebo has not been the Etebo we knew since the world cup 2018 and AFCON 2019, 2-3 years ago.
          There are better options even in the same Turkish league that Etebo played in last season. Obinna Nwobodo did ten times better than Etebo in the same league and even if he was not called up in place of Etebo, should have been called up to provide competition for him.
          We need to understand that meritocracy has taken a back seat in our current Super Eagles.
          Etebo played for Warri Wolves, Pinnick was former chairman of Warri Wolves, Etebo is occupying a slot. Iwobi is Jay Jay’s nephew, he is occupying a slot. Musa is also occupying a slot and will be pushed/dragged in until he breaks the 102 cap record before we will rest.
          The Cameroon matches were an exercise in racketeering. How Izuchukwu and Onovo got to camp without them considering Nwakali who was a 2 hour flight away from Vienna, before Alhassan Yusuf who was also a 2 hour flight away or Vincent Onovo’s previous team mate Obinna Nwobodo is anyone’s guess. They say they were 2 hours away, but so were the three I mentioned.
          They will never call those players because “slots must be filled”. Until Pinnick and his cohorts leave the NFF, nothing will change

        • I wonder o. A team played with almost 80% of regulars not present and we wanted magic.

  • Omo9ja 2 months ago

    “The absence of Aribo simply exposed Nigeria’s midfield, as the trio of Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekharo Etebo, and Alex Iwobi could not supply any killer passes for Paul Onuachu. If the team continues this way, then they will struggle to make any positive impression at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.” Nwosu concluded”.

    Definitely Super Eagles will struggle at the next Afcon in Cameroon with Aribo or without Aribo and with all our regular players because our coaches lacks the modern tactics of the game period.

    Aribo and our regular players were there against Liberia, what happened?

    What was the out come of the encounter? From 4-0 to 4-4? That is point no1.

    Point no2. Mikel, the most talented midfielder of that generation of Oga Rohr was there at the world cup and Obi did his best for the team but what happened to Oga Rohr Super Eagles?

    We had all our best players at the Afcon tournament in Egypt, what was the impacts the gaffer made in that tournament? Bronze medals abi?
    Let’s call a spade a spade. I am not sorry to say this, Oga Rohr isn’t good enough to build this team.

    Hmmmm. I’m lost for words.

    We have to do the needful things before it is too late.

    We can not afford to waste another five years with Oga Rohr. Mba, not anymore.

    Instead, we should try to spend another four years with Amunike, Egbo, Marnu Gerba, Enyeama and Ikeme and if they fail then, NFF should continue with the foriegn coach.

    For now, the best coach to be in charge of the Eagles for the next Afcon tournament in Cameroon and world cup qualifiers should be Amunike and the other names I mentioned above.

    Can you imagine, instead of using Okoye in that yesterday match, why Oga did not have the third goalie on the pitch if he believed in that home based keeper?

    Who knows, Noble may even better than Uzoho and Okoye. The idea of Oga Rohr, if you don’t play in the EPL and other top leagues, you are not good enough. That is a big mistake the gaffer have been making over the five years of his service.

    Yet, NFF refused to talk since Friday?

    We are coming for you NFF. the time for excuses has gone and it is time for action. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Michel 2 months ago

    I said the same thing on another topic concerning the midfield,rohr needs to focus on that position not just only wingers and strikers,he is too preoccupied with looking for strikers .he should limit the number of strikers and attackers to just 6 and stop inviting 13 attackers each time and overlook the midfield.without midfield,there is no way a team will not struggle,we had d same problem in the world cup against Argentina when he needed to remove a striker and introduce a defensive midfielder,he did same in d afcon when Ndidi and co were tired but no body to replace them. I don tire for rohr matter

    • Imnas 2 months ago

      Does a competent coach needs to be told what’s so glaring as the dearth of creative and intelligent attacking midfielders in his team? Like it been mentioned, all he looks for are defenders and strikers, overlooking the importance of gifted playmakers, who does that?

  • Ikeben 2 months ago

    Mr Nwoau, that is not correct, if indeed you watch both matches, you will that we created many chances begging to be scored by the strikers. Kelechi and Onuachu were most guilty. Even though we need midfield addition. Most importantly we need consistent strikers that will join Osimhen.

    • Dr. Drey 2 months ago

      Anybody that says we didn’t create chances in both games vs Cameroon is either blind, didn’t watch the match or outrighly hate-filled. As a matter of fact over both legs we created 3 times the number of chances Cameroon created. Infact Cameroon created none….ZERO…. in the 1st leg, their goal came from a half-chance. In the second leg they created just 2.

      The difference between us and Cameroon in both games is the heart the Cameroonian players put into the games. While their own forwards were playing with seriousness, our own overhyped “Senior Men” and “Goal Demons” were busy frittering away chances we saw them bury without much fuss in their clubs this season. In the 1st half alone in the first game Onuachu alone should have put us 2 goals up. Simon missed an open goal in the 1st match, Iwobi missed an open goal in the 2nd match. Please where were all these chances coming from…??? The ball boys…or the goal keeper??? LMAO.

      While I agree with Sir Nwosu for the need for more creative minded midfielders in the mold of Ejaria and Olise, we should also be unprejudiced enough to point out the fact that we need hungrier forwards in the mould of Osimhen to lead our forward line. Or how come every time Osimhen is playing we suddenly always look unbeatable…? Only Osimhen alone will keep the entire back 4 of our opponents busy, but when goal demons and senior men are playing our opponents CBs can even afford to go for a coffee break without any fears of getting hurt.

      Its high time we quit this overhype around our players, if that is what will make them humble and play with the same passion we see them play at their clubs.

      I watched senegal vs cape verde, Algeria vs Mali, Morocco vs Ghana friendlies….those games seemed more like AFCON finals they way the players approached them. The likes of Sadio Mane, Idrissa Gana gueye (with a sumptuous freekick), Ziyech, Mahrez all stood up to the occasion justifying why they are where they are today. The difference between a draw and a win in those games where the individuals i mentioned. When those games got tight and balanced, these ones rose up to the occasion and waved their magic. These are the true “Senior Men”

      Even the best coaches in the world rely on the magic of their star players to pull off hard crack wins in games….that’s why they spend hundreds of millions to acquire such players who can dip into their magic boxes at crucial times.

      If unserious players continue to put the coach’s job on the line like this, would anyone fault him if he says he wants to bring Ighalo back into the team…? Trust begets trust my people. Im just happy all these things are coming to fore in friendlies…friendlies which have not consequences on our overall ambitions. I hope amendments will be made when serious matches resume in September.

      • GLORY 2 months ago

        Hahahaha. We should learn to speak to coffee seller to keep saying ” the coffee will soon be ready “so we can manage to have more time to hit the ball properly to score.

        • GLORY 2 months ago

          Haven said all that Drey, I have observed, that the players are beginning to show signs of Indiscipline in their games, seemingly now taking Rohr for granted. Such things are bound to happen to a coach who reserves special places for certain players, worst still, Rohr body language suggest one with a very gentle demeanor. You see players dribbling/shooting when there are other players well placed to do all that. Players refusing to be business like on the pitch. All these happens when players don’t serious competition for their position. Rohr must going forward start barking out really tough on the players as well as get as many as possible many quality addition to the otherwise these trend will ruin him/ SE rubbishing all his good work. Again @ Drey, it’s become very clear Musa has come to the twilight of his career. That thing has left him. We were playing 10 against 11 in that match which negatively affect the team, probably we could have scored, had we started off with someone on fire. He should humbly retire. I watched both games severally n just some of the things noted.

  • Jide Dola 2 months ago

    With Ighalo on the striking role we created chances, with Osimhen on the pitch we created chances, buh with Onuwchu on the pitch we couldn’t create chances, we normally see Iwobi killer passes anytime we play with Osimhen, or when we used to play with Ighalo, the link between attack and midfield will just work. Since Rohr has been coaching SE we have scored some number of goals by putting passes together in a creative way and Iwobi is mostly involved in those goals (though he may have his own flop buh when is not there then you will understand what we are talking about atlist for now) so I don’t think we are bad at all when it comes to creativity. For Onuachu I pray he didn’t struggle when he moved to bigger league, on a normal day you will see strikers with lone effort, even if he didn’t score let’s see him with lone effort, is either moffi has not riped for SE or is playing under tension. For me Dessers will gel with SE better than Onuachu bcos he’s fast, except Onuachu will pair with a fast striker. Ighalo is more effective for SE than any of this Moffi or Onuachu, let’s cast away our mind away from what happened in world cup and think of his effectiveness since after world cup. Is better for Ighalo to be second choice striker than Onuachu atlist for now, unless Sadiq or Simi even dessers will fill the spot, we may need to move on from Onuachu. Iheanacho can support any of those if we choose to play with two upfront

    • Dr. Drey 2 months ago

      Hahahahaha….pls tell them o….LMAO. The same midfield combination of Iwobi, Etebo and Ndidi made Ighalo top scorer of both qualifiers and AFCON proper. The same midfield combination also made Osimhen topscorer in the qualifiers. 3 consecutive top scorers….same coach, same midfield combo…..but when Senior men and goal demons play, even shot on target no go show…..LMAO.

      You think big clubs dont know what they are doing by not rushing for Onuachu’s signature…?!

      • JimmyBall 2 months ago

        @Dr.Drey… I just want to give you bigups for borrowing my term for Onuachu… “goal demon”… Hahaha. If Onuachu no up him deliverables… I will withdraw that tag fast. Lol… One love!

        • Lol. Jimmy, I too enjoyed the goals demon line.

        • Dr. Drey 2 months ago

          Hahahaha….your goal demon is yet to have a decent shot at goal in 5 starts in a SE shirt. The defenders on the African continent must be Lucifer themselves…. LMAO.
          Make e come dey do that wait and get wey e dey do for Belgian league for Africa make we dey see na… LMAO.
          I trust Osimhen, only him go put entire back 4 of any opponent for in back pocket till he’s substituted.

          Lest I forget, “I dare Rohr to start Ozonwafor against Cameroon”….”I dare Rohr to start Ozonwafor against Cameroon”…. Ozonwafor shut down Cameroon finish for 90mins your oesophagus choke…. LMAOOOOOOO.
          I think say by now you don chop your humiliation pie finish. If e never finish put am for freezer till the next match wen e go start….lmao.

          Ozonwafor has proven imself and has come to stay

  • Dr Drey,

    With all due respect, I have seen the following players play better in Super Eagles colours: Ihenacho, Simon and even Onuachu.

    So, I concur with your submission 100% that the attitude of our players contributed to underwhelming results in recent friendlies.

    Onuachu continues to struggle to carve out a niche for himself in Super Eagles colours. Moses Simon chose to go back to the Moses Simon of old (attempting endless and needless take ons rather than taking his time to pick out meaningful crosses).

    As for Ihenacho, for the first time in my life, I can see why Brendan Rodgers will never be sold on Ihenacho. The talent is there no doubt and personally on his day, I think Ihenacho is one of the best Support Strikers in world football. But you just never know what you will get from him and world class coaches can never be comfortable with that level of unseriousness induced inconsistency.

    Recall, Gernot Rohr dropped him from the 2019 Afcon squad not because he was going through rough times at Leicester at the time. Rather the German tactician sited unseriousness as the main reason why he was unhappy with Ihenacho at the time.

    I love Iheanacho but I have come to the conclusion that he is not reliable (I am sorry if I offended anyone).

    Like you stated, chances were created in those matches against Cameroon but the problems were:

    1) The chances were not intricate.
    2) The chances were not approached with professionalism (too many ballooned balls).
    3) The chances were predictable.
    4) The chances were poorly conceived and poorly executed.

    But, the chances were created nonetheless. Rohr has his faults too. Instead of admonishing players for poorly taken chances, he was seen applauding them. I didn’t see the players playing to instructions up front. Rohr should be out there gesturing to Onuachu, Simon and Iheanacho.

    So, there is hope.

    Perhaps, the players themselves will know what is at stake in competitive matches and would adjust their approach accordingly.

    Again, there is hope!

    **** I don’t have the time to quality check this submission so, apologies for any grammatical errors identified ***

    • OmoEsan 2 months ago

      @Deos, as regards Iheanacho you nailed it 100%. That phrase you used in describing him “unseriousness induced inconsistency ” should get him thinking if he ever reads this beautiful piece of yours.

      From experience at club and national team levels, Iheanacho should know by now that you earn your starting shirt via hardwork and consistency and not just by potential.

  • I have been saying this and I will still say it again….

    The coach isn’t the problem of the team, NFF, GOVERNMENT MINISTERS AGENTS, OUR EX, FANS are the main problem of the SE recently.

    Who else notice that since ROHR is dancing to their tone because of the intimidation and all the chaos,non of these people is coming out to spew those garbages again?

    Sometimes I asked myself this question; since things are these way who is looking?……

    Is it the coach, his assistant or his crew?

    No answer is capital N O…..

    It is we the soccer loving people that are suffering the pain, shame & ridicules…..

    Cast your mind back to when this man was appointed to be the gaffer of SE….

    We saw discipline each time a player put on the historic”Green & white” jersey…..

    We all saw hanger and enthusiasm in the part of these boys…..

    And we saw how the team flourished right b4 our eyes….

    The aforementioned greedy and selfish personalities saw that good thing is about to happen and their belly will soon go down if they fail to do something….

    They started strategizing means to use and distabilize the team and make the innocent poor man succum to every of their wishes.

    They came up with QUOTO for home base players, VETTING of the coach’ list of players b4 being made public etc…

    They kept piling up pressure until Rohr adhere to it….

    We all know that the German tactician was about setting a standard in our national team…

    And what was the standard?



    But our ex, greedy agents, some top government officials, ignorant/brainwashed fans, relatives & friends of all these mediocre players started weeping, wailing & gnashing their teeth for their own to be given a look in…..

    The man finally listen to them and started giving invite to players in obscure league….
    See the way the team is faring now….

    Left for Rohr alone so many players don’t deserve to be in our SE be you he or who……

    And we the fans aren’t even doing these players any good at all…..

    We keep hyping them to the heavens…..
    They quickly become so proud of themselves….

    No hunger anymore, they’re just complacent…..

    They score goals for fun in their clubs but can’t even hit the goalposts for the national team for over 2 games against the same team…..
    This shows the level of unseriousness by this our self acclaimed stars ……

    Untill these issues are checkmated, SE will continue playing like this until Rohr’s contract runs out….

    Let’s stop the hype….

    Allow the coach set his own standard…….

    Let’s give way for”MERITOCRACY”and shun MEDIOCRITY……

    Let’s unite together in this forum and criticize “CONSTRUCTIVELY”….

    I think with these, only the sky will be the limit for our DEAR & ONLY SE…..

    :::: SHALOM:::::

  • Bishop 2 months ago

    We’ve all made our points. But I think Rohrs ambition level is not good enough for Nigerian football.
    He explains away every failure so cheaply. He has broken all records in the negatives since he started coaching. He finds it difficult dealing with grade A opponents in Africa. What we have at the moment in array of players isn’t bad for any great coach. I am really not confident he will deliver to Nigeria what we want.

  • Collins id 2 months ago

    To be honest. i am not worried about the lost to cameroun and also drew the second leg.
    I am not Rohr fan, but he is not the fault this time. My only problem with him now is to invite solid midfielders. The team played well in both games. Only a novice will expect everymoves or passes to go well against an african giant like cameroun, even brazil will not have it easy with cameroun. Rohr play 442 bcos of iheanacho he wanted to acomodate him alongside with unuachu this was rohrs plan, olayinka and moffi didnt do enough in training to change rohrs plan, and our eye clear as we saw moffi struggling. iwobi was chifted to the left wing. The plan didnt go well bcos iheanacho floped, in the second game rohr wanted to see musa iheanach and unuacho for the final judgement. iheanacho musa and unuacho flopped again. Finaly rohr have seen it all. He now knows that iheanacho musa and james brown are our present enemies of progress(though not their intentions). Now rohr will never go back to 442 again, not against big teams, the super eagles go collect on that formation. 433 is the only option to fight big teams, two midfielders against cameroun or algeria (i know rohr wont dare that in a competative game) it will be too dangerous, we need kante and ndidi to do that alone, even france didnt try two midfielders in the wcup. Three midfielders 2 dm/cm and Am, 2 wingers and 1 attack this is where our strenght lies for now. We won tough games with this format.
    The Y behind my not been worried is that cameroun defeated us after 30 years and it was a friendly match, it will refresh their mind and raise their confidence and also reduce the preasure on us beating them everytime, if we meet in a seriouse afair we will take them more seriouse. Imagine if southafrica didnt bit us in uyo, they for bit us for afcon 19 the way they bit egypt, we where able to bit them bcos they where confident and we where despirate after losing and drawing in our last three encounter with them.
    If oliseh and ejiara are not available rohr should invite nwakali nwobodo alhasan this will be good. Wingers like onyekuru, ejuke kalu chuks msimon are good to go.

  • JimmyBall 2 months ago

    … See how fans for street the characterise moongod… Very quack coach… “gather and play fraud”… na me talk am, if e pain you… Put hand for your anus make you the sniff am… eWorshippers of an quack moongod of a coach!


    • GLORY 2 months ago

      @ Jimmyball, you are better than this level hence I thumbed down this quack of a video by these 3 over emotional, iyabolanle one more shot football fans. Thee struggles Rohr is having today, is, working to produce a good team amidst selfish sectional pressures. But Rohr/ SE will laugh last trust me. I am ready to put a bet on this team with anyone. If there is anyway we can enforce that bet, suggestions are welcomed n I am 100% ready to take on anyone pessimist. This team is solid and Rohr is delivering. Even as bad as the team played, Cameroun with 80% of their first team struggled. I DONT BLAB, COS BLABBING IS FOR DOCKS. I am a big Iwuala fan but honestly speaking, he is far from the level needed in SE right now but has huge potential to get there in the nearest future if he works hard. You don’t need more than 10 mins to show you’ve got it. Aribo’s first movement in his first game sold him almost immediately. That is the ingredient that defines a national team material. His not too impressive performance on the few other games in Africa were obviously due to pitch quality. Those calling for Rohr’s sack, should continue in their day dreaming cos only a foolish FA will do that now, where we’ ve only got few months to world cup qualifiers. People just get too emotional over nothing. Getting a new coach now with all the political bottleneck that goes with it, will surely amount to losing atleast six month sorting out details of the new managers contract n other football related matters and then afterwards, those agents who may not have benefited from the employment, will start off another pressure to rid of whoever that manager will be. What suffers? OUR FOOTBALL. NIGERIANS NEVER LEARN. THEY DID IT TO LATE SHUAIBU, THE CRIMINALS GOT RID OF HIM AND BROUGHT IN ONIGBINDE AND WE ALL SAW WHAT HAPPENED.

      • JimmyBall 2 months ago

        @GLORY… The question I have is where can a coach like Rohr, minding his age and history of having never won anything as a coach find a job today in Europe? I need an honest answer… I have been tagged a racist on this forum even though married to a German lady but I do not care anymore!

        • GLORY 2 months ago

          @ Jimmyball, we should be objective in our discussion. Whether Rohr gets a job in Europe, in Asia or in Africa is not d issue here. The point is under the Nigerian circumstances with employment of coaches as well as maintaining contractual terms, WILL YOU TRULY ADVICE THAT ROHR BE SACKED @ JIMMYBALL? IF your answer to that is yes then I rest my case, cos I emphatically believe no right thinking football chairman will do that with few months to world cup qualifiers and also that will amount to violation of contractual terms.

      • Mr Ringmybell 2 months ago

        Guy man, the time to get rid of Rohr is now just before world cup qualifiers. Me know say NFF no get the balls and cash to do the needful so we are stuck with the Rohr. Me just pray make he continue to qualify for tournaments but e be like say our opponents don Sabi how to clip the wings of the Super Eagles under Gernot Rohr. We need injection of fresh ideas and energy which I don’t see Rohr producing. But, guyman, the prayer be say make Rohr change if not make NFF do the needful.

      • JimmyBall 2 months ago

        @GLORY… It’s easy for you to criticize Iwualu who was only introduced at the 82nd minute in the second game and still even late (I think 80 minutes) in the first game to come and do magic that the likes of Musa and Iheanacho could not do? I think that some form of hypocrisy… We are always ready to back Rohr up with pale excuses but fast to condemn players who hardly have been given real chance to show what they can do… from timidity, confusion during games, continuous wrong and late timings of substitution to clear lack of evident input from bench… Some of us have known Rohr’s limit since from pre-world 2018 preparatory games when we lost all except the laboured victory against Poland and were clearly rudderless… What has changed since then, he celebrated winning bronze like teenager who just had sex first time… no serious football nation will engage someone like Rohr even if he was 28yrs younger… You can’t give what you don’t have, how he has not been able to convince the likes of Jordan Tprunarigha of Hertha Berlin even if it means using him to replace the dull and static Jamilu Collins or convince a good forward Karim Onisowo of Mainz is what I don’t know… NFF and Nigerians are stuck with Rohr because of the USD/EURO 2.0 Million inserted in his contract as severance payoff… That NFF is owing him is deliberate, 7months pay being owed… any coach who has some taint of dignity will long have resigned but hey… not Rohr. They are sending him a subtle message to forcefully frustrate him out and he knows… Wetin concern us. My own be say… Since Rohr is comfortable being owed no one should take panodol for him please!

        • JimmyBall 2 months ago

          … Apologies forumites. Karim Onisiwo has already played 8times for Austria and has been named to their Euro 2021 squad so he is no longer eligible for Nigeria. For a long time we could have approached him because back during 2016,he has just only one cap in a friendly and was at a time Leon Balogun clubmate… He is a. Warrior attacker far betttler than that Sarenren Bazee that has disappeared for existence… But he is Austria’s gain now… Sadly. I have watched him live play for Mainz.

      • Omo9ja 2 months ago

        I can’t stop laughing @Glory.

        So, if Iwuala was an average against Cameroon on Tuesday but what is the perfect name to call Oga Rohr?

        How many minutes did Iwuala play?

        Less than 10 minutes abi?

        Is that how the Cameroonian coach made his substitutions?

        Now you understand why Onuachu always like kerewa kerewawa in the Super Eagles team ba?

        This is quite interesting and funny lolz. Oh well. God bless Nigeria!!!

        • GLORY 2 months ago

          @ Omonija, you ‘ll observe I don’t reply to your post. You know why? Because I am 100% convinced that even with a loaded magazine, you ‘ll always come back from hunting empty handed. Got better things to attend to than waste my time.

    • Ayphillydegreat 2 months ago

      This ones are just promoters of NPFL players. The constant argument they we’re making is look for hungry NPFL players. We’ve had many hungry NPFL players in recent past that end up in the Sudanese league. I’m sure more of them will be given a chance against Mexico. Hopefully we discover a goldfish in that encounter from the highly rated Nigeria Professional Football League. Lmao!!

      • Mr Ringmybell 2 months ago

        Aphilo Philo! Aphilo baba! Trust you to leap to Rohr’s defense.. Aphilo Philo the Rohr Advocate of the century. Baba I still dey wait make you help me with data o!!! Lol

  • Field Marshall. General. Sir Johnbob 2 months ago

    Just a couple of observations here – reading through a bit, I have seen some saying it was because Aribo was not there, that is the type of reasoning we are trying to tell our people to get away from.
    Let’s move away from hype of any sort unless it’s has substance behind it, not only is it going to lead to tears but it also sets up another future source of disappointment for the football loving masses and another “hero” built up on hype is brought crashing down down again by the same hype mechanism that built him up in the first place –
    Aribo, again is another very good player but if anyone here is thinking that we are going to be world beaters because of Aribo, then thats is a big mistake.
    Stop building our players up with mouth! first be sure of what you know before you start saying if we had this person or that person, it’s just building up false hope, Aribo also displays that lacklustre, languid even lazy body language and must not be relied upon when it comes to playing at the top table, he is at best also just another squad player and an option (a good one) to have, same thing applies to Iheanacho and Iwobi – Onuachu for me, the jury is still out, and I really only have one BIG question for Paul and that is HOW ON EARTH DID HE MISS THAT CHANCE?! IT WAS EASIER TO SCORE THAT CHANCE 9 TIMES OUT OF 10 BUT STILL YOUR BOY SOMEHOW CONTRIVED TO PUT THE BALL IN ROW Z?? MEHN THAT WAS UNREAL! LOL
    I am not saying that we dont have the players because we do, but they are not currently in the team as we see it today, apart from a handful including (for me) all the goalkeepers, most of the defence we definitely need to call up or incorporate (if some of these have already been called up) – Tosin A and Semi Ajayi, and then people like Maja, Ejaria, Lookman, Eze, Olise(Reading) Obafemi(Southampton) also there are 2 brothers Carney Chukwuemeka and his brother at Aston Villa who are both very highly rated young midfielders – Main point is that you simply cannot yet place too much expectation on any of these guys we have or are scouting currently, the important thing is that they are young but all very talented and this is where the management and coaching team chosen to harness this potential energy and help convert it into kinetic is extremely crucial, however, we must not forget that nothing in life and especially not good things come easy or without hard work or a plan, so not only is the coaching and organisation of the team crucial but so also are the conditions the management team are working under.

    There is no ying without a yang, you cannot have equilibrium without harmony and balance – and to repeat something that somebody said earlier
    I can call out Pinnik Yes, but while there are probably some “none progressive” practices going on (there must be for things to be the way they are now from the way they started under Oga Rohr’s tenure) but at the same time common sense tells us that even if Mr Pinnik and his boys are not right, what about the rotten system that even they have to contend with? which they have no power or control over whatsoever? All these issues nko?

  • Rohr and Mr adelakun is the problem of the super eagles. We got good strikers but the question is why is papa rohr delay invitation to nwakali? Or eze of crystal palace or olise of reading or ejaria,?
    Iwobi is not a creative midfielder, he is a winger. Wenger used double creativity of ozil and him where iwlbi switches to wing 4-4-2.
    Eagles challenge now is creativity. If there is creativity. Ndidi will not gas out quickly. Rohr should be sack if he can’t win Mexico July 4

  • Goal ⚽️ 2 months ago

    Having read so much on this thread and having been silent all this while I think it’s right to retaliate my earlier stand in the fact that we don’t have a coach ( Rohr is not good enough to my perspective), if we are aspiring to be the best in Africa with Rohr in charge then we need to examine our brains .

    You can give what you don’t have, many African super powers in football are changing coaches and getting better, here we are with Rohr with same old stories, if Rohr is not in charge of players selection he should come out and say so, we have large pull of talents to choose from.

    We really need a flesh brain to take us to the promise land, we used to beat Algeria before they change coach now we can’t do it anymore same thing with Cameroon, we can’t beat them again unless we change coach.

    That’s all I have to say my people.

  • Okay I think it’s high time I speak up… I think the technical director eguavoen should be seconded to the team to assist rohr, or manu Garba/ugbade should be engaged as Chief coach and 1st assistant respectively,or Salisu Yusuf should be re-instated to the team as Chief Coach with Manu Garba as 1st assistant with fashionista YOBO as 2nd assistant/apprentice.. then bring Shorunmu back as GK Coach and see the team flying but NFF will cry paucity of funds