Completesports.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU was at the press conference room of Cairo International Stadium on Saturday and here presents the details of Super Eagles’ head coach, Gernot Rohr’s interaction with the media ahead of his team’s AFCON 2019 quarterfinal clash against the Desert Foxes of Algeria on Sunday, July 14 2019.
Rohr On Super Eagles’ Preparation For The Match Against Algeria
After a difficult game against South Africa, we had to recover and resumed training immediately. Some players had injuries and we have recovered them for this game against Algeria.
We trained the day after the South Africa game and had another session yesterday. Today (Saturday) we will have our final training. We hope all the players will be available for tomorrow’s game.
Thoughts Of The Algerian Team
The Algerian team have improved with each game . They are the best team in the group stage. They are more balanced now and improved tactically too.
My players did well against Cameroon and South Africa, and I trust them to do the same against Algeria on Sunday.
I hope we can win , but we have to be cautious and be more clinical in front of goal.
Rohr On Super Eagles Getting More Days Rest Than Algeria
I don’t think that is an advantage. Both teams have the same advantage in spite of the extra (one) day rest we had. The Algerian team have very good players with many of them playing for top clubs in France.
They are a solid team and I have some friends there. Tomorrow, that does not matter, it will be all about winning and I hope we can beat them.
On How Rohr’s Lineup Against Algeria Will Look Like
We made some changes for the Cameroon game and made two changes for the South Africa game. It is possible we might change again.
We have seven strikers and not everyone will play. We have used 20 players already in this competition and is a pity that our goalkeeper (Francis Uzoho) has not had the chance to play. Our team is young and some are here to learn. Tomorrow, we will play our best team against Algeria.
Rohr On Support From Egyptian Fans
We are all brothers. The Egyptian fans are our brothers and will always cheer good football. We don’t know why they supported us, maybe because of our kits or style of play. We don’t know if they will support us tomorrow, but we will do our best.
On Super Eagles’ Readiness For The Semifinal Match
We are prepared, mentally and physically, for this big game. The experience against Madagascar has helped us a lot. It actually prepared us for the tasks ahead. We know we can’t take anything for granted. It humbled and toughened us mentally.
Algeria are an experienced team and are also prepared for this game. So, it is important to be fit because the fittest team will most likely win the game.
On Who Are The Favourites To Win Sunday’s Semifinal Match
I said South Africa were the favourites against us in the quarterfinal because they beat the host nation who are the number one team to win the competition. Against Algeria, I don’t see us as the favourites as well.
Algeria were best the team in the group stage and remain the top favourites now. I also believe we have the four best teams remaining in the competition for now.
Algeria, Senegal, Nigeria and Tunisia are the best teams in the continent now.
Rohr On The Criticism Of Super Eagles’ Earlier Performances In The Competition
I don’t see any negative criticism. Everything is all positive. We have improved since the start of the competition. The game against Cameroon was a tough one for us, but we showed great spirit to come back and win it. We also played well against South Africa, especially in the first half.
There is strong solidarity in this team and we are working hard to get better with each game.
Photo: by Ganiyu Yusuf in Cairo