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Pascal: Rohr Not Taking Algeria, Argentina Clashes Lightly

Pascal: Rohr Not Taking Algeria, Argentina Clashes Lightly

By Bamidele Boluwaji: A top official of the Super Eagles has informed Complete Sports that the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria and the international friendly match against Argentina are very crucial to the team’s manager, Gernot Rohr.

Patrick Pascal, who is the General Co-ordinator of the Super Eagles, spoke to Complete Sports ahead of their departure to Morocco where they will camp before moving to Algeria for the World Cup qualifier.


“We are taking the match against Algeria as if we have not qualified for the World Cup and that is the mentality of coach Gernot Rohr, which has also been made clear to the players he invited for the match,” Pascal told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“Rohr has told us that the game is very crucial to him, the team and Nigeria as a nation and we are all working towards victory in the encounter.”

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Pascal also spoke on the international friendly against Argentina, four days after the Algeria match.

“Personally, I am happy that we are playing a tough team like Argentina which will help us to know the area we really need to work on in our team,” Paschal said.

“We have played Argentina before but this game is special because it is coming under a new coach, who needs to know the strengths of his team before the World Cup and for any serious coach, a match like this will go a long way in helping to prepare the players for the World Cup.”

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  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    It is important that the Super Eagles do not come out of the two encounters with two defeats. That would be psychologically damaging. But it is better to lose matches now and learn lessons and re-group and re-strategize, than at the World Cup where costly errors cannot be corrected

  • Mr. Jidauna G.G 4 years ago

    I believe that the coaching crew know what is at stake in the two matches…. Though its good to assess the strenght of your team, but a crushing defeat can equally after a team wining mentality. We need this matches, perhaps worst results should be a draw.
    All the best to the Super Eagles.

  • Bishop Joseph Santus Okpara 4 years ago

    We will produce our best and beat the Algerians,our world rankings is still a disgrace for a country like Nigeria. We’re not supposed to be ranked 44 or 41 in the world rankings as long as football and footballers are concerned.We’re a footballing Nation! We’re once raked number five in the whole world and how are we going to get there again,if we allowed Algeria to beat us? All the cleaned sheets in a competitive tournaments soccer matches will bring the Super Eagles to an automatically nine steps ahead in the world rankings! So,you can see what I am talking about! Therefore this should be why the Super Eagles will go ahead and dissect the Algerians on their own ground! All the players are professional footballers and they all know how they could play very hard and wins without sustaining any injuries,after all,you gets injured even on the training ground! When we uses our quality players and wins the Algerians in their home ground that will be very helpful for the Super Eagles rankings! Argentina game is only a friendly match and anything can happen,though if we wins that too I will be happy to see that happened but I am not too worried about an ordinary friendly match rather than keeping cleaned sheet in a competitive qualifiers tournament!