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PHOTOS: Super Eagles Train In Austria Camp Ahead Of Czech Republic Friendly

The Super Eagles kicked off the final phase of their preparation for the Russia 2018 World Cup on Tuesday morning with their first training session in their camp in Austria.

The team, who lost their friendly with England 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday, arrived in Bad Tatzmanndsdorf on Sunday for their final camping ahead of the World Cup.


Completesportsnigeria.com presents exclusive pictures of the team training on Tuesday morning at their expansive Aviva Resort base as they prepare to face Czech Republic in another friendly on Wednesday…

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  • Abdul andah 3 years ago

    Wow! Nice one .
    Wish you guys injury free time over there and beyond. Ameen.

  • he don reach d one una dey go train 4 buch? He shall but make una play well na beg we dey ooh.

  • I am hopeful. You guys should step up your game to win again Czech. We are in the eve of the World Cup. Wining streak is long overdue.

  • Diuto Nwachukwu 3 years ago


  • pablo9ja 3 years ago

    Must Read.

    Attention: Coach Gernot Rohr.

    I am compelled by forces of patriotism & passion for Super Eagles, as response from England – Nigeria Wembley showdown, to present my honest contribution for a critical analysis & consideration ahead of your 1st match.
    # Six (6) vital lessons from Wembley to enhance team building:

    1) England were not superior.
    Nigeria lost to Nigeria. The Eagle’s midfield was Nigeria’s undoing. England took advantage of a lethargic first-half performance to blast home two goals. The scoreline would have been different if we got it right from the onset.

    2) Match exposed our biggest frailties:
    We now know who not to play in our midfield, and who our starting eleven should be.
    Clearly Joel Obi & Eddy Onazi have lost their places in the first team for consistent poor outings.

    3) A new set of power players have emerged:
    Oghenekaro Etebo & John Ogu should be integrated into the first team. These two (2) are bold, tireless power-players & of top quality. Always consistent! Tyrone too is unmatched & indisputable RB man by a million kilometers.

    4) 5-3-2 is Eagles best format:
    The change of tactics worked so well for Eagles. You can build team strength on it. Allows team to attack & defend in numbers.

    5) Early Goals Syndrome.
    Nigeria are known to concede early goals in crucial matches. It is almost a trademark as team settles late. This is an error & should be corrected. We can step up early in search of a goal in first 10 minutes. It will be a bonus & gives team a huge early advantage to build upon.

    6) Best first team composition / formation:

    Option A:
    5-3-2 allows for twin attack; where Iwobi & Kele’s partnership upfront is quick & deadly; Moses, Mikel, Ndidi in midfield to drive momentum.
    And in defence; Idowu, Ogu, Balogun, Troost, Ebuehi are near impregnable. (S.Sub: Ighalo, Etebo, Musa)

    Option 2: (5-3-2)
    Iwobi & Moses in attack; Etebo, Mikel, Ndidi in midfield; Idowu, Ogu, Balogun, Troost, Ebuehi in defence. (S.Sub: Kele, Musa, Ighalo).
    Francis Uzohor indisputable No.1
    A lone striker is wasteful & counter-productive for Eagle’s as observed.
    And, Simmy Nwankwo stands down as team’s secret Joker. He can sit out and remain Eagle’s unknown weapon till last game against Argentina.
    However, where Eagles already secured 6 points before Argentina, he should not be unveiled still until well into crucial stages as the quarters, or semis.
    He is our match-winner..
    5-3-2, 3-2-3-2 or 3-5-2 is typically african, I think. It would guarantee qualification for the team bcos it fits the “power-play” approach of Nigerians.
    Thank You.
    Godbless the Team.
    Go Super Eagles!

    • Good analysis @pablo9ja. Ndidi-Ogu-Mikel remains the best midfield combination and every objective mind will agree to this. The team should be set up with same formation and set of players that was used against Argentina for world cup games except replacing Awaziem with Omeruo. There is a reason why it happened that players who are not fit for the 3-5-2 formation were not in the squad when it was used against Argentina. The likes of Moses, Ighalo should come in as subs, while the attacking combination of Mikel, Iwobi and Iheanacho should be starting. The one touch football we saw against Argentina have not been seen again since the return of Moses, Ighalo, Onazi, and Shehu to the team. Bold steps should be taken for the good of the team.

      thank you

  • Victor 3 years ago

    Please mr GERNOT ROHR don’t start NDIDI in our match against czech republic, you can bring him in the second half to gain some match fitness in order to avoid relapse of the injury, we football loving nigerians will love to see NDIDI starting games in russia because he is one of are important players(if not the most important).
    #soar like an eagle SE
    #the wing of african pride

  • my first 11 after the England’s game is : Goal keeper Uzoho, Defenders; Ekong, Balogun, Idowu, and Ebuehi. Midfielders; John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, John Ogu . Attackers: Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Iheanacho.

  • Victor 3 years ago

    There has long remained concerns about the creativity in the Eagles engine room and the recent friendlies against England and DR Congo have further given credence to this fact.
    “I will suggest getting Iwobi into midfield”.
    “He did well there against England and has played in that position for Arsenal.
    “He will be the creative force missing in that midfield.”
    “There is no creativity in the midfield”.
    “The number of midfielders going to the World Cup is rather lean and with Ogenyi Onazi and Joel Obi struggling there, it calls for concern”.
    “The creative talent of the Nwakali brothers is missing, just a pity that they were not on the provisional squad.
    “Joel Obi, for one, is no longer the player he used to be no thanks to injuries.”
    Orumen said experienced campaigners like Mikel and Elderson Echiejile remain relevant to the team in Russia.
    “Mikel gives the team the required balance, he is the ultimate ambassador, while Elderson may be slowing down, but he remains a stabilizing influence for the young players in the team”

  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    Good analysis @ pablo9ja and Isaacs.
    My concern is why the coaching crew included players who have exhibited poorly in our test matches and left out some players without giving then a chance to at least see what they can give to the team.
    In essence I’m on about Uche Agbo whom I believed was treated unfairly.We are talking about a player who played consistently for standard liege leading to a champions league qualification.A player who has played in both Italy and Spain respectively and has utility attributes as he can comfortably play in the heart of defence as well full backs and his natural position as a midfielder.
    Meanwhile,we have Onazi and Joel who both have been lethargic and poorly in the team games lately.At least Uche Agbo should have been given a chance for Nigerians to see what he can bring to the team because he had such a good season in Europe and was in the team of the week numerous times.
    However the gaffer has made up with his team and the likes of Onazi who was prominent in the qualifiers couldn’t be left out because of his contributions towards the qualification.If that’s the reason for his inclusion then the gaffer is been sentimental because we are taking two players to the world cup who has lost it and for me it’s a waste of space.I hope this doesn’t come back to hunt us as the gaffer is bent on featuring this players.I’m really concerned about this development and the uncertainties all this would result in the end.
    On the other hand,I hope the gaffer makes positive changes and revamp the team with players who have exhibited good form lately otherwise we would be chasing shadows in Russia.I hope this isn’t the case.

    • Okeren Kelvin 3 years ago

      Why was sane left out of Germany’s team? He’s a good attacking player but did fit into the coach pattern

  • Mista fab 3 years ago

    Make all of ena keep quiet biko….everybody deh form analyst cum coach….after tommorrows match now u will come up with another formation after ur prefered john ogu and another player must have underperformed…..d coach knows wat he is doing….i rest my case

  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    Going to the world cup is not about taking the best 23 players available but in picking a team of 23 complimentary players. From the second half display against England, i think Rohr would be inclined to playing the 3-5-2 formation against the Czechs. When we counter, this easily translate to 3-6-1 with two number 10s supporting the lone striker. However, you need players who have a high sense of pre orientation and close control. My starting xi tomorrow: Uzoho Balogun Ekong Ogu Ebuehi Idowu Etebo Mikel Iwobi Moses Igalo

  • there’s no reason for us to panic on this team,england match had expose the team weakness,but i know and i believe that we have a Young and tanleted team that are hungry for success that can shock the world
    i think 3,5,2 is our best formation for now. iwobi and kelechi should be upfront

  • I really do appreciated all the comments above and sincerely I am happy reading proper responds from us fans without divided opinion. Honestly, I will be glad contributing my own quarter these way
    1. how about 4-5-1 formation, in Olympics siasia played the formation all through and it’s really productive. This is how it should go. uzoho,
    ebouchi, ekong, balogun, idowu
    Ndidi, ogu
    Moses, Mikel, iwobi

    believe me, it will be hot cake too. using Mikel so closed to ighalo will definitely be rain of goals bcoz I trust Ndidi and ogu can hold the middle well and allow moses, mikel, iwobi (MMI)to flow at the front.
    2. Under no circumstance should iwobi played as number 10 in the eagle, especially if Mikel is on the pitch, numerously, he has been used there but counterproductive. Beside the guy is one of the players who is willing to score goals for us, so if he is ready to give us goals, while keeping him in the middle? when someone else can do it better. Against Argentina, he played as LWF as I draw above and he flourished and scored a brace, so Mr rohr should master this.
    3. the 3-5-2 formation is really impressive too and I am pleased for all of the analysis above. so God bless Nigeria and wishing the wing of Africa pride, a successful outing in Russia

  • Dr. Emmanuel E. Nwusulor 3 years ago

    Very good analysis. @Pablo9ja

  • CHYBYKE 3 years ago

    The Problem of Most African Teams is Poor Organization and negative mentality…I watched the Croatia Vs Brazil game and it gave me reasons to worry…Croatia matched Brazil and even had more clear cut chances in the first period until Neymar was brought in…they were so organized defensively,Offensively and they give the Brazilians tight marking

    Most sport fans talk more about the technique the Croatian players are blessed with but the Brazil game showed they are a Physical team,they approached the game like it was a final..they were not afraid of injuries and they went for every duel,tackles and second balls

    Well,I waiting to see their final game against Senegal to see how they play a West African team

  • Walking 3 years ago

    Iwobi will be more productive if he plays a free role. Let him do less marking because he gases out too quickly and Moses should step up his game like he did during the qualifiers..
    We need just five players to be on their toes
    Uzoho Ekong Ndidi Moses and Mikel
    I still believe in this line up
    One thing we usually neglect is having at least two left footers in the team… They actually can set a balance in the game.. So ‘ogu’ plays a vital role in the team and so does Joel obi.

  • CHYBYKE 3 years ago

    On an African view I see Nigeria,Egypt and Morocco going to the next round

    Nigeria most not lose against Croatia in the opening group game
    Egypt most avoid Defeat against Uruguay
    Morocco must defeat Iran and get a least 2 points against Portugal and Spain

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    I don’t think Agbo and Agu are as good or better than Onazi and Obi. They both might’ve lost their starting place, but they merit to be in the final 23 providing options from the bench. Any reasonable coach will have more confidence in having Onazi and Obi on the bench than to have Agbo and Agu on the bench.

    Obi doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone. We’ve seen him play against top oppositions and have performed well for the SuperEagles in the past. Obviously, he may have dwindled a bit no thanks to injuries and he’s recently just coming back to full fitness. However, he still provides a multifunctional option from the bench because he’s naturally left footed.

    Onazi has played at the highest level and his experience is absolutely vital for the team. Non of Agbo and Agu can provide that at the moment. We are going to the WorldCup with the best we can offer and I think the gaffer has selected his team based on the strength of his preferred tactics and formations at the Mundial proper.

    • If I were the coach I’d go with a team that can easily convert 4-3-3 to 3-5-2. The England game allowed us to make 4 substitutions in order to change formation. In a competitive match e.t. the world cup etc. it’s going to be only 3 substitutions. I think Rohr knows that and would present a first 11 that can switch formation during play.

  • Nigerians can make me laugh. Let’s put any of you internet coaches and analysts in the coach’s shoes and you will all end up in Synagogue seeking spiritual help. The coach and his staffs know more than you in football. Nuff said!

    • @Sam so of us internet coaches don’t believe in those fraudsters nigerian pastors.
      Btw, I think Rohr is doing exactly as suggested. From his last training Ogu is now with the 1st 11 meaning if things get difficult he can switch to 3-5-2 from 4-3-3 i.e. deafting ogu to centre back.

      On another new, Simon Moses may be heading to liverpool…yay!! See the new here-> https://www.thisisanfield.com/2018/06/liverpools-latest-summer-target-to-boost-attack-revealed/

      • Onwajunior, you have made my day about that news on Moses Simon (a player after my heart).

        I hope the move to Liverpool proves to be fruitful.

        It’s always helpful when contributors like you and Aphyillydegreat share such breaking news.

        God bless you all.