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Rohr Drops Onazi; Invites Musa, Osimhen, 21 others for South Africa, Uganda

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By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has listed stand-in captain Ahmed Musa and 22 other players for next month’s crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Super Eagles and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Johannesburg reports Completesportsnigeria.com.


Rohr also recalled former U17 World Cup – winning forward Victor Osimhen after a long time out. He also handed another U17 World Cup winning forward Samuel Chukwueze earning his first call.


The same group will prosecute the friendly encounter against the Cranes of Uganda at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba three days later.


Also recalled for the game are Mikel Agu, who played some part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and home-based defender Adeleye Aniyikaye.


The Franco-German tactician left out Ogenyi Onazi and Wilfred Ndidi, who is ineligible for the match after bagging yellow cards in the away matches against Seychelles and Libya.


Francis Uzoho and Ikechukwu Ezenwa are among three goalkeepers; Olaoluwa Aina, William Ekong, Leon Balogun and Kenneth Omeruo are included among eight defenders; Oghenekaro Etebo and John Ogu are listed among three midfielders and; Odion Ighalo, Samuel Kalu and Alex Iwobi are among nine forwards.


The quintet of Henry Onyekuru, Chidozie Awaziem, Nyima Nwagua, Sunday Adetunji, and Junior Lokosa were placed on standby.


Nigeria, top of the Group E of the series with nine points battle eight –pointer and second-placed South Africa at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on Saturday, 17th November in one of the Matchday 5 fixtures.


Victory in the top-of-the-table encounter will automatically send the Eagles to the finals in Cameroon, with the second ticket in Group E to be down to a fierce call between the Bafana and the Knights.


Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will fly from Johannesburg to Asaba on 18th November for the friendly with the Cranes on 20th November.


All the invited players are expected to report direct in Asaba on Monday, 12th November.




Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Elche FC, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa).


Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Adeleye Aniyikaye (FC Ifeanyi Ubah); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany).


Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal FC, Portugal).


Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nasr FC, Saudi Arabia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux FC, France); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain).


Standby: Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Nyima Nwagua (Kano Pillars FC); Sunday Adetunji (Enyimba FC); Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars FC).

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  • Chairmanfemi 2 years ago

    Wow! Coach GR a.k.a Mr. Surprises. Unpredictable man. What about the captain Mikel??? Though am not OK with the midfield, I salute the gaffer for inviting the Ifeanyi Ubah player and also the young raves of the moment in Victor Oshimen and Samuel Chukwueze. This is a testament that Coach Gernot Rohr is widely watching every Nigerian player out there. Now competition for places in the Eagles team are very hot. Now the players know that there place in the Eagles team isn’t secured and they need to fight hard to earn it.

    • Triple wow!!!

      The first wow is the number of home based players. FC Ifeanyi Ubah, when was the last time any of them played a competitive match? As for The Kano and Eyimba players fair dos.

      The second wow is Etebo and Onyekuru injured but received callup or standby. I take this to mean that their injuries are not so serious.

      Third wow is the call up for Osimhen AND Chukwueze. Young guns putting pressure on the wingers as well as the strikers. Ighalo/Success watch your backs with Osimhen, Iwobi/Kalu watch your backs with Chukwueze he can play wings or attacking midfielder.

      Everyone has to up their game in order to hold onto their starting place

  • Mikel Agu again;aside the absence of Ndidi for disciplinary reasons,this is good squad.I don’t trust that mikel Agu.so gradually mikel is fading away from super eagles..we can do without him.this are the best players we have rightnow.we gonna miss Ndidi.the midfield is where we have problem now.playing Ogu against SA will be detrimental because he lack speed and coming up against a very pacy bafana bafana I fear for that..everyother are good to go. Just look at our attackersite choii chineke it’s just mouth watering. Good job Genot

    • Mikel Agu’s club are unbeaten in all five games he has played for them since the 16th of September. The only match he did not appear since then they lost. He played all 90 minutes in defensive midfield in each game. So no fear there for me.

      John Ogu a left footed midfielder on the left of midfield will be assisted by Mikel Agu. When he came on against England he effectively shut down England with 4 blocks. Welbeck did get passed him once though. I think he’s the best there is in the squad for defensive midfield to partner Mikel Agu. We also have Ajayi who can step into the defensive midfield position. The other person would have been Awaziem.

      But yes, the attack!!! We too are very very pacy in attack and they will be afraid to throw everything at us because we will hit them hard on the break if they do

  • Odekunle Olayode 2 years ago

    I always like to see Kelechi Nwakali in the team because he is highly talented and skillful.Although, all the invited players are good but Nwakali is better than Ogu.

  • Has Mikel Obi called time on his SE career nii? Is he still injured, fatigued or is Rohr simply enjoying the captainship of Ahmed Musa? I was hoping he would be sending those teleguided passes to Ighalo in the SA game. He does it so well.

    The squad is good, except that I expected stronger backups to Uzoho and not Akpeyi and Ezenwa. Also, Mikel Agu? Maybe he’ll bring something different to the table this time around. But the listed midfield doesn’t look rich and experienced. I know Iwobi will be drafted in there to boss things.

    In the defence, I haven’t seen the Adeleye guy play and I would have thought hardworking man-mountain Eze would have been given a chance instead. And what’s up with Tyronne Ebuehi please? That guy has too much potential to be forgotten already.

    Samuel Chukwueze has been knocking on the SE doors for a while. so happy for him for his maiden call to the SE squad. Hope he grabs the opportunity with both hands as Samuel Kalu did.

    Also happy for the Adetunji guy of Enyimba (on standby); he sure deserves a look-in for closer assessment by the coaches. I hope my guy, Simon Moses is fully fit to have a starting role this time. Like Deo, I just love that Simon Moses guy.

    • Tyronne has Cruciate ligament ijury and will be out until at least February at the earliest.

      And yes, I guess its only a matter of time before Eze gets a look in.

  • Abeg if mikel has retired, he should please declare so that Iwobi can start wearing the no. 10 jersey. No waste of jersey no. Omeruo knew this and handed ndidi his deserved no. 4. As for d attack… everywhere stew! 

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    I’m really impressed with the list. The only concerns I’m having now is Coach Rohr. If Oga Rohr can get his tactics right, Eagles shouldn’t have a problem. Late substitutions should not occurred on that day.

    Experience…. experience….experience. like it or not, we still need the Mike’s experience. We can’t buy experience in the market. The South African team that gave us 2-0 last year were more experienced than young Eagles that played the match.

    Now, this young Eagles are going to South Africa to prove their abilities of the game to the South Africans.

    I know this is not about age but exposure. This team has everything to beat South Africa comes in November 17 but the main issue is, can coach Rohr deliver? Having tools without the knowledge of it is the problem.

    Kayode and Osemeh could have finished the South African team in the first leg but late substitutions killed the game but I hope mr. Rohr have learned his lessons. If not, CSN should please call his attention to that. With these sets of players for this match, no excuses. We have what it takes to win in South Africa. Anything less than that is not acceptable. However, coach Rohr still have a lot of work to do concerning our defense. This match is more than Afcon qualifiers. Good luck Eagles. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      “If Oga Rohr can get his tactics right, Eagles shouldn’t have a problem.”
      Oga leave mr Rohr alone. We all know you are one of those who cannot wait to see him fail…but i have bad news for you…..you will have to wait for some years more. You are not telling us anything new here, tell me which coach would not win if he gets his tactics right….even your yet to be named coach that you are planning to bring (e.g Adel Amrouche) will still loose if he doesnt get his tactics right…in fact every coach will.

      “but the main issue is, can coach Rohr deliver?”
      What a question….this is one of those stupid questions that deserves a stupid answer and i will do well to oblige you with one.
      Coach Rohr has played 11 qualifying matches since taking charge and lost just 1…so he has lost just 10% of his qualifying matches. He has won 7 which represents a winning percentage of 64%, which includes top African teams like Cameroun, Zambia,and Algeria, not to talk of home and away wins against Libya….So can coach Rohr deliver…the stupid answer to your stupid question is NO
      The Super eagles are already qualified for cameroun 2019 even without playing our next two games, why, bcos both libya and SA MUST win their next two games and get 6 points for nigeria not to go through, and that isnt possible because both teams will meet in the final game and somebody must drop points. So technically, G. Rohr has once again qualified Nigeria for a major tournament with games to spare. So once again, can G. Rohr deliver……the stupid answer to that stupid question is once again NO.
      Its Common sense whc isnt common after all

  • Sunnyb 2 years ago

    Guys at this point I’m completely giving up on Rohr, is judgement or decision making  is questionable,we need more midfielders only Ogu is completely fit, Etebo is no fit,Agu is a suspect. So Rohr is going to South Africa with Ogu and probably Ajayi to Marshall the midfield. Igbekeme is a good player I guess the  poor guy  Needs a godfather to be invited.

    • @Sunnyb. Etebo is back to training but too late for their last match.
      Agu has played 90 minutes in defensive midfield in the last three consecutive matches and his club are undefeated in the 5 matches he has played since September. The only match he was dropped last week they lost.
      So all three midfielders are fit. It is short though and I’ll expect  Ajayi to be utilised if necessary. Abdullahi Alhassan I Rabin (Muazzam) Is one I would have thought fits the bill. He played defensive midfield for CD National in the Portuguese premier league and has man of the match performances in the recent matches.
      Igbekeme is good too but I would use him as a direct replacement for Etebo as they are similar in style. However they are more attacking than defensive midfielders where we look short of cover

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      So It is your igbekeme that will just walk into the national team and start a crucial qualifier again bitter rivals like SA in Johannesburg and save the day like powerpuff girls right. This your Igbekeme must be Ngolo Kante of Chelsea o.

      • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

        Even Ngolo Kante did just walk into Chelsea to ‘and save the day like powerpuff girls’
        What the hell are you talking about man! Life is also about risk-taking not just stats stats stats! Did Keshi not take a risk with the likes of Sunday Mba in a major tournament? Look, I love you but sometimes you spit jazz. Learn to respect your elders and admirers.

        • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

          There you gain again. Little kids that talk too much rather than listen and learn. Even the bible says a fool who learns to keep quiet will be thought to be wise.
          I know you where still a kid when sunday mba captained our U17 team to the 2005 U17 Afcon in Gambia. Sunday Mba had always been in and out of our national teams, junior and senior, including the home-based national team, first coached by James Peters and later by Daniel Amokachi. Sunday Mba was amongst a number of players, like Godfrey Oboabona, Azubike Egwuekwe, Gabriel Reuben et al that Keshi camped for long and played many friendly matches with both local clubs and other national teams before he was introduced and blooded fully into the main super eagles.Sunday Mba had sat on the bench of the main team and made few substitute appearances before being thrown into the deep end by Keshi. He wasnt just called up from his club and thrust into the deep ocean to start swimming, neither did he play any of the qualifiers enroute the cup of nations then.
          Since life is all about risk taking, next time you wanna cross a freeway, pls dont look left and right before you do so. Just Close your eyes and dash across. You will come back and thank me later.
          Common sense isnt common after all…!

          • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

            I have to hand it to you, you have done your research about Sunday Mba and your entry above was brilliantly delivered.
            If you look at it from another angle, the standout criticisms of Keshi was that he never always fielded our best players. Instead, the critics say that he fielded a lot of mediocres footballers, many of which you mentioned above.
            Now, with much respect to your chronicle of Mba, many saw him as a mediocre midfielder and risk but Keshi fielded this home base player against the likes of Yaya Toure and Drogba and we all saw the results.
            Life is about risks but meaningful risk not just crossing a road blindly.
            My friend, the elephant is a big animal, depending on where you are standing will dictate your view of this beast and will inform you perspective.

          • Kenny 2 years ago

            Nice one Ashy Slashy , that was quite a matured response. I never known such details about Sunday Mba, thank you Drey for the update, you are such an encyclopedia when it comes to Naija football. Kudos bro

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            @ Ashy….Point of correction. I do not need to do any research about sunday mba….as a matter of fact, i do not need to do any research on any nigerian national team players since 1980. Experience is always the best teacher. As they say in local parlance “I see am better pass dem tell me”

            Thanks sir. We are all living encyclopedias that will pass on the history of how great we are as a people to generations unborn. A river that flows never smells…only stagnant waters do. We all come here to have fun, learn, reminiscence and refresh our memories on those beautiful moments the round leather game has brought us in the times past, how we can learn from them to have a better future, especially for our darling SE. A river that forgets its source will surely dry up.

  • Sunnyb 2 years ago

    @BigD, you are right Bro, the South Africans midfielders are very fast and mobile with or without the ball, Agu and Ogu are not that fast, our midfield is my major concern. I think igbekeme deceives a call up.

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

    The list is good. We have a collection of talented youngsters and a substantial amount of experienced veterans to prosecute the tough encounter against the Bafana Bafana. Even though it’s classified a revenge match, for me it’s not a do or die affair that’s why the gaffer is giving opportunities to a bunch of youngsters.

    The midfield is ok for South Africa. Ogu sit deep and Etebo will have a free role while Iwobi play behind the striker. We should be good in that aspect.

    SuperEagles are as good as already in the AFCON. All we need is a draw in the next two games. Even our SuperSand Eagles or our Amputee Eagles will beat Seychelles silly in the last game come March next year. So no course for alarm. The attack is awashed with a phletora of talents.

    Nigeria did not qualify for the last two AFCONS. Now we are home and dry to be in the next AFCON. In just two years Rohr has qualified us for two major tournaments.

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    I have stayed long enough on sites like KON, CSN, Africaplays, Soccer Laduma and so on to know that managers of some players come around to promote players on the site…so of all the plethora of defensive midfielders we have in europe, playing week in week out, some of whom already even have international experience with either the super eagles or any of the youth teams like Uche Agbo, Anderson Esiti, Afeez Aremu, Ifeanyi Mathew, Ibrahim Alhassan Muazam, the nwakali brothers and many others….it is one certain Igbekeme that has zero top flight experience nor international exposure that just MUST be invited for crucial competitive matches like the ones we have ahead of us for some people to become friends with G.Rohr.
    I comment my reserve. But i have bad news for them. Nobody cares if they remain enemies with G.Rohr, so far the man continues to qualify us for major tournaments with games to spare and without us needing calculators and permutations. Onyingbo market nor dey know who nor come market.

    • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

      You are wrong mate, I care if they hate Rorh so does the NFF and many others. If public opinion should swing against Rohr do you think the NFF will not sit up and take notice, what is wrong with you? I have news for you, lovey, nobody cares how long you have spent on how many sporting websites in the shadows wasting your life away.
      Every one is entitled to their opinion and if well meaning fans advocate for the invitation of Igbekeme, that is their perogative. If you don’t like it, You have 2 options, befriending Jack or hug a transformer. Unfortunately, Jack has left town.

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Thank God you said public opinion…not 2 or 3 player managers. And guess what public opinion currently favours G. Rohr and his current set up….Once again you are on the loosing side.
        So you and your likes should go and be responsible to yourselves and to those who expended resources to train you.

        • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

          Me and my likes will take your advice and make ourselves useful to ourselves, family and our community. Remember, Claudio Raniery and Arsenal Wenger are great Coaches that public opinion contributed to their fall from grace.
          The same Rohr that could do no wrong to qualify for the world cup became public enemy number one after the tournament but he is still here, much to the delight of you and your likes.
          If he continues to get the right results, then you and your likes will continue to have your day but remember, every dog has its day.
          Our own day may be round the corner….

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    I have stayed long enough on sites like KON, CSN, Africaplays, Soccer Laduma and so on to know that managers of some players come around to promote players on the site…so of all the plethora of defensive midfielders we have in europe, playing week in week out, some of whom already even have international experience with either the super eagles or any of the youth teams like Uche Agbo, Anderson Esiti, Afeez Aremu, Ifeanyi Mathew, Ibrahim Alhassan Muazam, the nwakali brothers and many others….it is one certain Igbekeme that has zero top flight experience nor international exposure that just MUST be invited for crucial competitive matches like the ones we have ahead of us for some people to become friends with G.Rohr.
    I comment my reserve. But i have bad news for them. Nobody cares if they remain enemies with G.Rohr, so far the man continues to qualify us for major tournaments with games to spare and without us needing calculators and permutations, and also doing well in these competitions. Onyingbo market nor dey know who nor come market.

    • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

      Wrong again twip, Oyingbo market does know who comes and goes. Only just recently, they commissioned a survey to see how many shoppers visit Oyingbo market during peak weekdays as against weekends for market research. The results were revealing.
      Dr Drey, Dr Drey, Dr Drey, how many times did I call you? Learn to respect your elders.

      • karisboy 2 years ago

        Ashy Slashy, u’re either a clown or an asshole,…..or both

      • karis 2 years ago

        Ashy Slashy, u’re either a clown or an asshole,……or both.

  • i knew this. i said some one should bet me osimhen will make this list and mikel will not come. i can guess another thing again, rohr will not make late sub. why? becus osimhen is here. either osimhen start from the flank or he play the last 40minutes. well thank you oga rohr for makin my thought comes true. i believe this sub i guess will also come true. terrorist squad. up nyja. bafana and bayana is in serious trouble.

  • Bomboy 2 years ago

    My random thoughts and opinion about the list (as usual):

    ● Mikel Agu, Junior Lokosa, Osimhen and all the home based players are on the list for the friendly against Uganda, not for the South Africa match. The coach is on a ‘revenge mission’ (I hope!) and will not be in the mood to experiment with this game.

    ● Mr. Rohr has a point to prove and he needs to redeem his name with this match. He is the first Super Eagles coach to lose to South Africa (and on home soil!). He shouldn’t be the first to lose home and away to the same team!

    ● Mr. Rohr has grown some balls. Dropping Onazi and Mikel is out of character for him (or is Onazi injured? Someone please educate me….)

    ● Mikel Obi is on semi retirement from the Super Eagles, and that is a good thing! He has served well, but can’t keep up forever. I am glad the coach is not over dependent on him (or is he injured again? He played for his club a few days ago and even scored…)

    ● I hope the SE win this game with a wide margin (It is possible!) The South Africans have been very boastful since the 2:0 loss to them. They don’t mind missing out on the AFCON as long as they beat us again.

    • Nice analysis @Bomboy. But like @chairmanfemi said, Osimhen is likely to play the main match. The coach’s philosophy seems to have a young team of very talented players (in the mould of Kylian Mbape, Pogba etc of the French team). Like he said in a recent CSN interview, the SE dominated SA in the June 2017 match and were clearly more skilful, but experience let them down. Rohr seemed to have plugged that loophole now, and the fact he released the list a full 3 weeks before kickoff shows that for Rohr, this match is more than Afcon qualification or 3 points. And that’s the general sentiments of Nigerians as well as SE players as echoed by the new captain, Ahmed Musa who’s been having a wonderful run as the the leader on the pitch.

      South Africans have been boastful since that fluke win in June 2017 and go further to call us druglords, while we hardly call them rapists when commenting on football here and on similar sites. Let’s shut them up and set the records straight with a comprehensive win and dump them out of Afcon 2019 like they did to us in 2015. A 1-0 win is not enough, a 2-0 victory win barely enough. What will be truly satisfying will be a 3-0 or maybe 4-1 thumping. I’ll so have their time on their own websites anytime from next week. #Up Super Eagles #Afcon-Champions-2019-in-Waiting.

  • Chairmanfemi 2 years ago

    @Dr. Drey, I’ve gat your back 100%. You are really hitting the critics that have no basic facts hard on their head. Your facts are just SPOT ON.
    @Bomboy, i love your write up but Oshimen might just get to play RSA cuz this is not his first call-up and it obvious Coach GR is a fan of him that why he couldnt just wait for him to hit 2-3 goals and boom he gets a call-up. The person that i think is invited for the Ugandan friendly is Samuel Chukwueze

    • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

      @Local-government-Chairmanfemi, I couldn’t give a rat’s behind whose side you throw your 100% weight behind.
      Birds of the same feathers will always flock together so you and the mono-dimensional Drey can go and rear goats for all I care.
      I will have my view and express it however I like. If you are with me good if not , even better.
      Dreys facts may be spot on but they only address one aspect of a wider discourse.
      The depth of his arguments are impressive, in width, they can be found wanting, but I guess you don’t understand what I mean so why waste to one a one direction chap like yourself.

      • Chairmanfemi 2 years ago

        You’re just making me laugh. Neither Drey nor me mentioned any name in all our post but you seem to be falling victim(Guilty conscience)..lol. Live with it till you have your time(when Super Eagles mistakenly loose or draw a match)..Ok

  • LEAVE ROHR ALONE! The best news I heard in recent weeks was that Phillip Billing (Huddersfield) has granted meeting with the Nigerian scouts after pressure from ROHR him self. We wanted Echiejile out, Collins came in, we were not 100% OK with omeruo, Ajayi came in. Even ighalo was forced to step up his game after pressure from Success on the bench. Wait for it…..Goal keeper next.

  • ….for Akpeyi and Ezenwa. 

  • I am enjoying all this attacks and counter attacks from #Dr Drey, #Ashy Slashy, #Chairmanfemi. It seems #Omo9ja and #Edoman has no time for all this war of words anymore. My only advice especially to #Dr Drey and #Ashy is to learn not to be abusive. Apart from that it is normal not to agree on every single issue. We are not robot that behaves as programmed. Look at the Bible books of Matthew, Mark, Luke. Matthew was a tax collector and so concentrated more on money matters. Luke was a doctor or physician and so he concentrated more on medical matter. On a particular subjects, the two will report differently based on their area of interest. We the readers benefit because their style of writing give us a fuller picture. One may report that Jesus heal 2 madmen but the other will report that it was 1 madman who was very aggressive and could not be chained because of the demons. From this report it is simply telling us that 2 madmen were healed but one was very aggressive. The one writer decides to concentrate only on the aggressive madman but the other writer just give us as it is. So different views are welcome. Well done all you guys.

    • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 2 years ago

      Hi DjCh, l am around listening to the Nigerians civil debates regarding this South Africa match. My take on this is, imo, Rohr has made good decision on whom he believed will execute his game plan. In my view, he perfectly well understand the heavy responsibility of winning this game above all others. He is totally committed to the extend that he put his job on the line. l could not ask for more.
      Imo, with Ighalo, Musa and Iwobi, if any of them is not injured before the match day, we shall get the result we want from our boys. Since that loss to South Africa last year June, Rohr has not lost any match to any African Team and as we went on to the World cup in Russia. Can South Africa Manager say the same thing about their team ?. No. It may be that Rohr could come out to be the best strategist the Africans has ever seen in Nigeria’s modern football. ” l want to win the African Cup in Cameroon next Year” Rohr. Lets watch him.

  • Hi guys, I just saw this report on Kickoff.com (one of SA’s leading soccer sites) under the title “Nigeria announce 23-man squad for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Bafana Bafana.” Most of them are already becoming boastful, saying it’s an experienced team without the likes of Mikel, Victor Moses and Ndidi. Well, I had to serve it to them hot. See what I posted below in the comment section. I know they will come to try to raost me, but I just told them the patriotic truth. Lol. My ID there is SE Fan.

  • This is one match every Nigerian is looking forward to — from coach Gernot Rohr to Ahmed Musa (as captain speaking for the rest of his Super Eagles team mates) and all Nigerian football fans. For Nigerians, this match is more than 3 points or Afcon qualification. It doesn’t even matter if we’re already qualified. It is about setting the records straight and possibly paying South Africa back in their own coins for our Afcon miss in 2015.

    We’ve got perfectly capable replacements for Mikel and Victor Moses; even better ones. Imagine Henry Onyekuru of Galatasaray couldn’t make the main squad. He’s not injured, he’s just on stanbdby!

    Nigerians will not be satisfied with a 1-0 win or a 2-0 payback. Nigerians are looking forward to a convincing 4-1 or 3-0 thumping. That is only what will be satisfying. Nigerians know the arsenal at the disposal of the team, the strength in depth and the focus of the players for this particular match and we are all confident of not just a win, but a loud win right there on South African soil.

    I come here and read all the disrespect slurs you guys throw at my countrymen, calling us druglords and the likes. Well, we won’t call you rapists either here or on our sports websites. We do civil discussions with in-depth analyses. We simply say SA when referring to you. Please get all your best ballers together. Recall Rantie Tokelo, be sure Percy Tau and Khune plays and if possible, kit up Shaun Bartlet, who never likes to acknowledge SE superiority in Africa.

    We all know what caused the fluke win in Uyo in June 2017, Rohr analysed it well in a recent interview. With an experimental Team B (80% of them cannot make the main team), Rohr dominated SA, but Khune had to throw the ball afield for 2 quick counters. Fluke! Fluke! Fluke! I still see him try to do it all of the time in international games with other African teams. Well, this team may be young and skilled (that’s Rohr’s philosophy. You know Kylian Mbape and Pogba?), but it’s no longer inexperienced like the one you played last year.

    You want to argue it’s not a fluke? Okay, after boastful and talkative Baxter went dancing all over the internet, what happened next? Cape Verde, Madagascar and the rest? Has Nigeria lost to any African team since then? Nope. We win and we win comprehensively. We are simply walking away with the Afcon 2019 title. Sure banker. Someone mentioned Senegal (probably cause of Mane). Lol. There’s not a single African team at the moment Nigeria won’t beat.

    SA, wait for it. It’s coming November 16 and it’s going to be served super cold!

    • @Kel,

      Onyekuru returned from the international break with an injured hamstring. he has only today been reported to have returned to training a day after the squad was announced.


      • Thanks for the info/update @BigD. I was just catching my fun on their site. Sad I got there late. 2 other Nigerians on their site (I think based over there) were already sparring with them before I chipped in. The SA forumites were talking about how the SE list is an inexperienced squad and how Percy Tau and co were going to boss the midfield (Lol. They thought the listed midfielders are actually the midfielders that would play on November 17). Some were calling for Rantie to be drafted in – fit or unfit. They’re confident, although cautiously so.

        • Bomboy 2 years ago

          @ Kel, I will be visiting that website also. Thanks for serving it to them hot…

  • #Edoman, koye o. Glad to hear your ‘voice’ o. Gernot Rohr looks week externally but he has a large heart. He has played the game and coached it. Hin eye don tear reach back. He is aware of the humiliation South Africa came here to give him, in our own kitchen!!!!!!!!! It’s not a laughing matter. I tell you guys even if we have already qualified, Gernot Rohr will want to defeat them back. In theur own kitchen too. Maybe in south their own bedroom. If it even end South Africa 0-1 Nigeria, he will still not be satisfied. This is how I see the bitterness in Rohr’s belly. Heavy bad belly against South Africa. His wish is that it is that same coach that did that little ‘wonder’ that is still around. We will qualify for Afcon but this match vs South Africa is more than that.

  • #Kel well done. We train you well. This is how I expect a Complete Sports forumite to defend and attack. This is hot enough but please don’t stoop low to their level and use abusive words. Just stick to the subject under discussion. #kel o, I have tried to register and sign in to their kickoff but its not working. Anyway, I trust you guys that you will be good ambassadors of this forum. Good job!!!!

  • _ Deo’s South Africa vs Nigeria Preview _

    It was a forgone conclusion that Nigeria will defeat South Africa at home in 2017 but that conclusion proved misplaced as the Bafana Bafana brought the soaring Super Eagles back down to earth with a shock away victory.

    The writing had been on wall though.

    After being used to defeating South Africa constantly between 1992 and January 2014, the South Africans started pushing back. Matches between 2014 and 2015 ended in draws and then in June 2017, they did it; they overcame Nigeria in a competitive match for the first time in their history.

    The South Africans will be out to prove that that victory was not sheer luck but that the tides have turned and now it is their turn to dominate the Super Eagles for seasons to come.

    But can they really?

    The statement I am about to make is not because I am a Nigerian but it is a statement of fact: Nigeria are one of the hottest teams in Africa at the moment and the South Africans know it.

    Their coach, Mr Baxter, however is cautiously optimistic saying: “we still have to knock Nigeria over, if we can.”

    In Gernot Rohr, we have a coach with a proven track record for Nigeria against powerhouses of African football. Cameroon, Algeria, Zambia all came but were conquered by Rohr’s Eagles.

    However, South Africa’s coach Baxter is as determined as a lion to do a “double” on Nigeria saying further: “But as things stand now, our surest route to the tournament in Cameroon is to get maximum points in our home match’, which I am confident we can achieve”

    Either way, this match promises to be a classic with the South Africans having the wind in their sails and the Nigerians out to set the records straight.

    Will they do a double on us? your guess is as good as mine…..

    • Bomboy 2 years ago

      I am still in shock many months after losing that game to Bafana Bafana. I hope we win this one with a wide margin to restore our bragging rights.

      My money is on Nigeria to win.

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    I dont think anyone loves G. Rohr’s job more that G. Rohr himself. I beleive he knows what he wants and how to get it…and has simply invited those whom he believes can get the job done for him. Ive heard many complaints about our opponents player being fast and all that. But i ask them, that pace when they only managed a home draw against libya and away to seyecheles..? If there’s any part of africa that plays pacy football, its north africa, but G. Rohr has played 2 north african teams home and away in 2 years, with our “slow defence and Slow midfield” has won 3 (scoring at least 3 goals each and drawn one (thanks to that dubious penalty awarded to algeria). I would have been scared if the SA players where fast, intelligent and play for top teams in europe…..but with all those PSL players….pls lets forget it. this one is already in the bag….unless Rohr wants us to postpone celebrations till the last day. And pls forget that fluke loss at home…..80% of the players that prosecuted that match wouldnt be playing this time around. Those we have are the moment are superior upgrades to them all….from the goal keeper to the strikers on the day

  • #Kel, 3 gbosa for u. u indeed represent us there….thank you so much GOD bless u. and i stil thank all our member who go out there to represent us. GOD bless u all….yes, u speak like a CSN forumite. nija nor dey carry last. this match is even more than the afcon tithle to me…… so what oga rohr havin in his mind againt this bafana bafana team is even more than a world war. so dennerby oshoala and rohr and musa will bring south africans down to their kneels. come november 17 and 18. then their burrial date will be anounce in a dew course.