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Rohr: Eagles Played Safe Against Risks Vs South Africa

Rohr: Eagles Played Safe Against Risks Vs South Africa

By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that his team avoided taking too much risks in their 1-1 away draw against South Africa in Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifying match at the First National Bank Stadium Johannesburg, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The three time African Champions, making a return to the tournament after missing out on the last two editions, took the lead after Samuel Kalu easily skipped past Sifiso Hlanti before firing a low cross which was bundled in by Buhle Mkhawanazi for an own goal in the ninth minute.

Bafana soon restored party when Percy Tau expertly set-up Lebo Mothiba for an easy tap-in on 26 minutes.

Eagles Draw With Bafana In Jo’burg, Bag AFCON 2019 Spot

“We expected a tough match because we knew South Africa is a very good team. They had not conceded a goal in the qualifiers and the challenge was to score against this very good goalkeeper (Kune Itumeleng) which we did,” Rohr began in his post match interview.

“We arrived early Friday without sleeping. The second half was tough we scored the first goal and our tactics were okay. They (South Africa) had to come out and it was difficult for them.

“We started very well and got a goal.

“We tried to score the second goal because we played to win all the time, but we didn’t want to take any risk.”

“South Africa are a very good team and in the second half, they made it very difficult for us after we started the game very well.

“They made it difficult for us n the second half when we tried to score another goal.”

Rohr also tipped South Africa to pick the needed point to qualify for the 2019 AFCON only if they reproduce their form against the Super Eagles when they face Libya in their decisive last Group E match.

“We played against a very good side in Libya in Sfax and I think if South Africa play the way they did against us in March with the impressive Percy Tau, they can win and qualify.”

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  • Mr man shut up,this coach is getting mad oo.i was one of your fan but you have dissapointed me,how can u say rubish like this so u went to south africa to just score a goal,u have to drop all this keepers u went to south africa with and mr Omeruo,

  • Mr Ubah, all we needed was a draw which we got. We could even have won if the linesman have not wrongly ruled out a clear goals twice.
    I think the coach did all he could, we are all happy with a draw.
    ….. God bless Super Eagle. #Afcon19HiaWeCom

    • Bia oga issa,i can never be proud of this result,how can this man spoil my nijabet ticket with his so call keeper and and defender called omeruo he lack agresive.their is no modern defender no where that plays like him,

  • Austin 2 years ago

    I believe Libya will win South Africa next year in sfax Tunisia. We had some new players in the team who had their first game with the eagles in a competitive game as this. I also think that bonding is a bit problematic for the eagles because they are all outside the except for one or two of them. Injuries and suspensions affected our regular starters in the South Africa match if not maybe we would have won the match. Our players should work harder in their clubs or be dropped by rohr. We need fit, sharp and strong players to do this job not some lousy pampered players.

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    “Rohr: Eagles Played Safe Against Risks Vs South Africa”

    “We arrived early Friday without sleeping”

    Excuses again?

    When are you going to learn sir? Were you not there when NFF made the plan?
    Did you have your own plan before going to South Africa?

    Did you had in mind how or when to leaves Nigeria for South Africa?
    Did you handed over your plans to the NFF before they made theirs?
    If you say no to these questions, you are not capable to be Super Eagle’s coach sir.

    NFF are bossy and they wants a coach who they can be pushing around and that was why I preferred former Libyan’s coach “Adel Amrouche” to coach Rohr in terms of personality. Adel Amrouche was a no nonsense coach. Super Eagles needed a coach like that.

    No wonder NFF had grudges on late Keshi because he refused to welcoming such from them.

    This current NFF + Coach Rohr = average result. I remember my lovely proverb, “you can’t give what you don’t have”

    I’m a true Super Eagles fan and I have no where to go because Nigeria is my home. For that reason, I will try my best to take Nigeria to the greater heights. May God help me. Amen!
    God bless us all. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Greenturf 2 years ago

      Late hero Keshi couldn’t qualify us after winning the tournament but your much maligned Rohr has qualified us after missing out twice with a game to spare he deserves commendations.If no one would commend this great coach who has taken us to two tournaments without pemutations I would.Congratulations!super eagles and it’s wonderful coach Gernot Rohr

      • Jones 2 years ago

        Yes my bro I also congratulate them. They did a good job.

    • Kelvin 2 years ago

      Even your comment shows that you are as good as Rohr

    • Joel Chidi 2 years ago

      Sometimes, your statements reeks of amateurish expressions and juvenile tendencies. If you don’t know this, I want you to understand that the kind of result you want from a match, decides the approach to the game. So you don’t think that the S.A players would have given anything to win today and qualify rather than face uncertainties away from home against Libya. This motivation, was enough for them to cause damage against S.E but they couldn’t. A coach that has qualified the S.E for two tournaments, without the fans bringing out their calculators, is the kind of coach you have the stupid audacity to insult. Please take your poorly constructed grammar, garnished with poor football knowledge and move to an obscure site and stop spewing trash here. Truth is, this is the very first time I’m getting direct with a writer here but sincerely, you write trash in the name of patriotism. Nonsense and Buhari

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Hahahahahaha….. Buhehehehe…. Hihihihih.
      Oya go sack am na… Hahahahaha…
      He has qualified us for afcon after 5 years with a game to spare…..but he didn’t beat South Africa so he is a failure.
      Oya sharp sharp go and type his sack letter and give him…. Lmao
      You indeed have no shame. I lost the little respect I had for you when you mentioned amrouche…. LMAO… Amrouche ko.. ..ambode ni

      • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

        As much as I respect your opinion I can’t seems to fathom the degradation bedeviling your comments. All I see here is rants that can’t hold water, because we didn’t beat South Africa of which a draw is all we need to qualify that means the coach should be automatically fired and replaced by Amrouche. LMAO!!!! I laugh in Zulu. Are you not one of the biggest critics of the late Stephen Keshi during those days on KON???? I now realize you’ve got major issues.

        • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

          he was the one that used to call keshi “gather and play” coach name. Hahahahaha.
          Now that we have a gentle humble quiet coach that is not “gathering and playing” & does his job without making noise and gets results no matter who or where he his playing… He wants us to throw him away and hire a nonentity in coaching.
          It don’t know when it became part of the job of a coach to arrange flights…….hahahaha… I’m laughing so so hard now

    • Joel Chidi 2 years ago

      for those that lack football sense and knowledge, this is also the position of ESPN SOCCERNET : After missing two tournaments, and starting qualification badly, sealing the ticket with one game to spare is a credit to the character of Gernot Rohr’s side.

      Despite a few hiccups, the defence held firm, and Ikechukwu Ezenwa barely had a save to make

  • This Gernot Rohr look like some one on spell. Play safe for what. Teams only play safe in an unimportant match conserving their energy or to prevent injury for the important match. Vs South Africa match was important to us. This coach is getting on my nerves. Eagles were poor. Period. No excuse pls. OK head to head, South Africa have won and lets say if our qualification was to be decided on this rule, we would have packed our load. We need a younger coach. These old coach have this mistaken view of loyalty. Those players who started with them when they were employed are always good even when it is obvious they have dropped in form. Arsene Wenger and Claudia Ranieri are in this old people group. We need a young coach who will only be concerned about how to achieve something and who will make it possible. Not blind loyalty. If the coach is old, this bring Alex Ferguson type. Just imagine it, Libya defeated Seychelles 8-1 away while we only managed 3-0 vs Seychelles away. This same Seychelles drew with South Africa which we drew with 1-1 today. We need a change of coach. I still believe we would have won Argentina in the WC if a different coach was in charge. The rumor making the round is that that match vs Argentina is the reason Mikel Obi and Victor Moses are not interested with the national team as long as Gernot Rohr is in charge. Now that we have qualified for the Afcon, this is the time to bring a new coach.

    • Izzylove 2 years ago

      The same Libya you are praising that they defeated Seychelles 8-1 away was also defeated home and away by Nigeria you are condemning. Prophet has no honour in his country. If not for poor officiating, Nigeria actually won the game 3-1. Up Super Eagles.

    • Jones 2 years ago

      You fool which coach can do better than Rohr ? He has qualified us for tournaments with games to spare. Rohr is the best thing that has happened to naija football.

      • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

        What Arsene Wenger and Claudio Ranieri had achieved and will continue to achieve in football are awe-inspiring to say the least. Even Gernot Rohr’s past and present achievements can never be underestimated. Lord have mercy on certain reasonings. We qualified without the permutations of the calculators so far in two major tournaments yet some will still have a problem with the gaffer. Can you please just name any other better players who are better than what we have on parade today??? If you can name just 2 players better than what we have now then you should just be the coach.

  • PeePee 2 years ago

    Excellent performance today. Our boys managed the game very well, avoiding the effect of altitudes which would have been disastrous. Yes, altitude is always a big advantage to the home team. Ask Argentina, Brazil and others what it is like playing in Ecuador.
    Meanwhile, the center referee denied us three points today. Two dubious offside calls against us just denied us the win.

    • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

      Great analysis my brother. You’re a true SuperEagles fan. Not all these fair weather fans parading themselves in the name of constructive destructionism.

  • PeePee 2 years ago

    Excellent performance today. Our boys managed the game very well, avoiding the effect of altitudes which would have been disastrous. South Africa wanted to tire us out by making our players run more but we stuck together, closing them up and conserving energy. Yes, altitude is always a big advantage to the home team. Ask Argentina, Brazil and others what it is like playing in Ecuador.
    Meanwhile, the center referee denied us three points today. Two dubious offside calls against us just denied us the win.

  • Ethan 2 years ago

    I want to know, how many of the critics here do workouts at least for 30mins daily? If you do you would weigh your words carefully, our players did not do very very well but they did not do badly

  • I personally think Mr. Rohr is doing a great job. For the first time in a long time, I’m always confident when the SE are playing, home, away or any tournament. We’re building but I think we’re the most talented team in Africa at the moment.

  • @ usual Mr Rohr critics look at your comments. We drew the match which is a good result. What if we lose? “Libya won 8-1 Nigeria did not” is that one na talk. Abeg football no be mathematics.

  • Congratulations to the ruper eagles for qualifying to 2019 African cup of nations hosted in cameroon. My observation in that match is, 1). the centre referee and the lines men rub us from winning. 2). Iheanacho was a big flob and he would’nt have started the match when we have deadly weapons like (villareal) samuel, (Galatasaray) Onyekuru and (watford) Success on the bench. 3). We still need more creative midfielders to assist Iwobi, Iwobi was good but he was tired frm 60 min. 4). too poor on set pice. Mr. Rohr should work on set pice. 5). Our defenders must improve. The equalizing goal have expose the weakness of our defenders

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    hahahahaha…. I am laughing so so hard now. Let me first of all congratulate all “WELL-MEANING” Nigerians and most especially Mr G. Right. For qualifying us for 2 straight tournaments with games to spare without us needing calculators or permutations. Even in the days of Clemens Westerhoff and our much glorified 94 generation, we never had it so good. The only time we qualified for a major tournaments with a game to spare was under Phillipe Troussier in 1997.
    South Africa beat Nigeria and celebrated for 1 whole month….thereafter they lost to lowly Cape Verde home and away and couldn’t qualify for the World Cup. They were on top of our group as at August, but the may not be at the next afcon. So who has failed….G. rohr that didn’t beat South Africa but qualified for afcon, our SA that beat Nigeria in Uyo is on the verge of not qualifying… I leave y’all to judge.
    But for us “WELL MEANING NIGERIANS” it’s time to pop champagne.
    The likes of omo9ja, Chima, Barlox, Ashy, and others who want us to trow rohr away and go and hire amrouche who has never qualified any team for any tournament…. Not even regional tournament… Can come and join our party

  • Abdulrazak 2 years ago

    @Dr grey,

  • Abdulrazak 2 years ago

    @Dr grey, thumbs up.

    • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

      I just dey laugh. Amrouche who had never qualified any team for even any regional tournament in his entire life should be the one to take over from Rohr and take the SuperEagles to the promised Land because we got a draw against South Africa and qualified for the AFCON for the first time in 6 years.

  • BabaDudu 2 years ago

    I have a feeling that after AFCON, Gernot Rohr will be going to South Africa.

  • Positives from today’s match.
    1. Qualified for AFCON 2019 with a game to spare, just like we did for the world cup. After failing to qualify since our victory in 2013 (two editions missed)
    2. The first team to score against the South African team this qualifying period
    3. Had two goals disallowed, score line should have been 3-1 to Nigeria of the officiating was better
    4. Done so with out four key players: number one goal keeper, number one goal scorer, mid field generals:Mikel Obi and Ndidi
    5. Played at altitude without acclimatising
    6. Means the next match against the Seychelles next is a mere formality and a chance to test fringe players

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      My brother… Seychelles is too small to test fringe players….rather it is time to test unknown quantities like the igbekeme some people have been yelling about on this forum.
      They know themselves… Hahahahaha

  • PapaFem 2 years ago

    Many readers got Rohr’s remark of playing safe twisted. Playing in J’borg is always going to be a challenge for any team coming from West Africa. Altitude is an issue in football. For the coach to have said that, he must have definitely told the boys some things before the match on how to conserve their energy. Ikpeba admitted how happy he was when he was taken off at half time in the same Jo’burg in a WCQ match against BB in 1993 or so. In a 2002 WCQ match against Eriteria, Nigeria, led my Olishe, struggled for a scoreless draw in Asmara due similar reason. We should appreciate the contributions of this coach and give credits to him. He took us to WC from a supposed tough qualifying group and almost sent us to second round from yet another tough group. Now, after missing two consecutive AFCONs, he got us another ticket with a game to spare. What else do we want?

    I’ve noticed that when giving giving interviews, Rohr shows tremendous respect to the opposite team, while tacitly revealing why he adopted certain tactics in a match. While Stuart Baxter was busy telling people how lucky Nigeria was to escape with a draw even after being helped by the ref and the lines to rule out two genuine goals against them, Rohr praised BB boys to high heavens telling everyone how SA should be the team to join Nigeria from the group to Cameroon. That’s maturity. That’s respect. It shouldn’t be mistaken for weakness or incompetence.

    I congratulate the team again and also thank people like Aphily, Dr. Drey, Tayo, great football fans who are driven by objectivity and not emotion. You all add life to this forum. God bless you real good. Happy Sunday to you all.

    • FASASI Kunle 2 years ago

      @papafem thank you very much God bless you and God bless Nigerians.

  • …hmm. ..see Maturity

  • beryl 2 years ago

    we should take this to nff, caf and fifa
    both on tweeter and any other means to
    investigate the officiating of the match.
    Pls, i dey beg ona wel wel.

  • In the 83rd minute of the clash and with the score tied at 1-1, Alex Iwobi threaded an incisive pass through for Musa, who also had substitute Isaac Success chasing it. The Al Nassr forward opted to have a go instead and slotted past Itumeleng Khune to put the Super Eagles ahead, but referee Bakary Gassama ruled it out for an offside. Replays, however, showed the referee and his assistant got the call wrong as both players were few metres behind a Bafana Bafana defender.

  • Joel Chidi 2 years ago

    This was the tactical analysis and summary posited by goal.com about the match. For those that lack football sense, read and get sense and please, learn to respect a goal getting coach:

    This draw for Bafana had the same effect that a defeat would have had – Baxter’s men now need to draw against Libya in the final game. For this reason, the conservative second half was a massive disappointment.

    Nigeria had a tough period from the 15th to 45th minute, but still created clear chances during that time, and when the two blatantly wrong offside calls are factored in, the away side were far more worthy of winning the game than Bafana Bafana. Rohr did a good job of reorganising his side in the second period by asking more defensively of Iwobi, and his side showed excellent game management by slowing proceedings down and breaking any momentum for the home side by making fouls and drawing fouls

  • Bambam 2 years ago

    Great performance from the boys though it was a tough game for us but we are already in Cameroon comes 2019…..I think that Mr G and his boys deserves credit for their efforts,congratulations boys

  • @ Joel Chidi thump up bro