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Rohr: I Respect Iceland; Super Eagles Must Win As A Team

Rohr: I Respect Iceland; Super Eagles Must Win As A Team

By Nnamdi Ezekute in Russia:

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr says a collective effort rather than individual brilliance will decide Friday’s Group D clash against Iceland at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.


The Super Eagles must put behind their poor performance against Croatia, which they lost 2-0, with an improved display against the debutants.

Iceland will go into the game full of confidence after surprisingly holding Argentina to a 1-1 draw.

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Speaking at Thursday’s pre-match press conference in Volgograd, Rohr said: “I have a lot of respect for Iceland. They did so well against Argentina. They don’t have the star players in the team. We don’t have either. So tomorrow will be a battle of collectives.”

Rohr stated his young side will be going up against an experienced Icelandic side.

“They are very experienced, we however have a very young squad.”

And when questioned if Ahmed Musa will be in the starting eleven, Rohr responded: “We have to respect the players. First, the players need to know, then the press. We don’t want to hide anything but we need to prepare our team the best way possible.”

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  • Na so so talk talk, no action.

  • Precious 3 years ago

    Rohr,Allow the player to play in their natural position if we are to servage anything from that game.

  • Edoman 3 years ago

    If only we can beat Iceland, it is still possible that we can beat Argentina too, Croatia just walloped Argentina 3 zero. Please Rohr, choose the guys that can get the job done against Iceland tomorrow For God sake. Please !!!!!!!!!

  • Does that mean SE are better than the Albicelest? At least we only lost by 2 as opposed to the argentines that lost to the same team by 3. With the quality of players Argentina had and their experience Croatia ran them ragged but couldn’t fashion any clear opportunities until one late in the game. Where d argentines with their stars less passionate than SE. This croatian team is good but SE held our own against them. We should appreciate our boys more please. It’s not easy as most people think. People keep saying that these set of SE have received all incentives to do well at the worldcup such as camping, hotels, friendly games, bonus settlement etc. I agreed with that assertion due to the past history of the NFF but to be honest this is the least our football federation should be doing. Do u guys know how much NFF collected or will collect from FIFA bcos we qualified for the worldcup, the amount of money they will earn from jersey sales, amount of money from friendly games appearance fees, advertisement fees etc. The NFF by virtue of the SE qualifying for the worldcup are smiling to the bank. So people saying things like the SE have received everything needed to succeed, I agree but they’ve earned every cent and the NFF knows that and again that the very least they can do. All the amount that NFF have spent for camping, bonus etc is not close to the $8m (£6.1m) that they are guaranteed to get for participating at the mundial. Just my thought.

    SE we still believe and will continue to support u for better or worse. Vamos SE

    God bless 9ja and its people

  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    @ Edoman you guys should take it easy so you don’t get hypertensive because of the love of your team haha.After all its only but a game of football. Win or lose life goes on.
    Meanwhile,was opportuned to see the Argentina v Croatia game.I must confess the Croatian team is absolutely amazing.
    Apparently the super eagles came up against a very good side in fact one of the best sides in the tournament.
    However,it could turn out to be the only lost we shall have in the group stages.
    We still have all to play for in this tournament.Two huge games to decide our fate.So we should go for it and our tournament could actually start tomorrow.
    I am optimistic so are the players.They know what is at stake and shall go for it.
    We wish our darling team the very best tomorrow. God shall give you victory and a resounding one.

  • Mr vick 3 years ago

    Proudly naija you are on point and in addition, all those plastic fans calling for the head of our players who just allowed croatia two shots on target can see how good the croatian team is the ran the abiceleste ragged with all the “world class” players in the argetine time. I still have this feeling that the super eagles can still make it to the round of 16 and argetina finishing bottom of the group, lets support our super eagles win/lose.
    #i still believe
    #soar super eagles
    #the wing of african pride

  • Mr vick 3 years ago


  • Bobo Colorado Springs 3 years ago

    I think the way Nigeria played, gave Croatia an easy 3 point.

  • Iceland….hmm… 1 mind. 
    Go Naija 
    Goal Naija!!!

  • Ayomobee 3 years ago

    Wen u r going to the wc U Play friendlly games and give strict instructions that they must play to there full capacity and this is done to ascertain the level of fitness and mental toughness needed for the wc and any player that does not measure is beleive not to be ready check the Croatians ,check the Switzerland players,check the Iceland players and chech the Senegalese players.all this mentioned played there friendly games with utmost seriousness and see hw fit there players are. Also check the Serbians ,we still remember hw tough they played us wen we kept a date for a friendly game wit them. So we miss the opportunity to get very fit players by allowing the SE players to play safe in this friendly games. I think lokosa would have given us this level of fitness to combat the Croats going by the way he outplayed the very physical Congolese team but unfortunately we don’t have a 100% non sentimental coach in GR. By my own check of this team and seeing there level of fitness am sorry to say Iceland will most likely win tomorrow but as a Nigerian  I pray am proof wrong.also a week to the wc they were allowed to meet with there wives and family ,habahh U don’t do such prior to a wc competition ,don’t they know that sex drain physical fitness and emotions derail mental alertness.GR got it wrong here too and to think of it we have team doctor and psychologist and they culd not advice accordingly or they did and GR did not take it .well after this whole event we are going to listen to some sterling revelations that’s for sure. Let me advice us all ,after looking critically at the team wch I can’t exhaust what I am seeing here,to watch SE game against Iceland with 30/70 expectations; 30% expectation for victory and70% expectation for failure so dat u will not land in the hospital after the game .