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Rohr: It Was Tough Convincing Mikel, Moses To Change Roles; It’s Final Vs Argentina

Rohr: It Was Tough Convincing Mikel, Moses To Change Roles; It’s Final Vs Argentina

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that it was tough convincing the duo of Victor Moses and captain Mikel Obi to switch their roles prior to the Russia 2018 World Cup game against Iceland on Friday.
Rohr switched to a 3-5-2 formation from 4-3-3 as Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 to earn their first win at the tournament. Ahmed Musa’s second half brace secured victory for the Super Eagles.
Mikel Obi – often played as a No.10 for the Super Eagles – was deployed as a defensive midfielder alongside Wilfred Ndidi while Victor Moses was drafted to the wing-back role.
“We changed our organisation, we played 3-5-2, and Moses played where he played for Chelsea, the captain [Mikel] coming back into the position he has in China,” Rohr explained to reporters.
“I had to speak with the players because in two years we played with Mikel as an offensive midfielder and Moses like a striker.
“If you change something, you have to get the players to accept, with commitment and motivation, not only because the coach is asking.
“They understood that, for the country and the team, you have to make sacrifices.
“To get them to do this for their country, it wasn’t easy to convince them, but they did it well.”
Rohr – whose side overcame Argentina 4-2 in a November 2017 friendly -however insists his squad will not be complacent ahead of their final group game against Lionel Messi and his colleagues.
“This will be the final in the group because the winner will be qualified. So, we will play to win this game,” Rohr added.
“We played against them in a friendly but there was no Messi when we beat them 4-2 in Krasnodar.
“Even if they make mistakes these little mistakes are always done by young players who miss experience.
“I said before the World Cup that we’re here to learn, too, and this team will be ready in 2022. This World Cup came too early but we have a good chance to win against Argentina.”
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  • Michael 3 years ago

    no be lie… Nigeria 4:0 Argentina
    Croatia 0:0 Iceland
    we will top the group

  • Mr Rohr, thank you for convincing the duo of Moses and Mikel to accept to play in the positions that would bring up their best. We won because of this. You sound too apologetic for my liking. Don’t forget you’re the coach. Speak with authority. You seem to belief that there’s no difference between speaking with authority and being an authoritarian. Many fans of the SuperEagles and CSM forum members had to shout themselves hoarse before you adopted the 5-2-3 system and keeping off Igalo during the game with Iceland. If you had continued with your old system with Igalo being the sole striker, we won’t be talking of facing Argentina today with any hope of qualification. Be man enough to explain to the players what you want. You’re the coach. What’s the point sounding so apologetic? Go on. Bury all sentiments and any unholy alliance with any individual player and field a potent team that will do Nigeria proud. Argentina must fall.

    • It was this authority that caused Oliseh to fail as SE’s coach. Sometimes one has to be diplomatic. What the coach did showed the players that the coach respects them, and that was why they played with their heart. No be everything be authority, hence the reason few Africans are good people managers.

      • Adekola Ahmed 3 years ago

        I think Oliseh was too authoritative. He believed only in himself and had no respect for anyone even in the face of failure. I think Rohr has done well to convince his wards to see his reasons for the change and has come out to give them praise by accepting the change. He is not weak, that’s his own style of leadership.

    • jubilee 3 years ago

      Sometimes if you want result as a leader you should not authoritative

  • Mr Achi. You can say whatever you like but the football this days is player coach relationship and if there is no good communication between the coach and  valuable players then if the players are not doing well you will call for the coaches head and have you ever imagine how many teams in the premier league that the players will refuse to play for the coach because there wasn’t enough communication between players and manager. But after the manager is show the door out the same players will start winning for another manager. Please African qualification is different from world cup proper and the mam cannot afford to destroy all his efforts over the years with pride of being a coach without full respect to the players that qualified him and Nigeria to the world cup. Thanks and God bless 

  • Obruthe ufuoma 3 years ago

    Why will the coach beg? Do they beg them in their clubs? Well we thank them all for the victory . We thank God more. But players should not be begged to do what they need to do for the country to succeed. Then they are not patriotic if so. I have seen players play any role for their country as long it will win them all points

    • Anozie 3 years ago

      Does coaches beg? Take a look at mourinho then you will see why he doesn’t have good relationship with his players these past 4 years

  • Oruona 3 years ago

    MR Rohr, this world cup is not too early. With God, we have far more than a good chance to beat Argentina. God bless Nigeria. Up Super Eagles!

  • Kweli 3 years ago

    I hope Mr. Rohr is playing mind games to let sleeping dogs keep dozing. But my own feeling is that a front three of Musa, Iheanacho and Iwobi would really cause havoc to the Argentina defense as they did in the last friendly. Remember Mascherano could not keep up with Iwobi. The SE must win by a margin of at least two goals and hopefully keeps up his tradition of scoring a brace against Messi.

  • Onyeagoro Johnson Chima 3 years ago

    What is the situation  of the predictions of Marcus the pig? He predicted that Argentina and Nigeria will make it to semifinal. But the two countries are trying to claim the second spot after Croatia. Nigeria should make sure that ball should not get to Messi. 

  • U better defend ur goal coach.from start to finish or last second in d gave because even fifa want Messi to go as far as d final.

  • Number one, Mr. Rohr had all the time from when he lost 3 friendly matches in a row, to the camp in Austria to kneel down and beg them since he chose to be a bagger and not a coach.
    If before the 30 man list, he told Mikel that the only way to make his team was as a DM #6 and not #10, Moses you can only make the team as a WB. DEAL OR NO DEAL?
    AM sure they will quickly respond deal.
    If Rohr invited the Nwakali brothers and Etisi to camp in Uyo, Mikel and Moses will beg instead to make the team as directed by the coach.

    I feel bad in my spirit in, this begging mentality has already caused an eventful world cup adventure. We had a God given opportunity to top this group with 7 or 9 points but because Rohr the begging coach could not beg soon enough, or does even know he should be since he chose to instill they gave away 3 points without a fight, instill Murinho, Okocha,all of us here and the rest of the world were critical of him. We went as far as calling him a saboteur, he was woken up.

    I am utterly afraid that we will loose to Argentina.
    But God please forbid.
    Show us mercy.
    Let face so shine on us on Tuesday and cause us to triumph in Jesus name. Amen.

  • ****Begging has already cost us*****

  • Instill pls, not instill.

  • oakfield 3 years ago

    All we need is an outright win over argentina to break dis jinx. We need to show d world again that winning them last year wasn’t a fluke. We’ve found ourselves in dis tight corner for a reason: to anounce to d world d might of d Eagles by His Grace. There is tension in their camp hence, a very good opportunity to smack them silly! No dulling, they have to feel d pains dis time around.

  • ***Damn this auto edit.***
    Until not instill

  • Labod 3 years ago

    Bros,no be so look,if we win Argentina and Croatia play draw,Croatia will be on 7 point and Nigeria will be on 6 point,shikena just passing bye

  • Ugbede Egbunu 3 years ago

    Mr Rohr, dont be panic for any of your players. Nigeria is not a club site whenever you saying anythings they are ready to follow your instruction because they very good in that. Please we need your favour so that we can beat argentina, dont be weak we are pray so that Nigeria will play 2018 world cup final. You have done alot of things to make Nigeria proud God bless you triumphant is Nigeria

  • Haymaker 3 years ago

    It’s a shame that some people are castigating Rohr for bring convincing the players to play those positions. Top marks for Rohr on that. This is the 21st century and management styles are changing from an authoritative approach to a diplomatic, collaborative one. Subordinates are not slaves to be ordered around. They have a say. To get the best out of subordinates, an empathetic, diplomatic, yet firm management style yields desired results for all. When all stakeholders are made to feel like they matter, goals become easier to achieve.

    • Thanks bro.
      Rohr did not beg the players. In modern management, it pays to collaborate. Remember in the last two years the two players were used in different positions at the national team. For a coach who knows his onions, the best way to have the support of the players was to convince them to play positions that will make the team successful than trying to wield unnecessary force. Croatian coach had to convince Ivan Rakitic to play in midfield as against the wing he previously played for the national team.
      Lets read in between the lines. Up super eagles

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Mr. Rohr is not a coach but a fantastic father that wants the best for his children. I wish the Super Eagles the best of luck in Tuesday match. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    Now I know why the Super Eagles has been underpeforming: the coach lacks self belief and ambition. His own words give him away: “we’re here to learn, too, and this team will be ready in 2022. This World Cup came too early…”.

    Others went to win, but He went to learn. He has His eyes on 2022, but if he flops, he won’t be around then! A more abitous coach with self belief will be in charge.

    I have been one of his best supporters, but this statement has put me off. We the fans are here Cheering the Eagles to victory, but he is just taking it easy there. No wonder he has been emphasising that we have a young team. Would he have preffered old men?

  • Fred Ayodeji 3 years ago

    I think Rohr should just leave the euphoria of the victory of the last match and prepare our team well for the match against Argentina. We should remember that Argentina is one of the World Cup hopefuls and never to be underrated because we defeated them in a friendly match. You can bet that they will come against us like a wounded lion on Tuesday. They could capitalize on our usual weak approach at the first half to punish us with one or two goals. And if that should happen…….

  • guystan 3 years ago

    Victor Moses was not that fantastic for Chelsea until Conte deploy him to wing-back position. he played for both Liverpool and stoke city without making much of an impact, so Moses should play the wing-back position for the super-eagle with all joy

  • Sammy 3 years ago

    Rohr should go for massive attack and massive defense style.But I think he can only do that if he convince the players first.That is the only thing that can give Nigeria their needed victory over Argentina. As for Marcus’ prediction, Nigerians should pray for victory and not draw because only one of the 2 can qualify for the next round.May God show us His mercy on Tuesday. Up Rohr! Up Super Eagles Musa and Moses will Score goals.Nig2-1Arg.