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Rohr Praises Super Eagles, Confident Of Victory Over Argentina

Rohr Praises Super Eagles, Confident Of Victory Over Argentina

By Nnamdi Ezekute in Russia:

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has backed his team to overcome Argentina in their last Group D game of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday.


The Super Eagles got back on track with an impressive 2-0 win against debutant Iceland on Friday.

Ahmed Musa was the hero for the Super Eagles as he netted twice to secure the all important win.

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The win means the Super Eagles must avoid defeat against Argentina in their last group game on Tuesday To progress into the round of 16.

Speaking in his post-match press conference after the win against Iceland, Rohr praised his players for their togetherness.

“What I like in my young team is humility, solidarity and fighting spirit,” Rohr said.

“I thought before this World Cup we were here to learn. I think this team will be ready in 2022 and this World Cup is coming early, but we have a good chance to win against Argentina.”

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  • Ndubest 3 years ago

    It is now not 2022 we are capable of doing the unimaginable though we may not win the world cup but we will break records

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    in 2002…..”we are building for the future”….we never saw the outcome. In 2014, “we are building for the future”……only 5 of them are left. Now we are building for the future again….with all these players and their football ages…??? Abeg abeg abeg…..let us stop deceiving ourselves o..!More likely than not…Onazi wont be at d next world cup…he’s already displaying the signs of a player in decline…same for joel obi, ighalo, Omeruo, Mikel, Ogu, Moses, Simy, Akpeyi, Ezenwa, Balogun, Echiejile….thats 14 out of 23 already.

    • Dont mind them, they are looking for excuses to retain the coach even if he fails. Who are the young team members of this team it is only the goal keeper i know.

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

        At least they have shamed people like you today. The most comprehensive African performance at this WorldCup so far. Win or lose SuperEagles remain our darling team. If you like you can go and support Russia na your own you dey.

    • Whilst I recognise the cynicism in the “building for the future” (Keshi built a young team that was changed by Oliseh who was building a new team, then Rohr also building a new team for the future), we cannot just discredit people who are able to raise their game for the country.

      Omeruo has not featured since the Keshi times (Oliseh did not call him up) but every time he has been called up to the Super Eagles he has given a fantastic performance and will continue to do so for the next couple of world cups. Onazi has not been the player he once was until the Matuidi foul at the last world cup that nearly saw his playing career finished. I fully expect (if we keep the same coach) to see Uzoho, Omeruo, Troost, Balogun, Ebuehi, Ndidi, Etebo, Moses and Iheanacho to feature for the next four years into the next world cup. Add the Nwakali brothers, Egbedi and a few others like Sokari and Madu

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    The coach is already giving excuses ahead of Argentina’s match if we talk tayo and co will start ranting. Why is he talking about 2022 was he not prepared for this tournament smh the truth must be said regardless of today’s win. God bless naija

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    Eagles will be playing against Messi and the Ref so we have to fine tune our mind for 96minutes

    • That is very true, they would ignore most of Argentina fouls especially around the 18yard box and call any contact with us as foul against us in critical areas.

    • I agree, especially if the ref is European. If they find Argentina is under pressure, outplayed or losing, the ref will award penalties or free kicks. I hope they put an Asian ref for the game. Even then, SE must defend set pieces and corners well and shoot from distance because goalkeeper is weak.

  • Oruona 3 years ago

    Mr Rohr, ofcourse, we might learn one or two…. Just like any other team in Russia 2018. But far more than that, we want to win this world cup too! So Please stop reminding every one that we have a young team.

  • Edoman 3 years ago

    Rohr can not help himself without Ighalo inclusion in any game. l always believed that Ighalo brings bad luck to the Team. If he was there today, Musa would not be able to do what he did at the center. Ighalo has played 8 matches with out a score. Why didn’t Rohr tried Simy today ?. Unless we beat Argentina in our last game, we will be going home. Going home early means Rohr will surely be fired o. l can not finish without paying my greatest tribute to our own Musa. Moses, our Captain Mikel, Uzoho. Balogun. l salute you all for the wonderful games you all played today.

    • Naija Man 3 years ago

      While everybody was busy celebrating our 2nd goal, IGHALO was seen in the video whispering something to Rohr. I hope there is no some back door arrangements between the 2? Ighalo should watch the next game from the bench. There are other Forwards in the team who are much more better than him. I saw Simy Nwankwo, Iwobi, Ezenwa etc all jubilating but Ighalo was on the side of Rohr whispering some words to his ears. We need to know what is happening between the two.

      • OLUSEGUN Olofin 3 years ago

        Thanks Igalo only scores a foal at the qualifiers and rhat made him all right for the team . Infact this is serious . The self is a joke . Let igalo sit on the bench and let see those who can truly strike . I don’t know about Sim really , I wish Martin’s or Awoniyi or Kayode was here they can run and are hungry for wins that this heavy bodied igalo who can’t run and is so stingy as a player that he doesn’t know that team work matters . I hope success for the team .

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    This coach know nothing about Nigerians. We love winning. Coach Rohr have no choice but to win against Argentina. Ighalo have no place in Eagles team. We must voice out. Enough is enough. Bench Ighalo and use other strikers period. God bless Nigeria!!!

    Congrats to all Nigerians. Na die i be dey! That musa need to be kicked in d ass a little bit.
    Balogun started shakingly and so sluggish and slow but later grew himself into the flow of the game. Against Argentina who are now a sleeping lion who want to quickly wake up before going hmmm, if balogun continue to sleep and sluggishly slow ARGENTINA and the little fellow might score 2 goals before balogun remember to be more assured.
    That second half team with Ebuehi who got some experience NOW, must start against THAT messi team! Omeruo is solid and must be more ruthless and decisive together with Ekong because that Messi team na brutal attacking lions!
    Uzoho is ok but my dear against messi Argentina uzoho will be very busy let him prepare for steady onslaught impromptu! Uzoho should study AND practice set piece AND penalty stop! Uzoho is expert in quickly diving wrong direction even before the ball is kicked! After training pls let uzoho still train 2hrs more for penalty stop and set piece! Sleeping lion ARGENTINA will wake up against Nigeria even a fool knows that.
    If Nigeria try that rubbish first half against ICELAND with Argentina hmmm, we will lose! That first half no single shot on goal, no deep penetrating runs behind defenders! No bite no urgency and no trying of things and they were afraid to make mistake! Maybe too stifling orders and instructions given by Rohr but if game plan ain t working instead of waiting for second half talk to change plans why not try things on ur own? Na GOD coaches be?
    Ola aina could have been a better iduwo because that iduwo is not super eagles material at all. EJIEJILE should be managed in his place quickly! Oh no what a missed opportunity for Chelsea ola aina because of just russia language speaker we have disappointed ourselves and the trust of ola aina by dropping him even when we all saw him against Argentina friendlies That he is GOOD and promising! Nigeria go Russia go learn or speak language? Iduwo has no business in that team at all. Ola aina Nigerians are very sorry! We love you Ola. Truth lives forever! Against Argentina pls super Eagles must never loss that match infact with their lives they must fight from the first second. Tell all the players if they go dey admire Messi they will lose! I pity slow balogun and mikel against messi! Uzoho must prepare for the saves of his life! For all eleven players?? Na war front. Even if we loss we’d want to loss been proud we fought hard and did THE right things. IHEANACHO CAN HURT OTAMENDI! IF OUR DEFENCE CAN POCKET MESSI THEN EKONG AND CO WILL GET BETTER CLUBS SNIFFING AROUND THEM. BYE FOR NOW NIGERIA.

    • OLUSEGUN Olofin 3 years ago

      Nothing is wrong with Idowu. The coach himself doesn’t know what he’s doing. It’s not about the players but the coach to know how and which players to use. Ola can’t okay left full back . Which is why Idowu is there and since he didn’t give his best then Ebuehi who can play 2,3 and defensive midfielder was given the chance . Didn’t u notice igalo he’s a stingy player and heavy . As a striker he’s supposed to be fast and strong . Lol look at Salah and Ronaldo and you’ll understand what I mean .

  • OLUSEGUN Olofin 3 years ago

    I don’t understand Rohr’s Comments. We are building for rhe future , after going for 6 world cup tournaments. Seriously this man doesn’t really know ehat he’s doing .Seriously the team are suppose to be aware of what to expect in a world cup from getting the players fit and right for the positions that is necessary for rhe team to knowing the tricks of the world (free kicks, corner kicks etcetera) having a striker or strikers capable of delivering the goals , getting s creative midfielder who really know what it means to win and motivate and the goal of actually winning a world cup. We are also at par with Brazil and Argentina in this issue of world cup . We are under 17 and Under 20 participants who have reached finals and eon competitions . That’s the reason why these age competition are there so that the gap will be close for an African team as well as non European and south American teams to be able to win world cups. I wonder what was The doing after the qualifier when he was aware that Mikel was the only dude playing creative midfielder role that he couldn’t scout for the Nwakali brothers or any dude to play such a role instead he decided to pick a Joel Obi and a Mikel Agu who couldn’t click at all . In all this while that he’s been coaching this team . Infact I don’t know what to say .
    In our national team history we have guys that can play numbers 7,11,9 and 10 but take a look at this squad .
    Thank God Ahmed Musa was finally placed in his real role , a supporting striker instead of a winger because to be honest he’s never a winger . Mikel as w 10 is a mess at the moment for he can’t play free kicks and he’s not in the calibre of 10s like Pele, Jay Jay , Zidane or Maradona. I’d prefer an aoliseh as a coach than this foreigner who is just making me to wonder as I speak . I hope the team will progress with what they have because at this stage they really need each other to work effectively. Igalo is a stingy striker who doesn’t know team work and he’s so heavy to the extent thT he can’t run like Ahmed Musa. Moses enjoys falling so many times . Infact it’s like he’s been hyped .
    Anyway The team needs to buckle up against Argentina because it’s a must win . So that they can make it to the round of 16. Messi will want to come out like a wounded lion and also his team . So Super Eagles neess to make sure they don’t get spaces , they must avoid Argentina is their skims of talking or aggression or wanting to make them angry or falling inside box 18 in wanting to get a penalty because they wanna play dirtt to win but in reality they’re not gonna win this world cup . Super Eagles now have been given the opportunity win Argentina in this world cup . There’s a reason why they’ve been meeting . It’s divine .
    I wish the team well .

  • @BestSports….I wonder if you really watched the match or the highlights, because Balogun is not slow at all……he has speed and can run very well. He was so outstanding for us yesterday…..No Ice-man breached his side of defence throughout 90minutes.

  • I wonder why some people love to go backwards. Oliseh to come and do what? Even if Rohr fails, another foreigner is needed not home based.  U can see from their advice on team list. Amokachi wanted Alhaji gero etc. At least, they are getting it. Wait till after Argentina match before u conclude.

  • I get tired of reading all this bail out comments by this coach Rohr, what that mean that Super Eagles are there to get a feel of the World Cup?

    How old does he think we are in football? Yesterday or what?

    If you take a team as a Coach to a competition then you have in mind you just came to get a feel of it then you have already lost even if you are suppose not too. That weak frame of mind is a negative frame and will influence the players.

    Now You See why we need a psychologist on that team. If the team already has, them he is not doing is job.

    Coaching is everything, technical, mental, physical and all. On and off the pitch.

    If this is not caged, we will only go as far as this mentality can take us till we meet a team which might be better than us or not but will win us because of how much they want it.

    There is calibre in the Super Eagles team and only them can see it. This is what I always tell my players as a Coach, how much do you want it. Their response will gauge how well they will play.

    Good luck Super Eagles, the team psychologist needs to start from Rohr because this is what is in his mind and it is infecting the players – Mediocrity.

  • Kc Young 3 years ago

    for me, ighalo is very selfish and has nothing to offer,if i were the coach,i would prefer iheanacho or simy.up naija.