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Rohr Set To Start Eight Super Eagles World Cup Debutants Vs Croatia

Rohr Set To Start Eight Super Eagles World Cup Debutants Vs Croatia

By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is set to name at least eight World Cup debutants in his starting line-up to face Croatia in their opening Russia 2018 Group D fixture in Kalinigrad on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Nigeria, who are making their sixth appearance at the World Cup, will have 19-year-old Deportive La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho in goal.

The right full-back position will be between Shehu Abdulahi and Tyronne Ebuehi. Both players have not played at the World Cup before.

Byran Idowu could get the nod ahead of Elderson Echiejile in the left full-back position due to form. The Amkar Perm defender has featured in all Nigeria’s pre-World Cup friendlies but has never played in the tournament proper.

The injury doubts over Leon Balogun could see Rohr deploy a 3-5-2 formation with John Ogu deployed to play on the left of a back three on his debut appearance for Nigeria at the World Cup alongside another debutant William Troost-Ekong in defence.

Ogu has played in the position in his last two games for Nigeria. He has also been playing as a centre-back in training.

In midfield, fit-again Wilfred Ndidi is set to make his first World Cup appearance alongside captain Mikel Obi while in attack Changchun Yatai striker Odion Ighalo and Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi are also expected to make their first Mundial appearances.

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  • SEYIHANDSOME 3 years ago

    The Team A lineup in today’s session that
    will be repeated tomorrow contained :
    goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defenders
    Abdullahi Shehu, Balogun, Troost-Ekong,
    Brian Idowu, midfielders Oghenekaro
    Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi, Obi Mikel, strikers
    Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses and Odion
    Rohr plans to lineup the team in a
    4-2-1-3 formation against Croatia.

    • Gotie 3 years ago

      Did Mr Genot Rohr personally called to tell you his preferred formation a day before the match or this is figment of your imagination?

  • Onyeagoro Johnson Chima 3 years ago

    Will this formation not give Croatia space to operate in the midfield? Why can’t the Nigerian coach pack the midfield with a better formation like the 3-5-2?

  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    It will be foolishness and a horrible mistake if a working formula is dumped for an experimental formation. If 3-5-2 has worked for Super Eagles, use it. We have seen in friendlies where the 3-5-2 formation has made the team better. Common sense. This is no time for experiment.

    • Who told you that only 3-5-2 had worked. Is that was worked against Poland or against Cameroon or Zambia. Before you make bold statements back them up with bold fact. If he abandoned 3-5-2, it is because he has something else he believes will work. Keep an open mind and stay quiet when you see something different and don’t be quick to talk.

  • Naija Man 3 years ago

    I hope Rohr doesn’t use his own hands to scatter what he has achieved with the team so far. I still maintain the Eagles will not qualify from the group.

    • Charles shilaka 3 years ago

      Then don’t advice if they can’t advance from the group, period.

    • femi ben 3 years ago

      It you

    • In that case, keep your thoughts to yourself. If you think they can’t go far, go and do something else and stop sharing such nonsense here.

    • Oruona 3 years ago

      Keep your negative thinking and stand to your self. The super Eagles do not need whatever U think to excel. U er not GOD!!!.The Super Eagles will beat Croatia Today! Top the group and bring home the world cup!. Go Super Eagles Go.

  • All the two African countries that played today, (Egypt and Morocco) lost winnable games with slim margins.
    And I dare to submit that, this is the end of the road for their Russia 2018.
    It will take 11 Ronaldoes to pull them through their groups.

    I say this to say that, if Rohr plays any other formation besides 3-5-2 / 5-3-2, and he looses that game, then he is a senseless gambler.
    He should play what is popular opinion and even if they loose nigerians will at least believe he tried his best, especially if he plays the players at their natural positions.

    For instance since we need to win our match tomorrow, there no need to be overtly conservative.
    I would expect Moses to play LWB, and provide extra support going forward.

    Etebor / Iheanacho
    Ighalo/ Simmy


  • Well d coach wil be blame for his action and inaction . Today I just remember yekini as a local player with abiola babes den .he scores with ease and wil get tired be4 d game end. He wen to cote devoir played against iwanyanwu in caf and was alert throughout  d game as danger man for his club .d beginning of a new chapter for yekini. Went to setubal in Portugal and scoring week in week out even if his team loss by wide margin he would score. Played in w cup  for nigeria and nobody every duout if a goal wil not be scored.wat do we ve now in Russia . I can say. I dont no . I doubt if we ve a 9 dat can stand 40% of yekini’s skill. Hot shot .heading.  free kill . And a 9 dat wil be d 1st line of defence. I igallo can do all dis I wil pay 1 million dollar into his acct .I m not talk of a goal. But I see hope in his reliever d italy guy. 18hrs to go.

    • If you have 1,000,000 dollars in your bank account to give anybody, you will be a proper pundit on Super Sports or BBC sport not an anonymous pundit in the shadows. Leave Ighalo alone. Yekini was Yekini, Ighalo is Ighalo, period. Simmy is the luckiest man alive to be in this world cup. Players like Kayode, Ideye, Aaron Samuel and Junior Lokosa all can feel hard-done-by with all their individual international football experience and exposure (except Lokosa who is more clinical), to be dropped in place of that Nigeria’s answer to Peter Crouch.

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    I willl wait till tomorrow before commenting. For now I’m taking my fifth. Good luck guys 

    • You? Was it not you that called Nigeria a failed state ( your own country!!) And you called the supporters of this team supporter-of-mediocrity . Now wish them good luck and reserve comments until after the match. Should I try and guess what people like you will say if Croatia wins? That guess will be simpler than counting A B C.

  • We go win

  • Victor Onyeanum 3 years ago

    Ashly Slashy, you are spot on. Olu spoke his mind but you know, people’s level of education(as you can see) influences their thoughts. I have said time without number on this platform that we should support this team or keep quiet. We cannot change anything now but we can support and pray for the team. Those 23 players are Nigeria’s representatives in Russia and Gernot Rohr is the coach. Their is nothing anybody can do about it. If we lose, we lose together. If we win, we celebrate together. Nobody should stay by the corner and wish that we would fail so that he will laugh at us and say, “I told you”. We are all in it together. But we will not fail.

  • Victor Onyeanum 3 years ago

    THERE is nothing anybody…

  • Mr vick 3 years ago

    I don’t understand while some people are sitting on the fence waiting to either praise nigeria if we win or lambast the team is we loss, pls the super eagles is our team you either support them or you keep quiet, we are all meant to be in this together, win or lose i still support my darling super eagles but i have a conviction in me that the won’t disappiont “croatia go chop am today”.
    #i still believe
    #soar super eagles
    #the wing of african pride

  • kelechi nanu 3 years ago

    go super eagles and beat croatia to erase the disappointment of friendly losses to serbia, england, and czech republic.


  • Eazypraise 3 years ago

    Gud ones all contribution ar good. but let cheer them up.

  • Charlie Charles 3 years ago

    Super eagles are no doubt winning their opening match today against Croatia, after not being able to win their opener in their last three outings. No need to panic or engage in frivolous wranglations. All we need do are prayers for the team, optimism and positive mindedness. Goodluck guys @ Super eagles!