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Rohr: Super Eagles Not Yet Ready For World Cup, Simy Is In Final Squad

Rohr: Super Eagles Not Yet Ready For World Cup, Simy Is In Final Squad

By Semiu Osho in London:

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that his team is not fully ready for the World Cup while revealing that Crotone striker Simeon Nwankwo will be part of his 23 man squad to Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Nigerian side lost 2-1 to England at Wembley on Saturday, going down to goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane. Alex Iwobi pulled one back for The Super Eagles who had a woeful first half before recovering in the second half.

“This game shows we still have a lot of work to do to be ready for the World Cup,” Rohr said during his post-match press conference.
“We have to make the best use of the two weeks left before our first game in Russia. It’s time to focus, no distractions.”

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The Super Eagles’ first match in Russia is against Croatia on 16 June, exactly two weeks away.

Rohr then explained he had seen enough to make a decision on Nwankwo and needed to see other players to finalise his squad.

“It was an opportunity to see the players again,” the German explained.
“We had to see Ahmed Musa in another situation. We saw Simy in Port Harcourt and he gave a very good 90 minutes; he will be part of the 23-man squad to the FIFA World Cup.

“He (Simy) has the profile of a striker that we don’t have.”

Rohr will have to cut his squad to 23 before Monday, when all squads must be submitted to FIFA. He currently has 25 players in camp.

Nigeria will face Czech Republic in their next game on Wednesday in Vienna, Austria.

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  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    Joel Obi has no business in the team.

  • I totally agree with u. Joel obi shld be be out of d team. I wish he can bring kelechi Nwakali for more fluidity in d midfield. as for me I will drop C . Awaziem ,Mikel Agu or Echeijelle. Ola aina is still very relevant in that team, we lack skillful players and now that moses Simon is even off I think Ola Aina will still be very useful in that left wing position. Brian idowu is not spectacular either..

  • CHYBYKE 3 years ago

    I totally agree with you wole..Aina is still needed..i think he’ll be a better option as a left wing back..Idowu is a great Left back,but not a complete Left wing back,he lacks pace,ball playing ability and overlapping skills….Joel Obi should be AXED Onazi should be BENCHED he’s experience might come in handy

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  • Emmanuel 3 years ago

    Yes…..Joel Obi should be……sent packing.

  • Ntoi ntoi like my big mama wil say( I no tell u .). Chi chi He simy have d profile of d striker we dont ve.FULL DOT. If I be igallo I go withdraw from d team. 
    If I be Buhari I go tell him to pay fif a fine ti bring in 1.nwakali
    2 sadiq umari ie  Olympic 4 goals scorer.3 Usman M

  • emmanuel mbawuan 3 years ago

    joel obi has no place in the team,i watch him against poland ,serbia,congo now against England,i think is enough to have my say,ebuehi should always start ahead of shehu,he proved against Argentina,congo now against England,and Etebo should never be benched,and i dont understand,Did iwobi and moses change position?

  • This Rohr, know his stuff good.
    I said last week that Ahmed Musa might be dropped.
    I have always said in the past that the reason Onazi made it this far in the Super Eagles was because of Daniel Omokachi.
    How can a midfielder who can not run, or complete a single dribble be in our national team?
    He only balloons the ball any direction he is facing, that’s not modern soccer, ball pocession is what soccer is all about now.
    Onazi can not keep pocession .

    Onazi,and Echiejile should drop.
    Ola Aina should be retained to reward his loyalty and encourage others to switch allegiance to Nigeria.

    The first half was as bad as the pattern or formation we played.
    Ighalo and Iwobi/ Simmy should be combined in a two men attack: 3-5-2, and maybe 4-3-3, or 3-4-1-2.
    We will do well, we will top our group, we will score at least 6 goals in the group stage.
    Watch out for a continuous improvement, better with every game!!!!
    Fly the pride of Africa!
    Fly the great beast of West African Forest!!
    Fly the king of birds!!!
    Fly the Nigerian Super Eagles!!!!

  • Mr Joe 3 years ago

    Let them appeal to FIFA to allow us bring Kelechi nwankali in… We should drop Joel obi, Onazi and Mikel agu… Idowu cannot even make a decent cross… from the left. haba, is this the best we can offer?

  • I agree that their are some players that need to go.  This England match is a good show piece.  Onazi. Should be benched, we need to let the new bloods play.  
    Loosing is not an option like today”s game.

  • I think Milel Agu and Joel Obi are the remaining played to be dropped. Rohr should consider playing Iwobi in the 10 position sometimes but the team needs Mikel Obi’s calmness in the middle of the pack. John Ogu and Ndidi may have to start the game against Croatia to try to contain their skill and strength in midfield and our full backs must be able to driver quality service when they move up field.

    • ernest 3 years ago

      I think mikel should play the holding role, while ndidi and iwobi ahead of him….kelechi,moses and odion

    • Carlos 3 years ago

      Brother you are right

  • I think that by that yesterday all d players has being tried or tested, n we seen them all, to me Joel Obi n Michael Agu shld b droped, n Onazi bcos of d point dat his d vice captain that wat has just saved him to b in dat team.

  • Our coach should pls drop Onazi and Joel Obi. These two players are not super eagles materials. Or he should drop Awaziem and Joel Obi. or Agu and Joel Obi. Our finisher Ighalo is not impressive. I prefer Simy Nwankwo . Our formation in d first half was too poor.

  • Ezeabikwa Obiorah 3 years ago

    I agree Joel Obi has been horrible so far… But he offers something different. His crossing ability and delivery on set pieces.

    How about trying him out in the left back position? Onazi shd be dropped. John Ogu shd start, Tyron ahead of Shehu, Joel Ogu in the left back position.

  • Guys don’t George like that Onazi is a good play because i remember 2014 world cup friebdly matc this is how Onazi mess up but he prove himself at Brazil world cup if not kindeless of paul pogba who gave him injury he could have more better that fatefull day the only player am seeing to be droped is joel obi and mikel Agu am still not starfice with pressure of taking Daniel Apeyi to world cup i prefile Dele Ajiboye than him and is Tyronne Ebuehi is good fantastice right back not only right a good wingback .

  • JJ Odia 3 years ago

    There are 25 players in camp now. To cut down to 23 by Monday as required, Echejili should move to defensive left midfield position as reserve for Ogu. Joel Obi and Mikel Agu should be dropped from the team . So we have Aina and Idowu as Left Wing Back while Ebuehi and Shehu RightWing Back. Let us try 3521 formation in our next match .

  • ogugua hyacienth 3 years ago

    Hyman : Joel obi may have bribed super eagles manager I think that is what brought him this far, if not who will watch his game last night with England and still include him in the team? I don’t think it is by merit.