Rohr Targets 19th Win As Eagles Coach Against ‘In-Laws’ Madagascar

Rohr Targets 19th Win As Eagles Coach Against ‘In-Laws’ Madagascar

Gernot Rohr will lead out the Super Eagles against the Barea of Madagascar on Sunday – their last Group B match of AFCON 2019, knowing he has an obligation to ‘fight’ his ‘in-laws’ and possibly seal Nigeria’s top position in the group, then stand in good stead to also go past a Round of 16 opponent, Completesports.com reports.

Rohr is married to a Malagasy woman, and this AFCON confrontation against the Barea implies that the Franco-German dares ‘shaking a family table’. But he is duty-bound to suspend marital bliss, perform his obligation and win with Nigeria.

Rohr met his wife in Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean with less than a million dwellers which is a French district east of Madagascar. Rohr reportedly invested in hospitality business on the island because of its huge tourism attraction. And his wife now runs his hotel there.

A win at the Alexandria Stadium on Sunday will be Rohr’s 19th win in 32 matches as the Super Eagles coach since he was contracted by the Nigeria Football Federation in August 2016.

Going into the match against Madagascar, Rohr has recorded 18 wins, five draws and eight defeats in 31 games as Nigeria coach.

Rohr was given a 66th birthday treat by the Super Eagles players and the officials of the NFF at the team’s Helnan Palestine Hotel in Alexandria on Friday . Leon Balogun also got his own share of the fun same day, on his 31st birthday.

The Barea of Madagascar


The coach will certainly fancy crowning it a perfect 66th birthday with not only bagging his 19th Nigeria win against his Madagascan in-laws, but also going all the way to achieve what will excite Nigerians the most – winning the nation’s fourth AFCON title on July 19.

Rohr has a vast experience of African football needed to follow through at AFCON 2019 and beyond it, having coached Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel and the national teams of Gabon, Niger Republic and Burkina Faso before landing his Nigeria job.

The Madagascar – Nigeria match at the Alexandria Stadium on Sunday will kick off at 5pm Nigerian time. Simultaneously, the Syli Nationale of Guinea and the Swallows of Burundi will clash in the other matchday-3 game at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo.

Nigeria lead the pack on six points, and at least a draw against the Barea will be enough for the Eagles to win the group.

Madagascar are second on four points, and look good to advance either as group winner (with a win vs Nigeria) or as second-placed team (with draw vs Nigeria) or as one of the four best third-placed teams – if Guinea claim the second position with a combination of big win against Burundi and a favourable Eagles’ victory in Alexandria.

By Nnamdi Ezekute

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  • Pompei 1 year ago

    Marital bliss needs to take a back seat tomorrow. Just a 90 minute pause. After 90 minutes, after the Madagascar spanking, Rohr can take his wife to a posh restaurant to appease her. The In Laws too…..make una no vex….business is business. We need to top the group.
    Caveat Emptor – Madagascar that drew with Guinea and beat Burundi….dem no be come chop ooooo! They are not on our level, granted. But they are a good side, very stubborn, and they use their physicality well. Plus they are quite nifty going forward. Underestimate them at your peril!

    • Dipo 1 year ago

      Yea I agree with you, they ain’t our match neither are they pushovers

  • Volley 1 year ago

    My worry is the continuous shuffling in the team. When will the team gel as a unit? The wins so far has beclouded the reality that this team isn’t playing to their optimum level yet.The Malagasy guys are very comfortable with the ball with very fancy footworks in the middle but that shouldn’t pose a problem for the Eagles (depending on the lineup). The Eagles might not play exciting football as usual but getting a draw shouldn’t be a problem

    • Yeah, the shuffling is ordinarily not desirable,but brother we are stuck with it for now.
      My star man,Ndidi needs to be rested against Madagascar o.

      Maybe slender tall people are my spec,just like my eyes were on Oshoala for d WCup.

  • Bill 1 year ago

    All the teams we have played are all good but we won. Tomorrow game is super eagles best outing