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Rohr To Make Changes For Super Eagles Vs Tunisia

Rohr To Make  Changes For Super Eagles Vs Tunisia

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr is expected to make a number of changes in his starting line-up for Tuesday’s friendly against Tunisia following his side’s poor showing against Algeria, reports Completesports.com.

The West Africans fell 1-0 to the African champions last Friday at the Worthersee Stadium, Klangefurt.

The Super Eagles were completely outplayed by the Algerians with Ramy Bensebaini netting the winner in the sixth minute.

Read Also: Tunisia To Start Training For Super Eagles Friendly Monday

Left-back Zaidu Sanusi, Tyronne Ebuehi, Leon Balogun, Maduka Okoye and Alex Iwobi all put up impressive displays for the Super Eagles, while majority of their teammates struggled all through.

Genk forward Paul Onuachu had a disappointing game, while the likes of Semi Ajayi, Samuel Chukwueze, William Troost-Ekong and Samuel Kalu were not at their best.

Rohr is likely to drop Onuachu for either Kelechi Iheanacho and Cyriel Dessers against the Carthage Eagles.

Talented winger Chidera Ejuke also likely get the chance to make his debut against the former African champions.

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  • Ralph 4 years ago

    Super Eagles wingers should do more to play with the team than show boating display they showed last Friday. Tunisia will not fail to pounce and punish the team if we don’t improve in our next game. This is friendly game with FIFA ranking in mind, the coach should give the other players invited to camp the opportunity to show what they have to offer to the team.

    The lost to Algeria should serve as a wake up call to the entire team and handlers.

  • Looking forward to seeing some changes in the starting line-up.
    The mf doesn’t have players to change with so we may have to do with one of the underperforming mf players, hope they improve.
    The wingers and attack have alot of players to change from. I want to see want Ejuke can do, I want to see desser in action. Let iheanacho play alongside desser lets see if it can produce results. We don’t necessarily need two inverted wingers to start every game. We can use one winger on one side and an over-lapping wing back on the other side for balance.
    We really need better midfielders. Without aribo, ndidi, etebo there is no midfield.
    Scouting team, scout for better midfielders, creative and defensive.

  • Mr StreamZ 4 years ago

    If u like drop onuachu for Lewandoski ..he won’t perform, wen d wingers n midfielders are not doing their wrks perfectly..Onuachu is not the problem..chuckwueze n kalu n absent of Aribo n ndidi was the problem

    • Footballfanatic 4 years ago

      Ode so every striker in the world depends on wingers inorder to succeed. Onuachu is slow and just not with it in the super eagles. A real striker will hustle for the ball even when the wingers or other players fail to supply him…

      • Obasi 4 years ago

        Onuachu is a flop ..I know Germans love tall strikers but sadiq umar really fit that position. Since agali all our lanky strikers have all floped …simy,onuachu et al

  • Peter olayinka might be what the Super eagles need in their attack. He is strong, fast, fearless and skilful.
    He is also very rugged with good link up play. He also has champions league experience which is more than I can say about the strikers in the team now. I think he needs more game time in the eagles.
    What do you think?

    • @Sportsfan

      u have started advocating abi?

      That is how they were singing the praises of ONUACH, ONYEKA as if they were best in their position untill the duo proof that they aren’t what their praise singers thougth….

      Your own is OLAYINKA abi?
      Rohr will definitely invite him….

      But never change mouth when he flopps….

  • But no one is talking of Simy Nwankwo. He is way Better than Paul Onuachu and he is playing in a more competitive league the Seria A. Why was he overlooked for Paul Onuachu. How could that mistake have been made. I will always say. the B Leagues in England, Spain, Germany and Italy are as good as the A leagues in other European countries with the exception of France. Based on this and his performance in the Seria B last season and Seria A season before Simmy Nwankwo should have gotten the Nod he is closer to Victor Osimhen than Paul Onuachu purely because he is Faster than Paul. But then again Coach Rohr should know these things..

    Okay Dr Drey come and attack My comment na nwa nzuzu

    • Larry 4 years ago

      Why dropped Ajayi, a defender who performed better than Agu and Onyeka..
      If Ajayi is dropped then Agu and Onyeka have no place on the bench..
      Ndidi, Aribo, Etebo and Azeez are SE best options for the midfield positions. We have seen what these guys are capable of in SE games and they are miles ahead of those that played the last match.
      It is really disrespectful that Azeez was placed on stand-by and was not even invited to replace ndidi or etebo. He has not disappointed in SE matches and his experience playing against the best midfielders in the world in la-liga counts a lot. Dropping Azeez is a technical error.
      Dennis is another player that ranks above majority of the attackers or wingers invited for this match. He performed creditably well against tough teams like Barcelona and Man.utd. Dennis has a better worth in world football than Onwuachu, Desser, Kalu,.
      Olayinka did the same thing in the champions league against tough oppositions and currently playing regularly.
      Like Desser, Sadiq did great last season and had scored some goals before his got transferred to Almeria. Why Sadiq has not been given opportunity is begging for answers.
      Maja is another option for SE. This is the closest striker to Osimhen in terms of playing style.
      I think it is highline SE handlers started considering big-game players who have played in big stages and have performed creditably well against best teams in the world.
      Consideing recent SE matches and the manner our wingers have failed to show-up, Victor Moses is one of the missing links. The fact is that averagely, Ola Aina has supplied more passes and more assists that any of our current wingers in recent matches.
      Before you accuse me of being GR hater, let me point out that I have gotten over GR’appointment and I am only stating the obvious while pointing a way forward.

      • @Larry My guy you full ground. I fully concur with 150%, I hope Joseph Yobo and Co a reading some of our comments here. Because it will really cause us less heart attacks come game days.

      • Omilani Victor 4 years ago

        God bless you jare I think ola aina shud have started the game because he is far more better and experienced than Tyrone Ebuehi his tackles,skills and passes are excellent and example was in the match against burundi in afcon 2019 I don’t know why he was dropped on the bench ooooooo.

  • I would Play Iheanacho In a supporting Role to Dessers and Shift Iwobi to the Left keeping Ajayi in the CDM Role, That way I feel Super Eagles will balance in Midfield.

    Last Season When Iheanacho starts alongside Vardy for Leicester city as a support to Vardy he always shines. I think Rohr should do better homework on his players when he invites them. If he did he would know this.

    Iheanacho on his day for Leicester City is better than Onuachu and Dessers Combined.

    • Jensen Josh 4 years ago

      Exactly ihenacho should play behind the striker, and iwobi should be flanked..

      Well oga rohr has no tactics of winning neither does he knows how to contain opponents when the team is behind

  • The players are there and can surely perform, but the challenge is the tactic. Rohr needs to up his game, while this is a friendly, it is no reason for lackadaisical play or tactlessness. Up Eagles

  • Reading Gernot Rohr’s mind

    Super Eagles likely Line up versus Carthage Eagles of Tunisia on Tuesday 13 October 2020


    1.Maduka Okoye(Matthew Yakubu)
    2.Tyrone Ebuehi(Ola Aina)
    3.Zaidu Sanusi
    4.Mikel Agu
    5.Leon Balogun(Kenneth Omeruo)
    6.Semi Ajayi(Kevin Akpoguma)
    7.Ahmed Musa(Samuel Kalu)
    8.Kelechi Iheanacho
    9.Cyriel Dessers
    10.Alex Iwobi
    11.Chidera Ejuke(Moses Simon)

  • asonaldo 4 years ago

    Well for me, the greatest problem the SE is having is our coach I mean no disrespect. No until GR realizes that football is not played in the air but on the ground we will keep on struggling with possession(Those of us who watched the France vs Portugal match yesterday will understand what am saying) and GR should should start introducing the 4-4-2 formation in some occasion because his lone striker tactics is not paying off at all. Having made my point this is the line up I will like to see against Tunisia since we are still experimenting.

    Matthew Yakubu




    • @asonaldo
      we are playing modern day football, away with ur olden day style of play….

      How many top european teams still uses that ur out-dated 4-4-2 formation again?

      Teams in europe uses (4-3-3), (4-2-3-1), (4-3-2-1), (4-1-4-1); (3-4-3); (3-5-1-1); (3-4-2-1) etc….

      U said ROHR is playing football in the air….
      Imagine the thrash u are spewing…

      Go and check statistics, the number of goals SE are scoring under Rohr.
      When last did u see our boys score goal using their head during play?
      Apart from the goal at afcon scored by OMERUO AND EKONG from corner kick….

      We score our goals through normal play or PK let that sink deep into ur brain….

      U and ur fellow praise singer of ONUACH force that innocent foreigner to task our young lads to float long balls to ur below average striker to see if he could score even one goal but all that effort was futile….

      Go and watch SE goals under ROHR and see the type of goals our boys scores;
      don’t come here and be disgracing ur lineage bikonu….

  • In a 3-5-2 I’ll play
    Akpogunma, balogun, Ajayi/Ekong

    M.Simon, Agu(onyeka), tijani, iwobi, Musa/ejuke

    Iheanacho, dessers/onuachu(sub)

    In a 4-3-3/4-5-1


    Ebuehi/Aina, balogun(Ajayi), akpogunma/omeruo(ekong/awaziem), Collins

    Tijani(Agu), Onyeka, Iwobi

    M.simon(chuzy/kalù), Iheanacho(dessers), Musa(ejuke)

    Those in bracket are Subs

  • Quite frankly, the eagles midfield has been our Achilles heel since Mikel lost form and later retired, we partially forgot that since the emergence of Ariball until he got injured…TIME TO FIX OUR MIDFIELD ASAP…we need ball carriers, good short passers and long range passers….then for our wingers they must practice low and high crosses as well as set pieces…these should and must be the criteria for inviting and remaining a Super Eagle henceforth… If I were to be the coaches one wonders if the assistants can’t suggest these if at all Rohr forgets…
    Our assistan coaches and technical Dept can also make themselves useful with such suggestions rather than eyeing another man’s job

    • @Cuteprince Iwould have to disagree on that bros. If fully fit we have one of the best Midfield in Africa if not the best. Because even in World standards we would rival big teams with these names. Wilfred Ndidi (Best DM in the World), Joe Aribo, Peter Etebo. throw Nwakali and Eze (Godwilling) to that mix and bros that is a Midfield few teams can Rival. So bro fully fit and with out the VO9 pulling out. Algeria would have been singing a different tune today. I can guarantee that.

      my only qualm with Rohr is that he could have done better with what he had. If he had did some Homework….I mean was it not Iheanacho and Iwobi that Destroyed Argentina just a 2yrs ago. so knowing this and Iheanacho in better form now than he was then and with Iwobi’s form why did he not start them together??? this is my Main Problem with Rohr but his Die hard fans will attack us at every opportunity.

      • Inasmuch as I agree that our regulars are world-class we need more quality and cohesion in that department…moreso apart from iwobi and aribo who can control possession I agree that with better for kele nwankali and zubby deserve a look in..
        For eze it’s better to concentrate on those we have than beg any brat…
        Kudos to Rohr though as this team is work in progress

  • You take iwobi out of that mf and you have a bunch of players running around chasing shadows. I would prefer him on the,left as well bcos he has the intelligence to know when to pass, dribble, cross and shoot from there. But there is no cohesion in the mf and if u remove the one player who can do anything in that mf then just forget the game. I agree that azeez should have been called up but I think his inactivity during the beginning of the season contributed to his none invitation.
    I think peter olayinka’s ruggedness can help the attack if he is played from the left (for future games)
    For now, we will have to make do with one of agu or onyema but not both of them. But for the qualifiers in November, Rohr has to look for better options if aribo, ndidi n etebo wont be available.

    • JimmyBall 4 years ago

      @Sportsfan… May God bless your entire household and you five times for mentioning Peter Olayinka. I have been the only one on this forum dropping his name from time to time… It’s not by playing for Man United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich alone you know a good player. When Ejike Uzoenyi was playing for Rangers his all-round skills and ball playing verve was so good that Keshi drafted him to Eagles often starting games. Good player no be by big club alone… Peter Olayinka is not respected despite playing for the biggest club in Czech Republic even though we know Czech is a solid football country. That guy has hustle, precision and work rate lacking in today’s Eagles… If given real chance and not invitation to play 2 – 3 minutes from the 90minute period he will surely send some people starting to bench roles… That guy has been around for a while and some of us believe he is not respected in the way Man United does not respect or think so highly of Jude Odion Ighalo… When you see teamplayer and asset to any team… three touches of the ball and only 15 minutes is enough for such player to leave a good impression.

  • Papafem 4 years ago

    Why can’t this coach field iwobi, Chukwekwueze and either Agu or Ajayi in the midfield? We’ve got a lot of wingers, 5 of them if I’m not mistaken. So, there won’t be an issue replacing Chukwekwueze in that right wing. What killed us against Algeria was lack of creativity. Part of the reason onuachu was isolated in that match. The supply chain was too poor and the gap between our midfield and attack was terrible too. Only Iwobi tried to do something but was overwhelmed by the demand and and the robust approach of the players Algeria played in their own midfield.

    Out wingers too can be very selfish with the ball. Instead of delivering good crosses from the flanks to the opponent’s box, they prefer to dribble their way in, create spaces and shoot at goal. And for am Algerian defence that so packed with bodies, that’s always going to be a big challenge. Reason Kalu and Samu were so ineffective in the match.

    Our wingers and midfielders should always play to the strength of our point men if we wanna win matches. The only player delivering useful crosses into the box and was really handy for the Algerians was Zakdu. No wonder Onuachu almost converted the only meanniinful chance in that match through a cross that came from the Porto man.

    Let’s see that Rohr has got for us in the match the Carthage Eagles.

    • JimmyBall 4 years ago

      @Papafem… You played some level of football before right? Thank you for being soundly objective… Honestly when we used to play for amateur teams back in the days… You are hardly given the no. 10 role if you are not a left footer with solid dribbles in your hat… You can also be considered if you are a good right footer with a decent left foot and generally one with serious skill… That was how we learnt it growing up. Chukwueze to me had at some point played 10 growing up and I believe in a makeshift situation we can try him… even in the course of a game… Sometimes if a formation is not working players can be told to swap roles… Super Eagles is a world brand and we need to start being convincing with our football even though we may loose certain times… Play cohesion and team coordination never hurts the eye.

  • Hahahahahahahahah….

    Internet coaches everywhere….

    Wetin adamu nor go see for get?

    When did Chukwueze started playing 10?

    Una sabi coach wellaaaaa…

    No wonder SE was languishing in 16th position in africa and 70th position in the world under their ex-international and their african quardiola…..

    So this is the kind of mentality they had?

    A player that naturally like playing “space” football u want to bring into the midfield to come and choke himself….

    UNAI has been using him as 8; trying to force him to come in and play but time without number u see CHUKWUEZE hugging the line eg against BARCA….

    So common sense(although it is not common to pple of ur calibar) cannot tell u that the young man always need space to take on his marker?

    I like saying it and i will still say it again;


    • GLORY 4 years ago

      God bless you@ UBFE.

    • Proudly 9ja 4 years ago

      My broda, u talk good but based on what we currently have on ground what would you suggest since we realized from the previous match that the midfielders and wingers were too effective. We are not quarrelling ooo, but how do u know Chukwueze can’t play the 10 role? Against Barca do u know if the coach tasked him to play through the middle but revert to the wing when attacking? Am not privy to Unai Emery’s thinking. The whole idea is to provide something different for teams. I think Chukwueze can serve 9ja better playing even behind a striker as his presence commands 2 defenders thereby dragging them out of their regular position creating space for others to penetrate. He is the closer we have to any player that commands doubling up on. Friendly matches are meant to try different strategies. Again we no dey fight my broda, we all want the best for SE, I will really like your take on the path forward for the team in the match against Tunisia. Please base your thinking on players presently in camp and not the ones that are unavailable due to injury, covid and switching of nationality.

    • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

      Hahahaha…. Peter Olayinka in left midfield, Ola Aina in DM, now Chukwueze in no10….the next thing will be Osimhen in Central defence and Balogun as a support striker ….LMAO. Na so their coaches they play players out of position when dem dey play for highest level.
      Let me not talk again before them will come and tell us they were teammates with Dan Amokachi at ranchers bees. LMAO

      • JimmyBall 4 years ago

        … @DrDrey. You are too loud… You are just an attention seeker. No wonder you have a huge problem with simple sentence comprehension in the English language. You behave like a little silly girl…

        • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

          Hahahahha….Mr.Man face front. Did I call your name..? I am too loud…coming from the mouth of the person who has been trying to hoodwink us on this forum, to thinking he knows football, with moonlight tales.

  • If Eberechi Eze of Crystal Palace of England is not interested in playing for Nigeria, then we still have Kelechi Nwakali of SD Huesca of Spain and Alhassan Yusuf of IFK Goteborg pf Sweden as a fall backs when Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Joe Aribo are not around. Nwakali is definitely the answer to support Alex Iwobi. Against the Desert Foxes of Algeria,it was so glaring that our midfield collapsed . Paul Onuachu was running around on the pitch like a rudderless ship without anyone feeding him with passes. The wingers,Samuel Chukwueze and Samuel Kalu played to the gallery. They were busy entertaining themselves,were so individualistic and did not play for the team.

  • Omo9ja 4 years ago

    My people, you don’t get the message. One tree can not make the forest. It’s not all about Onuachu but the tactics of the gaffer.

    They were calling Osimeh name as if he has been playing for the Super Eagles over the past 3 years. How many games has he, Osimeh played for Nigeria so far?

    He also find it difficult to score when the coach brought him in before now. It’s quite simple, the coach have to change his tactics and let’s call a spade a spade period. Oga still have a lot to do period.

    I will advise the coach to add new things to his plans.

    He should start studying the way each player of his opponents plays and put that info into his plans. He should from the Algerian coach.

    It seems like the coaches of the Super Eagles doesn’t have enough of informations of their oppositions and they relied too much on the qualities of their players to get the job done for them.

    They said Onuachu is to lanky and slow but how about Ighalo? He was over sharp ba?

    Unnecessary excuses every day bla bla bla, please stop the blabbing and let us face the truth of the matter. Hiw many years the coaches in charge of the team have bn with the Super Eagles now? Think about it and digest it. No time to waste time. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Omo9ja 4 years ago

      My people, you don’t get the message. One tree can not make the forest. It’s not all about Onuachu but the tactics of the gaffer.

      They were calling Osimeh name as if he has been playing for the Super Eagles over the past 3 years. How many games has he, Osimeh played for Nigeria so far?

      He also find it difficult to score when the coach brought him in before now. It’s quite simple, the coach have to change his tactics and let’s call a spade a spade period. Oga Rohr still have a lot to do period.

      I will advise the coach to add new things to his plans.

      He should start studying the way each player of his opponents plays and put that info into his plans. He should learn from Algerian coach.

      It seems like the coaches of the Super Eagles doesn’t have enough of informations of their oppositions and they relied too much on the qualities of their players to get the job done for them.

      They said Onuachu is to lanky and slow but how about Ighalo? He was over sharp ba?

      Unnecessary excuses every day bla bla bla, please stop the blabbing and let us face the truth of the matter. How many years the coaches have bn with the Super Eagles now? Think about it and digest it. No time to waste time. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Proudly 9ja 4 years ago

    I will start the game in a 352 formation with the following players for about 50-60 mins
    Yakubu (goalie)

    Although it is a 352 formation but the players will be flexible, we will play 3 defenders, 2 holding midfielders to provide cover for the defence and play 3 attacking midfielders with Iwobi as the anchor and Chukwueze and Ejuke flanking him (note that in this formation chukwueze and ejuke are not traditional wingers but attacking midfielders). Note that all 3 attacking midfielders must be fluid and intetchanging to give the Tunisians different looks. They could switch to Chukwueze being the anchor with Iwobi and Ejuke flanking. I blif all 3 attacking midfielders can comfortably create thru dia dribbling skills and ball movement. The coach should instruct them to not spend too much time on the ball, dribble with purpose to create opening, move the ball quickly, shoot when the opportunity presents itself and not always try to thread the needle for a perfect pass, by shooting more some balls may ricochet off another player and get it (fir ex Mounts goal against belgium).

    I picked Onyeka and Tijani as they are young, strong, energetic and with proper coaching by the coach they can do the job well and to me they are better than Semi and Agu.

    Iheanacho as the support striker with Desser gives us a threat both in set pieces and goal scoring too.

    To ensure everyone gets some playing time I will in the 2nd half revert back to 442 with the following players depending on the scoreline after 50 mins.

    Omeruo for Balogun, Collins for Chukwueze, Aina for Awaziem, Musa for Iheanacho, Alampasu for Yakubu,


    Since Iwobi tends to fizzle out around the 60-75 mins, I may bring in Simon for him and revert to our traditional wing play.

    It is my take, glad am not the coach tho, since satisfying SE fans is a herculean task lol.

  • It is now that I notice why most naija coaches don’t perform well…
    See names everywhere..lol!
    One person once mentioned Amoo from Under 17, Later Nwakali, Now Olayinka, some even want tijani to be starting games lol! Chukwueze should be playing 10 oh my God! All these players against Debryne, Pogba, Kante, Rabbiot, Modric, Kroos of this world and all these Internet coaches will still be dreaming semi final slot at the world Cup..Chaii.
    I’ll advice we leave Rohr to do his job and leave if he underperform. Its becoming embarrassing.

    • Proudly 9ja 4 years ago

      My broda, how old is Phil Foden, Ansu Fati, Saka, Joao Felix etc, are they that older than Amoo? If our league and system were comparable to England, Soain, France, Germany in terms of operation and finance, Amoo may be playing in the league. Just curious my broda, why can’t he play for the SE? Didnt he play along side Tijani at the u17 that is playing for SE at the moment? We are begging Eze to play for a whole SE but he elected to go play for England u21, do u honestly think if Amoo was English and doing well he may not be playing in the premier league, thesame way i can not say for sure neither can you. someone that went straight to the senior team at his club after only a few months of training with them. If the coach is brave enough to try the guy in FRIENDLY games, dont you think it will help his confidence robbing shoulders with the main SE players.

      You also mentioned why should Tijani be starting? Please be honest, of all the 3 DMs presently with the team in Austria (not the ones missing due to covid, injuries, etc) who would you my broda pick (Semi, Onyeka, Agu or Tijani). I would pick Tijani and onyeka from dat list anyday if from match against Algeria is anything to go by.

      As regards Chukwueze, other than Iwobi who else is as comfortable with the ball as Chukwueze? I personally see no one there. He can pass, shoot, dribble, score etc, aren’t those the attributes of a #10. The whole idea is suggesting something different so we are not always too predictable. If chukwueze plays the AM role, if he gets fouled it would be in a better position than at the wing where you would always try to weep the ball in the box for someone to head. But if playing through the middle and get fouled close to the box, someone like Iheanacho who is relatively good at set piece may score. Also, if u play chukwueze from the wing, if I am a defender, i will force him right as his right foot is his weaker foot. Also i will force him wide to concede throwing or corner so my team can reset. I would rather foul him on the wing than in the middle if I were the opposition. That’s just my take.

      • Age and maturity are two different thing my brother.
        Foden – Man city
        Saka – Arsenal
        Fati – Barcelona
        Felix – Atletico Madrid
        Amoo – ?
        Those payers you mentioned@Proudly naija, you can easily mention at least 5 of their team mates in their various clubs, the ones they learn from or compete with, from which u will name Messi(world best), Suarez, Diego Costa, Aguero, Aubameyang and lacazette, C Ronaldo, Bernardo and David Silva, Basquet etc.pls..can you name two or at least one from Hernnaby? May be you don’t know that people you play with matters.
        And at list I gave my own advice to leave Rohr to pick his players and if found those players worthy then so be it.
        What’s yours?

        • Proudly 9ja 4 years ago

          Sean you have spoken well and I have to give u kudos for your analysis but I have to say if someone like Amoo got the kind of football and academic training those players I mentioned got and are still getting we wont be calling for his rapid inclusion to the SE but the reality is bcos he is from a system that is not functioning. For someone of that age to secure 1st team place in a country he can speak the language. My broda u have to give it to both him and Tijani. Abi u go compare England to 9ja for system wen dey work? He and I say plenty of talented footballers who could be doing big things are just victims of circumstances not lack of talent and hunger.

          • Proudly 9ja 4 years ago

            Also, if you had seen my earlier post I had given my own little contribution which I doubt the coach will read anyway. I do appreciate your input as it’s for the betterment of the SE.

        • @Sean you are finally seeing the light Kudos to you on that one Bros!!! a huge thumbs up. Which is why I was gutted we lost Saka and, I am still praying out loud that we don’t Lose another. I will continue to pray until the day he plays his first game for England which I pray doesn’t happen. I am talking about non other than Eberechi Eze. for some reason I really hope he makes a U Turn on his reasoning.

  • Inasmuch as I agree that our regulars are world-class we need more quality and cohesion in that department…moreso apart from iwobi and aribo who can control possession I agree that with better form kele nwankali and zubby deserve a look in..
    For eze it’s better to concentrate on those we have than beg any brat…
    Kudos to Rohr though as this team is work in progress

    •  By the way this Lazio boy Bobby Adekanye needs a look in as well as the experience onanz8 if fit should he regain form

  • De Star 4 years ago

    @Larry , your brilliant analysis are always on point , @ JimmyBall well said .

    @Omo9ja God bless you for pointing out too much crying over absence of  Osimeh as if Osimeh had been Rasheed Yekini of the Super eagles for some years . The truth and basic fact is the team would have still failed if the same tactics was adopted by Rohr even if Osimeh were to be in the team . We were completely overwhelmed with Algeria goalkeeper factually on holiday ; Algeria  coach is just proving his superiority over eagles again for the second time and I hope we will overcome Algeria invincibility when next we meet again so as not to have physiological effect on our team . 

    I am happy with the performance of the goalkeeper, this is the first time I really see any positive efforts in that direction as Rohr has been too rigidly relying on less reliable and underperforming same  3 set of goalkeepers in the past .

    I don’t expect Tunisia to give us much problems especially now that the eagles will be in a killer mood 

    • @De Star respect your Star Player, and the fact that we have a player of this Calibre now leading the line, Be very careful when you talk about VO9. And NO WHO ARE COMPLETELY WRONG IF OSIMHEN WAS THERE, ALGERIA WOULD HAVE PICKED THE BALL OUT OF THE NET AT LEAST 3 TIMES. IF Osimhen is not that good the NAPOLI WOuld not Fork out so much for him, I haven’t seen Any Club in Europe fork out so much for a Nigerian player in my Life time. and the fact that god has blessed us we a talent like VO( I think we should be grateful and not Drag his name through the Mud like a bunch of Ungrateful kids.

      If Victor was there He would have broken the Algerian defence line which Paul failed to do with 2 or 3 opportunites he had in that game.

      Let us Respect our Most Expensive player in our Life time not Run his name in the Mud this Boy has put Nigerian Players on the Map again in a big way which the likes of Drogba and Eto took away from us for so long

      My People respect urselves please

    • @De Star respect your Star Player, and the fact that we have a player of this Calibre now leading the line, Be very careful when you talk about VO9. And NO YOU ARE COMPLETELY WRONG IN YOUR ANALASIS ON IF OSIMHEN WAS THERE HE WOULDN”T HAVE PERFORMED BETTER THAT ONUACHU.

      IF OSIMHEN WAS THERE, ALGERIA WOULD HAVE PICKED THE BALL OUT OF THE NET AT LEAST 3 TIMES. IF Osimhen is not that good then NAPOLI Would not Fork out so much for him, I haven’t seen Any Club in Europe fork out that much for any Nigerian player in my Life time and, the fact that God has blessed us we a talent like VO9 I think we should be grateful and not Drag his name through the Mud like a bunch of Ungrateful kids.

      If Victor was there He would have broken the Algerian defence line many times. which Paul failed to do with 2 or 3 opportunities he had in that game. I will give you just 1 example out of many A proof of Osimhen Special abilities as compared Onuachu and even Simy is his Unbelievable speed for his height Some thing that would definitely have split that Algerian defence. If you don’t believe me pay more attention to his career and watch his games

      Let us Respect our Most Expensive player in our Life time not Run his name in the Mud this Boy has put Nigerian Players on the Map again in a big way which the likes of Drogba and Eto took away from us for so long

      My People respect yourselves please

    • Victor Osimhen Vs Lesotho | 2 Goals & Assists MOTM | 17/11/19

      @De Star Have you seen Onuachu move like this???

    • Joe Aribo Vs Brazil | MOTM Performance |13/10/19

      Please Nigerians we missed not just Key Players but Game Changers. Let us not forget that. Please people understand Levels

      And Oh @De Star Onuachu can’t make Napoli’s First team not if he is playing at the level he showed on Friday. FACTS!!!!!

  • Larry 4 years ago

    @De-star, what else do you expect. At this point we can only manage their world class GR. Imagine, the Algerian coach has only been less than 3yrs on the job and he has been able to develop a team structure, mastermind suitable tactics and instill winning mentality on his players. I’m not sure if he has lost a match since he got hired. World class GR has been on the team for about five years, and he is yet to explore the special gifts of Nigerian players in terms of speed, attacking flair and strength to develop suitable tactics. A good technical bench will play to the strength of his team while exploring the weakness of his opponents.
    I can’t imagine SE being dominated by algeria in that manner. Some might say, it was because SE missed regular players forgeting that the algerians were in similar situation.
    Once again, Belmadi demonstrated his technical superiority over world class GR.
    You can’t give what you don’t have, I hope Pinnick has registered GR for technical courses on latest soccer techniques because he needs one.
    Enough of these archaic tactics!!

    • Omo9ja 4 years ago

      Well said @Larry. I don’t need to talk anymore. You said everything so well.

      I won’t be deceived and brainwashed by coach Rohr, his fans and NFF. Less than five years Algeria won Afcon trophy under Belmadi and they keep pushing in every match they have played so far.

      Ask our people, they will tell you our world class coach is doing a great job and we are about to see wonders. The time will tell. God bless Nigeria!!!

      • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

        Algeria was not in 16th postion in Africa and 70th position in the world when Belmadi took over….they had not missed 3 out of 4 AFCONs before his appointment. LMAO.

        Taking over the construction of a building after it has been roofed is not comparable to taking over construction after it was demolished.

  • mutum 4 years ago

    if u no good,u no good! Nigeria can’t play soccer anymore.Rohr has no tactical brilliance to lead us. #sackrohr.coach wen no d lack words for mouth

  • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

    If the thing too pain una go and bring your world class Pep, Klopp, Ancelotti, Maurinho or better still one of y’all can apply for a coaching position in the SuperEagles. At least someone finally agree that there’s progress in the goalkeeping department. Belmadi did not take over an Algerian team that failed to qualify for two consecutive AFCONS. As at 2017 Algeria were the number one ranked team in Africa not 16th. They had Mahrez, Brahmini, Bensaibani, Mandi, Benrahma and a host of their first team players against us on Friday. While we have about 4 or 5 debutants against the African champions and you guys are expecting victory at all cost???? This is an Algerian team that recently defeated Colombia 3-0. We already know una type always looking for a way to fault the innocent gaffer at every slightest of opportunity. If a player is not invited they will cry if the player is invited and flopped every blame goes to the coach. I’m surprised none of you is putting any blame on Yobo abi Shebi una support his appointment. What is the job of an assistant coach?? If we had won against Algeria they will say it is because of Yobo who knows all the players inside out. Lmao!! Confused fans everywhere. 

    • debest 4 years ago

      Good observtion, besides friendly matches are meant to try out new players, strategies and formation. It’s better to lose a friendly match trying out players than lose a competitive match. Sadly, Nigerians are impatient and expect instant results. We hype players based on a 5mins Youtube clip and demand they be invited. One unlucky or bad game for the Eagles, we quickly condemn them and start reeling out more names for the manager to try out. Take it or leave it, our present manager has given opportunities to more players than any manager we ever had but there is so much he can invite at any particular time. He already has his core players and all he uses these friendlies for is to strengthen certain areas of the team. Goalkeeping and offensive midfield are areas we need strengthening but sadly, there aren’t many Nigerian (if any yet to be invited) players in those positions in any part of the world. I’ve heard Ovie Ejaria’s name crop up a few times but i’m not convinced he is the answer. Skilful, yes but there are lot of areas he needs to improve on as a midfielder. His Tackling, defending and shooting are just not quite up to scratch yet he is a world beater on Youtube. As for poor Paul Onuachu, he is a good player that brings something different to the team. To start with, there is a reason why he gets more game time as well as score more goals than the Dresser a lot of us are clamouring for in Genk. The few games he’s featured for the Eagles are games that unfortunately hasn’t seen him being used to good effect. Aerially, he is by far the best we have, ditto his shooting…but in a team with wingers who aren’t supplying the crosses, how does he thrive? I believe our national team is in a better place as we now have a large pool of players to choose from. The real issue is we are unfortunate to be in an era where a good goalkeeper / a natural No.10 is hard to find to provide the right balance hence we have to make do with makeshift covers. If only we had a quarter of the options of full backs and wingers we have in these two positions.

  • Collins id 4 years ago

    I have to say thank you to fellow forumites for your comments over eagles lost to algeria. I have been consoling my self with ur defferent views. Its very difficult to bare eagles lost even though its friendly match, i have watch the match three times before i could rate our various reprensentatives.
    First of all we where not dominated by algerians. Infact we reached their yard more than they reached ours, both teams share equal possesion.
    Starting from our deffence i think they did very well and had an almost perfect game, apart from the cornerkick that led to goal, algerians was well pocketed by our back four therefor i loud those guys and the coach for a good deffensive job, Ekong didnt deserve critisizm at all, he may not be in the very top form but did perfectly well too.

    In the midfield i have to single out ajayi for praises mehn that guy tried he was not exact ndidi but he didnt do errors and was always there for tackles and interceptions, As a defender unexpetedly standing in for our absenty against africa champions is what aplouding, instead of baseless critisizm, i will not write off onyeka yet bcos the guy was played out of position maybe as a dm will be better, iwobi was excelent as usual, agu came in and surprised me i think that guy is improving in both tackling and distributing of the ball.

    Attack is where i am a bit disapointed at the coaching crew, nomatter how much goals a striker score in is club i think a coach should know his type of players wether goals or not striking is not all about scoring, we have seen coaches giving out good strikers just becos he doesnt fit in, for example ibrahimovic or drogba can never fit in guadiola stile, forlan was not alex fergosen type despite how good he was, even falcao and salah are not chelsea types of a stricker. for example we see batshayi scoring for belgium against ivorians despite he is not in club form, rohr mistake was falling for unuacho club goals temptation. The guy is not equal to the eagles task.
    I am sorry iheanacho have no place in this eagles unless he is contending for the wing position but as a striker i rather invite okpotu from tunisia ahead of this tired unmotivated non improvement iheanacho! For the wingers i think they where pocketed by defenders just as we pocket their own(mahrez) too. therefor do me i do you no problem, however i expected both wingers to swap at some point of the game, it has happened to roben and ribery in most cases where they are been pocketed by deffenders they sometimes swap and goals do comes from such ideas. As for top 9 position i will advice rohr to work on osimen sadiq olayinka dessers and maja. Why becos this guys have the footwork and body movement of a real naija striker. They can play, cross, dribble, and shoot too. Unuocho and iheanacho to all i have seen canever work for eagles. Moses simon and musa should start preparing for permanent vacations, we are tired of average players(moses simon to be presise) if ajagun, sly igboun simon nwakwo can be over looked what is moses simon still doing there after 5 years nothing to recall of him, musa’s case is quite understand able despite he still have to make way.
    Ejuke and dessers should be giving a chance in tunisia game.
    I am still hopfull that we can win the nest afcon. And if rohr want to stick to 433 formation here are my afcon favorites starters.
    Aina ekong balogun and zaidu will be perfect deffence

    Ndidi aribo and ejiara will be a great midfield.

    Chukueze osimehn iwobi is best to front our attack.
    The rest should start from the bench, God bless Naijizi

    • Dr. Drey. 4 years ago

      When people watch matches with hatred in mind and a prayer that the team should lose, they will never see anything positive. @Collinsid, your observations are apt…hundred percent. Let those who want to rant continue to rant…..it is their Christmas time….LMAO. Occasions like these when the SE lose a match doesn’t come often. Take away the goal and every neutral will see a very balanced game in spite of our patched-up midfield and our attack that refused to click. We neutralized Algeria (in a way few countries can boast of of recent) and they neutralized us too even though we lost the midfield battle for very obvious reasons. All Algeria had throughout that game were at best half-chances, no real breach of our lines throughout. Granted we got quite a number of things wrong, but the fact that we had this opportunities to see the imperfections was a huge bonus, together with the other positives.
      But like I said earlier, It is their Christmas time….Occasions like these when the SE lose a match doesn’t come often. When the Eagles win tomorrow, they will come back here bragging it was their support and suggestions that made the team win….then you will begin to wonder where their support and suggestions were when their heroes took us down to no 16 on this continent…LMAO

      • Igbekun Abo 4 years ago

        Sense no go kill una Dr. Drey and Collins id. Nice one.

      • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

        Dr Drey. I will add that occasions like these when the SuperEagles lose a match under Gernot Rohr doesn’t come often. Lmao!!! Don’t mind them let the SuperEagles win tomorrow they will come out bragging that it was Yobo’s technical input that change the dynamics of the team. Lmao!! At one cynical point omo9ja will say “congratulations to oga Rohr and oga Rohr fans for a job well done” then again he will say “why do we have foreign players in the SuperEagles” when we lose. As if those foreign players are not Nigerians or have Nigerian heritage.

        A typical sign of stereotypical tribalism and racism that has raised its ugly head time and again in every human endeavors. That’s why the country herself has become what it is today. One of the foreign players is the goalkeeper that all of them are now praising as a significant progress made by the coach. When he first invited Maduka to the National team they were quick to condemn the decision at the time that why should he invite a goalkeeper from the German fourth division??? Blah blah blah. Now all of sudden it has become a significant achievement of Medal of Honor for the coach. Lmao!!

        We appreciate our world class GR like that he already knows his team. The purpose of a friendly match is to test players and formations to see who can fit in to his team not necessarily winning at all cost. Irrespective of the results the positives so far is a significant achievement for the team going forward. 

        • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

          Hahahaha…when the team is on a streak, they dont see progress…..when the team looses a friendly match with an experimental side by a scrambled goal against the African champions, do you expect them to see progress….? Knowing fully well we might not lose again for another one year plus…LMAO

      • Goal ⚽️ 4 years ago

        Your own is only to see the positives while neglecting the obvious weaknesses which the coach might not be aware of.

        If the coach is aware that onuachu can’t fit his style why invite him?

        You expect every body to act like you pretending that all is well but sorry to disappoint you, political correctness is not acceptable when it comes to Super Eagles.

        By the way @Collins Id  didn’t act like you he mentioned the positives which he observed while mentioning the coach faults too but we haven’t seen you do the same.

  • Larry 4 years ago

    The main point here is how the Algerian team got transformed from a team that could not win their home matches easily to the champion of the continent is a big lesson to our administrators. Considering the fact that SE defeated same team in 2017, we lost to them in 2018 and now..
    Within three years, Belmadi was able develop the right tactics that work for algeians and infused latest techniques into it.
    I have no doubts that GR wants to achieve the best but its just that he doesn’t have what it takes to advance beyond what he’s done in the past.
    For SE to progress, something must change within the technical crew. Its either current technical crew changes their tactics and mentality or they get disgraced.

  • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

    But you also fail to see the point of how the SuperEagles from a team that failed to qualify for the AFCON back to back. Ranked 16th in Africa at the time was able to beat this same Algeria team ranked number one in Africa within a shot period that GR took charge of the team to qualify for the WorldCup that everyone including you never expected us to qualify for at the time. If you feel GR doesn’t have anything new to add to the team good for you. Then you have to wait till after the 2022 AFCON and WorldCup to see something new. Lmao!! By the way in which match did we lose to Algeria in 2018?? Abi you think say na omo9ja you dey follow debate?? 

  • @collins I.d thanks bro I thought I was the only one that saw that agu didn’t do badly when he was brought on…our journalist and fans dey watch the back of their tv during matches
    Please cut these guys some slack

    • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

      Hatred beclouds ones sense of judgment. When people watch a match with hatred, they are bound to see nothing but negatives. A man who is hated would be accused of raising dust even if he falls is a pool of water.

  • KangA 4 years ago

    Most of our problems stem from the fact that we have forgotten traditional legends (folktales).
    Q: What did the cat say to the dog while they were playing in the yard?
    A: Everyone must learn to fall while we are playing.

    Q: Why does the cat lose some mice?
    A: The cat just wanted to test the strength of his legs for a bigger contest. Unfortunately, one or two mice escape in the process.

    Obviously, those who neglect or are unaware of these powerful character-building stories have unrealistic expectations for the SE . . . win all matches! When do they test the strength of their feet like the wise cat?

    • Mr Hush 4 years ago

      I think there is a rhetoric going on that I think should be addressed.
      I feel many on here criticising the tactical ability of Rohr are doing that from a place of honesty, openness and support. Honest criticism is always allowed if such is for our growth and would produce a positive impact in the future.
      Every coach ( even great ones) at a given time have been criticised based on what is given in the field of play in accordance to a match played;most times it has nothing to do with the character of the coach and definitely not out of hate.
      So it is inevitable that coach Rohr would be criticised based on his tactical play which many feels needs to be worked on in other to improve. I think they are in their place to do such cause we all have different perceptions as it relates to how we see the game played.
      We should remember,even Nigerian legends like Amodu was criticised and Keshi was criticised for his tactical imbalance in the match against Guinea at his last Afcon as coach , such criticism spurned him on to make definite changes and we all saw the results,we won the Afcon!
      I do understand their are those out their that don’t really like Rohr and would never accept him no matter the results(even positive ones) but that’s their cup of tea and they are entitled to that;it changes nothing.
      But it is misplaced rebuttal for those who genuinely supports the coach and the national team and criticised them constructively when needs be, not for being hypocritical but for genuine support and positivism.
      I ,like many others,do support Rohr,appreciate his effortery but would always be objective and critical when needs be as it relates to per game basis. We all want the Super Eagles soaring high, there is nothing wrong in that. Even when you write a continuous assessment test, you want to pass ;and as such you would be assessed by what you put down.
      We expect contunuous improvement from the Rohr led Eagles, they have our continuous support and confidence but we would never hold back to give critical assessments and solutions when needs arises.
      That said, we hope to see a good outing against Tunisia.

      • @Hush bro, agreed that there are genuine concern by patriots but attributing players failing to show up or not playing to the instructions of the coach on match days to a coach e.g our wingers playing to the gallery (Rohr in this case) is unjust and uncalled for… Acknowledgement to the constant adage of my comrade @dr drey… An hated man will still be accused of raising dust even when he falls into a pool of water…
        Constructive criticism are always welcome ditto your reference of 2013 afcon with keshi at the helm

        • Mr Hush 4 years ago

          Thanks for the response.

          But it seems you misread my meaning..
          I am never one for bias.
          There is nothing fair in the football world. Nothing is given, every is earned.

          We all know,the bunch always stops at the coach’s table; unjust or not. Every coach knows that. A coach is as good as his last game.it is a dog eat dog world out there.
          If a player doesn’t turn up on the day,it is up to the coach to turn up tactically, that’s your job as a coach.
          If a player isn’t doing justice on the field of play,it is up to the coach to do right by himself and take him out. And if nothing works, at the end ,we all know who would take the bunch of the criticism.obviously, the head of the team. The Coach! Unjust but true.
          A player is at the whim of the coach and the coach at the peril of his plan. There would be criticism accordingly.
          But putting all the blame on the players and letting the coach out of the hook is a no no by all standards as it relates to the game. We all know this.

          Never the less, as I have always pointed out and like I addressed in my earlier write up, I would emphasise again; been critical of the coach is not in any way been against the coach,it is just assessing my point of view as it relates to the match played and where there is need to be improvement. Player or coach, coming from a loss,there must be enough seen to be critical about. As much as there are positives drawn,it would be foolhardy to just say all is rosy and say nothing about some technical flaws of a coach and
          team that I support.

          I respect where you are coming from but I expect your fair assessment and constructive criticism whenever necessary if we really want to build a team that would be much more successful. It is always needed.

  • I totally agree with you my brother….just to clear the air I know very well you ain’t one with bias analysis on this forum…I was actually referring to those who just criticise for the sake of it….and for the coach to leave underperforming players on the pitch to the detriment of the game plan is actually inexcusable….thanks bro and God bless us all and Happy viewing for the match later on

    • Mr Hush 4 years ago

      Greetings@Cute prince.

      Happy viewing.
      At the end, hopefully,we celebrate together..

  • Let me not even Talk about Ndidi but the only reason Ndidi is Still at Leicester City is because Brendon Rodgers has made it clear that he will even Sell James Maddison and Jamie Vardy and Even Yuri Telemans before he Sells Ndidi. Ndidi is one player that is not for sale..

    Did you guys also Know that Thomas Partey is a player Arsenal settled for because they could not get Wilfred Ndidi..FACTS!.

    Let us appreciate that if these 3 boys where there as well as Peter Etebo Algeria game would have had another tale.

    Nigeria where missing 4 key players. Make I ask Una, if Mahrez was not there do you think that Algeria would have won??

    My Point is Key players are important for any team and Nigeria were missing 4 Key players and 3 Game Changers. oh mind you Mahrez is a game changer too. I mean a whole Leicester City in top 5 of England’s Top tier struggles if Ndidi is not there what other proof do you guys need of this Guys calibre????????????????

  • Some More Fun Facts in my crusade to make my People Undertsand the calibre of players we have in our team and the depth we missed on Friday 9th October 2020 against Algeria.

    How important of Wilfred Ndidi? If no Ndidi in the squad

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