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Rohr To Retain Mikel, Play Three Centre-Backs Vs Iceland

Rohr To Retain Mikel, Play Three Centre-Backs Vs Iceland

By Johnny Edward:
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is set to ring changes to his starting line’up and formation ahead of his side’s crucial game against Iceland at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup in Volgograd on Friday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Rohr, who admits his side are under pressure to make the Nigerian fans back home proud, will deploy a three-man defence against Iceland in a bid to record his first win at the tournament.
John Ogu and Kenneth Omeruo are the likely options for the left side of the three-man central defence.
The German will also stick with his captain Mikel Obi in midfield for the crucial game but it remains to be seen if Odion Ighalo will keep his place in attack. Ighalo has failed to score in his last seven Super Eagles games.
“There was Etebo playing No.6 doing very well and there was also Wilfred Ndidi doing very well playing No.6,” Rohr said in a media conference on Wednesday in Essentuki.
“Perharps he (Jose Mourinho) wants us to play with three No.6 and that is problemic. All the games we have played in the last two years since i arrived in Nigeria Obi Mikel has played in the offensive role giving decisive passes. Remember against Cameroon which we won 4-0. It was the same organisation.
“If we had played Mikel as a No. 6 and a wrong N0.10 you will ask why we decided to change his (Mikel’s) role now,” Rohr said reacting to Mourinho’s comment about Mikel being wrongly deployed in an offensive position.
“Nine out of the 11 players in the starting line-up against Croatia played their first World Cup match. Of course, nerves played a role there. But we worked on our set-pieces – both the offensive and the defensive ones. We know that we need to improve them.”
Nigeria currently occupy bottom place in Group D, with Iceland joint’second with Argentina whom they face in Volgograd on Friday.
Group D standings
Croatia 3 points
Iceland 1 point
Argentina 1 point
Nigeria 0 point
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  • Whatever mr coach, all we r saying is, give us a win, u r the coach and u r the one in best position to know what position to play ur player as thats what u r paid for, good or bad ,u r responsible, dnt let nigeria pressure u beyond necessary, as full concentration is needed in this very important match. God bless nigeria.

  • I pray and hope God will give you victory so that you can shame all ur critics. All the very best to u.

  • WE will beat Iceland and loose to Argentina and crash out.
    We lost our easiest game without a fight.

    • Waffiboy 3 years ago

      Easiest game lol?

    • Easiest? Croatia no be moimoi ooo

    • Easiest game? You call a game where we lost 0-2 to defensive errors to a side that beat last world cup finalists- Argentina who happen to have the World’s best player along with other world class players…..with 2 world class goals and one defensive error easy?
      Brother, update abeg. If anything, Croatia proved that the Nigerian team should qualify behind them..if they focus.

  • mr rhor ,you suppose to know the difference between wright and left is your work , give us Victory .if you loose this is again you’re going to be sacked. we suppose not to loose first match your wrong formation caused it.God will help you

  • Presh 3 years ago

    Rohr please stick to whatever game plan you think it’s best,don’t listen to fans about 3-5-2 formation. Those same fans we come to hunt you again. I wish the super eagles all the best.

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 years ago

    The way l see Iceland play may be too difficult for the Super Eagle to handle. They beat England in European Cup quarter final and knocked out Holland to come to Russia. Just pray that our back wall stands strong to withstand their pace which they do by three or four players at the same time. Good Luck to Nigeria.

  • steven okocha 3 years ago

    if the coach likes,let him play mikel as a goal keeper and play uzoho as a mid fielder.all nigerians wants is victory.

  • Oruona 3 years ago

    Mr Rohr talks and try to explain too much!. All Nigeria need is victory!!!. why is he so bothered with side talks?. S E, we are still behind you and with God, you can do it!

  • stola 3 years ago

    Welldone my coach, mourinho should not be the one to decide Nigeria formation. He hasn’t played football in any stage. If Mikel was indeed good no while did he goes for matic ahead of Mikel, and almost relegated though, all thanks to Mr Hindink who helped brought Mikel back to revived Chelsea from collapsing totally. Madrid of today with Ronaldo win difficultly under Jose and even benched modrid for that matter, loaned Casemiro out of the squad now won Uefa leaque three times in a rolls. same on mourinho, with all his extravagant speeding he is clueless with man united, it’s a pity Jose, united will definitely sack you this season mark my words

  • Play like Senegalese let see how it goes

  • Lewis 3 years ago

    Rohr..stop experimenting, this is the world cup. Its a shame u still don’t know ur first team a week after the worldcup started. U caused this whole thing by not trying enough players during friendlies..u decided to stick with a few players. Etebo for instance didn’t play any of the friendlies with u.
    U only brought him, after onazi and jeol obi fumbled, it was a huge gamble on ur part. But thank God he performed

    Friendlies are meant for experimenting and solidifying formation..u refused to take risk with ur friendlies…now u want to experiment and take huge risk at the world cup
    At over 60 u could pass for an experienced coach..but I make bold to say even a student just out of coaching school wouldn’t make some of the mistakes u just made.
    Wish u all the best

    Would be surprised if eagles score a goal at this world cup

  • ako amadi 3 years ago

    Too much analysis, too many strategic options, too many excuses! All that counts now is to win against Iceland. A general does not win battles by sitting in the staff headquarters talking. The army has to go out there and fight

  • Bestsports. 3 years ago

    Oga German Rohr seems to talk a little too much! Rohr and his carefully selected boy have fumbled the winnable Croatia game and they are still pessimistic! Keshi took with him about 9 players including Ramon Azeez to last WORLD CUP 2014 and after they concentrated more about sharing finish then those 9 players vanish into thin air! Abnormal NIGERIA! Nigeria are experts in wanting short cut success without planning or working for it based on transitioning star youth teamers to the higher national team camp! We are begging half oyibo boys to pls play football for nigeria mother land. Bizarre Embarrassing philosophy! Ex international are never allowed to become NFF PRESIDENT like okocha and kanu to atleast bring experience and expertise football management. Football is Nigeria source of joy so we all must contribute to the development of all national team. Spain quickly drafted hierro to steady their ship and he is doing fine without chop changing first eleven or the Spanish stars PLAYERS. After almost two YEARs our Rohr isn’t settled with a properly thrilled first eleven starters and substitute? Embarrassment! Let us stay positive let them play the final must win two games which in all sincerity i find it difficult to see my dear nigeria qualify. In football you cannot offer what you don’t have! The team has resulted to miracle prayers as if other team worship satan? Hmmm they are more serious period!
    Pls continue reading my open LETTER.

    Last chance tournament in national team for IGHALO, SHEHU, ONAZI TB JOSHUA, ELDESON EJIEJILE, MIKEL OBI, JOEL OBI, AKPEYI. They should know it and fucking take down Iceland and Argentina or history will remember them all brutally negative! If they fail to qualify trust naija system or subsequent coaches to kick them out! Siasia should be told to be warming up by now ready to officially complete legit normal procedure and transition to COACH Nigeria. Unfortunately amaju PINNICH will be remembered as worst president in failure EVER! All BOARD and committee members and staff of NFF who are clueless will be dumbed and kicked out for GOOD! COACH Rohr should be told he is an old man coach now, so last chance to make history! Go and blow away Iceland and qualify by all means necessary! Nigeria are not in Russia to fashion out but we are there for football business! Not to say MY YOUNG TEAM EXCUSE! If they fail? Nigeria will ring massive changes! Ok pls back to open letter again.

    Please German coach rohr, before its finally too late for nigeria and before the USUAL phrase of ‘MY YOUNG TEAM EXCUSE OR GOING BACK TO DRAWING BOARD OR WE WILL LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES EXPLANATIONS. pls listen! Nigeria, if at all must loss matches which is sometimes normal, we want to loss playing sexy and attacking football with spirited efforts by the whole TEAM. From time immemorial Nigeria strong point is the attack so we must utilize that options by making sure they score goals. If we must loss, we want to loss 5-3 or 5-4 against Nigeria, like siasia teams to all tournaments impromptu. Coach rohr, our defence are usually no nonsense type of selected players like OKECHUKWU AND taribo west. Not your new found soft belle oyibo breed amateurs defenders even idowu included. Coach rohr please mikel obi is well established number 6 defensive midfielder and not the by force number 10 attacking midfielder! Coach Rohr please iwobi is a brought up number 10 midfielder and rarely also perform as a winger! Coach rohr please ighalo goal drought in super Eagles is alarmingly embarrassing and a disastrous goals return and so the world cup proper isn’t a place to have easy better good luck! Coach Rohr please iheanacho goals ratio for nigeria is LEGENDARY dating back from youth teams. Ighalo from youth team goals ratio are a calamitous record! Coach Rohr please Ahmed musa hardly even gets the business done because inconsistency and the thought of two pretty wives at a young age are his irresponsible greatest undoing. Imagine the bad luck wishes from a legitimate abandoned first wife because he decided to be husband to multiple women and expect soaring career to flourish? Common sense! Musa is not dependable! Hmmm coach Rohr please a certain Samuel kalu of Gent could have replaced simon and then Nigeria retains that speed and skill but your so called scouts went blind. Your scout missed the transition of the nwakalis BROTHERS and Nigeria now lack CREATIVITY. Ok to amaju PINNICH, please remember Nigeria have failed to qualify for two nations cup under your watch and another disastrous consequences world cup? Your job amaju is on the line truth by told. Let nobody say YOUNG team again because we left experience ideye and efe Ambrose at home. Experience Players still on form. Even Ejide nko? Where are kenneth omerue defence partner at u17 level by name gbenga AROKOYO presently in Sweden? That guy was bloody good, Rabiu ibrahim nko our supposed new okocha!, and a couple of others talented Nigeria youthster who specially proved themselves BUT many are obviously in obscure countries and leagues because of Evil greedy Agents. Where are NFF advisory committee set up to guard our future stars? Hmmm coach Rohr please those proven YOUNGSTERS could be fished out and get them fit and they will play better football. No transition for musa MOHAMMED, usman Mohammed, nwakali two creative directors; sadik USMAN last Olympic top goalscorer for us, ezekiel on loan to las palmas, sokori, ajayi, where is micheal babatunde very impressive at 2014 WORLD cup, dele Ajiboye should have been Nigeria number 1 by now based on transition and even alampasu! Where is sunday mba! Revelation under keshi nations cup triumph, these and many more special proven youth players. Fish them out and train and oil their engine again and they will kick and take tackles for Nigeria! Because talent na talent. Talent doesn’t die since they are still young. Mix THEM up with our present Ajebutter squard?of course they can do destruction. Uzoho was upgraded and trained and his engine well oiled. Today Uzoho is number 1. Others can be fish out AND have their talents trained, oiled up and they are good to kill opponents. Amaju PINNICH over to you. to everyone Good luck against ICELAND. Thanks everyone for reading. We love Nigeria football of course. So we must contribute by writing!

  • Is it his fault that some members of the first 11 he trusted..like shehu ighalo and onazi…failed woefully??
    If he stuck with them and lost….you will say that he did not change underperforming players…. Nawa for Nigerians sha

  • I know if my team win today every body in nigeria wil be happy.apc and pdp wil members wil take pepper soup together with cold beer.

  • Sagir usman 3 years ago

    We wish Nigeria, will score more goals against Iceland.still we support our country, for glory.Thank

  • I agree with 3-5-2 but this is my proposal.


    Etebo and Moses play a similar fast paced intelligent game, Iwobi is a much quicker version of Mikel and is as intelligent as Mikel. Iheanacho is like Maggi, he mixes and networks well with all the attackers so he will be a great feeder.

    -Play a mass attack, mass defence together with Musa and Moses already ready to run together in line with the ball on counter.
    -Make sure the boys do not allow opponent possession for more than one minute so man to man marking is important. And force opponents to push the ball out.
    -Make use of playing to advantage space…On the run but with calculated passes to reach an Eagle first.
    -Change socks design to shiny green so that the eagles dont need to change position to upright when they pass…so they can play quicker. They should keep the ball on the ground and pass to green socks.
    -Another important thing is to caution the boys and make them aware of taking the game to and compressing it to our opponent’s half.
    -No playing the ball into the air..Keep it on the ground.(especially when we play taller opponents.

    If we can do these… We will definitely beat Iceland 4-0. With annoyance.

  • Raymond Anthony 3 years ago

    Thank U Very Much 4 Dat Wonderful Encouragement, May God Give The Super Eagles The Luck And The Strengt They Need To Beat Agentina.

  • Raymond Anthony 3 years ago

    German Wizard How I Wish We Can Face Each Other To Talk Relating To The Eagles Problem. The Players Did Explicitly Well Against Iceland But They Must Not Relent Their Effort Against Agentina, They Have Strong, Focus And Forget About Big Names And Play Football. Up Nigerians Wish U The Best Of Luck.