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Rohr: We Want To Finish AFCON Qualifiers On A High

Rohr: We Want To Finish  AFCON Qualifiers On A High

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr says the team will look to finish their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign on winning note, reports Completesports.com.

The three-time African champions, who have already sealed in place in Cameroon , will host the Crocodiles of Lesotho in their final match of the qualifiers today at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

The West Africans top Group L with 11 points from five games following last Saturday’s 1-0 away win against Benin Republic in Porto Novo.

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The gaffer insists his side will go all out for a win against the Crocodiles despite the inconsequential nature of the game.

“We hope to finish well these qualifiers, which we began since June 2017, we did not lose a qualifier and so we want to finish with a good victory,”the former Bordeaux coach told reporters.

“We won’t underrate Lesotho because they have a good defence, they made some draws in this competition and they don’t have anything to lose.”

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  • Greenturf 4 months ago

    I love your professionalism.You have done your job in your own way worthy of emulation.
    I hope God gives you long life good health and happiness,you are a good man who stood tall in midst of storm.You did your job quietly despite all the naysayers enemies who wanted you to fail but you are doing a good job and if one does the right things you can only get the right result.
    I hope we as a nation have learnt a few things from this great man hoping to put it to use going forward.
    I know sir you will move on eventually someday but your legacies will remain.You shall be in our minds for a very long time.
    I wish you more success you need that for all your hard work.Hopefully the Afcon glory and great world cup record in the summer next year.

    • Mr Hush 4 months ago


      Well stated..

      Rohr’s professionalism,reasonability,and self awareness is one to emulate.
      To think he hasn’t lost a qualifying game on the field is extraordinary.
      I have been one to criticise him,albeit constructively, but his work ethic has always adhered me to him.
      His respect and understanding of our clime is one to be appreciated. It is never easy to work under the “Nigerian setting “. Under such difficult setting , he has found a to succeed.

      Now, we look ahead. There are tougher battles ahead. Hopefully, we keep finding success.

      • Greenturf 4 months ago

        Thanks mate.
        Absolutely @Mr Hush.. Working in Nigeria as a football manager is never a walk in the park,it can be unpleasant and difficult.But this good man has taken the challenge despite all the frustrations and unfair criticism from people who should know better in football matters yet he was calm and went about his job with utmost professionalism and conquered.
        I have a few things to learn from this great man.This are the kind of leaders we need in our country.
        Yes absolutely,there are tougher battles ahead, hopefully we would find success,he needs that to crown his efforts!

  • Mercy 4 months ago

    Man(Rohr) where are your accuser?? Go and sin no more lol.
    Alot of our ex internationals have no shame. Many of them thought we’ve forgotten how they disappointed and make many fans to return to early grave because of the shambolic performance during their playing days. Yet they come out today to critize the coach. Honestly, shame has lost his place in some peoples heart.

  • Patrick 4 months ago

    We need the 3 points because of fifa ranking. We must trash lesotho today. It will enhance our fifa ranking. However i am praying for Sierra Leone to defeat Benin republic. They didn’t allow super eagles to train under flood lights. They will experience the same darkness in Freetown.

  • Oakfield 4 months ago

    These very positive stories about rohr, his team and his achievements have surprisingly been generating very low traffic since Saturday. All the people who used to talk nonsense about this man have suddenly gone dumb. Those who called him a mechanic and a PE teacher have disappeared. They’ve been knocked into a corner yet again to the extent that they’ve vanished like miserable ghosts but what else would they have to say???? Absolutely nothing!!! His giants strides are there to speak for him. Imagine qualifying for the nations cup with 2 games to spare and without losing a match whilst other countries have either crashed out or are still slugging it out with all they’ve got. To be honest, we have never had it this good, Never in the history of nigerian football. The kind if harmony, love and understanding in the team is just remarkable. No wranglings, no bitter fights amongst players or between coaches and players (just like we had during the era of our african guardiaolas). Despite the fact that the work environment is not conducive, the love this man ( foreigner) has for this team has made him sacrifice a lot in order to make the eagles what they deserve to be and make a name for himself. He will definitely take this team to greater heights, set a wonderful standard no doubt but I fear for what is gonna come when he’s gone. Just like our leaders did to the country when whites left the country at independence , they would in a twinkle of an eye destroy what has taken years to build and force everybody to bear the brunt of their wickedness. Make we enjoy the ride while it lasts. Abeg

    • Greenturf 4 months ago

      Yeah we should enjoy the party while it lasts,the comments coming from coaches,ex internationals those that matters in Nigerian football are disappointing to say the least.And this are people trusted to take over the helms should Rohr move on eventually.Sad indeed.
      Meanwhile,the Placid atmosphere,tranquility we are experiencing just like you rightly said is unrivaled in the managerial history of Nigerian football.
      I do hope we should give him an extended contract after the expiration of the current one but if we must move on from him please they should toe the line of hiring a very good foreign expatriate.Just my take.

  • Mama Bosede Malaika 4 months ago

    Please who knows where I can see the match online or is there any TV station showing the match?

  • Dr. Drey 4 months ago

    You’ve said it all my brothers. There’s a lot our local coaches, especially the “younger” ones can learn from this man….a whole lot. He might not be a ferguson, a del bosque or a Guadiola, but his sense of humility and professionalism is top notch….2nd to none. Everyone knows Lesotho is a wiping team, yet he still managed to find something positive about them for a reality check….that’s professionalism at its peak. Despite all the dark arts Benin pulled he still didnt rub our victory on them, infact he even said he felt sorry for them to have lost with the last kick of the game….how much more humility can a man have….? This is a coach who has suffered similar fate twice, denying him a chance of glory that would have made him rank higher as one of the best SE coaches. Yet he still had soothing words for his opponents.

    The truth is that Keshi and Amodu are gone, we cant have them back, but these younger ones rable rousing on the pages of internet have not even acquired 30% of the competencies Keshi and Amodu had acquired before they were equipped enough to manage the SE. Amodu was a serial domestic and continental trophies winner b4 he was made SE coach for the 1st time in 1995. Keshi had managed Togo 2ce and Mali with some remarkable level of success in a 6-8 year period after being a SE assistant coach for 4 years under Troussier, Bonfrere, Amodu and late Jogobonito, b4 being called upon in 2012. Which of these noisemakers eyeing Rohr’s job has had 3 straight years of coaching careeer ….??

    Mark my words, Rohr will go soon, the 94 squad members will replace him with pomp and pageantry and then we will go back down to where we were b4. They have told us lies they are not getting jobs bcos they are blacks, but we are seeing black exinternationals of CIV, Tunisia, Senegal, Cameroon and even Algeria getting jobs, not to forget the likes of our own unheralded Emmanuel Egbo and Eddie Newton. If you cant get a job in Europe because you are black, are you not also getting jobs in Africa because you are black too….?? a black man is coach of the best club in Africa today for the 1st time in their history. A black man who never played at the Worldcup, Olympics or even at the AFCON and didnt amass up to ten caps for his country. A black man who is of their generation. But when they have nothing in their portfolios, how will they get jobs…other than to plan for the downfall of the person in charge via zoom….LMAO.

    Ive said it b4, The same people who have called Rohr names here will come back and eulogize him when time comes. We know them. We know the people who used to call Keshi ‘tactless gather and play coach’ and all manner of names back then on KON, they sing his praise here today in 2021.

    Rohr was working with the DFB and developing youth programs for German football when he was approached to come coach the SE, if NFF has sense, they had better created an office in the glass house for him either as a consultant, programm director, Scouting/Reconniasance team lead or even a technical director of the federation when his time in the SE is up. When a coach rides through qualification 3 consecutive times, something which hitherto has been a source of heartache for us for decades, then he isn’t senseless, he sure knows what he does and is doing…..and it must definitely be different from the way others used to do theirs. If anyone else didnt visit a hospital after we drew 2-2 with Guinea in Abuja in 2011, I did. I know how much heartache Ive suffered watching the eagles in the last decade and even my heart knows that these last few years have been different….massive difference.

    There’s a whole lot to learn from the old Man.