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Super Eagles In Top 20 Of World’s 100 Most Valuable National Teams; 2nd In Africa

Super Eagles In Top 20 Of World’s 100 Most Valuable National Teams; 2nd In  Africa

The Super Eagles have been ranked among the 100 Most Valuable National Teams in the world with the Nigerian senior national side also making the top 20 list, Completesports.com reports.

According to Transfermarkt, the Gernot Rohr-led side is the second most valuable team on the continent of Africa with a valuation in the region of €216.65 million.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles currently occupy the 19th position in the world and second in Africa just behind fellow West African nation, Senegal with a monetary valuation of €319.78m.

The Three Lions of England are rated as the Most Valuable National Team in the world with a staggering monetary valuation of €1.12 billion ahead of second-placed France.

Brazil are third on €913.60m, Spain is fourth with a valuation of €735.40m while Germany, Belgium, Italy, Argentina, Portugal and the Netherlands are in the top ten.

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Leicester City and Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi is currently Nigeria’s most valuable player after his market value increased by as much as €9million, from €36m to €45m.

He has 120 Premier League games under his belts across four seasons, scoring six goals. He finished second both as EPL’s top tackler and best interceptions this season.

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  • Dennis 10 months ago

    This is good. We are soaring higher

  • Dr. Drey. 10 months ago

    And they will say Rohr has not done anything…LMAO.

    If not anything else, his principles and policies of merit over sentiments, ‘if you dont play, you dont play’, you must play in a top league has pushed most Nigerian players who are seriously ambitious to up their games and ensure they are up and doing at their various clubs….and it is marvelously rubbing off on our national team. Our players now strive so hard like never before to be starters in their clubs, they now make sensible upward transfer decisions and those who dont make efforts pay dearly for it.

    Suddenly a team whose vice captain could not sign for lowly Birmingham city in 2015 or 2016 are now in the top 20 most valuable teams in the world.
    We are getting there, we are even closer than ever now. Shame go still catch all bad belle people dem when that time reach.

    • Gbam my brother it is only enemies of progress will dislike this ur comment

  • Collins id 10 months ago

    Dr drey if algeria catch una again. you go know say nor be by market value. na by confidents and determination. that team that had low value like you said as at 2016. (onazi couldnt sign for bermigham bcos of work permit) meanwhile that value less team defeated algeria to qualify for the world cup. our prayer is for this billionear squade to be able to achieve likewise. or else them go spend the money for dubai in 2022 very close to qater.

    • Oakfield 10 months ago

      What Exaclty is your point, my friend??????

    • Dr. Drey. 10 months ago

      @Collins…let that same Algeria come again….I am not into betting, but on this one, I bet they will go back home naked. The team Algeria needed an own goal and a Mahrez magic to defeat last year is not anywhere close to the unit we have now. As a matter of fact several of the Algerian players have confessed that they have Mahrez to thank for that 95th minute magic, because they knew they wouldnt have been able to survive extra time…they confessed it themselves. The Algerians themselves know it. You said it yourself, we roundly defeated Algeria to qualify for world cup, and they won the AFCON at our expense….its not in anyway a shame to loose the semifinals to the eventual champions in such a narrow and closely fought way…that is football – win some loose some. But they wouldnt have done that if they didnt have star players with good market value in the mould of Mahrez….they wouldnt have done it with JS Kabylie and USMA players. It is not a coincidence that they 2 goals they scored was conjured by this same highly valued star player called Mahrez.
      Market values are not just assigned to players, they are a function of a player’s overall abilities – confidence and determination included. So if the market value of our team is rising today, it is because variables such as confidence and determination are also rising. We may not have won stuff yet, but its evident that we are getting closer by the day. Na for our eyes e go happen…!

      • Bro pls save your strength no b everybody u go xplain to when we catch Algeria for world cup qua we beat them hands down but FIFA,CAF n nff did not bother to investigate guardiolas comment after man city fa cup victory when he was asked why he didn’t field d guy he simply said he didn’t know wat de took during d AFCON tournament,meaning he is not sure if he is clean, nobody b small pikin ooooo

        • Oakfield 10 months ago

          @collins, how come we forget so easily. Have u forgotten that the Algeria u place above us were beaten home and away convincingly by a super eagles team that was still under construction at the time??? We beat them twice convincingly but they won us once unconvincingly within a space of 12months. Common sense should tell u based on the above evidence and facts that they are no match for us. Even the Senegalese team is no better than ours at the moment.

      • Ericmoore 10 months ago

        well said Bro, was a lucky one i must say. Mahrez him self knows extra time would have been a nightmare to them. we outplayed them, like i said luck was against us.

    • fatokun Ayodeji O 10 months ago

      pls let learn to appreciate progresss football culture is a continuuum ,since arrival of Gernot Rohr our team have soar high.Players move to better clubs ,market value improves .we missed two straight nation cup in a row yet this man brought some excitement and balances.

  • @collins, I can relate with your submission. Algeria defeated us and they said it was because the algerians had more stars and market values than SE players.
    If SE players sign for better clubs, they attribute it to GR, if the same set of players get released or loaned out, they blame the players.

    • Ayphillydegreat 10 months ago

      “If SE players sign for better clubs they attribute it to Rohr. Who else should we attribute it to?? Where were our players playing in 2016? Ekong was playing in Norway now he plays in the Scudetto. Aina was playing for Chelsea U23 and couldn’t get a chance with the first team until he moved to Torino in the Scudetto just to be relevant in the SuperEagles set up. The likes of Kalu, Simon, Omeruo, Awaziem and the likes all moved to Europe top five leagues to keep their place in the team. Rohr was particularly influential in Kalu’s move to Bordeaux. And since Rohr took over how many of our regular players under him have been released by their clubs?? The ones that are not getting enough playing time will seek loan moves so as to be relevant in the National team. It is very simple if you’re not playing regularly at your club forget about getting a call up to the SuperEagles under Rohr. Gone are the days when our players are playing in Estonia, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and the likes. Most of our regulars are now playing in the top five European leagues. All thanks to the influence of the gaffer. SuperEagles are now the undisputed favorite to win the next AFCON along with Senegal. I expect them to at least play in the final and also qualify for the Mundial with the hope of reaching the Quarterfinals at least. 

  • Oakfield 10 months ago

    I wonder what would’ve happened if the caption read : Nigeria ranked amongst the most less valuable team in the world” then you’ll see all manner of mannerisms popping their heads, disgracing themselves and their entire generation here and there. Coming here to tell us that black lives matter and all the rubbish they can fathom. But the news is very positive and “they” have read and grawled away like disgruntled, hungry, miserable dogs. They will not remember this and many more achievements of his whenever they are at their evil schemes. This is just for the records, it can only get better.

  • Collins id 10 months ago

    channeling all credits to gernot rohr for the personal hardwork of individual Nigerians playing football, is quite an unecesary pamparing with no trophy yet to be proven.(which is surpose to be our major concern) i rather give the credit to the players in particular.(aina,Ndidi,iwobi,osihmen,chukwueze,sadiq umar,maja, moses simon, ejuke, the remaining 60 percent of our players market value fell aswell) the credit also goes to their club coaches who gave them game time and trust. arsenal made iwobi and chukwueze was almost forced on Rohr, osihmen was not trusted at the last afcon, onyekuru?, aina despite very good was benched against algeria, so tell me why the praise and hype for the super eagles coach on the market value of our players. i dont see the obviouse connection ecept just for pamparing sake.

  • Emmanuel 10 months ago

    Dr.Drey,thank you for your immense thought as always.Rohr is not just the teach coach of SE he also sticks his neck out to assist and advice the players and even approaching their coaches where necessary on how well the club coaches can adequately utilise this players.This is hallmark of a great coach,the club coaches respect and listen to him because he also had illustrious career as a player and a coach.

    Like you said Dr.the team that played Algeria at the Afcon is nothing compared to what we have now, evident in the friendly we played against Ukraine and Brazil.That Algerian team will be dessimated if they come now.

  • Dr. Drey 10 months ago

    Nobody is “…CHANNELING ALL CREDITS TO ROHR…” At the same time, it is an indictment…an ntoorrr….and orbiiihhh…to all those who choose to give him NO credit and undermine his efforts with cynical innuendos like “…he has done nothing..”

    It is not mere coincidence that all these are happening under a regime where YOU MUST PERFORM AT your club without excuses for you to have any chance of smelling the national team camp.
    Our players have not had it this good in their club careers since after atlanta 96.
    There is a whole lot of connection in the fact that we used to be ranked 71st and our players could not even sign for little clubs like Birmingham city and Turkish league was eldorado for them and a man came in, inherited that team and the players…rejigged and organized the team, laid down principles which he has stuck with even when NFF hawks and their mouth pieces like Odegbami are not please with these principles, and now, not just the team in now close to top 30 in FIFA rankings, it is now the 19th most valuable in the world.
    The fact that we started this ascent after his coming on board even when these players were not these valuable lends plenty of credence to him. The SE have improved our players….not the other way round. Where were our players playing in 2016….where are they playing now…? What was the worth of our players in 2016…..what is their worth now…? What kind of transfers did our players use to make circa 2016….what kind of transfers do they make now…? It is even in the public domain that Rohr chips in with transfer recommendations as well as when issues get knotty with these players and their clubs.
    The last time I checked, no SE regular under Rohr has been released by any club…anyone who gets released or dumped by his club must have been sent packing from the national team long before then. Most of our players who want to continue playing for the SE now seek for loan deals just to get playing time. Okoye and Dessers made transfer decisions based on their willingness to make the SE team. Most SE players have gone from grass to grace. Even the ones that are not in the SE are working harder and making sure their next transfer moves are to the top leagues….thanks to 1 man’s principles.
    Credit be given where it is due. Nor be mistake…nor be coincidence. It is not happenstance that we have more SE players in the top 5 leagues in Europe now. It is not a coincidence that we have more SE as starters in their clubs now than in recent memory.

    If e too pain anybody, make e go form in own Super Eagles

  • Collins id 10 months ago

    @ dr drey, sure i agree with you that gernot rohr and his boys is capable of defeating algeria and can win afcon 2022 by Gods grace. i am very optimistic about that, my argument is how do national team coaches influences market value of players? apart from under age football i dont think national team coaches derserve acolades for their players value, wether spain england or france that are highly valued the credit can never go to their national team coaches, it actualy increases their pressure to justify the market value of the players by wining trophys. we remember the case of ivorycoast that had players of high value betwin 2005 to 2015 ten years of high expectations. it led to coaches been sacked even when they reach finals. it does goes either positive and negative in the mind if the coaches, thats why i mentioned determination and confidents.

    • Dr. Drey. 10 months ago

      The question you should ask yourself is where were these players playing 4 years ago and where are they playing now…? What was the trend 4 years ago and what is the trend now…? Where they big before the national team became big or did they become big helping the National team become big. The whole world knew what the strength of the SE 4 years ago (more as super chickens)…the whole world knows the strength of the SE as of today. I cant count the number of players who have become bigger simply because they became SE players. Uzoho is always making moves to get 1st team football, Omeruo and Awaziem are not ready to go down with leganes mainly because of their SE places, Etebo is not willing to remain at Stoke city because of SE. Dessers refused to move to Spain because of SE. Okoye left Fortuna because of SE. Balogun moved twice in one year to remain in international reckoning. Terem Moffi moved to Belgium because in his words “I want to play in a league where I will be visible to the selectors”. Sadiq Umar is doing his possible best for a move away from Serbia today because of similar reasons….I can go on and on.

      A new sheriff comes to town and there is peace…and naysayers say it is because the people have chosen to have a change of attitude…ngwa dont change ur attitude na…..let the new sheriff gbab you.

      Nigerian players should not work hard to attract and move to bigger clubs na, let us see if they will smell national team camp. And those in the national team too should notwork hard to improve at their clubs….let us see if they wont be dumped out of the team like Iheanacho and Isaac Success

      • Mr Hush 10 months ago

        @Dr Drey

        Nicely Stated.

        Permit me to add that,
        Due to the fact that Sadiq Umar has been touted to be called upon by Rohr, for the next internationals ; his club side, Partizan Belgrade, increased his market price ; valuing him higher than the price they set before the rumoured call by Rohr.

        Not forgetting what Steven Gerrard stated after signing Leon; ” his premiership experience as well as his INTERNATIONAL PEDIGREE would strengthen our squad….”

        So yes.
        Your international exposure does increase your market value.

        Rohr does deserve credit for raising the bar.

        • Dr. Drey. 10 months ago

          Even Ahmed Musa the captain of the SE is not sleeping on a bicycle….the boy despite earning over $250k per week in Saudi is desperately thinking of leaving to a more competitive environment just to remain relevant and not allow himself to be retired just like that.

          As long as Rohr is still in charge of the SE….pls dont work hard…dont play regularly in your club….dont make upward transfer movements to play in the top leagues. Sit down in Slovakia or Saudi or Polish or Latvian league (with the exception of the Goalkeepers since we dont have too many foriegn based goalies yet) and expect a call up to the SE. If by chance NFF smuggle ya name enter the list as their beloved son in whom they are well pleased….even 1/2 second u nor go play.

          The era when people play 11 league matches in 2 seasons and still get callups is long gone.

          • Abdul andah 10 months ago

            Wallahi Rohr is working and the super eagles is moving up. Everyone wants to play and the team is becoming much more competitive. Even Ahmed doesnt want too much dollars anymore but competitive and tense matches in order to keep him fit because he knows what’s as stake. Eeenhe!what are you saying naa?
            Can’t wait to hear that BS7 has filed his paper for switch of allgiance to Nigeria sooner
            than expected. Abegg o!

        • @Collins Id, are you now satisfied?…

  • Quality points well ditched [email protected] When someone speaks or write what truly makes sense, it’s only decent to acknowledge. Big thumbs up @Drey.

  • Emmanuel 10 months ago

    Una do well ooo my people,am so glad that in my life time there is chance that a Nigerian will play for Rear Madrid,new generation Barca.The same National team activity has drawn Igalo to Man U.We all love Nigeria as it is evident in our thought,even Collins does not hate Eagles.But let’s appreciate Rohr,he has truly brought revolution to the team.The major reason there is so much improvement in the team and the players is the air of competiveness that the Coach has brought in.He changed Balogun his fellow country man when he became a bench warmer and replaced with Ajayi playing in the championship.Now the arrival of Aribo has put Etebo in trouble.You see competition brings the best in you.

    There was a time in this country that 65% of our first team players were either bench warmers or playing in some unknown leagues across the world.Pls let’s appreciate this man.Now the SE project is becoming real.

  • If you like share money to every nigerian on daily basis, those that have perfect hatret for success and progress in their DNA will still crawl like snails from their shell to find fault against you…

    How on earth will you hate somebody to the point of discrediting all his effort…
    Just for no single reason….
    I think this is more than those that practice WITCHCRAFT….

    All eyes have seen the evidence and yet some ingrates are still adamant….
    It’s irretating….

    Better repent frome this kind attitude else somebody will also discredit your effort oneday….


  • Edoman 10 months ago

    As l always say, Follow who no road. Listen to your Dr.
    Thanks Dr. l shall come back .


    • Dr. Drey. 10 months ago

      Hahahaha @ Edoman. Follow who know road nor mean say make you nor hol ya own transport o…! I dey salute u.
      Till you come back…!

  • Omo9ja 10 months ago

    “Super Eagles In Top 20 Of World’s 100 Most Valuable National Teams; 2nd In Africa”

    In actual fact, this is a great achievement and I would like to congratulate Oga Rohr and his fans and Nigerians.

    They said I hate Oga Rohr but deep down inside you people, you knew that I love the gaffer too much and his fans.

    No doubt the gaffer is doing a fantastic job since he took over the team.

    The area that I’m having issues with the coach is whenever we close to win something he falls our hands.

    Is he the one that winning the matches for Nigeria or the players?

    It’s almost guaranteed that he will qualify Nigeria to Afcon and world cup but the results after that is not guaranteed.

    What can we do to move beyond this stage Nigerians?

    Once again, congratulations Nigerians. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Oakfield 10 months ago

      Shove it up your ass, he doesn’t need your poisoned congratulatory message.

  • The only issue I have against Rohr is the inferiority complex he always showcase especially against a European or South American opponents.

    • Oakfield 10 months ago

      But the inferiority complex got us a man to man draw with Brazil, almost a win over Ukraine and Argentina.

  • Collins id 10 months ago

    @sean and oakfield. i agree with you guys that the state of the present eagles has contributed to the motivation of our players performance at club level. but it has always been like that for us untill the era of oliseh. there have always been competition in the Giant of Africans camp. i remember before 2014 worldcup alot of players have to work hard to regain relevance in the face of keshi. including odemwingie utaka taiwo and martins,.uptill now i believe nigeria can raise 3 national teams that is capable of competing in afcon. its a natural mystic that we are blessed with talents and what we have now is a generational thin any coach incharge should consider him self lucky (not in the other way round like most of us here are making it look like) i am not surprised we are at this level, it has been my long expectations. the way some you are relating the matter it seems like Nigeria just started football and thanks to the present master chiffu ( g. rohr) who thought us how to play.

    • You are still very adamant @Collins, upon the whole explanation that everyone above has done to make you to see reason to appreciate Rohr. Nawa oo… You should be constructive in your criticism and appreciative when someone did something worthwhile. You just have a plain hatred for Rohr and its very unfair.

  • Prince 10 months ago

    The awesome pedigree or this raising moments bestowing the status of the Super Eagles is as a result of the fearless, Selfless and patriotic handiwork of Gernot Rohr !!!
    He provided a clear message of competition among any players invited.
    No player is an untouchable or a regular in the super eagle team !!!…you earn your invitation to national caps from your active participation at your club which ofcourse must be a good club!

    That’s what makes the team tight and on the rise!!!

    Most positive minded fans of this great national team knows that Rohr meant well for us long time ago and that’s why alot of us stood our grounds for him to be given a contract extension.

    Gernot Rohr will take Super Eagles to greater heights and will leave the podium with a top standard set for his successor to continue from!!!

    I pray NFF finds another “Rohr” for our dear Super Falcons!!!

    My people, I hail oooo!!! God no dey sleep!!!

  • Collins id 10 months ago

    @ola, i am sorry i cam never agree with you that rohr is the reason why Nigerians are making progress in football. Even if you call me olumo rock. I cant give monkey banana to baboo just like that, that doesnt mean i hate Rohr and pls enough of the hate team. I love everybody as my self including rohr but this is football and in football even my father can be my opponent in some occasion its just an opinion thin not as far as you are taking it. Ok if that is so now that our girls are making big transfer at the moment even without a coach, will you give the credit to gernot rohr? Wat of our basketball team that has been progressive in the past 6 years now due to the emergance of players joining from the NBA will you give rohr the praise? We have a yoroba guy that took pinpon to another level thanks to Rohr abi? Why was niger and gabon not making big transfer during is time with them? Nigeria won the under 17 world cup 2013 and 2017 back to back! 4 of the most expensive nigeria players comes out from there (chukwueze,ndidi,osihmen,iheanacho) . after winning two u 17 wcup you dodnt expect these progress in 5 years later? The credit for me, belongs to the NFF the under age coaches(marbu garba and amunike) and the hard working Nigerians. Simple as ABC. You give blames to the players, NFF and our local coaches when the going is tough but when there is progress you channel it to Rohr and expect every Nigerian to agree with you. Nigeria have over 450 professionals worldwide and any coach incharge should consider himself lucky including jose morinho. Nigeria musicians are making progress worldwide via wizkid, burnaboy, davido etc thanks to gernot rohr ooooh who have created the competition in the music industry Lmao. All of you in this forum should consider your self lucky to be Nigerians.

    • Adeyemi 10 months ago

      Mr Collins, I’m proud of you for taking a lone stance. I don’t really know how Nigerians think their anuses. Yes, Rohr stabilizes the team but he still has his deficiencies just like everyone. You can’t put the higher market value on the team coach only. Who about the hard work and inherent talents of the players? Good management cannot replace talent in football but rather amplifies the talent. Was Osimhen discovered by Rohr? This guy almost ended his career with Wolfsburg. He went to Belgium and the France (Lille) to resurrect is career. So, we can’t praise Osimhen but only Rohr? Ndidi’s success is all Rohr’s? Even Victor Moses is all Rohr’s!!! Please people needs to be objective. Rohr might have helped but it’s a great disservice to neglect players who actually accounts for the large percentage of the work, clubs, family members, Rohr, Pinnick. Did they even talk about the support they have at their respective homes? That’s how black slavery started. Everything foreign is better for average black people. People of inferior complexes !!!!!!!

      • Ayphillydegreat 10 months ago

        Just look at yourself people like you are the ones who will put all the blames on Rohr when the players are not doing well. You will blame the NFF especially Pinnick for giving Rohr a contract extension now you’re here surfing through your anus like you said above that Pinnick should be given the credit. The same Pinnick that you will still come back here to blame for players welfare and the state of our league. If Rohr hadn’t given Osimhen his SuperEagles debut how would he have made the progress he’s made so far? No Nigerian coach will start Iheanacho and Iwobi in a very important WorldCup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola. No Nigerian coach will drop Iheanacho when he was dwindling in form. It’s not about praising anything foreign let’s put sentiments aside. It’s about credibility and accountability. Due to the fact that the gaffer has raised the standard is the reason the players are striving to better their careers. In terms of spotting talents I give kudos to the coach. Any other coach would’ve discarded Ekong and Balogun long ago claiming they’re too soft for African football. If we really want to be objective the progress of our players since 2016 is mostly down to the good work of the gaffer unless people like you just want to turn a blind eye because he’s a foreigner. This is best Nigerians have seen the SuperEagles play since the days of Westerhoff. This is highest level of European club transfers for Nigerian players since after Atlanta 96 about a quarter century ago. You don’t have to appreciate the work of the gaffer but please give credit to whom credit is due. 

        • Dr. Drey. 10 months ago

          Rohr gave Osimhem his SE break when Wolfsburg were still punishing the little boy in germany. It is still on record that it was Rohr who had a meeting with his then coach and suggested they loan the poor kid out to aid his development if they will not guarantee him a place in the team.
          Kalu has virtually been misbehaving in bordeaux because Rohr who is a club legend and highly respected is always rising to defend him anytime he errs. Sam Kalu CANNOT, I repeat CANNOT try his childishness in another club. The Nwakalis were both sacked by their clubs for the same offence Kalu got a mere suspension for in Bordeaux.
          Uzoho’s loan move from Elche to Anorthosis was not without the influence of Rohr after he impressed it upon the Elche management to release him if they wouldnt guarantee his place in the 1st team.
          Most of our players now seek the opinion of the SE gaffer before they make transfer moves. Simon couldnt move to China in January because he was told point blank he will lose his SE place. Osimhen too had a word with Rohr before making up his mind on Napoli.
          If bad belle people like am or not…WE WILL NEVER STOP TALKING ABOUT THESE THINGS…..LMAO

          • Adeyemi 10 months ago

            How do you know about all these conversations between the parties? You know you could recommend someone to me, it’s my choice to either take it or leave. You guys are just delegating the efforts of these players as well. The hard work at trainings. Club coaches spends more time with these players daily. You write up just confirmed what I was saying bro, man management is not the only thing to stay on up. Your self discipline is also important. You cited the example of Kalu. Even though, you claimed there was word by Rohr, he still misbehaved. So Kudos to the players, kudos to the respective coaches, Kudos to their families, Kudos to Rohr, Kudos to Pinnick for sticking with Rohr. My praise in that order. If you don’t have a settled family, you won’t be able to perform at high levels. Senegalese coach is also the one that should be praised for Mane’s market value?

        • Adeyemi 10 months ago

          If you can comprehend English, I rightly pointed out that Rohr has good management skills and disciplinewhich is true but I still insists the whole drama is not only Rohr’s victory but rather combinations. To me the players come first. Rohr gave them a choice, they chose to follow his advise and they benefited from it. What of they don’t want to hear him out? Is Rohr scoring goals for Oshimen? Samuel Chikwuemeze is amazing with ball on his feet? Rohr have him the ball gift, right? The players are hard-working and you could all say it was Rohr that instill the discipline in them but it’s their choice to either work hard or not. Have you ever read my comment when I put all the blames on Rohr ever? Leave sentiments apart. I’m not condemning Rohr right. This feat should be a celebration of our players. We still have a long way to go rather than singling out one person for the honours. If you think am a Rohr hater, that’s fine. We all have weaknesses. A person should be able to acknowledge weakness and grow. No one is perfect and constructive criticism makes us grow.

          • Ayphillydegreat 10 months ago

            I hear you at least you appreciate the good work of the gaffer. There’s a saying that “heaven helps those who help themselves”. If a coach gave you an opportunity it’s your choice to take advantage of the opportunity. Of course kudos to the players who are working hard to stay relevant. What we know for sure is that if you’re not relevant at your club you can never be relevant in the SuperEagles under GR. Absolutely most definitely GR has is flaws even Klopp, Guardiola or Maurinho has their flaws. However, we all know the state of the SuperEagles before GR took over and the state of the team now. At least there’s progress that’s what matters. 

        • If a player does not listen to his managers or coaches,he will eventually become irrelevant.Those who know Balotelli can attest to that.

  • Collins id 10 months ago

    Nigeria her self is made up of about 10 nations and the people in there was once considered black Gold by oppressors. There have and will always be competition in every aspect of social activities in my country. In football we have won countless trophys both men and women edition. only brazil and germany can boost of such strength in football. The afcon that we are clamouring for we have won it 3 times and 8 times finalist. We have bin to the worldcup 6 times and reach second round in 3 occasions. Rohr is yet to bit any of these records and you are appreciating appreciating and appreciating like someone under a babalawo spel. for what are you appreciating for? Rohr should appreciate you guys for pressuring the Nff to give him his latest chance. To the extent that oakfield turn to general Sanni Abacha, for Rohr matter(not even eagles matter oh) my last question is, who is surpose to be more greatfull in this marrage betwin the Super eagles and Gernot rohr?

    • Tancosports 10 months ago

      My brother Collins, you have made a very good submission, firstly you are trying to associate current super eagles status with our success in 2013 and 2015 u17 we then you missed it. Let me remind you that 2013 and 2015 was not our first u17 success in recent years. Don’t forget that we won u17 wc in 2007 we are also a finalist in u17 wc in 2009. Can you tell me two or three players out of those u17 squad that made it to the Super eagles after 5 year?, I know you would want to mention Aruna Lukman and Rabiu Ibrahim but the question is are they still relevant with the national team? The answer is NO.

      Before the advent of GR as the SE coach most of our footballers played in a lower leagues in Europe yet they will get invited once they know someone that knows someone that has connections with the NFF or late Stephen keshi,a typical example of that was in 2014 wc when had some funny and strange names like UCHEbo, odunlami, babatunde,Nwofor,gabriel Ruben and some other players who absolutely had no business with the team. During late Stephen Keshi era as a coach of the SE we unanymosly mention about 5 to 10 players that are supposed to be in the team based on their form and club performance yet they never get invited because some of the reasons best known to them also we can mention about 5 to 10 players who absolutely has no business with the national team yet they keep getting invitation but GR brought full stop to all those anomalies and brought in sanity to the players invitation process, he goes for any good player that’s doing very in his as far as he’s a Nigerian he doesn’t wait for the player or his agent to “call him” before he got invited. There was a time keshi was asked to invite Kelechi Iheanacho to the team he said the boy “is not ripe enough for the team” yet some players with some names keep getting invitation.

    • @ Collins you are clearly missing the point. Lets make it simple. There are all the needed ingredients to cook some delicious food for all to eat and finish off a beauty meal with good bedtime. One cook instead of utilizing those ingredients decided to go get cheap ones just so he can save some money for himself. He prepares the food and everyone of us instead of having a good bedtime ended up doing a marathon race to toilet. Another cook chose to use the correct healthy ingredients and we all ate n starts playing Oliver twist asking for more. Now who would you @ Colins credit with the good meal? Yes Nigeria has always had talents and will always have but credit has to go to those who selflessly create the opportunity for these stars to shine brighter n brighter and herein Rohr has done splendidly. You can have a reservoir of water but if you shut out the tap, water won’t flow out.

    • Goal ⚽️ 10 months ago

      Kudos to you my brother Collins, you’ve made a very good point.
      The rising of Nigerian players abroad is not solely on Rohr’s work alone though he contributed  It.
      Someone is giving 2007 and 2009 u17 as a reason  why credit should not go to manu garba and Emanuel Amunike but fail to mention which stars was produced in those tournaments.

      Just imagine if ndidi, Iheanacho, chukwueze, osihme were not discovered would Rohr create his own players or can we now argue that Rohr turn them to stars?

      Abeg make we here word here.

  • Collins id 10 months ago

    Rohr is a good coach, one thing i admire most about him is the management quality he brings to the team which is commendable, he also bring peace to the eagles atmostphare so no more dem say dem say matter for eagles camp like before. technicaly i admire the quick transition of the ball from defence to attack he brought to the team onlike before wen we are used to passing around our yard every ten minutes before we make one attacking move. tacticaly i like his team positioning when defending it has help them consider less goal even against big opponents onlike before, and i also know that luck is wat he needed in addition. i am not taking anythin from the gafer. i am also not taking it from naija too. @tanco, u mention under 17 2007 and 2009 let me give you 5 names onazi ahmed musa omeruo and ramon azeez are all product of 2009 under17/ 2011 under 20 team. as for 2007 u17, we still have ajiboye as actieve keeper, 2013 afcon wining team 50 percent are product of our under age teams(mikel,onazi,omeruo,ahmedmusa,echiejile,ideye,efe ambroos,obiora nwankwo,) the rest that failed to make it are matter of determination and luck. we had corruption in our selection processes before i agree. but some one employed gernot rohr to make it change. do we even talk about that person here? we will only talk abt him when he fails to renew his contract. very soon rohr will have no reason to impress anymore after all we are already satisfied and we appreciate him for all he has done already (thank God Nff didnt listen to ur riddims of appreciations by obligating him to win nest afcon)

    • Bros you have said it all. The only advantage Rohr has is his management style. He didn’t let the NFF ride him like they did to the former coaches. In this day and age of technology. They don’t want to be exposed.

  • Dr. Drey. 10 months ago

    Imagine Maja prefers to remain in Bordeaux rather than move to Scottish Premier League club Rangers (which he considers a step down) where Steven Gerrard really wants him, just because “he doesnt want his chances with the senior national team of Nigeria to be affected”. Imagine Scottish Premier league being seen as a step down….in the days of yore, Scottish premier league would have been a step up.
    Abeg before Rohr came to Nigeria, @collins please mention 1 player…any Nigerian player for that matter from the days of Christian Chukwu to the days of sunday Mba who EVER made a transfer decision simply because he does not want to jeopardize his chances of making the SE…?.
    Today the entire 1st XI of our current SE made their last transfer moves to brighten their chances of retaining their SE status……and they say its not as a result of the sanity, competition, policies and principles Rohr has brought into the team….LMAO.

    Abeg day don break tey tey o…..no food for lazy man nor be for pikin we in mama get restaurant.

    • JimmyBall 10 months ago

      … I prefer coach of Madagascar to Rohr’s stiff and unproductive overly defensive tactics.

      • Dr. Drey 10 months ago

        Hahahahaha…Rohr’s stiff and “UNPRODUCTIVE” tactics have earned us a win ratio of 60%, the highest ever by anyone to coach the SE dead or alive. Let him continue win with his “UNPRODUCTIVE” tactics till we start making a clean sweep of every trophy we contest for.

  • Oakfield 10 months ago

    https://www.goal.com/en/news/simy-nwankwo-crotone-and-serie-b-top-scorer-targets-super-eagles-/1li25z1ng6jwq1wrrbu18dvwrk. Who ever that fails to give credit to whom it is due, nothing good will ever come to that person. Hear simy out and see how highly rated our se is now under GR. The truth always remains the truth. When the team gets good grades, it is attributed to the individual efforts of players, citing individual talents and brillance but when the team gets bad grades and results, it is the coach’s fault and the individual brillance and talents of the players is cynically shoved under the carpet. @collins and co, If you can blame the failure of a team on the coach why can’t u do same when the team is performing and getting good grades???? ? Hypocrisy at its peak!

  • @collins thank you very much. You made a good point but they will never agree with you. The love they have for GR is too much. am not suprise love is blind. our players have been playing in the top 5 league in europe Before GR took over as se coah. V moses chelsea. Ighalo watford. Mikel chelsea. Onazi lazio. Echiejile monaco. Joel obi torino. Iheanacho man city. Iwobi arsenal. Balogun mainz. Anthony uja mainz. Osimen wolfsburg. Ideye westbrom. Simy crotone sirie a then. Enyeama lile. Musa leicester. Igiebor real betis. Efe ambrose celtic.aina chelsea. Gr has not done something new or special.

    • Ayphillydegreat 10 months ago

      But you forgot that Mikel and Ighalo were playing in China when GR came in. You forgot that Onazi went from Lazio to the Turkish league. You forgot that Nosa Igiebor was playing in Israel when he came in. How many games did Aina play for Chelsea first team? And how many games did Osimhen play for Wolfsburg? Why did Joel Obi not make the WorldCup team in 2014? I’m sure you know the answer. Who eventually brought him back to national reckoning?? Ideye was playing in Greece at the time. Lmao!!! I thought you’re smarter than this. Don’t worry GR doesn’t need your commendations just keep enjoying the progress of the SuperEagles under him wether you like it or not. 

  • @COLLINS….
    Pls when did AHMED MUSA play U17 WC???

    Where is MUSA here???
    Where are those boys???
    We all know ONAZI’s career ended in 2014; the rest was just bcos history (he was sentiment…).

    In 2007 we had OSANGA, CHRISANTUS, HARUNA, AJIBOYE(DE GEA’s mate during penalty shoot out), UDOH, AKINSOLA, ISA, ALFA…
    Still searching for AHMED MUSA….

    The likes of NEYMA, ALLISON BERCKER, COUTINHO, CASIMERO, TER STEGEN, LENO, MUSTFI ( were all set of 2009); KROOS(2007); DE GEA(2007)….
    All these players are still relevant in their national teams….

    Where is our own????

    MUSA was the highest goal Scorer in NPFL in 2010….

    Is it in your dream that u saw him played the U17WC???

    • Collins id 10 months ago

      @ UB.F, ahmed musa didnt play under 17, but he joined the team at the under20 level in 2010 and they won the afcon. and he also went to the under 20 world cup which they lost quaterfinal to france. in addition odion oghalo is also a product of the 2009 under 20 team he joined the 2007 under17 champions in 2009, i think he was the captain. my brother dont undermine the work of nff scouting department. though there is coruption in the system but if u are realy good and God is on ur side people(scouts and agents,acedemies) will pay your dues for you to have your way, that is the business part of it.

  • Dr. Drey. 10 months ago


    Here is what Simy Nwankwo said in his interview with Goal.com
    Nwankwo feels Crotone’s relegation to Serie B reduced his chances of a regular call-up to the national team and now hopes for more opportunities with the side.

    “When I went down, I KNEW THE RISKS OF LOSING THAT SPOT THAT I WORKED SO HARD TO GET to although I didn’t play more, which is perfectly understandable,” Nwankwo told ESPN.

    “I met a team that was already structured with one of the best African strikers at the moment – Odion Ighalo. And it was normal, it was perfect for me to stay calm and learn and then watch how things are done. And then all of a sudden, I found myself out again, which is understandable.

    “No grudges on anyone. I understand every situation because the national team of Nigeria is highly rated. So, if you want to be in the national team, you have to be in the big leagues. That I can understand.


    “This season, I’ve done well. That puts me in a good window to be looked into by the coaches and everybody that makes the decisions. I hope that in the future I will have my chance back again.”

    Nwankwo joined Crotone from Gil Vicente in 2016 and has scored 44 league goals in 112 appearances since his arrival at the club.

    “…I JUST HAVE TO FOCUS AS ALWAYS ON WHAT I DO HERE. THE ONLY WAY I WILL GET MYSELF BACK INTO THE NATIONAL TEAM IS ABOUT WHAT I DO HERE….” How many times have we not heard SE players and potential players sing this song…? And some people say the hardwork and progress of our players in our club have nothing to do with Rohr and the National team…..LMAO….I still dey laugh ooooooo…!!! These boys are killing themselves to be the best at their clubs in order to have A CALL-UP, not even a guaranteed first team shirt o…..A CALL-UP in Rohr’s team, because of Rohr’s principles and policies. They are making moves to the top leagues or top clubs to be relevant and some people say we shouldnt give credit to whom it is due….LMAO

    As the elders say, A man who is hated will be accused of raising dust even if he falls in a pool of water….LMAO

    The way hatred dey cloud people sense ehn….e worse pass smoking indian hemp sef.

  • Emmanuel 10 months ago

    @at Oakfield, thank you immensely for that report on Nwakwo, will like @Collins to read it through so to understand indebth the point we are making.

    Nobody is calling G Rorh Alfa and the omega, After All we have been playing football before Rohr even got qualified as a coach.The point that must be straightened is the fact of ORGANISATION AND PRINCIPLE.The above is just like MISSION STATEMENT of any establishment”this is what we want to be and achieve and this is how we intend to achieve it”.Rohr has brought organisation to the team and consequently raised the bar.There was a time in the football history of Italy,where the rule was firm that you must play in the Italian league to earn a call up to the national team.That rule is no longer firmly rooted expressly,but impliedly an Italian coach will consider players from Italian league before going out.The more reason the ITALIAN FA considers Italian coaches above others due to the above rule.The German team and English team almost adopted this principle but it did not work out (because times have evolved and football has become dynamic)

    Haven said that,it is instructive to note that the reason those countries adopt such principle is to foster a playing philosophy and discipline.What Rorh brought into the SE is simply raising the bar and encouraging competition.The riot Act was read to the players and they are aware that you MUST PLAY REGULARLY IN A TOP LEAGUE IF YOU MUST BE RELEVANT IN SE.Basic.That step has suddenly spur and awaken the players to a new dawn. Nwankwo said in the above link that he knew he was going to loose his place as soon as his team got relegated, but now that he’s back he hopes for a return.Before now Mr Collins, our team will comprise of Nwankwo,Onazi(even though he’s presently unattached),Joel Obi, Musa Muhammad and some names in some obscure leagues across the world.
    A standard has been set so much so that if you don’t meet the standard you are gone.You can’t be in a French National team and don’t play regularly in your club,or will you make a Brazilian team as a bench warmer?No….the top ten teams in the world now take us seriously as are now willing to play friendlies with us with their grade A teams and not fringe players.
    The standard mentioned above has also led to the massive reorganisation of the team to wit:player invitation and camp rules.Now the Coach has made it a point of duty and rule to only invite players that have been thoroughly scouted and analised.To this end, the Coach has hired well motivated scouts across Europe and Nigeria, paid by him and from his hard earned salary, who will help him scout players and report submitted to him before a choice is made.This was unlike before where super Eagles players were invited blindly as though our team camp is a trial ground.

    Again I repeat,nobody is calling Rohr a messiah,even if you do you will not be wrong because the organisational frame work which he has introduced to the team has brought about competition, while competiotn brings about enhanced performance and enhanced performance will bring the rise in the market value of any player.Without the above, Balogun will still choose to remain in Hove, doing nothing,maja will be happy with his situation in France and Omeruo and Awaziem will be happy with going to relegation.

    Rohr will be vindicated eventually,because success is the only outcome of his hard work and the structure hes building right now.Only appreciation is all he deserves.

  • In Simy Nwankwo’s words “No grudges on anyone. I understand every situation because the national team of Nigeria is highly rated. So, if you want to be in the national team, you have to be in the big leagues. That I can understand” I think this should settle the argument

    • So in your own view can you tell us the top leagues? if that is the case, since the qualification to play in the national team is playing in a top league, last time i checked some players in Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Cyprus, Norway were all called up to the nations cup. But yet a player playing in Italian division 2 is not qualified to be called. Can we call this double standard. It is not the choice of players plying there trade in obscure league to find themselves in that position, even playing in top league doesn’t guarantee you playing time week in week out.

      Algeria didn’t have a fancy team at the nations cup. The fact remains we were defeated fair and square. Even if the game went to extra time, it is anyone’s game. At least they defeated Senegal who were rated higher than us. Yet there

      • Its no news anymore that Musa(Captain) and Akpeyi(the most experienced golie) have been working tirelessly on moving to Europe lately..may be you should tell us why.
        And for shehu..we have Aina,Ehizibue, Zaidu and recently, Chima Okoroji moved to padaborn the same club that Collins plays and very soon(if he can bench collins) he’ll be called up.
        So stop asking questions you already have answers to.

  • Dr. Drey. 10 months ago

    Switzerland side, Lugano are set to sign Super Eagles prospect Sebastian Osigwe this summer and club president Angelo Renzetti have confirmed that the player is on their radar.

    The highly rated 26-year-old, who helped Kriens to promotion twice in his 143 appearances for the club and kept 43 clean sheets, parted company with the team on mutual consent after six successful years.

    During an interview with LA2 studios, Lugano president Angelo Renzetti revealed: “We are looking to build a good team for next season. There’s a huge possibility of bringing in Sebastian Osigwe, a fine goalkeeper from Kriens in the Challenge League championship and Joaquin Ardaiz, a Uruguayan from Major League Soccer (MLS). Talks are in an advanced stage and we are hoping to get it through the line.”Sebastian Osigwe

    Interestingly, former Swiss Super League champions, FC Thun have already contacted Sebastian’s representatives on a possible move to the club while Stade Laussane Ouchy are keen to sign him as they chase promotion into the elite league.


    Sebastian is yet to get an invite to the Super Eagles but played for the Nigerian U-20 side during preparation for the 2013 World Cup in Turkey.

    Osigwe decided not to renew his contract at Kriens in the Swiss 2nd divsion in order to move to a 1st division club because he has also been given the brief that he cant get into the team ahead of other keepers keeping for Kaizer Cheifs (No 1 on PSL log) and Omonia Nicosia (No 1 on Cyproit league log). Okoye too left Fortuna for Sparta for THE SAME REASONS.

    Haters should continue arguing what is obvious even to the blind….LMAO

  • Don’t even understand your reply. Well lets wait and see if both players you mentioned will be dropped when the qualifiers start. Since the qualification to be a member of the national team is to be in the top league.

  • Ayphillydegreat 10 months ago

    At least everyone agrees that Rohr’s management skills have propelled the team over the last few years. We all know that we don’t have many players in big European clubs, but it’s been steadily rising since he took over the team. Of course any player playing well in the champions league like Olayinka did for Sparta Prague or like Sadiq Umar did for Partizan Belgrade can be giving a call up on merit. Obviously, not all our players are in the top five leagues of European football, but we’re getting there gradually since the gaffer took over.

    A probable SuperEagles first 11 of any of Uzoho, Okoye or Akpeyi/Alampasu, Ehizobue, Aina, Ekong, Ajayi/Balogun, Ndidi, Aribo/Etebo, Iwobi, Chukwueze/Iheanacho, Kalu/Musa, Osimhen already Has 9 or 10 players playing in the top 5 leagues of European football. I can’t remember the last time I can easily name a potential SuperEagles first 11 Lmao!!! As far as I know I’m seeing a SuperEagles gradually returning to the glory days. It all start from the upcoming WorldCup qualifiers and the competition to be relevant for a call up at any given time is very fierce. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE# 

  • Adeyemi 10 months ago

    For all Rohr’s supporters, this is a vindication for your continual support as well as Achilles heel. By value, Nigeria has the second highest valued team in Africa. It means you can’t come and say, ”there are no minnows in Africa football if we lose to Mauritius”. For Rohr’s doubters, it kinda prove the them as wrong as well. Time will tell. Regardless, football is a beautiful sport and should unite us rather than separate us. Let’s unite and move our team forward despite our differences. That can only be achieved with mutual respect no matter the difference in opinions

  • Emmanuel 10 months ago

    @ADEYEMI,you are absolutely spot on.

  • Michael 10 months ago

    Our Goal keeping department is suddenly turning to our strength, a place where we were lacking in options before