Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr has revealed that Nigeria will be involved in a pre-World Cup friendly against Poland on March 23, 2018, reports soccernet.com.ng. The Super Eagles have been drawn against Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D of the 2018 World Cup, while their next opponents, the Polish team, are in Group H alongside Senegal, Colombia and Japan. Nigeria and Poland are looking for similar group rivals to face in friendlies ahead of the World Cup, and an agreement has been reached for both nations to meet in Poland in the next FIFA window. “Croatia is capable of great things with a team of stars playing in the biggest clubs. This is the most important match, and we hope to prepare for it against opponents similar to Croatia. “So we will pla
Super Eagles’ new chief scout, Victor Agali says coach Gernot Rohr won’t be considering new players in his squad for the World Cup in Russia next year. Agali made this known in a television programme in Lagos monitored by Owngoalnigeria.com, while responding to a question on if new players would make the squad to the World Cup. He said there would be no need for new players in the team as the coach already has the team for the World Cup, adding that bringing in new players could disrupt the understanding existing among the players. “The players are fired up now, the bonding is strong and they understand themselves, there would be no need to disrupt that understanding by bringing in new players. Rohr already has the players he will need at the World Cup”, Agali remarked.
Croatian coach, Boris Pučić, believes his side will thrash Nigeria in their 2018 World Cup fixture on June 16. Speaking on Tuesday, he wrote Nigeria off, saying the only star player in the squad is Victor Moses. ”Obi Mikel plays in China, Moses has been injured for some time and has just returned to Chelsea’s first team, while others are all in some side-tiers. ”Iheanacho and Musa are in reserve in Leicester, Iwobi for Arsenal plays a bit more, but Nigeria is now the shadow of the national team that they once called ‘African Brazil. ”Simply, there is no star player besides Moses in Chelsea and the team is not close to what we remember from the World Cup in the United States or France that played really well.”
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr expects his team to be drawn in a tough group in today’s 2018 FIFA World Cup draw in Moscow. Against the wishes of many Nigerians, Rohr would prefer to be drawn against reigning world champions Germany as they have struggled to win against African opposition in recent games at the World Cup. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil Germany played a 2-2 draw against Ghana in the group stage and in the Round of 16, they also needed an extra time goal to defeat Algeria. “I know Germany very well and sometimes they have difficulties against African teams,” Rohr told BBC Sport. “Drawing Germany would be very nice but for my mother it would be difficult – because she is for Germany! “We will have a difficult group because we are in the last pot and we are sup
The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Desert Foxes of Algeria on Friday played out a 1-1 draw in the last game of qualifying series for Russia 2018 World Cup in Constantine. The first half of the game ended in a barren draw with Nigeria enjoying much of the possession but failing to utilize couple of chances. Israel-based midfielder John Ogu put the visiting West African giants ahead with a 61st minute left footed shot from outside the eighteen yard area. Both teams fought hard in the dead rubber encounter with Nigeria having claimed the sole ticket of the group, which also has Zambia and Cameroon. The Cabonese referee surprisingly awarded a controversial penalty to the home side in the 86th minute and Yacine Brahimi made no mistake with the spot kick. Nigeria will now head to...
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed changes expected in his squad against Algeria in the inconsequential World Cup qualifying game in Constantine on Friday. ADO Den Haag right-back, Tyronne Ebuehi, on-loan Standard Liege midfielder Uche Agbo and Hapoel Be’er Sheva forward Anthony Nwakaeme shall all find places in the starting lineup. Rohr considers fielding fringe players for the dead robber game with the likes of on-loan Hull City defender Ola Aina; young Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho; on-loan Anderlecht striker Henry Onyekuru, on-loan Girona forward Olarenwaju Kayode and Norway – based midfielder Chidiebere Nwakali all set to start. The Super Eagles have already landed in Russia after beating Zambia 1-0 in Uyo on October 7 to top Group B
Salisu Yusuf, the Super Eagles assistant coach, says Victor Moses’ recent injury is likely to sideline the Chelsea FC wing forward for about two or three weeks. Yusuf told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja that Moses’ absence from the team’s matches against Algeria and Argentina would however not affect the Super Eagles. He said the Nigerian senior men football team would crush both Algeria and Argentina even without Moses. “Victor Moses will be out of action for two or three weeks due to injury, but we have confidence in the capability of our team to win all their matches while he is away,’’ Yusuf said. NAN reports that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had last week released a 24-man list of players the team’s technical crew would be needing for th
Super Eagles coach, Yusuf Salisu Yusuf has allayed fears about the upcoming friendly between Nigeria and Argentina, insisting that the Jorge Sampaoli-led side are not unbeatable if only the Super Eagles can put up a phenomenal showing on the day. The two-time World champions, would square off against the Super Eagles in Krasnodar, Russia for a friendly billed on the 14th of next month, as a warm-up game before the World Cup year turns out. Argentina coach, Jorge Sampaoli is expected to field the likes of Lionel Messi of Barcelona), Sergio Aguero of Manchester City), Dybala of Juventus, Sergio Romero (Manchester United) and Angel Di María (PSG). “The Super Eagles are equal to the task anytime, anywhere.” “We are not afraid of big names because big names no longer play footba
Nigeria will be paid a total of $12.5 million by FIFA for qualifying for Russia 2018 with $2.5 million of this amount paid for the Eagles to prepare adequately for the football showpiece. They will earn more cash should they reach the knockout rounds of the tournament as they have done in 1994 and 2014. Nigeria have so far used a total of 37 players for the qualifying tournament for Russia 2018 and they are all entitled to a share of a qualification bonus. Rohr, a 64-year-old Franco-German coach, said he believes that with a fully prepared and united team both on and off the pitch, Nigeria can expect their best performance at next year’s tournament. “If we want to do something at the World Cup, we have to prepare well,” he said. “We want everybody who wants to be part of the
Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has picked a match against Nigeria, as one of his favourites for his country. Messi revealed this shortly after netting a hat-trick against Ecuador, which qualified Argentina for the 2018 World Cup. He has played against Nigeria twice at age-grade level – the 2005 World Youth Championship and also the 2008 Olympic in Beijing – winning both times. At senior level, he has scored in three times in the three games he has played against Nigeria – a brace at the last World Cup in Brazil and a goal in a friendly game played in Malaysia in 2012. “He was speaking after his hat-trick for Argentina against Ecuador, he was asked his best games for his country and he picked his debut at the World Cup against Serbia which