Gernot Rohr on Mikel and Moses’ worldwide futures

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has spoken of the intercontinental futures for John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses.

Neither player was named in the Super Eagles’ squad for their impending matches against the Seychelles and Egypt.

The former is a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, even though the latter is a welcoming.

Both games will be played in Asaba.Moses retired from worldwide football, contacting time on his Nigeria vocation after the 2018 World Cup in Russia past year.

There was speculation that he could return to the Super Eagles soon after exhibiting some great form for loan club Fenerbahce, and Rohr is open to the player resuming his worldwide career.

Talking to the official website of Confederation of African Football, Rohr claimed: “I was against his global retirement and, if he altered his thoughts, he need to explain to me but I have no information and facts about it.

We are going to see.”On the situation of his skipper John Obi Mikel, who was omitted from the hottest collection, the German manager added: “He has arrived in Middlesbrough not too long ago. He told me he was not ready and wants to function after his knee damage in China.“He did not play all winter season possibly. He is not dominated out for the AFCON but could not make that match in Asaba. We will see for the potential.”

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Gernot Rohr extends his contract with Nigeria until 2020 – 2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 09:00

Super Eagles of Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr has penned a new two-year deal until 2020.

The Nigerian Football Federation has decided to tie down the German manager after masterminding their qualification to the 2018 FIFA World Cup with one game to spare.

Rohr was appointed on an initial two-year contract in August 2016 until 2018, taking over a team in turmoil following Sunday Oliseh’s reign.

Announcing the contract extension, NFF boss Amaju Pinnick said the federation was impressed by Rohr’s work ethic.

“When we saw the draw for the World Cup, we knew we were condemned [by a tough group] and we determined that we must overcome it,” Pinnick quoted by ESPN.

“The first thing we identified was that we needed a new coach so we reached out to Arsene Wenger, to Gerard Houllier, and one name kept coming to the fore: Rohr.

“Now we have no regrets about hiring him and he has proven himself not just by qualifying for the World Cup, but with the foundation he is laying for our team, which now has young players from the age of 19, [he is] doing well.

“That is why, as we launch this fan engagement platform, I am proud and happy to announce that we have extended Rohr’s contract for another two years, and paid him his wages until December 2017.”

Rohr’s new deal means this is the first time that a Super Eagles coach has had his contract renewed before a World Cup as Pinnick launched the NFF’s campaign to take 100 fans to Russia

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Gernot Rohr hopes Kevin Akpoguma will choose Nigeria over Germany – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 13:30

Nigerian Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr hopes former German youth international Kevin Akpoguma decides to play for his team.

This comes after the manager was in Europe to embark on a scouting mission last weekend where he watched the Bundesliga clash between Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Rohr revealed his delight after watching the central defender and says he plans to hold talks with Akpoguma over an invitation ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


”I watched him play for Hoffenheim against Frankfurt on Saturday. Kevin is an excellent match for the players we are on the lookout for,” Rohr told SWR.

”But he’ll have to decide soon whether he wants to wear the colors of Nigeria and I’ll call him in the next few days.”

The defender added that it’s an honour to see Rohr showing interest in him, but he is German and wants to represent the Die Mannschaft.

“That honours me, of course, but I’m German, I was born here, so I should play for Germany too,” adds the former German U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 international.

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Kevin Akpoguma an excellent match for Nigeria – Gernot Rohr – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 11:30

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has described Hoffenheim defender Kevin Akpoguma as an “excellent match” for the Super Eagles.

The coach embarked on a scouting trip to Germany this past weekend after overseeing Nigeria’s recent matches against Algeria and Argentina.

Rohr was able to watch a Akpoguma, a long-term target for the Nigerian Football Federation, in action for his club side and has become an admirer of the 22-year-old.

“I watched him play for Hoffenheim against Frankfurt on Saturday. Kevin is an excellent match for the players we are on the lookout for,” Rohr told SWR.

“But he’ll have to decide soon whether he wants to wear the colours of Nigeria and I’ll call him in the next few days.”

When asked about Rohr’s plans to cap him, Germany-born Akpoguma pledged loyalty to the country of his birth: “That honors me, of course, but I’m German, I was born here, so I should play for Germany too.”

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Gernot Rohr praises Brian Idowu and Francis Uzoho after win over Argentina – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Nigeria’s head coach, German Gernot Rohr reacts, during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying soccer match between Algeria and Nigeria at Chahid-Hamlaoui stadium in Constantine, Algeria, 10 November 2017.

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 15, 2017. 13:30

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has singled out Brian Idowu and Francis Uzoho for special praise after his side defeated Argentina 4-2 in a friendly in Krasnodar on Tuesday evening.

The Super Eagles found themselves 2-0 down to ‘La Albiceleste’, but a brace from Alex Iwobi and goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Idowu saw them claim an impressive victory.

Idowu and Uzoho were half-time substitutes, replacing Ola Aina and Daniel Akpeyi respectively to make their debuts for the senior national team.

“Brian is a team newcomer, but he’s not the only one. We have three new players, and I would like to highlight our 19-year-old goalkeeper Uzoho. He played well,” Rohr said at the press conference attended by Sport Express Russia.

“Such matches are specially designed so that we can evaluate new players in the team. We have three players who have a special relationship with Russia. There’s also Ahmed Musa and the captain of the team, he has a connection here through the family.

“Brian played well, scored a goal. His prospects depend on how he will perform at the club. His debut, I’m happy.

“On his position we have other options, so who will play better will be in the team.”

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Gernot Rohr delighted with Nigeria’s depth – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Nigeria’s head coach, German Gernot Rohr reacts, during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying soccer match between Algeria and Nigeria at Chahid-Hamlaoui stadium in Constantine, Algeria, 10 November 2017.

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 16:00

Nigerian national team coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that depth in his Super Eagles squad can help them at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Super Eagles manager was speaking after their 1-1 draw against the Desert Warriors of Algeria on Friday in Constantine.

Rohr praised the performance of the fringe players he used as they bagged a point in their final Group B clash and will now focus on the friendly against Argentina on Tuesday.

The performance of the players has convinced Rohr about the depth his team possess as they head out to the World Cup in Russia next year.

“Everybody worked well, they lost the ball and the tried to get it back. They did well which means that the building is starting now and some things are changing. We have the same attitude,” said Rohr to

“The game showed us that we have players who can play in different positions. We were searching to find new players and we found good new players but we must wait and the return of some injured players.

“Some of these players have shown that they can come in with the first team. We saw good competition for some players in some positions.”

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Nigerian coach Gernot Rohr is monitoring Vincent Enyeama’s progress – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 13:30

Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr will not rush goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama back into the national team set up.

According to the Super Eagles communications boss, Toyin Ibitoye, the coach is aware that Enyeama is back in action for his French club Lille OSC.

Rohr has never hidden his love for the ex-Super Eagles number one and skipper who only recently returned from a six months injury absence.

Ibitoye said the coach is excited with the news, but he is monitoring the keeper’s situation at club level.


”Rohr is aware that Enyeama is back in training, and not only that he is excited but he won’t be rushed back into the team. Rohr is monitoring his situation at Lille,“ Ibitoye said to ownGoalNigeria.

Enyeama is back in training with Lille, but is yet to play a game this season after coach Marcelo Bielsa axed him alongside 10 others from his first team upon his appointment as coach.

Bielsa brought in two new goalkeepers, but their poor form has made the coach likely to hand a reprieve to Enyeama.

The French Ligue1 outfit is struggling to win games and is languishing at number 19 in the 20-team league.

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NFF president: Gernot Rohr will field best XI against Algeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 17:00

Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has emphasised that national team coach Gernot Rohr will pick his best available XI for the match against Algeria.

The Super Eagles will take on the North Africans in Constantine on November 10 for their final Group B 2018 World Cup qualifier, followed by a friendly against Argentina four days later in Russia.

Nigeria have already secured qualification for the 2018 finals, making the match against Algeria little more than academic. However, Pinnick insists the Super Eagles will field their strongest team.

“The temptation is there to rest on oars because we have already qualified,” the NFF president told his organisation’s official website.

“But we would not do that. I am happy the technical crew led by the Technical Adviser has already made it known they would be fielding Nigeria’s best squad on the day.

“The Secretariat must quickly finalise all arrangements. The match in Constantine must be seen as a FIFA World Cup preparation match, just like the one against Argentina in Russia four days later.

“We will go with our best and give our best, to get in the FIFA World Cup mood.”

While Nigeria will field their best available players, the likes of Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses and Elderson Echiejile are unavailable, while Leon Balogun is doubtful.

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Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr to name 25 players for Algeria and Argentina clashes – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 30, 2017. 16:30

According to Nigerian Football Federation’s spokesperson Toyin Ibitoye, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will release a squad of 25 players for the Algeria and Argentina clashes.

The 2013 African champions will face the Desert Warriors in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier and face the Albiceleste in a friendly next month.

Rohr will release a list of 25 players on Monday with two on standby for the games versus Algeria on November 10 and 14 against Argentina respectively.

Ibitoye confirmed to that the list will be made up of players who have been in the team.

”Some players are going to be recalled, but that doesn’t mean new names. For now the coach is sticking with the players he has been working with the past few months”, Ibitoye said.

”Some players are presently injured so they won’t be in the list, but overall it will be made up of same players who have been working with the coach the past few months.

”The idea is to put out a formidable team for the game against Algeria and later Argentina.

“A good showing in both games will help our ranking with FIFA, which will play in our advantage during the World Cup draws in December.“

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Gernot Rohr could recall Obafemi Martins to Nigeria squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 13:00

Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins could return to the Super Eagles squad after coach Gernot Rohr has hinted as much.

The Shanghai Greenland Shenhua striker could gatecrash Nigeria’s squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia according to Rohr.

The manager has made this revelation during a radio interview when he was asked about the chances of the forward making the squad for the World Cup.

”We will call the best men, for now everybody wants to come because we are in the World Cup. The players who brought us to the World Cup, I don’t forget them. It’s very important “, Rohr said.


” There are other players we are also looking at calling to beef up the team, but for now we are looking at getting good games for better preparations for the World Cup .“

Martins was part of the Nigerian team in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. It was the only global tournament the 33-year-old has played in his career.

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Gernot Rohr reveals how he dealt with Nigerian media – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 14:00

Nigerian senior team coach Gernot Rohr has revealed how he avoided becoming a victim of the Nigerian media.

He says media pressure is intense in the country, revealing he was crucified by the media when he first took over as the Super Eagles coach over a year ago.

Speaking to L’equipe, the Franco-German mentor revealed he initially struggled to keep up with the demands of the Nigerian media.

However, he said he was able to conquer the fear and he now has a healthy relationship with the members of the fourth estate.

”I’m the boss, I have full powers because I won straight away, so my hands became free,” he said.

”But the media pressure is immense in Nigeria. The press are ever present. At first I was careful not to fall into one of the cracks of the media but later I had no such problem.”

Rohr will lead his men to their final Group B match of the qualifiers against Algeria before facing Argentina in Russia in an international friendly next month.

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Nigeria Federation: Gernot Rohr will decide on Vincent Enyeama – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Vincent Enyeama of Nigeria dejected during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations match between Zambia and Nigeria on the 25 January 2013 at Mbombela Stadium©Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 12:30

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has insisted that national team coach Gernot Rohr will have the final say over whether goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama returns to the Super Eagles.

The veteran goalkeeper has been frozen out of the national team since having a row with former coach Sunday Oliseh, but he is reportedly close to a return after positive talks with Rohr.

Many pundits have argued that the return of Enyeama could unsettle the Super Eagles, with a possible captaincy power struggle between the ‘keeper and current incumbent John Obi Mikel.

The competing point of view is that Enyeama’s experience will be invaluable as Nigeria head into a World Cup year, in which they must also recover from an opening game defeat in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group.

NFF secretary general Mohammed Sanusi insists that the organisation will not try to influence whether Enyeama is recalled or not, explaining that the decision will be entirely in Rohr’s hands.

“The NFF does not interfere in the choice of players or goalkeepers for the national teams,” Sanusi told the Guardian.

“We had given Rohr the free hand to pick whoever he feels capable of playing in the Super Eagles.

“I won’t say we are in support of his decision to bring back Enyeama, neither will I say we are against it. Rohr’s decision is final as far as such issue is concerned.”

Enyeama could be back in the Nigeria set up as early as next month, with the Super Eagles set to face Algeria away in their final World Cup qualifier.

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Gernot Rohr switches focus to Russia – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Gernot Rohr – Nigeria coach

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Sunday Oct 08, 2017. 16:00

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has immediately switched his focus to preparing his troops for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, after the Super Eagles sealed their place at the global tournament.

The West Africans booked their ticket to Russia with a 1-0 win over Zambia in Uyo on Saturday evening. Arsenal‘s Alex Iwobi emerging off the bench to net what proved to be the winner.

As a result, Nigeria will head to Algeria next month knowing that they are already among the teams on their way to 2018 showpiece.

Boasting four wins from five matches in a group that boasts the current African champions (Cameroon), a star-studded Fennec Foxes outfit and an improving Zambian team, Rohr admitted that he is left surprised by their success.


“The work is not finished,”said Rohr. “Now we need to build a solid team for the World Cup.

“We won four of the five matches played. With the quality of teams in the group, I didn’t think it would be possible,” the German concluded.

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Gernot Rohr confident Nigeria will reach Russia in 2018 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 14:30

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says they have one foot in the door of Russia after their 1-1 draw against Cameroon in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Monday.

The stalemate in Yaounde followed a 4-0 win at home last Friday, and the German manager says he is happy with their progress.

A goal from Moses Simon handed the Super Eagles the lead, but Vincent Aboubakar stepped up to beat Ikechukwu Ezenwa from the spot after the goalkeeper’s error 15 minutes from time.


“I am very happy that we are on the verge of qualification to the FIFA World Cup in Russia,” Rohr told reporters.

“There is joy in my heart for coaching this set of players who gave their best for the entire 90 minutes to grab a point. Now we have a foot at the Mundial.

“It was a different Cameroon team. After losing 4-0 to us last Friday, they came out and gave us a good game.

“Our target was to grab four points over the two legs. For us we achieved our objective. It was mission accomplished us.

”We should all be happy now that we are on the verge of qualification although we know that we made mistakes that we will work on fixing in the upcoming period.”

In the wake of the draw, the Super Eagles now need a draw at home against Zambia to reach the 2018 World Cup.

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Gernot Rohr names Daniel Akpeyi in Nigeria squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 14:00

Nigerian internationals John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo have both been named in the Super Eagles squad.

The Super Eagles will face Cameroon, who are the reigning Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions, in back to back 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has also named goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, who was criticised after Nigeria’s 2-0 defeat to South Africa in the 2019 AFCON qualifier in Uyo last June.

Uche Agbo, Henry Onyekuru, Kenneth Omeruo, Aaron Samuel, Alhassan Ibrahim, Stephen Eze and Ifeanyi Ifeanyi are placed on standby.

Nigeria will host the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Uyo on 1 September 2017. The return leg match will be played in Yaounde on 4 September 2017.


Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)

Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Ola Aina (Hull City, England)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

STANDBY: Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht FC, Belgium); Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea FC, England); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United); Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)

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