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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Chelsea manager: Victor Moses an important player for us – 2018 FIFA World Cup

Chelsea’s Victor Moses (L) in action against Arsenal‘s Danny Welbeck (R) during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 15:00

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that the injury-enforced absence of Nigerian star Victor Moses has been a major blow to his team.

The Super Eagles wide-man has missed the last nine matches across all competitions for Chelsea, having picked up an injury in a 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace in mid-October.

Moses began training with the first team last week and was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool this past weekend.

He could well make his comeback into the team during tonight’s Premier League clash at home to Swansea City.

“He is in contention but at the same time I have to make the best decision for every player,” Conte was quoted as saying by Football.London.

“For sure Victor is back from a bad injury and needs a bit of time to find the best physical condition. He is an important player for us.”

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Chelsea’s Nigerian star Moses resumes training – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Chelsea’s Victor Moses (L) vies for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli (R)

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 09:00

Nigerian international Victor Moses has resumed training with his Chelsea teammates.

The defender-cum-midfielder spent the last five weeks undergoing rehabilitation due to the hamstring problem he suffered against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte revealed that Moses has progressed well following the team’s 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in an English Premier League game on Saturday.

“Today the starting 11 was the same as against United,” Conte told Chelsea’s official website.

“We played well in that game and we did again today but don’t forget we have to play a lot of games in a few days, so I need all of my players.

”Victor Moses is progressing well and I hope to have him back from tomorrow, for the game after Qarabag,” he added.

“It’s important to have all the senior players in good form without injuries.”

Moses, 25, has made six league appearances for the Blues this season.

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Victor Moses: I belong at Chelsea

Bertin Basson

Saturday Nov 18, 2017. 12:00

Having found his feet and successfully nailed down a spot in the Chelsea first team, Victor Moses believes that he belongs at Stamford Bridge.

Following three successive seasons out on-loan, Antonio Conte’s arrival opened the door for Moses with the Italian mentor giving the Nigeria international a chance to shine.

Moses duly took the opportunity with both hands and was one of the club’s star men as they charged to the English Premier League title last season.

The Blues rewarded the 26-year-old’s form with a new deal in March and Moses has since revealed that the contract extension gave him even more confidence.


“It [the contract] gave me even more of a boost to go out there and enjoy my football,” Moses told Goal.

“The new deal gave me a lot more confidence to say this is where I belong, this is where I want to play, this is where I want to help my team and to win trophies.

Chelsea is one of the biggest football clubs in the world. I am happy here and enjoying it. I have always believed in myself. As a footballer it is essential to have that belief,” he concluded.

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Victor Moses nearing full fitness – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford (R) challenges Chelsea‘s Victor Moses

Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 18:00

Nigeria international Victor Moses continues to make steady progress on his return to full fitness, with the Chelsea utility player pictured back in outdoor training.

Moses, 26, has been out of action since picking up a hamstring injury in the Blues 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last month.

As a result, he was not selected for the Super Eagles 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria this evening. He will also play not part in the country’s scheduled friendly against Argentina.

Moses’ absence has been a major blow for the London club, but Antonio Conte is not willing to rush the former Liverpool man back into action.

Nigeria’s match against the Fennec Foxes in Constantine tonight is a mere formality with the West African’s having already booked their place at next year’s showpiece.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Victor Moses – Chelsea Legend: Blues miss Nigerian ace – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Chelsea’s Victor Moses (L) in action against Arsenal‘s Danny Welbeck (R) during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC

Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 10:11

Chelsea have continued to struggle without Victor Moses, with the London club falling to a 3-0 loss away to Roma in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Moses, who is nearing a return from injury, has been massively missed by the Blues with Antonio Conte’s men to now turn their attention to their upcoming fixture against Manchester United this weekend.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard commented on Moses’ impact at Stamford Bridge and believes that the club have missed the Nigeria international.


“Moses is a miss,” Lampard said on BT Sport when asked about the 26-year-old’s impact.

“You wouldn’t of thought that 18 months ago with what he’s given them in the right-wing back position.

“He [Conte] is covering it with Cesar Azpilicueta, he’s covering it with Davide Zappacosta but it’s affecting the whole back five.

“And I think he will want to get back to knowing what his three is and working on it through the week.

“The players are going to have to react because I don’t think Conte is a manager that will change his way. He might change players in the team but they’ll have to work,” the former Chelsea midfielder concluded.

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Nigerian Moses Simon nets brace in Gent’s midweek win – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 17:00

Nigerian attacker Moses Simon inspired KAA Gent to a 3-0 win over AS Eupen in Belgian top flight football on Tuesday night.

The Super Eagles winger scored two penalties – in the 36th and 38th minutes – to round off the scoring for Gent at their GHELAMCO-Arena.

The hosts had earlier opened the scoring through Japan’s Yuya Kubo, who was set-up by Nigerian Samuel Kalu.

Gent also featured Ghana’s Nana Asare, Tunisian Dylan Bronn and another Nigerian, Anderson Esiti, in an African-heavy line-up.

Simon has now scored three goals in 10 league appearances, while Kalu has also hit the back of the net three times from his nine appearances.

Gent are placed 12th on the Belgian top flight table with 13 points from 12 matches.

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Moses Basena demands coaching reins for Uganda national team – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 09:00

Uganda’s interim coach Moses Basena says coaching the Cranes has been an honour and hopes he will be handed the reins on a full time basis.

Basena’s mandate as interim coach is set to end after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers final match against Congo early next month.

Meanwhile the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations has opened a global search for a permanent coach that will take the Cranes to another level.


The FA has roped in Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya to help in the recruitment of Cranes coach as the FA could be trying to show how that national team stakes have risen.

“To coach Uganda Cranes is an honour that brings the best out of you. I have enjoyed my time hope it continues,” said Basena.

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Chelsea coach blames Roma draw on absence of Moses – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Chelsea‘s Victor Moses (L) vies for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli (R)

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 13:00

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has blamed his side’s draw with AS Roma on the absence of three key players in his squad, including Victor Moses.

The English Premier League (EPL) champions were held to a 3-3 draw by Italian Serie A giants AS Roma in an UEFA Champions League in London on Wednesday.

Nigerian international Moses picked up a hamstring injury in last weekend’s EPL defeat to Crystal Palace.

His team-mate Danny Drinkwater is out with a calf injury, while Frenchman N’Golo Kanté suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty.

”We must realise we had three important players out, Kante, Drinkwater and Moses, and this gives us problems, but I am not looking for excuses now,” Conte told

”I tried an extra defender to protect more the team, but in terms of the style and system I want to see, it must always be the same.”

The three players will miss Chelsea‘s league game against Watford on Saturday.

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Victor Moses ‘working hard’ to get back to fitness – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Chelsea’s Victor Moses (L) in action against Arsenal‘s Danny Welbeck (R) during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 12:00

Nigeria international Victor Moses has taken to Twitter to explain that he is “working hard” to return to fitness following his recent injury.

The Super Eagles star, who played a major role in Nigeria qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, picked up a hamstring injury in Chelsea’s 2-1 loss at Crystal Palace this past weekend.

The 26-year-old is set to be sidelined for approximately a month, which would see him ruled out of Nigeria’s final dead-rubber qualifier away to Algeria on November 10.

However, Moses put the following post up on his official Twitter page ahead of Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Roma in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Blues will hope Moses can speed up his recovery from the hamstring injury, but know that he will definitely be out of commission for this weekend’s Premier League clash at home to Watford.

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Moses Basena happy despite a draw against Ghana and failure to reach World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 14:30

Despite their failure to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, Ugandan coach Moses Basena says he is happy with how his men played against Ghana.

The penultimate Group E encounter failed to produce a winner as both sides played to a goalless draw on Saturday in Kampala.

Although the Uganda Cranes struggled to break down a resilient Black Stars team, Basena praised his team as both teams failed to qualify the the showpiece in Russia.

“We are a little bit crestfallen for drawing here in Namboole,” Basena told reporters.

“But when you draw against a strong opponent like Ghana, you don’t really lose hope and there are some positives we pick from the game.

“We are disappointed by the result but happy with how we worked especially myself as a coach.

“There are many people who doubted our ability but I am happy that we showed we can play against any team.”

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Chiefs stutter at Moses Mabhida

Olaleng Shaku (Captain) of Baroka FC kicks the ball over the head of Bhongolwethu Jayiya of Kaizer Chiefs FC during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Baroka FC at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 30 September 2017 ©Gerald Duraan/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 30, 2017. 20:03

Kaizer Chiefs continued with their poor run of form when they lost 2-1 in the Absa Premiership to Baroka FC at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

Although they scored first through George Maluleka’s stunner, Amakhosi failed to hold on to their lead.

The loss means coach Steve Komphela’s men now occupy the fifth spot with nine points from seven league games.

For the visitors, Lewis Macha and Gift Motupa scored the two goals as they continued with their unbeaten run in the 2017/18 league campaign.

Amakhosi had a bright start as they dictated the proceedings in search of an early goal and their efforts were rewarded in eighth minute.

A beautiful play by the hosts saw Bhongolethu Jayiya delivering a wonderful pass to Maluleka on the edge of the area – the midfielder unleashed a powerful shot to beat goalkeeper Virgil Vries on his right corner.

Four minutes later, Baroka looked for a quick response and the visitors made good runs on the left flank and a cross was delivered for Sipho Moeti in the box, but his touch sailed inches wide, with Itumeleng Khune moving the opposite direction.

However, the Limpopo side managed to level the scoreline in the 23rd minute after a set piece from Siphelele Ntshangase and Macha’s header beat Khune on his right post.

Both sides exchanged dominance towards the 40th minute, yet there were few goal-scoring opportunities.

However, Amakhosi fought back as they wanted to regain their lead and Siphiwe Tshabalala’s attempt from a curler went wide of the left post in the 42nd minute following a great passing game.

The thrilling encounter ended at 1-1 at half time.

Chiefs came back with more intent and their good passes in the heart of the park saw Hendrick Ekstein’s shot going over the crossbar.

Moeti received a brilliant pass in the box and the forward failed to lower his effort as he blasted his shot over Khune’s left corner.

Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele would finally get the lead when Motupa beat two Chiefs defenders before unleashing a powerful shot on the roof of the net on the hour mark.

With 30 minutes to go, coach Steve Komphela introduced Dumisani Zuma for Jayiya and they added numbers to exert pressure on Baroka’s defence and the substitute saw his effort going wide.

Despite dominating in the last minutes of the contest, Chiefs could not hit the target as Vries stood firm between the posts.

In the wake of the victory, coach Kgoloko Thobejane’s men now sit at number one on the log with 15 points from seven matches.

Kaizer Chiefs (1) (Maluleka 8′)

Baroka FC (1) 2 (Macha 23′, Motupa 60′)

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Moleko, Mathoho, Cardoso, Zulu, Maluleka, Meyiwa (Meyiwa 77′), Ekstein, Jayiya (Zuma 60′), Tshabalala, Paez (Parker 37′)

Baroka FC: Vries, Shaku, Matloga (Ngalande 46′), Ntshangase (Motupa 46′), Banda, Moeti, Masenamela, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Macha (Mahashe 74′)

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Moses parts the Sierra Leone defence to hand Nigeria victory – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

Nathaniel Tongo Vula of Sierra Leone challenged by Okoro Osadebamwen Moses (l) and Aremu Afeez Olalekan of Nigeria (r) during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Nigeria and Sierra Leone at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 11 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Brian Lee

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 22:00

Moses Okoro and Moses Peter scored a goal apiece in the final five minutes of the tie to hand Nigeria a 2-0 win over Sierra Leone in a Last 16 match during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday, September 11.

Sierra Leone dominated the opening exchanges and almost took the lead three minutes in when Donald Wellington drove behind the defence, but failed to beat the Nigerian keeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, in a one-on-one situation.

Ten minutes later Donald Wellington was at it again when he met a low free-kick from the right, but again he was thwarted by the Super Eagles shot-stopper.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa was certainly at his best for Nigeria between the sticks with yet another close range save to deny Nathaniel Tongo Vula in the 15th minute when he broke behind the defence.

The Super Eagles’ first real attempt on goal only came in the 22nd minute, but Samuel Mathias fired his powerful shot inches over from 25-yards out.

Ten minutes later Sierra Leone’s Lahai Coker tried his luck from long range, but his stinging shot was well-saved by Ikechukwu Ezenwa who was keeping Nigeria in the game.

Neither side could break the deadlock before half time as the teams entered the tunnel locked at 0-0.

Five minutes into the second half Donald Wellington should have given Sierra Leone the lead when he found himself unmarked and in space 14-yards out, but he fired hopelessly wide.

Nigeria took control of the match after that and came close to scoring in the 55th minute when Uche Akas drove into the box from the left flank, but his thunderous 12-yard shot struck the side-netting.

Six minutes later Uche Akas drove into the box again and while his shot was on target this time, the Sierra Leone keeper was on hand to make a spectacular fingertip save to deny him.

In the 76th minute Amadu Barrie was gifted a golden opportunity to give the Leone Stars the lead when he broke through on goal, but with all the time in the world and just the keeper to beat, he failed to do so after shooting straight at Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Three minutes later the action was at the other end of the park when Rabiu Ali let fly with a pile-driver from the edge of the box, but the Sierra Leone keeper made a good one-handed save turn the ball around post.

In the 85th minute Moses Okoro won the game for Nigeria with the goal of the tournament thus far after curling a 22-yard free-kick into the top left corner, 1-0.

The icing on the cake for the Super Eagles was their second goal two minutes later when Moses Peter made it 2-0.

Nigeria (0) 2 (Okoro 85’, Peter 87’)
Sierra Leone (0) 0


Nigeria coach: Salisu Yusuf

Nigeria: 1. Ezenwa, 2. Okoro, 6. Eze, 5. Ariwachukwu, 3. Akas, 4. Aremu, 8. Ifeanyi, 10. Ali, 15. Mathias (7. Friday 65’), 9. Okpotu (11. Moses 52’), 18 Eduwo (14. Okechukwu 77’).

Sierra Leone coach: Aabubakar Tos Kamara

Sierra Leone: 16. Koroma, 2. K Fofanah, 3. Suma, 15. Dunia, 12. Allie, 13. Coker, 4. Sakila, 8. M Fofanah (19. Barrie 71’), 10. Vula, 11. Alpha (7. Sesay 57’), 9. Wellington.

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Moses respects Cameroon, but insists Nigeria will win – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Moses Simon of Nigeria (r) challenged by Tebogo Langerman of South Africa during the 2019 Afcon football qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Uyo State, Nigeria. @Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 31, 2017. 12:30

As the giants of African football are set to lock horns on Friday, Nigerian midfielder Moses Simon says they respect Cameroon, but they want a win.

The Super Eagles are at home hosting the reigning African champions eyeing their third win in their quest to book a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Simon has admitted Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier is not a fixture for the faint-hearted as they will do everything to grind out a positive result.

On the other hand, the midfielder also shared his sentiments on the return of skipper, John Obi Mikel ahead of the crucial encounter.

“We were not at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon when Cameroon won the trophy but we have respect for them as the African champions,” he tells


“We have to give everything that we have when we are going to play against them. We have to play together as a team.

“I believe we have a very good squad with the calibre of players we have in the team right now.

“We are happy to always have him (Mikel) around because he’s the leader. His presence alone is a great boost to the team and it will motivate us as well.

“We want the fans to come out to support us to win this important match on Friday. We want to keep our mind and eyes on the match in Uyo.

“Thereafter, we can talk about the return match in Yaounde. What Nigerians should expect from us on Friday is victory.”

Gernot Rohr’s men currently tops Group B with six points from two wins over Zambia and Algeria. The match will be staged at the Uyo International Stadium at 18:00 (CAT) on Friday.

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Victor Moses success helped convince Rudiger of Chelsea move – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford (R) challenges Chelsea’s Victor Moses

Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 17, 2017. 14:30

The success and improvement Victor Moses enjoyed at Chelsea last season helped convince Antonio Rudiger to join the Premier League club.

The Nigerian was converted to a right wingback by Blues coach Antonio Conte and went on to enjoy his best season in English football, establishing himself as a key figure of a Premier League-winning side.

Rudiger, who joined Chelsea from Italian giants Roma earlier this month, explained that Conte’s ability to improve players like Moses was one of the reasons he agreed to join the London club.

“Of course, for me the biggest reason [to move to Chelsea] was the coach, Antonio Conte,” he told beIN Sports.

“He’s a fantastic Coach. He improved a lot of players, like last season Moses and [Marcos] Alonso.

“They had a great season and I that’s why I said I want to be a part of that.”

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Henry Onyekuru told to pick West Ham by Victor Moses – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Chelsea ace Victor Moses in action against Tanzania

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jun 15, 2017. 11:00

Henry Onyekuru has been advised by Nigerian compatriot Victor Moses to choose West Ham United over Arsenal if and when he moves to the Premier League.

Onyekuru, who is currently on the books of Belgian side KAS Eupen, is set for a big-money move to England’s top flight, with the Gunners and the Hammers set to battle for his signature.

Moses has inside knowledge of West Ham, having spent a season on loan with the club, and according to the Daily Mail he has urged Onyekuru to choose them ahead of Arsenal.

“The Nigerian [Onyekuru] wants to play for the London Stadium side despite reports in Belgium saying Eupen wanted him to go to a more prestigious club,” claims the Daily Mail.

”Onyekuru, who has one international cap, has spoken to Chelsea‘s Victor Moses about living in London and has been encouraged to make the move to West Ham where Moses played on loan in 2015-16.”

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