Sign in
Download Opera News App

News Sports

 

Soccer

 

AFCON

A lot to expect as Super Eagles prepare to face Central African Republic for a place at the World Cup

Whether parallels can be drawn with Gernot Rohr's time with Super Eagles, from the early ordeals to where, ultimately, he wants the journey to finish, remains to be seen.

His character eventually beats one of the grand masters.

The German started his journey as head coach of the Super Eagles in 2016. Rohr has done well to always grind out results irrespective of what people think about his pattern or ways in which his team plays.

He knows how to motivate his lads to perform at crucial moments of any Qualification competition.

The Super Eagles have been fortunate in one respect given that they have won their opening two games of the World Cup Qualifiers in Group C.

Central African Republic and Nigeria will clash on day three of the Qualifiers at Teslim Balogun Stadium.

The most important thing in these circumstances, going on the evidence of the games against Liberia and Cape Verde Islands, is that Rohr's players take better care of the ball.  

Rohr's training will be focused on the team's attacking structure, with Victor Osimhen and Alex Iwobi always pushing forward to help deprive the CAR flair players of space. After that, a lot of Nigeria's hopes rest on how Wilfred Ndidi and Joe Aribo perform.

The rich array of attacking talent Nigeria have developed in the intervening five years demanded much more of them.

Cape Verde were well organised and disciplined, and carried a tangible threat when the opportunities arose, but Super Eagles were victorious in an unconvincing manner.

Perhaps it spoke to the conservative streak within Rohr. There was certainly a measure of caution in Eagles' passing, lacking risk or penetration, particularly in central midfield where they continue to miss a playmaker able to inject the requisite tempo to unsettle a team as defensively resilient as the Blue Sharks were.

Rohr is acutely aware of the idiosyncrasies of Qualification football, and Nigeria undeniably remain on track for their first target: qualifying for the final rounds from Group C as winners.

Ahead of the double header with CAR, the clamour to include some fresh faces will grow after this. The coach has plenty of thinking to do.

For Rohr, it is the pinnacle of a long career in management, beginning with Lagos at home to CAR.  

Content created and supplied by: AdemetanAbayomi (via Opera News )

Cape Verde Islands Central African Republic Liberia Nigeria Rohr

COMMENTS

Load app to read more comments