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‘SUPER EAGLES ARE READY FOR WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINALS IN SEPTEMBER’ -ROHR

The German tactician and coach of the Nigerian Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, says he is confident the Super Eagles will be ready for September’s World Cup qualifier against Liberia despite seeing his men hold the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to a 0-0 draw during the second leg of the friendly played.

Despite relying on makeshift defenders, the three-time African champions ended the encounter at the Wiener Neustadt Stadium on a no-winner, no vanquished note.

Nigerian Super Eagle defenders Kenneth Omeru and William Ekong tackling a Cameroonian striker.

Although Rohr rued the chances missed by his team which he attributed to the absence of key players –  he is upbeat that his team would be set when their quest to qualify for Qatar 2022 commences against their West African foes.

“The result is not the most important thing in these friendlies,” he said on Super Eagles’ Instagram handles. “The most important thing is to test some players, to see some of these new faces. That was the case today, we didn’t want to concede.

We wanted to score but we could not, but when you are missing players like Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Joe Aribo, Samuel Kalu, and Henry Onyekuru, it’s not easy. “These players came in the middle of their holidays to work hard for ten days with us.

Super Eagle starting eleven against the indomitable lions of Cameroon on Tuesday 8th June 2021 in Vienna, Austria.

“The fruit of the work will come. I think we will be ready in September for our World Cup qualifier against Liberia. Rohr also reserved special accolades for Valentine Ozornwafor who held sway in Nigeria’s backline.

In the absence of William Troost-Ekong, the Galatasaray man provided cover for goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, while Nantes forward Moses Simon was drafted to play the left-back role.

According to Rohr, “we wanted to score but we could not, but when you are missing players like Osimhen, Chukwueze, Aribo, Kalu, and Henry, it’s not easy.” “These players came in the middle of their holidays to work hard for ten days with us. “These players came in the middle of their holidays to work hard for ten days with us.

Super Eagles midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, holding off Cameroonian defenders during the 2nd leg of the International friendlies in Vienna, Austria

In the absence of William Troost-Ekong, the Galatasaray man provided cover for goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, while Nantes forward Moses Simon was drafted to play the left-back role.

“The fruit of the work will come. I think we will be ready in September for our World Cup qualifier against Liberia. ”Rohr also reserved special accolades for Valentine Ozornwafor who held sway in Nigeria’s backline.

Story: Abdullahi Dauda

Pictures: Instagram – @ng_supereagles

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