Rohr’s second mission accomplished


Gernot Rohr was able to stamp ‘mission accomplished’ on the second chapter of his managerial reign as Nigeria qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations since winning the tournament in 2013.
The Super Eagles secured a place at the 2019 finals after a 1-1 draw with South Africa in their Group E fixture on Saturday.
“After reaching the World Cup, this was our second target, we did it,” said Rohr after his players sealed qualification.
The West Africans experienced heat and humidity at Soccer City, but managed to seal a place in Cameroon with one round of matches still to play.
“It was very hot and very difficult. We knew South Africa wanted to try and win the game and I think they played very well,” he added.
“We had a long journey. The NFF [Nigeria Football Federation] couldn’t make us come early. The weather was tough for both teams and players coming from Europe. The condition was not easy at all.
“Our plan was to play it like a final. I’m happy for this young team because our four regular players were not here.
“The second choice goalkeeper Ezenwa had a good game. Everybody did well. If the striker Odion Ighalo was here maybe we would have scored more,” Rohr added.
“The goal scored by our captain Musa was a good goal and not offside. I think it was a wrong call by the officials,” Rohr said.
“I don’t criticise the referee but maybe our captain was too fast technically for the linesman.”
The Super Eagles won the Nations Cup in 1980, 1994 and 2013 – that last triumph coming after they missed the 2012 tournament.


Africa Cup of Nations
Angola    2 – 1    B/Faso
Mauritania    2 – 1    Botswana
Eswatini    1 – 0    Niger
Mozambique    0 – 0    Zambia
Lesotho    0 – 0    Tanzania
S/Africa    1 – 1    Nigeria
E/Guinea    0 – 1    Senegal
Comoros    2 – 1    Malawi
Gabon    0 – 1    Mali
Gambia    3 – 1    Benin
Seychelles    1 – 8    Libya
Namibia    0 – 0    G/Bissau
Uganda    1 – 0    Cape Verde
UEFA Nations League
England    2 – 1    Croatia
N.Ireland    1 – 2    Austria
Italy    0 – 0    Portugal
Turkey    0 – 1    Sweden
Albania    0 – 4    Scotland
Serbia    2 – 1    Montenegro
Romania    3 – 0    Lithuania
Azerbaijan    2 – 0    F/Islands
Malta    0 – 5    Kosovo

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