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Rohr: Super Eagles Won’t Underrate Zambia As Algeria Did

Rohr: Super Eagles Won’t Underrate Zambia As Algeria Did

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has stated that his players will not make the mistake Algeria made by underrating the Chipolopolo of Zambia in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier ‎in Uyo on Saturday.
The Eagles top the Group B on 10 points while Zambia are second on seven points.
Both teams recorded impressive results on matchday three and four with the Eagles taking four points off Cameroon, while Zambia defeated Algeria home and away.
In an exclusive interview witn Cafonline.com, Rohr reveals that he has seen tapes of the Zambians but expressed confidence that his players will be in high spirit for the game.
“I can’t predict the scoreline against Zambia because it would not be an easy match,” the 64-year-old Rohr who had previously  worked in Gabon , Niger, Burkina Faso and Tunisia  tells Cafonline..com
“Zambia can be dangerous because they  also have a good team;  I don’t think it would be a 4-0 win for us but the most important thing for us is to win even if it’s by one or two goal difference.
“I have seen a lot of videos of the Zambian  team and I must confess they are a very good side much better than the team we played last October, but we are not afraid. We only have to give them respect, but we won’t make the mistake  Algeria  made by underrating  Zambia. They  have quick strikers, but we shall be ready for them. We are going to show a good fighting spirit ; we want to go to Russia to show the world that we are very good team with a good fighting spirit.
“In this game against Zambia, the players would show what they can do defensively and offensively. Our goal is to win the game and there is no doubt about that. It’s a good situation for us because even a draw is still okay, but we want to win. Zambia must win to have a chance of going to Russia;  and I think they are in the same situation like Cameroon who wanted to win in Uyo but we punished them with our counter attacks. We shall see what they want to do, but by God’s grace, we shall win this game. “
Rohr also admits that he is excited being the Head Coach of the Super Eagles, stressing that it would be an achievement leading them to the 2018 World Cup.
“I’m happy to be the head of this group of players and in general, everyone has realised that we have a fantastic goal of going to the World Cup in Russia; and everybody is happy being part of the team. It would be great to lead Nigeria to the World Cup in Russia, “‎ he says.
On his assessment of the Eagles’ performance one year after his appointment , Rohr says: “We started in August 2016 and the mission was to build a young team. Our first game against Tanzania was successful  and all along, I wanted a good foundation and that means a very good defence.
“I also wanted a good mix of experienced and young players.  We started the World Cup campaign in October against Zambia in Ndola and the victory gave us a good confidence. In one year, we only lost once (against South Africa in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers) and we had good result against big teams like Cameroon and Algeria.
“At the beginning, everybody thought the ticket for the Russia 2018 World Cup  in our  group was going to be between Cameroon and Algeria but it’s  now between us and Zambia. It’s now in our hands now and we have to  ensure we win at home against Zambia so that we can go to Russia; we want everybody to be focussed on this objective and I’m confident because our last two games against Cameroon gave us a lot of optimism.”
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  • Greenturf 4 years ago

    Good and professional statement by Rohr.Indeed the team has upped their form under his management.He has given the team and fans alike belief going forward.A win on Saturday is not negotiable.I hope eagles carry the day.Meanwhile,should we qualify we now have the opportunity of going to the world cup with a good gaffer.Apparently,observers will be keen to see what the team can achieve under a very good management. I wish super eagles all the fortunes they need to own Zambia come Saturday in Uyo

    • Good talk my coacheee not like those Zambians who talk rubbish

  • That’s an expert talking, expressing his optimism, weighing the strength of the exponent and considering an undesired outcome, no matter how remote it is. But neophyte coaches from the other end have been opening their mouths and blasting the Super Eagles, a team that has made considerable gains in recent times. I bet these Zambians will chew their words … and get a bout of diarrhoea as a bonus. And Cameroon will complete the spanking because they have to get something too.

  • Vitalis 4 years ago

    Matured talk from Rohr

  • Slekky 4 years ago

    I want Rohr to remember if Nigeria wasn’t blessed even a jose Morinhno cannot be great With This Team,this team made u,why u as well made them, remember this day,Lets Respect This Zambian Team And Trash Them Silly. All The Best Super Eagles.

  • Abdulrazak 4 years ago

    Compare Rohr’s measured tones to the Zambian head coach’s bombastic statements. My prediction for Saturday:
    Nigeria 7
    Zambia 0
    Insha Allah.

  • the outsider 4 years ago

    Rhor! You are right and spot on don’t underrate Zambia. Educate these super flightless eagles supporters who are too busy hallucinating for a 7 zero scoreline. Rhor no worries, I will remind these overzealous blind supporters for you since they are unable to understand what you are saying to them. Rhor has clearly admitted he is afraid but politely said to you the fans we are not afraid of the bogey team coming for us. So prepare to eat your deservedly humble pie. They said group B was the group of death and that Algeria, Cameroon, and Nigeria will fight for the one ticket available. Obviously, that was a wrong prediction but the truth is two down one to go for Zambia to have the last laugh. Eagles! you are next.

    • Donbenie 4 years ago

      You can have your pipe dream if it makes you feel better,I blame the Algerians for it..now the Hyena suddenly got the thought it can rub shoulders with the Lion..THREE DAYS and you can wake up from your Fantasy World..

    • By 9pm on sat., u will b sori for urself…Day dreamer

  • anonymous 4 years ago

    Eagles see you in Russia 2018
    Zambia try harder next time please and that will be 2022!

  • anonymous 4 years ago

    Eagles see you in Russia 2018
    Zambia try harder next time please and that will be 2022!
    And pray not to be in same group with the eagle’s