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Rohr Admits Eagles Were Lucky To Beat Poland, Plays Down World Cup Chances

Rohr Admits Eagles Were Lucky To Beat Poland, Plays Down World Cup Chances

By Adeboye Amosu:
Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that his team were lucky to secure a win against Poland in Friday’s friendly and warned that the result of the game will have little effect on how they will fare at the 2018 FIFA World Cup  Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The three-time African champions pipped their hosts 1-0 at the Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw courtesy of Victor Moses’ 61st minutes penalty.

“We were lucky to have won this game. Poland created at least four good opportunities, and we scored a penalty,” Rohr said during his post-match interview.

“We were a well-organized team, we had problems in our own penalty box a number of times and our opponents were better in the air, but our young goalkeeper, who made his first start did well.

“We won the match without our  captain Mikel Obi. It was the first time we won a game in his absence.

“We lost at home against South Africa (Africa Nations Cup qualifier) when he was not available.”

The win extended Nigeria’s run in pre- 2018 FIFA World Cup friendlies to two wins following last November’s impressive 4-2 win against two-time world champions Argentina.

Rohr however stated that he has warned his players not to get too excited ahead of the mundial.

“Following this win against Poland, the sixth team in the FIFA ranking, I have warned my players against too much optimism,” stated the former Bordeaux of France manager.

“Despite this win, we will not see ourselves as one of the favorites to win the the World Cup, even qualification to the knockout phase is uncertain.

“We will remain a humble team. In the game, two players sustained injuries and it was not a “friendly” meeting. No one wanted to let anyone go, both teams wanted to win, hence many fouls.

“We can learn from the European teams on the pitch, their positioning, discipline and organization. We must also remember that at the World Cup we will be one of the youngest teams.”

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  • I love this coach. He is very humble and professional but his statements are loaded. The SE did well to win a higher ranked team. I wonder what FiFA thinks about this. Will we slide in the next ranking. Doesn’t matter … until we win the WC at rank No 70!

    • Bomboy 8 months ago

      Good one Achi. They can rank us 99 if they wish. We will just go and do our thing and put them to shame, hopefully.

  • Bomboy 8 months ago

    Good talk coach. With this humble attitude, we may end up creating an upset at the world cup and surprise the world. Great job!

  • Jones 8 months ago

    Ladies and gentleman, this is exactly what a coach is supposed to be. Always humble, make the opposition think we are not good enough then strike them like a viper(counter attack). That’s good mind games. I love this guy.

  • ede thankgod 8 months ago

    i love dis our coach veri wel german machine carry go wether fifa rank us 100 positon in de world it concerns dem all we know is to play and win our game once again kudos to our team for their nice performance yesterday nite

  • A game where 2 players got injuries” and someone was saying they did not play their A game. Kudos and better luck to the entire team and the coaching crew hope u correct the lapses next time.

  • Enebi Abalaka 8 months ago

    Hmm. A masterclass Tactical Nigerian display. Great & Complete personality in Mr. Rohr.
    Truth be told, our performance last night was 80% tactical discipline and 20% luck. Room for more improvement.
    I’m so delighted at the Teams progression.
    Nice weekend Nigerians!

  • Abdulrazak 8 months ago

    My take on the Nigeria vs Poland friendly match was; If we could beat the 6th best ranked team in the world ala FIFA ranking, playing at 40% of our ability and capacity, imagine when we play at 90%?

  • Bekee 8 months ago

    God bless Gernot Rohr!
    God bless Arsene Wenger and Gerald Hourlier who recomended Rohr to Amaju Pinnick.
    God bless Pinnick for employing Rohr.
    God continue to bless Super Eagles for defeating Poland in their backyard thereby continuing to make mince meat of the obnoxious FIFA ranking.

    More victories ahead!

  • Gernot Rohr! YOU ARE NOT A COACH YOU ARE JUST A GAMBLER… YOU DONT HAVE A TACTICS, NO PARTICULAR FORM OF PLAY.. A TEAM MOVES IN UNISON .. FROM POINT A TO B TO C RATHER YOUR SO CALLED AMATEUR BOYS ARE SCATTERED LIKE BUNCH OF FALLING CARDS. NO COHESION NO ORGANIZATION NO TEAM PLAY ONLY SHOWING INDIVIDUAL SKILLS. THEY CANT EVEN MAINTAIN JUST TWO MINUTE ACCURATE PASSING AMONG EACH OTHER. HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO QUALIFY FROM GROUP STAGE WHEN YOUR TEAM ARE JUST PLAYING KICKING THE BALL TO NO WHERE AND HOPING THAT SOME TEAM MATE WILL FIND HIMSELF LUCKY TO NET THE BALL .. SOMEHOW .. JES.. JUST GO TO THE WORLD CUP MAKE YOUR MONEY AND LAUGH.. MONEY IS IN NIGERIA,.. FREE MONEY.. SIASIA WOULD HAVE PRESENTED A BETTER SIDE… PRIMARY SCHOOL TEAM PLAYING WITH PRO… SHHHHH

    YOU ARE GOING NO WHERE IN THE WORLD CUP..

    • Cristen 8 months ago

      what is even ur problem with GR
      Don’t give me the impression that someone is paying u to say all this nonsense against gr… For Christ sake leave this man alone and face ur life, or if u are so interested in coaching, go start wit ur compound FC and let’s see how good u are.

  • Abdulrazak 8 months ago

    @Femi, if that is your real name? What in heavens name have you been smoking? Siasia couldn’t beat Guinea to qualify for Afcon, not to talk of qualifying the Nigerian national team for the world cup with a game to spare.
    Seriously, whatever hole you just crawled out from, please, crawl right back in. If you were to sample opinions of Nigerians on who’s a better coach between Gernot Rohr and Samson Siasia, trust me, Siasia would come up in a position worse than last.

  • David Ekpe 8 months ago

    [email protected] you want kill me we laugh “compound FC then village FC if only”