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Rohr Defends Agu, Praises Aina After Nigeria Win Vs Zambia

Rohr Defends Agu, Praises Aina After Nigeria Win Vs Zambia

By Nurudeen Obalola:
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has refused to condemn Mikel Agu after the midfielder’s shocking performance in the 1-0 victory over Zambia in Uyo on Saturday that sealed the Super Eagles’ spot at the Russia 2018 World Cup, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Rohr was however pleased with the contribution of Hull City defender Ola Aina, who made his Nigeria debut as a second-half substitute on Saturday.


Turkey-based Agu came on in the first half for the injured Ogenyi Onazi and put up a performance full of poor touches and misplaced passes that put his teammates under unnecessary pressure.
“It’s not easy to come into such an important game for a young player,” Rohr said in Uyo. “Agu did his best and he’ll learn from the experience. This is not the time to criticise him; we should encourage him.
“He had a difficult game but he will learn.”

Unlike Agu, Aina had an impressive game after replacing the injured left-back Elderson Echiejile.

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“Aina did very well and I’m happy for him,” Rohr praised the young defender who is on loan at Hull City from Chelsea.

“When Elderson got injured we felt it was time to give Aina his chance. Aina is a very good young player; he did quite well against Zambia. He defended well and got forward when he had to.

“It’s great to have good young players for the future of the team.”

The Super Eagles became the first African team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after the win over Zambia in their Group B qualifier took the Nigerians’ tally to 13 points from five matches, six more than second-placed Zambia with only a round of matches to go.


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  • Coach good game, please try to understand that Echejele is now off, please start looking for a replacement coz his a lability in our time, and that Agu guy is not a better replacement for onazie, instead Etebo. My opinion.

  • That agu and echiejile are something else.They should be replaced with a better player.

  • The agu played as if he did not train. Please he should be replaced specially when playing with bigger team like Spain and co

  • Aina is a good replacement 4 Echijele and Etebu is better than any other midfield in that bench coach

  • what is this man saying?? Agu??? Please dont spoil my mind. Where on earth is joel obi. We need people like that. Agu is a chewing gum choper

  • Were is JOEL OBI we need his experiences

  • Jimi Miorgan 4 years ago

    Rohr putting in Michael Agu as a bad decision. Nigeria struggled and were fortunate not to go a goal down. Etebo was terrific against Algeria and was most hardworking midfield player. He is also proven goal scorer. Agu’s previous performance against Cameroon were not impressive.

  • Agu is a holding midfielder, to those Shouting Etebo… Etebo is more of a no 10 than an holding midfielder. I could understand the coach’s sub, Onazi is a workaholic in the middle so bringing in someone without the same work rate eg John Ogu could be suicidal. And i think Agu settled in well later on in the game even though he was shaky at first

    • He did nothing, immediately he came in, we lost our midfield to zambians, same thing happened against cameroon. Etebo or john ogu would have done a better job.

  • PapaFem 4 years ago

    I came across this and felt I should share it. Some people are just barbaric.

    Zambia striker Alex N’gonga’s family home attacked for failing to score against Super Eagles

    Power Dynamos striker Alex N’gonga’s family home in Chimwemwe Township in Kitwe has been attacked by thugs following Zambia’s 1-0 loss to Nigeria in a decisive 2018 World Cup qualifier.

    Nigeria thus became the first African team to qualify for the global showpiece courtesy of Alex Iwobi’s second-half strike at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

    Copperbelt province police commissioner Charity Katanga said a group of people emerged from a white Toyota Land Cruiser ACC 5492 and maliciously damaged two roofing sheets with stones.

    Katanga said the group accused N’gonga of missing scoring chances that crashed Zambia’s hopes of qualifying to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    She said police have launched a manhunt and a case of malicious damage to property has been opened.

    And N’gonga’s mother Charity has told Muvi TV news that she feared for her life when she heard another person threaten to destroy the house completely.


  • Like most people, I thought what was Agu doing in the Eagles after the 3 qualifying matches.
    The full match video is on YouTube and having watched it again, I can now see what he does.
    Very unspectacular, not flashy, very quick to close down people and space. He kept things simple.
    His a fine find, fine player.
    I like him.
    He does his job quitely.

  • What about their so called coach house . because he was making noise maybe they’ll remove his 2 eyes . hahahahahahaha super eagle for life

  • maybe the wagered something on the match and they have losed. I hope Africa will not become another Columbia where players are shot and killed. this is just a start. a contributory factor is the betting houses that are around now. formerly it was only poll and papa ijebu betting houses and was only mostly the old ones that visited these houses. now we have all typed electronic betting method with instant payment. nairabet, naijabet etc. young ones as well as the old ones visit these places. sometimes they win but loses most times. it is this losing that make many to lose control and vent their anger on players and their families and friends. it will soon happen in Nigeria because already fans of different clubs fight each other. Chelsea vs man u, arsenal vs Chelsea, barca vs real Madrid matches are matches that fan can fight and kill. even a draw results can instigate fans to fight. this is too bad. the trend all over the world.

  • Get Agu and Echiejile out of the team, they are not even fit to be at the bench. Agu was too fearful to concentrate while Echiejile is not fit cos he is hiding his injuries.

  • good morning completesports team I’m still waiting for the 5,000 from you promo I predicted that the super eagles will defeat Zambia by a goal to nil and I haven’t heard from you people

  • I watched the wafu competition here in Ghana and I saw one rugged defender adeleye that guy should be included in the team for the world cup

  • Rohr should stop defending shit. He can never tell me that Mikel Agu is better than John Ogu. That Agu guy played nothing throughout. I wonder what crime Ogu has committed against Rohr sha

  • He should have played John Ogu instead.

  • Please help fast find better – best replacement for onazi , recall we pay dearly during the match against France (2:0)at Brazil 2014 when Pogba injured him… Mid field collapse. God bless Nigeria, go super eagles Russia 2018

  • This is our country nigeria without a foreign coach this active man will would have loose again but this man performance helped q lot very big thanks & luck to a wonderful work he did for our country Nigeria appreciations to both of all