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ROHR CONFIRMS CHANGES FOR MADAGASCAR

Friday, 28 June 2019

/ by Colin



Gernot Rohr says Nigeria will go for a win in their final group game against Madagascar on Sunday, but says he will make changes in order to allow other players a chance to play.

The Super Eagles became the first team to qualify for the group after claiming their second win of the group against Guinea on Wednesday, but Rohr said he wants to go for all nine points even with a changed lineup

“We want to win the game but also give some players the chance to have time in the competition,” he told ColinUdoh.com on Thursday.

One of those changes is likely to be in goal, although the Rohr hesitated to give a categorical answer
“Perhaps we make a change in goal,” he said. In the event, Ikechukwu Ezenwa could likely make a Nations Cup appearance ahead of Francis Uzoho, who has dropped further down the pecking order.

After watching the oppositiion, the German admits that they look like a strong team
"I know. But we are strong also and we want to win every game."

It is a sign of the depth and seams transition of Rohr’s squad that with just two games in, only six of the 23 players have not featured. Two of those are goalkeepers, Ezenwa and Uzoho. One is the injured Jamilu Collins. The others are midfielder John Ogu and forwards Henry Onyekuru and Victor Osimhen

If Rohr’s tea can achieve three wins out of three, it would be the first time in 13 years. The last time they did so was in 2006 in Egypt when they defeated Ghana Zimbabwe and Senegal to win the group six points ahead of second-placed Senegal.

The Super Eagles finished with bronze. Incidentally, that tournament was the first for current skipper Mikel Obi.


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