Revealed – Hierarchy, Names Of Rohr’s Six Assistants Including Brazilian Tactician

Players of the Super Eagles of Nigeria are presently been handled by six coaches lead by Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr who also doubles as the senior coach among the six.

Rohr also brought three assistants who are to assist him in various capacity while the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) employed three others as part of the technical crew of the team.

Frenchman Luc Royer who has worked with Rohr in several places is the first assistant while Brazilian tactician Everson Ferreira acts as the second technical assistant to Rohr.

Salisu Yusuf lead the coaches appointed by the NFF, and he is saddled with the responsibility of monitoring Nigeria Professional Football League players and also the B team of the Super Eagles.

Name                        Position

Gernot Rohr ‎               Technical Adviser

Salisu Yusuf                 Head Coach

Jean Luc Royer             Technical Assistant

Everson Ferreira           Technical Assistant II

Nabil Trabelsi                Video Analyst

Imama Amapakabo       Assistant Coach

Alloysius Agu               Goalkeeper Trainer



Source: Own Goal Nigeria

Nigeria to Play Argentina in November

Three-time African champions Nigeria and two–time world champions Argentina will square up in a high–profile international friendly in the Russian city of Krasnodar on Tuesday, 14th November 2017. Venue is the Krasnodar Arena Stadium.

NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, at the weekend said that nearly all arrangements have been concluded, subject to approval by world football ruling body, FIFA and agreeable flight arrangements.

“We have had long and fruitful talks, and we can say that we have an agreement. We await the approval by FIFA and also, we have to agree on the flight arrangements that would be comfortable for the players and crew.

“The match will come up on 14th November, four days after the Super Eagles’ final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match away to Algeria. We had offers from teams like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Morocco but we have opted for the Argentines,” Sanusi said.

The Eagles take on Algeria’s Fennecs in what is no more than an academic exercise, at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui in Constantine on Friday, 10th November.

Nigeria and Argentina played two high–profile friendly matches in 2011, the first in Abuja in June ending 4-1 in favour of the Super Eagles.

The Albiceleste trumped the second encounter 3-1 in Dhaka, Bangladesh three months later.

NFF’s FIFA Match Agent Jairo Pachon of Eurodata Sport, who also organized the friendly matches with the Argentines in 2011, said, “We are very pleased to be able to deliver such a high –profile game to celebrate the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup qualification.

“It was a lot of work over the past week but we are happy this has become reality. We will, in due course, reveal the Nigerian sponsor of the match who will have the match rights in Nigeria.”

While Argentina qualified for Russia on the final day of the South American qualification campaign, the Super Eagles have reached Russia with a match to spare.

Nigeria have had to confront Argentina in four of its previous five FIFA World Cup appearances, starting with a 1-2 defeat in Boston, USA in the African team’s debut in 1994. Argentina won another group phase clash 1-0 in Ibaraki, Japan in 2002, won a similar encounter by the same margin in Johannesburg, South Africa eight years later and then edged the Eagles 3-2 in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2014.

Other famous encounters between both nations include two final matches of the Olympic Men’s Football Tournament – Nigeria edging it in 1996 in America and the Argies winning by the odd goal in China 12 years later.

Argentina will take on World Cup hosts Russia in a friendly on 10th November while the Eagles are playing the Fennecs in Constantine.


NFF Chairman Considering Two Friendlies For Super Eagles After Algeria Win

The Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has gathered with his crew to begin its yearly general assembly in Jos tomorrow and is considering reported overtures from two unnamed countries for friendly matches with the Super Eagles immediately after next month’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria.

The Nigerian team has been contacted by England over a friendly game with the team to help both nations prepare for the World Cup in Russia next year. But Super Eagles’ Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, dismissed the report, affirming, however, there were plans for a friend with a yet to be determined country after the game with Algeria next month.

“We cannot talk about playing England now when the draw for the World Cup has not been made. We can only talk about teams when we know our group opponents at the World Cup. But there is a game lined up for the Eagles immediately after the qualifier in Algeria,” Ibitoye said.

An NFF official, who pleaded anonymity, however, told The Guardian that the Federation actually has two friendly opportunities for the Eagles, which would be discussed at the meeting in Jos.

“The matches are just for Coach Rohr to look at some of the players who have not featured in competitive games for the team. “Rohr wants to look at as many players as possible before deciding those that will make his squad when the actual preparation for the World Cup begins next year,” the source said.

The NFF in a statement yesterday said the general assembly brings together the kernel of Nigeria’s football family, including Chairmen and Secretaries of the Football Associations of all 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory, Chairmen and Secretaries of the various Leagues, Referees Association, Coaches Association and the Players’ Union, the members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management, and stakeholders of the game invited for the purpose.

Items on the agenda include presentation of the Consolidated and Revised Balance Sheet and Profit-and-Loss Statement, presentation of the Financial Statement for approval, presentation of the 2018 Budget for approval, votes on proposals for amendments to the Statutes, the regulations governing the application of the Statutes and the standing orders of the General Assembly, as well as discussion of any further items proposed by the Members or by the Executive Committee.

During the business of the assembly proper, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, will present his address, encapsulating activities within the football sector since the last assembly and the Federation’s plans for the year 2018, while General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, will also present the activity report.

‘Baba Ijebu’ Splashes N50m on Super Eagles

As jubilation, celebrations and words of commendation continues to pour in following Nigeria’s qualification for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, Chief Kensington Adebutu,also known as Baba Ijebu, has rewarded the Super Eagles with the sum of N50m.

A statement by the Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire, said the businessman urged the Super Eagles to go for glory in Russia next year.

He said, “Adebutu was full of praises for the Super Eagles for their determination, professionalism and commitment throughout the qualifying campaign, which saw them overhaul the so-called Group of Death with a game to spare.

“Speaking with the duo of midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and match –winner

Saraki Tasks Sports Ministry, NFF Ahead of World Cup

As congratulatory messages continue to roll in for the Nigerian Super Eagles on qualifying for Russia 2018 tournament, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has chimed in through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, that the Senate would work to ensure that Nigerian players were well equipped and prepared for the 2018 tournament.

He said, “Right now, we must begin to plan and work towards victory for our Super Eagles. They have made us proud on the field; now, the NFF, the Ministry of Sports, the sponsors and all concerned stakeholders must work together to ensure that our players and the team thrive at the World Cup.

“As our players continue to make us all proud and demonstrate the greatness in our diversity, I want to also congratulate all Nigerians. We can truly achieve great things when we come together.”

“I want to congratulate our players for the way that they have played throughout this whole qualifying phase. It is my hope and the hope of millions across the country that our Super Eagles will represent our nation and the continent well at next year’s World Cup. It was great to have been in Uyo to cheer you on to victory”.

Buhari Waiting for WAFU Cup Trophy, NFF Tells Eagles

Secretary General of the Nigerian Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi has charged home-based Super Eagles to do everything possible to beat the Black Stars of Ghana in the grand final of the WAFU Cup of Nations because President Mohammadu Buhari is eagerly waiting to celebrate with the trophy.

The Super Eagles are yet to concede a goal in the maiden sub-regional football tournament and they defeated the Black Stars 2-0 in their last group match to qualify for the semifinal.

Sanusi hinted that a huge financial reward awaits the players and their handlers if they win the trophy, although he did not give details.

The coach Salisu Yusuf-led home-based Eagles made it to the final by beating the Squirrels of Benin Republic by a lone goal in the semifinal, while the Ghana Black Stars handed a 2-0 defeat to Niger Republic.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick Gets New CAF Appointment

The Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, has been appointed the President of Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, and Media Committees of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.

Pinnick’s appointment was made at the ongoing first Executive Committee meeting of the CAF taking place at the Sheraton Hotel in Manama, Bahrain.

This is the maiden meeting since the elective General Assembly of 16 March 2017 where Ahmad Ahmad emerged as the new CAF president and Pinnick was voted into the Federations’ Executive Committee.

Fifteen (15 points) are on the agenda, with the background outlining matters to be implemented in the next four years by the new Executive elected in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and led by CAF President Ahmad.

Super Eagles Crisis: NFF Refuses To Pay Rohr

The Nigeria Football Federation has  engaged in a desperate effort to source money to pay the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr his salary arrears.

The development came barely a  day after Cameroon’s Belgian coach Hugo Broos threatened to quit his role at the Indomitable Lions over management and funding problems in the team, who won the  Africa Cup of Nations  for the fifth-time in Gabon on  February 5.

Cameroon, who are  the hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, face Nigeria in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying double-header on August 28 and September 2.

NFF was in dire financial straits — and was battling to secure a regular source of income  for Rohr’s $4,700- a-month salary from the beginning of this year.

It was learnt on Thursday that the German manager’s  employers had yet to pay him his January  and February salaries.

But it wasclaimed on Thursday that Rohr was being owed three months’ salary by the NFF.

“Rohr has not been paid for three months now. The NFF say they are broke,” the outlet quoted an unnamed source as saying.

To avoid the embarrassment of failing to pay  Rohr, it was learnt that the NFF was discussing with  three companies to take over the  payment of the former Burkina Faso coach’s salary.

The NFF is also said to be worried about how to pay the bonuses and allowances of the players during the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers.

But the NFF allegedly suspended contract talks with the firms due to  the internal wrangling over the federation  president Amaju Pinnick’s nomination for the CAF executive committee  election and his  involvement in electioneering.

Pinnick dethroned  his fierce opponent Moucharafou Anjorin of  Benin Republic in the March 16  CAF election in Addis Ababa  to   become the  third Nigerian to become a member of the continental body’s  executive after Oyo Orok Oyo and  Amos Adamu.

Our correspondent learnt that the NFF had revived talks with a number of companies, including the three they had earlier approached for help, to raise money for Rohr’s salary.

Although the coach is said to be unhappy with the development, the prospect of  helping Nigeria qualify for the World Cup and dishing  out instructions from the dugout to the three-time African champions in Russia delights the 63-year-old  former Niger coach.

However, spokesman for the NFF Ademola Olajire said he was not aware if  Rohr is being owed by the federation.

“I am not aware if the NFF is owing the Eagles coach,” Olajire told The PUNCH on the telephone on Thursday.

“ If the coach is owed, I believe he would have come out to say that he is being owed. We should rather focus on the positives of the team rather than distract them with negativities such as this.

“The coach is building a young team of success-hungry players, that should be the focus of every Nigerian and not unsubstantiated rumours like whether the coach is being owed or not.”


Source: Punch

Visa Crisis: Nigeria- Burkina Faso Friendly cancelled

The friendly match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso has been cancelled, the match was supposedly to hold next week but most of the Burkina Faso Players have not been not granted visa entry to the venue for the game, the Nigeria Football Association (NFF) said .

The NFF said that seven Burkinabe players failed to secure British entry visas, forcing Monday’s match at Barnet in north London to be shelved.

The Super Eagles were using the match as part of preparations for their remaining qualifiers for the World Cup 2018 and Africa Cup of Nations 2019.

NFF official Chris Green said the cancellation was “no fault of either the organisers or the Nigeria Football Federation”.

“We will announce further plans for the Super Eagles’ preparation for these two important qualifying campaigns in due course,” he added.

Burkina Faso officials were told of the visa issues late on Friday.

On Thursday, Nigeria drew 1-1 with Senegal in the first of its two scheduled friendly matches in the British capital.


Source: Supersport


John Ogu, Called For Friendly Matches Against Senegal And Burkina Faso

Israeli-based Nigerian striker John Ogu was among the early callers to the camp of the senior national team in England after the player posted a message on twitter early hours yesterday.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had set yesterday as the deadline for invited players to report to camp, for this weekend’s friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso.

Ogu, who plies his trade with Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Tel Aviv informed fans of his departure after boarding a plane to England to join members of the coaching staff and a few England based players who have already linked up.

“Off to London for the Senegal and Burkina Faso friendly games. Journey mercies I pray for Great God,” he wrote via twitter.

Nigeria will take on fellow African countries Senegal and Burkina Faso in the upcoming international window on March 23 and 27 respectively.

Both matches will be played at the Hive Stadium in London.

Of the 25 players called up by Rohr for the friendlies, no less than seven are based in England, including Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Moses.

The team will use the friendlies to prepare for their upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against South Africa in mid-June according to head coach Gernot Rohr.


Source: Daily trust


NFF Leadership Crisis : Fifa Slams Ban Extention on Chris Giwa and Four Others

World football’s governing body FIFA on Tuesday said it had extended a ban on five officials who have been involved in a leadership battle for control of the game in Nigeria.

FIFA said its disciplinary committee had “decided to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity” on Chris Giwa and four others.

The ban would apply worldwide, it said in a statement on its website.

Giwa, the former owner of Giwa FC in the central city of Jos, has insisted since August 2014 that he was elected as the rightful president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

But the result of the ballot was disputed and prompted FIFA to threaten to ban Nigeria from international competition unless the election was re-run.

Amaju Pinnick was duly elected as NFF boss but Giwa has since dragged the federation to court to challenge its legitimacy.

In May last year the NFF banned him and his supporters for impersonation and breaching FIFA rules by taking football matters to a civil court.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) also confirmed the ban