Rohr Off To A Winning Start As 10 Man Eagles Defy Floodlight Issues To Whip Akwa United 3-0


Gernot Rohr got his reign as coach of Super Eagles underway with a 3-0 win over Nigeria Professional Football League side Akwa United, in a friendly game played at the Nest of Champions Stadium.


Super Eagles took the game to the Nigeria Professional league side from the blast of the whistle with Nosa Igiebor, Brown Ideye, Imoh Ezekiel and Victor Osimhen looking lively.

Osimhen was particularly impressive in attack, combining nicely with Ideye, and the duo were responsible for the first goal scored by the Super Eagles, with Osimhen providing the assist for Ideye to put the Eagles ahead.

The enterprising Osimhen almost got himself on the score sheet with an angled shot that narrowly missed target, as the Akwa United backline struggled to cope with his pace, tricks and skills.

Shortly before the half time break, Nosa Igiebor confirmed the Eagles dominance with the second goal for the Nigeria senior national team, to give them a 2-0 lead at the break.

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Rohr made several changes after the game and among the substitutes were captain John Obi Mikel and his Chelsea compatriot Victor Moses, Ogenyi Onazi, Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa as well as William Troost Ekong and Leon Balogun.

However, Moses showed his red hot form for Chelsea was no flash in the pan, as he immediately took to the game with a solo run that got the crowd up on their feet cheering.

Elderson Echjiele who struggled all game long to keep Friday Ubong quiet, blotted what would have been a classy display for the Super Eagles in Rohr’s first game when he got sent off.

Odion Ighalo still somehow confirmed the Super Eagles superiority with the third goal for the Super Eagles shortly before the floodlights brought an end to the game.

The lights at the stadium refused to come on, forcing the game to be brought to an end, twenty minutes from full time.


The game is meant for the manager to see some of the players he plans to parade against Tanzania in Nigeria final AFCON 2017 qualifiers game in Uyo.