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Leave China, Rohr tells Ighalo

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Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has asked Odion Ighalo to leave China.

Rohr will be delighted to see Ighalo play in a topflight football league division next season, after his Chinese Super League team, Changchun Yatai suffered relegation, at the end of the just concluded season.

The striker finished the Chinese Super League season on a high, scoring 21 goals in 28 games, but it was not enough to save Changchun Yatai from relegation.

Rohr, who was guest at a breakfast media parley with Nigerian sports editors on Friday in Lagos, noted that his top marksman will not be short of suitors when the January transfer window reopens.

“I called him (Ighalo) up at the World Cup after I read what was written about him in the social media. He came on at halftime against Argentina because Kelechi Iheanacho was not so good.

“He did well but missed a chance. There was not a good reaction from the fans who were not happy.

“I think it was not his mistake that we were eliminated. Of course, there were other problems which we spoke about them. Everybody is happy now that Ighalo is scoring well again.

“Now he’s in the second division, what will happen? I hope he returns to a top division club. He finished as the second top scorer in the Chinese Super League, so I think he will have offers to move to the top flight division.

“He (Ighalo) told me a few days ago that his injury now allows him to run which is already good and he will let me know if he wants to change club. His club (Changchun Yatai) wants, him but I think it is better for us and for him to play in the top division or return to Europe.

“When you score goals for your team you will get offers,” Rohr said.

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Eagles assistant coach, Chukwuma Agbo is dead

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The Assistant Coach, Beach Soccer national team for the Super Sand Eagles, Chukwuma Agbo has been reported dead.

His death came barely 10 days after the demise of Taiwo Ogunjobi, who passed on, on Monday, Feb. 11.

Agbo, former Rangers International and Delta Force Head Coach’s death was confirmed on Wednesday by the Nigeria Football

Federation (NFF).

In a tweet via its official Twitter handle (@thenff), the NFF said Agbo’s death was sad:

“Yet another painful loss! We are sad to hear of the passing of Assistant Coach of our Beach Soccer National team, the Super Sand Eagles, Chukwuma Agbo.

‘‘Our prayers are with his family at this time. May his soul rest in peace,” the NFF said.

The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that Agbo died on Wednesday after a brief illness.

The late Agbo, who resigned as the head coach of Delta Force in January, led the club to the Nigeria National League, NNL Super 8, where they ended fourth in Group B.

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Rohr hints at change in Super Eagles formation

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Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has hinted that he might change the tactical set-up of the team, ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Rohr, while speaking on TVC, also played down the need for a classic no. 10 in the squad.

Many observers have felt the Eagles need a creative midfielder in the mould of Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, who can split defences.

Rohr argued that the duo of Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi and S‎toke City Oghenekaro Etebo can play in the role, pointing out Iwobi’s impressive performance against Libya in the role.

“I am not worried about it because we have a lot of players who can be natural playmakers. You know we have players like Etebo who can be a playmaker, he can also be a good defensive midfielder.

“We have Alex Iwobi who played in this position and did very well in Johannesburg, we have Ahmed Musa who is coming in from the left side and can give good balls and score himself,” the German said.

Rohr also pointed out that he has the option of players cutting in from the wings to score, especially when he starts with two strikers.

“You know that it is not necessary to have this position of number ten in modern football. Everybody must be able to make the play, to be a playmaker even the defensive midfielders or even the defenders have to give good balls and to construct the game,” Rohr added.

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U-20 AFCON: Nigeria lose third-place to South Africa

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South Africa’s U-20 team on Saturday, claimed the bronze at the ongoing 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, defeating Nigeria 5-3 on penalties in the third-place match.

The game ended 0-0 after 120 minutes in Niamey.

It is the first time South Africa has finished third in the history of the competition, after two fourth-place feats in 2009 and 2017.

Siphesihle Mkhize, who scored South Africa’s first goal in the tournament, netted the decisive spot kick to earn the Amajita a crucial win.

It is also the third time that seven-time champions Nigeria finished fourth in the competition.

Both teams had earlier played out a goalless draw in their second Group A match of the competition.

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