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Rohr equals Amodu’s record as Eagles ‘most-capped’ coach

Posted by on November 15, 2021 0


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GERNOT ROHR equaled Shaibu Amodu as the coach with the most games for the Super Eagles in their 2-0 win over Liberia in Tangier, Morocco on Saturday.

The game was Rohr’s 53rd as Eagles coach, same as Amodu, who had several stints with the national team between 2001 and 2015.

Rohr was appointed Eagles coach on August 5, 2016, after stints in Gabon, Niger, and Burkina Faso.

The Franco-German replaced Sunday Oliseh, who resigned as Eagles coach six months earlier.

His first game in charge of the Eagles was against Tanzania on September 3, 2016, in the final game of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, winning 1-0.

He went on to win his next two games 2-1 against Zambia and 3-1 against Algeria in the 2018 World Cup qualifying games.

His first defeat came in Nigeria’s first match in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers, losing 2-0 to South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo June 10, 2017.

Out of the 53 games, he has managed the Eagles, Rohr has won 28, drawn 12, and lost 13 times, garnering a 52.83 per cent win ratio.

The former Niger coach enjoyed his best winning streak of four games between September 8, 2018, and October 16, 2018, defeating Seychelles 3-0, Liberia 2-1, and Libya twice 4-0 and 3-2.

The streak also extended to not losing in the five next games, amassing his best non-losing streak of nine games, extending until June 8, 2019.

This was however stopped by Senegal, who defeated Nigeria 1-0 in an international friendly on June 16, 2019, at the Ismaila Stadium, Egypt in the build-up to the 2019 AFCON.

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The 68-year-old had his longest losing streak of three games between June 2, 2018, to June 16, 2018, losing to England 2-1, Czech 1-0 and Croatia 2-0.

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His most popular scoreline is a 1-0 victory which he secured eight times, while his highest winning margin is 4-0 — against Cameroon in the 2018 World Cup qualifier on September 1, 2017, and against Libya in the 2019 AFCON qualifier on October 13, 2018.

The 4-4 draw against Sierra Leone on November 13, 2020, in the 2021 AFCON qualifier in Benin, Edo State was the game with the highest number of goals involved.

It was also the same time he had his longest winless streak of five games after he had earlier lost 2-0 to Serbia on March 27, 2018, before playing a 1-1 draw against DR Congo on May 28, 2018.

He has played against Cameroon the most, five times, winning twice, two draws and losing once.

In his five years in charge, Rohr has used a total of 82 players, with vice-captain William Troost-Ekong his most-capped player with 47 games for the national team under the current gaffer, one ahead of captain Ahmed Musa.

Alex Iwobi is third, playing 44 times, while Wilfred Ndidi has played 40 games for the Eagles under Rohr to place fourth ahead of Leon Balogun, who is fifth with 35 appearances.

Odion Ighalo — who made his Eagles return after over two years’ absence — is Rohr’s most prolific striker with 13 goals ahead of Osimhen and Iwobi with nine goals each.

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Rohr has led Nigeria to two competitions, crashing out of the group stage at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, before winning the bronze medal at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.

Rohr will break the record with the highest number of national teams games managed for Nigeria when the Eagles host Cape Verde in their final group game of the 2021 AFCON qualifier at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday.

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