In absence of injured players, Rohr set to make changes against Algeria

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The Super Eagles will miss the services of some regular players in the forthcoming games against Algeria and Argentina, but the Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, sees the development as an opportunity for other players.

The team will be without Elderson Echiejile, Victor Moses, Mikel Agu, Ogenyi Onazi and Moses Simon who are all injured ahead of the final qualifying match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, although Nigeria already qualified.

Rohr, in a video posted by the Super Eagles Twitter handle on Wednesday, stated that in spite of Nigeria’s qualification, the “most important thing” is to win the game against Algeria and to get good results.

Ready to field a quite different squad for the game, the German coach added, “it’s an opportunity for us to see other players who didn’t play so much in the qualifiers.

“We had our players but now we have six injuries, and at least I will make six changes for the game ​against Algeria and this is an opportunity to see these players who didn’t play so much and it will be very interesting to play Algeria in this condition.”

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“They (Algeria) have a new coach (Raber Madjer) and they are playing at home so they will be very aggressive,” he continued.

“They have good players.​ Riyad ​Mahrez,​ Islam ​Slimani, and Yacine​ Brahimi. And we (Super Eagles) only had three days to prepare because the game is already coming up on Friday.”

On the international friendly against Argentina next Tuesday in Krasnodar, Rohr believes the match will serve several purposes as the team prepares ahead of the 2018 World Cup finals.

“The second game against Argentina, is against one of the best team in the world, who have the best set of players. We will have one South American team in our group and also our trip to Russia will enable us see where will be our base camp.

“So, it’s already a big preparation for the World Cup.”

The Eagles will face the Fennecs of Algeria on Friday, November 10 before playing against Argentina on Tuesday, November 11.


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