The Super Eagles of Nigeria were 1-0 victors over their Zambian counterpart at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo on Saturday to seal their spot as Group B champions and secure a ticket to the world most prestigious football event set to hold next year in Russia; but is this current set-up the best we have seen in recent years?


Over the course of the decade, since Nigeria returned to the world cup finals after missing out in 2006, many super eagles teams have evolved and gone into extinction, many coaches have been recruited to take charge of affairs at the helm in the National team set-up and many players have featured and have been cast away albeit a few, most notable the captain of the current side John Obi Mikel.
Currently manning the position of the technical adviser of the super eagles is a German, who has had considerable success in charge of his young crop of players in his little time in charge, much to the satisfaction of keen followers of the game in the country. But does clinching a ticket for Nigeria’s fifth showing at a world cup put the current set-up managed by Rohr a class above the teams we have in recent times, Absolutely NO!
One quality that distinguishes the best from the rest is the consistency in performance, a quick glance at football world powerhouses: Brazil, Spain and Germany and you see sides that do not just perform in qualifiers but also translate their performances into major tournaments on a consistent basis. And to that effect, this team cannot be regarded as one of the best, let alone being referred to as the best.
Gernot Rohr’s Eagles qualified for the world cup from the supposed “Group of Death” with a game to spare without needing permutations, mathematics or prayers that other group matches go in our favour(something that most super eagle’s fans have gotten used to), but nevertheless the team has not played to full potential evident in the way other opposing teams played (most notably the surprising 4-0 victory over the defending AFCON champions) and how they struggled against tactically-minded opponents.
Clement Westerhof is regarded as the best coach Nigeria has ever had because of his notable success with the Green Eagles as he conquered Africa and set Nigeria on the world football map, as the Green Eagles climbed to fifth on the FIFA ranking, Nigeria’s best ever.
Stephen Keshi’s side dominated headlines as they became AFCON Champions in 2013 in fashionable fashion, going on to make an impressive showing at the world cup and the man is still considered Nigeria’s best behind the Dutch coach.
The FIFA world cup in Russia is still far ahead and after securing a spot at the event, Gernot Rohr and his boys will be relishing the chance to stake their claim in the echelons of football most successful sides, but before then, he must ensure that his team excels on all front and this starts by stepping up their game in the race for AFCON 2019 in which they have started in a sloppy manner.


While many may not agree with me on this, I believe with the use of facts, I can gain people on my side.
Appointed August 2016 to make the Super Eagles qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup, Gernot Rohr was able to handle the pressure with minimal time on his side. Nigeria, pitted against the Best teams in Africa in a group of death, Algeria, filled with excellent players, Cameroon, the current Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions and Zambia, 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Nigeria excellently scaled through with a game to spare and famously defeated the reigning African Champions, Cameroon by 4 goals to nil in Uyo, looking at the fact that the 64 years old is just few months over a year at the helm of affairs. The only blemish so far has been losing to South Africa at home.
Clement Westerhof , highly regarded by many as the best coach Nigeria ever had cannot match the achievements of Gernot Rohr in terms of years. When Dutch man took over in 1989, he was unable to glide Nigeria through to the 1990 World Cup and also lost to Algeria after getting to the final of the 1990 African Cup of Nations. The 77 years old was not immediately a success story in Nigeria history of football after coming third at the 1992 AFCON losing to arch-rivals, Ghana in the semi-finals. But here is a former Bayern Munich player, Gernot Rohr, who is soaring high among his fellow coaches who has managed either the Green Eagles or Super Eagles. Westerhof was even criticized by a member of the team, Rasheed Yekini when he said, “I have also been against this coach (Westerhof)… It is no secret that I don’t like him and he doesn’t like me. I tried to go against him long ago, but my teammates did not support me. As a result, I was played out of the game. I never saw the ball” which many considered to be the reason for his infamous goal celebration in the net as against celebrating with his team mate. This is far from happening in the current Nigeria National team set-up as a result of having a cool-headed Technical Adviser, Rohr in the team.
Gernot Rohr has shown himself to be very unique among coaches we ever had. We are known to lose players to heavyweights of international football having lost David Adetokunbo Alaba to Austria, Bamidele Alli, Gabriel Agbolanhor and the host of others to England just to mention a few. But, now we have Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and others in the team, Akpom of Arsenal having don the green white green colours of the country and for the first time in our history, International teams are afraid of losing Nigerian prospects who grew up in their country to their source, all thanks to this tactician, who is going far and wide to get players for the country.
Finally, the issue of interference and corruption as had been often seen and heard off in the super eagles is now a thing of the past. There is fairness and equity in the team. Only a good form gives one a chance in the national team, only those deserving of a starting berth gets it. I strongly believe Nigeria is headed the right direction with the help of this “unknown” German.
His Super Eagles has defiled all odds and make Nigerians dream again. With this, I can say this is the best Nigeria National Team set-up ever.

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