The 23-Man Super Eagles Squad Rohr Named For AFCON 2019

Yeah, the coach in that tournament is that white guy – Gernot Rohr.

He named a 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which took place in Egypt.

The Super Eagles can be said to have been lucky as they were drawn in Group B alongside Burundi and Madagascar, who participated in the tourney for the first time in their history, as well as Guinea.

Rohr’s Super Eagles squad for AFCON saw the inclusion of Premier League based-players Leon Balogun, Wilfred Ndidi, and Alex Iwobi.

Team captain John Obi Mikel also made the Nigeria AFCON 2019 squad list alongside Chelsea loanee Ola Aina, William Ekong of Udinese, and Villarreal forward Samuel Chukwueze.

Before this tournament, Mikel’s last game for the Super Eagles was at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He was absent all through the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

In short, Mikel was forced to make that AFCON completion his last outing for Nigeria.

Nigeria had failed to qualify for the last two tournaments and so 20 of the players on the squad to Egypt made their first appearances in the competition.

The majority of the squad that Rohr featured at the 2018 World Cup in Russia are named in Nigeria squad for AFCON 2019.

Before I reel out all the names of the players in Nigeria Squad For AFCON 2019 let’s see the Super Eagles lineups from group stage to the third place fixtures.

2019 AFCON Group B

Nigeria v Burundi Lineup

Super Eagles Starting Lineup:

  1. Goalkeeper: Daniel Akpeyi
  2. Defender: Ola Aina
  3. Defender: Kenneth Omeruo
  4. Defender: Abdullahi Shehu
  5. Defender: William Troost-Ekong
  6. Defender/Midfielder: Wilfred Ndidi
  7. Midfielder: Samuel Chukwueze
  8. Midfielder: Peter Etebo
  9. Midfielder: John Obi Mikel (captain)
  10. Midfielder/Forward: Alex Iwobi
  11. Forward: Paul Onuachu

Substitutions:

  • Chidozie Awaziem for Abdullahi Shehu in the 42nd minute
  • Ahmed Musa for John Obi Mikel in the 58th minute
  • Odion Ighalo for Paul Onuachu in the 73rd minute

Scoreline was Nigeria 1-0 Burundi and the goal was scored by Ighalo in the 77th minute.

Nigeria v Guinea Lineup

Nigeria Starting Lineup:

  1. Goalkeeper: Daniel Akpeyi
  2. Defender: Ola Aina
  3. Defender: Chidozie Awaziem
  4. Defender: Leon Balogun
  5. Defender: Kenneth Omeruo
  6. Defender/Midfielder: Wilfred Ndidi
  7. Midfielder: Peter Etebo
  8. Midfielder/Forward: Alex Iwobi
  9. Forward: Odion Ighalo
  10. Forward: Ahmed Musa (captain)
  11. Forward: Moses Simon

Substitutions:

  • Samuel Chukwueze for Alex Iwobi in the 76th minute
  • Paul Onuachu for Odion Ighalo in the 88th minute
  • Samuel Kalu for Moses Simon in the 90th minute

Cards:

  • Ahmed Musain the 62nd minute was issued Yellow card
  • Peter Etebo was in the 90th minute issed Yellow card

Scoreline was Nigeria 1-0 Guinea and the goal was scored by Kenneth Omeruo in the 73rd minute.

Madagascar v Nigeria Lineup

Eagles Starting Lineup:

  1. Goalkeeper: Ikechukwu Ezenwa
  2. Defender: Ola Aina
  3. Defender: Chidozie Awaziem
  4. Defender: Leon Balogun
  5. Defender: William Troost-Ekong
  6. Midfielder: Peter Etebo
  7. Midfielder: John Obi Mikel (captain)
  8. Midfielder: John Ogu
  9. Midfielder/Forward: Samuel Kalu
  10. Forward: Odion Ighalo
  11. Forward: Ahmed Musa

Substitutions:

  • Wilfred Ndidi for John Ogu in the 46th minute
  • Alex Iwobi for John Obi Mikel in the 59th minute
  • Moses Simon for Samuel Kalu in the 73rd minute

Scoreline was Madagascar 2-0 Nigeria and the goals were scored by Lalaïna Nomenjanahary and Carolus Andriamahitsinoro in the 13th and 53rd minute respectively.

AFCON 2019 – Round of 16

Nigeria v Cameroon Lineup

Super Eagles Starting Lineup:

  1. Goalkeeper: Daniel Akpeyi
  2. Defender: Ola Aina
  3. Defender: Chidozie Awaziem
  4. Defender: Kenneth Omeruo
  5. Defender: William Troost-Ekong
  6. Defender/Midfielder: Wilfred Ndidi
  7. Midfielder: Peter Etebo
  8. Midfielder/Forward: Alex Iwobi
  9. Forward: Odion Ighalo
  10. Forward: Ahmed Musa (captain)
  11. Forward: Moses Simon

Substitutions:

  • Samuel Chukwueze for Moses Simon in the 60th minute
  • Paul Onuachu for Odion Ighalo in the 85th minute
  • Leon Balogun for Alex Iwobi in the 90th minute

Cards:

  • Chidozie Awaziem was issued a yellow card in the 70th minute

Scoreline was Nigeria 3-2 Cameroon and the goals were scored by:

Nigeria

  • Odion Ighalo (19)
  • Odion Ighalo (64)
  • Alex Iwobi (66)

Cameroon

  • Stéphane Bahoken (42)
  • Clinton N’Jie (44)

2019 AFCON Quarter-Final

Nigeria v South Africa Lineup

Nigeria Starting Lineup:

  1. Goalkeeper: Daniel Akpeyi
  2. Defender: Chidozie Awaziem
  3. Defender: Jamilu Collins
  4. Defender: Kenneth Omeruo
  5. Defender: William Troost-Ekong
  6. Defender/Midfielder: Wilfred Ndidi
  7. Midfielder: Samuel Chukwueze
  8. Midfielder: Peter Etebo
  9. Midfielder/Forward: Alex Iwobi
  10. Forward: Odion Ighalo
  11. Forward: Ahmed Musa (captain)

Substitutions:

  • Moses Simon for Ahmed Musa in the 81th minute
  • Leon Balogun for Alex Iwobi in the 90th minute

Cards:

  • Ahmed Musa got a yellow card in the 35rd minute

Scoreline was Nigeria 2-1 South Africa and the goals were scored by:

Nigeria

  • Samuel Chukwueze (27)
  • William Troost-Ekong (89)

South Africa

  • Bongani Zungu (71)

AFCON 2019 Semi-final

Algeria v Nigeria Lineup

Super Eagles Starting Lineup:

  1. Goalkeeper: Daniel Akpeyi
  2. Defender: Chidozie Awaziem
  3. Defender: Jamilu Collins
  4. Defender: Kenneth Omeruo
  5. Defender: William Troost-Ekong
  6. Defender/Midfielder: Wilfred Ndidi
  7. Midfielder: Samuel Chukwueze
  8. Midfielder: Peter Etebo
  9. Midfielder/Forward: Alex Iwobi
  10. Forward: Odion Ighalo
  11. Forward: Ahmed Musa (captain)

Substitutions:

  • Henry Onyekuru for Samuel Chukwueze in the 78th minute

Cards:

  • Chidozie Awaziem was cautioned with a yellow card in the 88th minute

Scoreline was Algeria 2-1 Nigeria and the goals were scored by:

Algeria

  • William Troost-Ekong – Own Goal (40)
  • Riyad Mahrez (90)

Nigeria

  • Odion Ighalo – Penalty (72)

AFCON 3rd place 2019

Tunisia v Nigeria Lineup

Nigeria Starting Lineup:

  1. Goalkeeper: Francis Uzoho
  2. Defender: Ola Aina
  3. Defender: Jamilu Collins
  4. Defender: Kenneth Omeruo
  5. Defender: William Troost-Ekong
  6. Defender/Midfielder: Wilfred Ndidi
  7. Midfielder: Samuel Chukwueze
  8. Midfielder: Peter Etebo
  9. Midfielder/Forward: Alex Iwobi
  10. Forward: Odion Ighalo
  11. Forward: Ahmed Musa (captain)

Substitutions:

  • Victor Osimhen for Odion Ighalo in the 46th minute
  • Moses Simon for Ahmed Musa in the 75th minute
  • Samuel Kalu for Samuel Chukwueze in the 90th minute

Cards:

  • Wilfred Ndidi was booked with yellow car in the 18th minute

Scoreline was Tunisia 0-1 Nigeria and the goal was scored by Ighalo in the 3rd minute.

Let’s now take a look at the AFCON 2019 Super Eagles squad.

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Nigeria Squad For 2019 African Cup Of Nation

PositionNameClubDOB
Goalkeepers
Daniel AkpeyiKaizer Chiefs1986-08-03
Ikechukwu Ezenwa1988-10-16
Maduka OkoyeSparta Rotterdam1999-08-28
Sebastian OsigweFC Lugano1994-03-26
Defenders
Ola AinaFulham FC1996-10-08
Semi AjayiWest Bromwich Albion1993-11-09
Kevin Akpoguma1899 Hoffenheim1995-04-19
Ifeanyi Anaemena1992-02-16
Chidozie AwaziemBoavista1997-01-01
Leon BalogunRangers FC1988-06-28
Jamilu CollinsSC Paderborn 071994-08-05
Tyronne EbuehiFC Twente1995-12-16
Kingsley Ehizibue1. FC Köln1995-05-25
Kenneth OmeruoCD Leganés1993-10-17
Zaidu SanusiFC Porto1997-06-13
William Troost-EkongWatford FC1993-09-01
Midfielders
Mikel AguVitória Guimarães1993-05-27
Joe AriboRangers FC1996-07-21
Ramon AzeezGranada CF1992-12-12
Peter EteboGalatasaray1995-11-09
Wilfred NdidiLeicester City1996-12-16
Abdullahi ShehuOmonia Nikosia1993-03-12
Forwards
Samuel ChukwuezeVillarreal CF1999-05-22
Emmanuel DennisClub Brugge KV1997-11-15
Cyriel DessersKRC Genk1994-12-08
Chidera EjukeCSKA Moskva1998-01-02
Kelechi IheanachoLeicester City1996-10-03
Alex IwobiEverton FC1996-05-03
Samuel KaluGirondins Bordeaux1997-08-26
Ahmed MusaAl Nassr1992-10-14
Paul OnuachuKRC Genk1994-05-28
Victor OsimhenSSC Napoli1998-12-29
Moses SimonFC Nantes1995-07-12
Manager
Gernot Rohrsince 05/02/20181953-06-28

The three-time champions of Africa were one of the favourites to win the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

But unfortunately, Rohr and his men fumbled at the semifinal against Algeria and Riyad Mahrez punished the Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi for standing right behind the defence wall he formed and Nigeria ended up winning 3rd place one more time.

SEE ALSO | AFCON All Time Top Scorers: All Records And Stats Included

Algeria won the 2019 AFCON eventually beating Senegal 1–0 in the final on 19 July 2019 for their second Africa Cup of Nations title, and their first since 1990.

Let’s now see the prize money for AFCON 2019.

Confederation of African Football shared a total of $14.2 million between the best eight teams in the form of prize money.

The 2019 AFCON final winners were paid $4.5m with the runners-up pocketing $2.5m.

See breakdown of the prizes in the table below.

Prize money for AFCON 2019

PositionPrize (Per Team)Total Prize Fund
Quarter-finalists$800,000$3.2m
Fourth place$2m$2m
Third place$2m$2m
Runners-up$2.5m$2.5m
Winners$4.5m$4.5m
TOTAL-$14.2m
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