Gernot Rohr
against what is the norm in coaching the Nigerian national team, new German
coach, Gernot Rohr has decided to stick with the old order for the Super Eagles
first game under his tutelage.
take on Tanzania in a “dead rubber” that the Nigeria Football Federation’s
Communications department says will hold in Uyo.
there were not too many changes to the national team as Nigerians know it.
Ezenwa, Daniel Emmanuel, Chidozie Awaziem, Jamiu Alimi, Abdullahi Shehu, Musa
Muhammed, Kingsley Madu, Wilfred Ndidi, Imoh Ezekiel and Victor Osimhen are the
only players called up who before now have not had a regular run in the team.
Ezenwa of FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Daniel Emmanuel of Rangers are certainly in the
team because of their superb showings at the LaLiga tour and Olympic Games
back, Jamiu Alimi who plays for Kano Pillars was also awesome against Valencia,
Malaga and Atletico Madrid on the tour.
Rohr has invited 23 players, including Captain Mikel John Obi and goalkeeper
Carl Ikeme and he apparently does not want to upset the balance in the team
ahead of the more important World Cup Qualifying games that start in October.
Carl Ikeme, he has a goalkeeper who is big, strong, and confident and has
carefully continued from where the legendary Vincent Enyeama left off.
would have no time to be lethargic as the duo of Ezenwa and Emmanuel already
seem ripe for a starting shirt as proved in their recent outings with the NPFL
All Stars side and Olympic Team respectively.
Troost-Ekong is back in the team on the strength of his showing at the Olympic
Games, while injury plagued Leon Balogun would be an asset in right back.
Super Eagles have not had a right back of reputable quality since Joseph Yobo
last played in role in 2002.
with the duo Kenneth Omeruo and Godfrey Obuobona left out of the team, Jamiu
Alimi has a chance at a starting shirt in the game.

Unless something extraordinary happens, it seems Rohr will stick to Mikel Obi
and Ogenyi Onazi marshalling the midfield leaving Wilfred Ndidi to understudy
his more experienced colleagues.
–based Nosa Igiebor has not played for Nigeria in more than two years and this
may be a chance for him to get back into reckoning.
it is in attack that the real battle for shirt will be fought
Ahmed Musa may just retain his place on the wings alongside Moses Simon who was
very regular under Sunday Oliseh.
if Rohr decides on a big man upfront then he surely has a decision to make
between Odion Ighalo who was Nigeria’s top scorer in Europe last season and Brown
Ideye who has done well for himself since moving to Greece last year.
if he decides to start with two front men, then these two may get the nod.
Iheanacho will of course be lurking in wings for a look in.
Rohr has the best of talent Nigeria has to offer but it remains to be seen what
he can do in five or six training sessions before the game against Tanzania.
thing the game against Tanzania means nothing apart from just being a bonding
session for the lads.
test comes up with the World Cup Qualifiers a month later.

Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme
(Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers); Ikechukwu
Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah)
Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV
Mainz 05, Germany); William Troost-Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Chidozie
Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Abdullahi Shehu
(Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson
Echiejile (AS Monaco, France), Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia)
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi
(Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC
Genk, Belgium); Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa
(Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses
Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Imoh Ezekiel
(Al-Arabi Sporting Club, Qatar), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Brown
Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany)


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