Rohr opens up on Cameroon, Enyeama, Aina

With
about twenty hours to the crucial World Cup Qualifying game against
Cameroon, Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr has opened up on touching
issues regarding his team.

Addressing
the media on Wednesday, Rohr harped on touching subjects like how the
team will fare against Cameroon, the return of former captain,
Vincent Enyeama and
the inclusion of Chelsea Full Back, Ola Aina in the squad

Cameroon
is finally here

Rohr
described Friday’s game as one he and the team have waited for
since November and can’t wait to get over with.

Since
November we have waited for this game and it will be an exciting game
against the champions.

We
also have a good team and have six points. They have two. We
want to win this game but they have to win because if they don’t, it
will be very difficult for them,” Rohr said.

The
first half of this game is on Friday and if we win we have a good
chance to get a good result in the 2nd one on Monday. We
are ready for this game. We know that they are champions. It will be
a big challenge.”

With
Cameroon playing the Africa Cup of Nations in January and the FIFA
Confederations Cup, Rohr says he has done his fair bit of scouting.

We
know a lot of things about them because we had the opportunity to see
them in the AFCON and the Confederations Cup. They are a good team
but we are ready to get a good result.”

He
reiterated that the loss to South Africa two months ago will not in
any way affect morale for the game.

The
objective of this game is to win and go to the World Cup and not the
AFCON. I am sure the players here will give their all to go to the
World Cup and the AFCON.

“We
have always the same confidence in this team. The players are the
youngest team we have ever had. Now we look forward and we are sure
that this game will be different.”

Ezenwa
starts on Friday, Enyeama returns?

Gernot Rohr announced on
Wednesday that Ikechukwu Ezenwa would start in goal on Friday against
Cameroon because there are injuries to the other three goalkeepers.

The gaffer then named the
injured goalkeepers as Vincent Enyeama, Carl Ikeme and Daniel Akpeyi.

When probed further, he made a
startling revelation.

We
have our experienced players returning and we have some new
players. We have problems in our goalkeeping position because three
of them are out. Enyeama has meniscus injury and is recovering.

He
is not here because he is recovering. We are praying for him and want
to have him.
Akpeyi
has an injury that came back in the training session. This boy from
Nigeria, Ezenwa will be in goal. We are sure that he will do well. We
will try to protect him and give him confidence. We are hoping that
the crowd in Uyo will give him confidence too,” Rohr said.

Answering
questions as to why he listed Enyeama as one of Nigeria’s injured
goalkeepers, Rohr continued.

I
spoke with him. He is ready to come back but he must be fit before he
comes back. The past is the past now and we must be ready for the
future. If he is ready, then the other problem is to find a new club
because Lille now have two other goalkeepers so it will not be
possible to play there.

He
will have to find another club in the next transfer window but for
now he will be in the 2nd team of Lille. I will watch him
play and he must fight for his country and fight for his injury to
heal.”

Happy
to have Balogun back

After missing out on the game
against South Africa in June, Leon Balogun returns to the team and
most likely to the starting against the Indomitable Lions.

Rohr
believes Balogun’s return will add the much needed aggression to
the Eagles’ play.

We
are very happy to have Leon Balogun back. He is our German machine.
He can bring us a lot of force and we need a little more
aggressiveness. We were too gentle against South Africa.
We
missed him against South Africa. We also missed our captain in
midfield and Victor (Moses) in attack, so we can say in each
department we have these players.

It
is not a guarantee. There cannot be a guarantee to win the game. We
do the best but football is football, especially against a big team
like Cameroon, but we are very confident.

We
are very happy to have Leon and Ekong together as well as our captain
in midfield.”

Waiting
on FIFA for Aina

Chelsea
Full Back, Ola Aina, now on loan at Hull City is in the team but will
not play against Cameroon on Friday.

Rohr
insists they are waiting on FIFA to conclude with paper works for
Aina to become eligible to play for Nigeria.

We
are waiting on FIFA for Aina. He has his Nigerian passport. His
father is coming.
The
officials say we are missing one letter from government to show he is
really a citizen of Nigeria.

It
is surprising because he has a Nigerian passport and his parents are
Nigerians so I do not know why fifa wants that letter, but as an
aside we have invited Uche Agbo.”

The
game between Nigeria and Cameroon comes up at the Godswill Akpabio
Stadium, Uyo on Friday, September 1, 2017. 

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