Rohr and Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye at the pre-match presser
Super
Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, and striker, Kelechi Iheanacho need
time to stay with their clubs, hence their absence from the Super
Eagles team to play Seychelles on Friday and Egypt on Tuesday and
this is according to Gernot Rohr, the coach of the side.
Reacting
to questions bordered around the absence of the two players from his
squad list, Rohr explained that he had spoken with Iheanacho to let
him know he would not be part of the team.
I
told him why he is not in the list. I want to see other strikers in
this last opportunity to invite other people because there is no
other FIFA window for us to make our list.
Kelechi
for the moment, I think is playing in a club there is a new
coach so it is better for him to stay back in his club during this
FIFA window to show his new club and his news manager why he needs to
get back in the first team of Leicester,” Rohr said.
But
it was not just all about performances for his club because it seemed
the coach was not too pleased with the turn out of Iheanacho the last
time he was with the Eagles.
We
are also not satisfied with his performances the last time, and I
think he must be more professional. It is not good enough to be all
the time funny, we must show we are serious working every day in the
training sessions.
We
need to show seriousness working every day in the training sessions
and that we want to come back with the team in the club and with us,”
Rohr warned.
Obi, busy at
Middlesbrough
With
John Mikel Obi’s absence from the team, it will mean he has been out
of the Eagles for one year, by the time the Africa Cup of Nations is
played in June.
Gernot
Rohr also explains why the captain is once again not part of the
Super Eagles.
Obi
is playing once again in Middlesbrough since a few weeks and he is
doing very well but he still has a lot of problems with his knee and
it is not time to come back for him in this condition.
They
have so many games right now in Middlesbrough. They are fighting for
the playoffs and he told me that it is not the moment to come back
so the question was not there for him to come back,” Rohr
explained.

Rohr
continued that he will never completely shut the door on any player
in the national team like the German national team coach, Joachim
Löw.
I
am not Löw who announced that three players are out definitively
from the German National Team.
I
not say that because you never know what can happen. You can have
injuries or great performance from the players you think are
finished,” he explained.
We
also need experience in our team. We have so many young players in
our team. Again I think we are younger than in the last list so the
experience of the players is very important.”
But
the German says he cannot bother about how he would ease Mikel Obi
back into the team until a time that the captain returns to the team.
The
right approach is the next game
With
a policy of the next game is the most important, the Super Eagles
coach says they will be focussing on Seychelles first, then Egypt.
For
these games, Seychelles is the most important game, because the next
game is always the most important.
We
also want to help the under twenty-three team. If we can help we will
help. We want them to go to Tokyo (for the Olympic Games).”

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