In March 2019, Nigeria’s Super Eagles played two games in Asaba against Seychelles and Egypt.
The game against Seychelles was a meaningless AFCON Qualifier as the Super Eagles were already through to the finals, while the game against Egypt was a friendly match.
Most football pundits expected Gernot Rohr to name a squad that would showcase fringe players but he rather went for the same old hands that were regulars in the team.
The only new player he named in that team was probably Paul Onuachu and Valentine Ozonwafor.
Bode Oguntuyi, a Lagos based football writer told NigerianFootballer.com then that he was getting frustrated with the man, Gernot Rohr.
“I look at that team list and I am asking my self what exactly is Gernot Rohr trying to do. We have heard that the Egyptians are coming with ten players who have never played for their team before and it means they are building for the future.
“You may argue that our team is already a team of the future… but the Seychelles game is only necessary because CAF says you must play it. We have qualified for the Nations Cup which means that this was a chance for the coach to bring up new players,” Oguntuyi told NigerianFootballer.com.
Daniel Ekemini, a football writer based in Port Harcourt told NigerianFootballer.com in March that he was not surprised at the team Gernot Rohr put up.
“For almost three years he has been here, he has made it clear that rather than be an explorer, he prefers to stick to a small group of players.
“As usual there are very few new names in this squad like Valentine (Ozonwafor) of Enyimba and Paul (Onuachu) in Denmark. Having followed his career with Nigeria for three years I am not surprised at this squad,” Ekemini said.
“Because of the nature of the games, one would have expected he used the games to scout new talents in case some of his regulars at some point get injured or lose form.”
Ifeanyi Egwim returns after three years
After injuring his leg on the last matchday of the 2016 football season, Rangers Striker, Ifeanyi Egwim returned to football in April 2019, almost three years later in a league game against Kwara United.
On his return, Ifeanyi Egwim told the world that it was a sweet feeling to be back.
“I want to first appreciate God almighty who made it possible for me to return to playing my first game after may years and also getting the first away victory for the team this season,” Egwim said.
Review of 2019 in football continues with June on Saturday.