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2019 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS: Mikel, Uzoho, Chukwueze give Rohr HEADACHE


Super Eagles chief coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that he is losing sleep over the inclusion of Middlebrough FC of England’s captain John Mikel Obi, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho and Villarreal FC of Spain’s jewel Chukwueze in Nigeria’s 23-man squad to the 2019 africa cup of Nations slated to begin from June 21 to July 19 in Egypt.


Disclosing this on a twitter account @osasuo on Wednesday, rohr said: ”I have sent Enrico Pionetti, my goalkeeper trainer to @anorthosisfc, to work on goalkeeper Francis Uzoho. at the moment, it’s not, for now, a question of him being number one but of his being one of our three goalkeepers for the AFCON.

Asked if Mikel Obi ws returning to the Super Eagles, Rohr told @osasuo that: ”This is the question that I and my team will resolve. I will soon get to see him at Boro. There are many things to consider but I respect him and what he has done for Nigeria. He remains an important player.

”He has been away from the team for a year but we qualified for the AFCON without him. His absence, as our captain, has been evident. but he has had to deal with a range of issues, after the World Cup in Russia.
Asked by @osasuo if Chukwueze will start Nigeria’s matches at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Rohr said: ” You seem to know all my present challenges.

”He is a great talent and I would like him in my team, although I don’t know if he will be an immediate starter. The challenge, of course, is that he he is also wanted for Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 World Cup holding in Poland.
”I have had a chat with the coach of Villarreal and they don’t expect him to exhaust himself at the U-20 World Cup and the AFCON, so they want him to choose one tournament. We shall see how best we can manage this situation. But no doubt, he is a talent for my team.”

Asked how well he thinks the Eagles will perform at the Africa Cup of Nations, Rohr said:” We will start our preparations on June 2 and I think if all things go well. We will have a good tournament. We must, however, respect every opponent. There is no small team now.”

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