Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has stated that some of the invited domestic league players will have their chance either in the AFCON qualifier against the Pirates of Seychelles or in the international friendly with the Pharaohs of Egypt.
Rohr also pointed out that Midtjylland of Denmark striker, Paul Onuachu will be given a run-in in either of the matches to ascertain if he will live up to the information they got on him.
Rohr who claimed he has used 22 domestic league players who mostly have gone ahead to move out of the Nigerian league to Europe said tha the and his assistant, Imama Amapakabo have picked players who they feel will fit into the team in the upcoming games.
The Franco-German also defended his choice of his regular players for the game with Seychelles stating that there are no minnows again infootball and that the two games will present him the opportunity to look at his players again before the camping for the AFCON begins.
“It is like a strong match because today it is not easy to win a game,” Rohr told the media.
“There are no small teams anymore. We had to be fully concentrated to beat them in Seychelles and they held South Africa in the qualifiers
also. They are able to play well and they have been in camp since the beginning of March.
“We are already preparing for the AFCON but this is the last game of the qualifiers so it is a very important game. I want to see who can
come to our team. We now have four local players; (Ndifreke) Effiong from Akwa United and (Ikouwem) Udotin, the captain of the Under 20
team who played very well in Niamey in the last AFCON of the Under 20.
“We also have (Ikechukwu) Ezenwa and Valentine (Ozornwafor), who is a tall left-footed defender. So it will be interesting to see the new
players in at least one of the two games. So it is already a competition for our list for the AFCON.”
“We have possibilities to see everybody because we have two games,” Rohr continued.
“We hope to see the Under 23 also in Asaba because they have a game before our second game with Egypt. We have Paul Onuachu who will play
like 45 minutes also or even more. We have accepted him in the players’ profile that we will use him.
“We have Ighalo already and we are satisfied with that he is doingsince the World Cup in Russia and we have this Paul Onuachu to alsoconsider and it will be good to see him play with Ahmed Musa, Iwobi,Simon and the rest of the players. I hope he can give us thesatisfaction we hope for.”