Head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr has ruled out speculations of bringing in new hands ahead of next month’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde.
The German tactician is said to be comfortable with his current squad amidst their poor performances in their last three games against Cameroon and Mexico.
Recall in one of the matches against Cameroon in June, the Super Eagles secured a spot in the 2021 AFCON games
Rohr argues this decision stems from the short time the team has to make preparations ahead of the qualifiers against Libaria and Cape Verde.
This ruling may delay the call up of players like Ademola Lookman, Ovie Ejaria and Tosin Adarabioyo who according to reports have been cleared by FIFA to play for Nigeria, following their applications to switch allegiance from England.
Other players to be affected by this decision is Almeria’s striker Sadiq Umar and Union Berlin forward Taiwo Awoniyi, who has been in top form since switching sides from Liverpool to the Bundesliga side this season.
In his statement, Rohr said he has good players at his disposal and wouldn’t consider bringing in any new player at the moment to disrupt the team’s chemistry.
“We have a team that we trust. Bringing in new players to the team at this time of the season is not the best moment because we will only have one or two training sessions to prepare for a match,” Rohr said.
Expectation has it that Rohr will stick to his usual squad – Victor Osimhen, Samuel Kalu, Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, William Troost-Ekong, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Maduka Okoye and Joe Aribo for the qualifiers barring any last minute hitch or injury concerns.
Nigeria will host Liberia on Sept. 3 in Lagos before traveling to Praia four days after to battle Cape Verde.
Akuma Victor | reporting, Obinwannem News August 21, 2021