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Row among fans over Rohr’s Super Eagles team list – AFCON 2019.



Some soccer fans and columnists have communicated different feelings on Super Eagles’ 25-man temporary rundown for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) just discharged by Coach Gernot Rohr.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that planning of the senior national group toward AFCON was hot-up when Rohr discharged the 25-man temporary rundown on Tuesday for outdoors in Asaba.

The sythesis of players that made the rundown shocked no one as it incorporates the group’s regulars, spare a few players which many think ought not make the rundown.

Some are, in any case, fast to inquiry the incorporation of Eagles chief Mikel Obi who still couldn’t seem to play for the group after their exit at the gathering phase of the 2018 World Cup.

Others additionally asked why the incorporation of “out-of-structure” Leicester City Striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, in the group.

The Super Eagles will start their journey for the fourth magnificence when the biennial football threats becomes the overwhelming focus in Egypt beginning from June 21 to July 19.

The previous Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Lagos State, Fred Edoreh, as he would see it, advocated the incorporation of the two players, saying that the mentor should know better.

“I don’t think it is out of request to review Obi to the group, any group with a mix of energy and experience will without a doubt get along nicely at any challenge.

“Welcoming Mikel is great since I think his experience is additionally required in the group, passing by his commitments amid the World Cup.

“For Kelechi Iheanacho, his welcome is a 50-50 chance since individuals consider him to be a decent player who adds to the group. For the mentor, he may most likely trust that he will get once more.

“At times the choice to handle a player lay on the impression of the mentor and more than that, it is great to give individuals possibility. I additionally trust the mentor needs to be effective also,” he said.

A veteran games columnist with TVC, Solo Ajuziogu, said that the two players may have outlasted their pertinence in the group, meandering what positives the mentor needs to get from their incorporation.

“It appears that the mentor does not have a thought of what he needs to do or he feels that the group can be a recovery community for non-performing players.

“Of what significance is the welcome of Mikel into the group? All through the whole capability phase of AFCON, Mikel did not kick a ball or contribute anything toward the capability.

“Perhaps Rohr have a hilarious feeling of equity to have welcomed Mikel, despite the fact that he professed to have talked about his arrival to the group.

“The reality remains that we have a few players who can assume Mikel’s job now. We have Oghenekaro Etebo, Moses Simon, Wilfred Ndidi and others, other than why not give others opportunity to substantiate themselves,” he said.

The Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Olympic Committee, Phemmy Adetula, called attention to that the consideration may be reasonable, attributable to his experience and job in the group.

“When discussing rivalry like AFCON, we need experience on the grounds that since the exit of Okocha and Kanu Nwankwo, it is Mikel that has been boring the duty of administration in the group.

“We can’t overlook in a rush his commitments amid the Olympics, albeit many disliked his movement to China, yet he is presently back in England; I think despite everything we need him.

“For Iheanacho, it is neither here nor there in light of the fact that since he got to Manchester City group, he thought he has arrived which isn’t the situation, to me, he is a lethargic player.

“In the event that the mentor and specialized group can take a shot at his mind, perhaps he can improve in light of the fact that numerous Nigerians think he has nothing to add to the group,” he said.

A soccer fan, Opeyemi Adedeji, said that however the mentor recognized what to do, the incorporation of Mikel and Iheanacho was a terrible priority to the group.

“The mentor may have his reasons, however welcoming Mikel is something we can’t completely acknowledge on the grounds that he really left the group amid the capability arrange liking to confront his club.

“Mikel’s loyalty to the group is sketchy on the grounds that as a group commander, he ought to have realized better by supporting the group with his essence yet he jumps at the chance to pick when to play.

“For Iheanacho, for the mentor to realize that it is questionable, he should attempt and feel the motivation of Nigerians and he will realize that his consideration was done in dishonesty.

“For what reason should a mentor welcome a backup player to a national group? Iheanacho’s last diversion at Manchester City talks a great deal of his loss of structure, we needn’t bother with him rather we should welcome others,” he said.

A grassroots football player, Akeem Oladejo, said that Iheanacho’s structure had dropped, consequently he doesn’t have any significance in the group.

“Iheanacho in Super Eagles isn’t what we need now. He has lost his structure, so he doesn’t have anything to contribute once more. The young fellow is drowsy and now and then passes up on glaring opportunities.

“I think the mentor needs to drop him since I don’t see him making the last rundown with his present structure,” he said.

NAN reports that the group list incorporates: Goalkeepers, Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina Unietd), Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa).

Protectors: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy), Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey), Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey), William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton and Hove Albion, England).

Others are Keneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Semi Ajayi (Rotherdam United, England).

Midfielders: Mikel Obi (Middlesbrough FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Beer Sheva, Israel).

Advances: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Odion Ighalo (Shangai Shenshua, China); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey).

Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain).

Nigeria is in Group B close by, Guinea, Burundi and Madagascar.


David Chisomeje Is A Graduate From The National Open University Nigeria, He Holds His BSc In International Relations, He Is Also A Political Analyst, Social Media Enthusiast And Anchor On Lifestylenaija TV.