Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has not ruled out the possibilities of getting fresh legs for Nigeria, as he prepares the senior national team for the June 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The German coach believes with less than 150 days to the mundial he still has luxury of time to present sharp attackers, impressive midfielders, no nonsense defenders and dependable reserve bench.
As gathered, the German coach is already in Germany to monitor new players ahead of the international friendly matches against Serbia and Poland.
According to the Team’s Media officer, Toyin Ibitoye, the former OGC Nice of France manager, who qualified Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has also been to France to speak with some of the players he intends to bring to the National team.
Toyin Ibitoye reported that Rohr was determined to present a strong team at the 2018 World Cup and he has been scouting around Europe to get the best players that will help him actualise his dream of excellent performances in Russia.
“Rohr is in Germany now monitoring players that could make his team for the upcoming international friendly matches that will help him get the best for the World Cup”, Ibitoye told CSN.
“He is determined to present a quality team in Russia and he has started monitoring the players he wants to give the opportunities to prove what they can do for Nigeria.”
Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah (both play for Mainz), and Wolfsburg’s Victor Osimhen are some of the Nigerian players currently playing in the German Bundesliga.
“The list will be out soon but I’m sure around early March and that is why he is trying to move around now to see the players he is going to invite,” CSN was informed.
Nigeria, who will face Iceland, Argentina, and Croatia in the first round of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, will play friendly matches with Poland in Warsaw on March 23 and Serbia in London on March 27.
Meanwhile, former Super Eagles striker, Julius Aghahowa has advised the Super Eagles World Cup hopefuls to stay fit ahead of the fast-approaching FIFA Mundial.
The former pacy forward, Aghahowa, on Brila FM, advised that it is important for the lads to stay 100% fit ahead of the tourney.
“From my Korea/Japan World Cup experience, I think fitness is the essential thing and the players should try as much as possible to remain fit going to the World Cup,” Aghahowa stated.
Julius played in Ukraine, England, and Turkey during his career representing Shakhtar Donetsk, Wigan Athletic, and Kayserispor.
Aghahowa played 32 matches and scored 14 goals for the Nigerian national team, including their only goal at the 2002 World Cup against Sweden.
He became Nigeria’s top goal scorer at the 2002 African Nations Cup. He also played at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.