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AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Rohr Set To Give Akinyemi Eagles Debut Vs Seychelles

AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Rohr Set To Give Akinyemi Eagles Debut Vs Seychelles

Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, says that he may invite FK Ventspils of Latvia free-scoring striker, Adeleke Akinyemi for Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles on September 7 in Victoria, Seychelles.

Rorh told girondins4ever.com, an unofficial website of French Lique 1 side, Girondins Bordeaux after watching the Nigerian score his seventh goal in five Europa League qualifying games against Bordeaux early this month that the 20 year old Akinyemi has the qualities to play for the Super Eagles.

“I was not able to see him play before the World Cup because he was an academy player who left for Europe without playing in the Nigerian youth teams.I saw his statistics (scored 23 goals in 37 league games), and I thought I had to look at him. And indeed, he was good. He has qualities, I may invite him one of these days, perhaps for the next game,” said Rohr who advised Bordeaux should sign him.

“I think he is worth taking a look at. He is very young and will not cost Bordeaux much money. He has huge room for improvement.He is powerful, he gets inside, he scores goals. It’s rare to have all these qualities in a player.”

Rohr also spoke about Samuel Kalu who recently trasfered to Bordeaux from Belgian side, KAA Gent.

“I saw him play before the World Cup but I selected Moses Simon who I considered a better player,” said Rohr promising to start monitoring him.

”He is very fast, he’s a good dribbler, he’s an overflowing winger.He is also explosive.I hope the Girondins will have the satisfaction of seeing him evolve with these qualities.”

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  • Chairmanfemi 3 years ago

    Good move by Coach Gernot Rohr. As far as the Chinese product Ighalo doesn’t get a chance in the Eagles camp, am very very OK. I just hope he gets a chance to play

  • Whilst on the face of it I am not against Rohr’s reported interest in inviting this young “20 year old” striker, I worry that the same coach will lay the reasons behind future failures on the doors of his “young squad”.

    The German has a second opportunity to win back the faith of a section of fans and going for fledgling players only to floor their confidence as he did in the 0:2 defeat against South Africa will be unacceptable.

    Like I said, I have no problem inviting 19 and 20 year olds to the national team (just see how Mbappe performed in the world cup). However, if this strategy provides a ready-made excuse for failure, then something is wrong somewhere.

  • Amaechi Ajah 3 years ago

    I totally disagree wt dis what are dey playing in Latvian league compare 2our league or Egyptian league or South Africa, Tunisia and Morocco. He has Samuel Kalu in d belgium league he can’t bring him in is sm1 playin in a league dat 2score is like d swedish or danish league we do respect to dos league bt d truth is we should nt spend our energy for such leagues rather we shud beam our searchlight elsewhere. Peter Ijeh scored alot of goals like running water in d swedish league bt yet could nt do nting when given d chance back home, we should tink of hvin Umar Sadiq, Samuel Kalu and even Chuba Akpom yes him, who jst moved 2d greek league to our senior team nt ds chinese based, Latvia nor Saudi. God help us super eagles!

    • Have you watched him play? Rohr was in the stadium against Bordeaux. So if he thinks he is good enough, why not? I watched the game and he was ok. Good dribbling skills and scored a self-created goal.

    • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

      this is the same latvian league some of our established NPFL players go to for trials and still fail. Late Rashidi Yekini was Nigeria’s all time top scorer…but he was playing for clubs like africa sports and victoria setubal….not big clubs for a player of that class and stature. Yet he never failed to deliver in the green eagles colours. 26 goals in 37 matches is no mean feat. let the ‘young’ man have his chance to show if he’s worthy if the green jersey

  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    If he plays well against Bordeaux then he is good enough.
    There are good talents who are just unfortunate to find themselves in obscure leagues.But he must move club.We need to see him do similar things in bigger leagues to be certain of his abilities.
    Meanwhile,I saw highlights of his goal against bordeaux frankly speaking it was a good solo effort.He ran the defence rags before hitting a low shot that beat the goalkeeper flat.It takes talent to do that.
    On the other hands,I learnt numerous better European clubs are after his signature so it’s a good thing if he moves to better things at least that would justify his inclusion to the super eagles.
    Goodluck to the young lad
    God bless Nigeria!

  • In as much as i want the growth of our game and our team specifically,I don’t really get this reporting:
    “I was not able to see him play before the World Cup because he was an academy player” Rohr said and
    “I saw him play before the World Cup but I selected Moses Simon who I considered a better player,” said Rohr
    Whats really happening? Inability to decide or preference to stick to particular folks? We gat to grow abeg

    • Stephen Ikediashi 3 years ago

      The first statement was referring to Akinyemi. The second was about Samuel kalu.

  • our experimental coach again

  • ALFREDINHO 3 years ago

    Gernot Rohr should not only look at Akinyemi .He should extend his tentacles to Paul Onuachu too .