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Amokachi: Friendlies Will Make Rohr’s World Cup Squad Selection Easier

Amokachi: Friendlies Will Make Rohr’s World Cup Squad Selection Easier

By Bamidele Boluwaji: Former Super Eagles striker Daniel Amokachi believes the World Cup build-up games Nigeria will play before heading to Russia will go a long way in helping coach Gernot Rohr pick the very best for the country, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Amokachi said he was impressed when he heard that Nigeria would be playing England, Poland and Serbia in their build-up games to the World Cup.


“Normally, a period like this is tough for every coach going to a big tournament like the World Cup,” Amokachi told CSN.

“I must be honest with you that there will be pressure from here and there but for a coach who knows what he wants, he will know how to go about it.

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“Every Nigerian player wants to be at the World Cup; unfortunately, only few players will make the team and that is where any coach will begin to have pressure.

“For a coach like Rohr who has coached big teams in Europe and also qualified Nigeria for the World Cup, I am sure he will know how to handle such pressure.

“This is why I said I was happy when they said the Super Eagles will play England and co, I am sure that those matches will help him to know the areas he needs to improve and how to select his team for the World Cup.”

The Super Eagles will play Poland on March 23 in Warsaw and Serbia in London on March 27 in their build-up to the World Cup.

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  • kingmaker 4 years ago

    I completely agree with Coach Amokachi on the positive impact of Nigeria friendlies leading to the WC. The friendlies will also ensure that some players get a Chance of possible inclusion in the final selection.
    What the target should be is to afford the Coaching crew the opportunity to pick the best Nigerians for the mundial.
    Some players need to be considered if SE must be a strong contender for the WC, and not mere spectators.
    My Take:

    1) Goalkeeper Austin Ejide is the Solution to Rohr’s keeper-problems.
    U only need to see this young man recent YouTube Video to agree with me.
    He is tall, strong, sharp, experienced, brave & commanding. He is a penalty stopper. Who doesn’t know Ejide? He plays in Israel.

    2) Junior Ajayi.
    This is Africa’s current best attacking midfielder. Ajayi plays in Egypt. He is full of goals

    3) Obafemi Martins.
    They call him Obagoals. Martins is currently Nigeria’s best Top 9. He doesn’t need introduction. He is still sharp & agile like a teenager.

    4) Joel Obi. Joel plays in Italy. A great ball carrier & dribbler. A tireless, experienced left footed midfielder & full of tricks.

    If Nigeria must present its best legs, these players deserve a chance in Gernot Rohr’s friendlies against Poland & Serbs for assessment..
    Good luck SE.

  • ojo samuel 4 years ago

    i surely agree with you. ajayi, ejide and joel obi needs to be given a chance. i think joel obi has been invited already but i don’t think martins should be involved…i hope he won’t destroy the team with seniority

  • Who is talking about martins, junior ajayi, and ejide, are u taking us back to dark ages??