Rohr To Drop Mikel Vs Algeria, Hand Uzoho Super Eagles Debut

Rohr To Drop Mikel Vs Algeria, Hand Uzoho Super Eagles Debut

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:   Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has ruled out captain Mikel Obi from Friday’s dead rubber World Cup qualifier against the Desert Foxes of Algeria even as he told Complete Sports that the young FC Deportivo Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho will debut in the game.

 Rohr, who spoke on telephone from Morocco as the team departed for Algeria, said he would rest Mikel because he arrived late to camp and did not have enough training with rest of the team, coupled with the long  flight from China. But he assured that the skipper will lead the squad against Argentina on Tuesday.
“I will rest Mikel for Friday’s game but he will be ready for the game against Argentina,” Rohr told “It will be an opportunity for the other players to show that they are worthy of being in with this group and fight for World Cup places in  the squad.
“We are going to play without six regulars due to withdrawals through injury and the need to test some fringe players. Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Moses Simon, Elderson Echiejile, Onazi Onazi will miss the game with Algeria due to injuries. Mikel Obi misses out due to late arrival.”
Rohr continued: “The young goalkeeper Francis Uzoho will get a chance to show whether he is good enough to be in this group and join us to the World Cup. He will get his chance to play just like others who did not get much playing time during the qualifiers.
“The Argentina game will be a good opportunity to test our strength against a very good team with the best player in the world Lionel Messi and also to feel the atmosphere in Russia and see our camping base. Everyone will have the opportunity to play against Argentina and see how it goes. The preparation for the World Cup is on and I am glad.”


  • yeah you right rohr

  • If na Nigerian coach, Mikel wil play

  • If its in the best interest of the country and to debute some new players its ok, but otherwise he is not complaining, or is he?

  • why am I having a bad feeling about the decision of the coach to drop Mikel for the dead rubber game. I just hope he dsnt bring him on when we are chasing the game because Mikel is not an impact sub or a match winner. But he can control the tempo of a game slow it down and possibly turn it around, you can bring him off to seal a game if you are comfortable with what you have a draw or a win.

    • James Bond 1 year ago

      I hope you are aware that Nigeria has already qualified for the world cup and outcome from this match against Algeria will not count.

      • ako amadi 1 year ago

        This is a practice match, a chance for other players to be tried out. No need to panic..

  • Do whatever you think is the best for us, but we will not accept defeat as a result tomorrow no matter the reason.

  • Wen did match go start

  • Sini zira 1 year ago

    Am wishing the coach the best on the game against Algeria

  • Jasper Etim 1 year ago

    Nice ideal for the coach dropping some of the key’s players nd try others some coming boys

  • Just use this opportunity to test d ability of those player u av never parade bf,but mind u wot we need tonight is a song of victory.

  • 4 odd for niger abeg make una win with or without mikel