Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has offered explanation on his decision to omit Paul Onuachu from his 23-man squad for this month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures against Benin and Lesotho, reports Completesports.com.
Onuachu only made the standby list of seven players despite his impressive form in the Belgian Pro League for KRC Genk this season.
The 26-year-old has so far scored 27 goals and provided two assists in 30 appearances across all competitions for the Smurfs.
Rohr stated that that decision was a chance to give another player a look in the same position.
“It is because I want to see somebody else,” Rohr told ESPN.
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“We saw him already, we know him, we know his strengths.
“He was a little bit unlucky each time when he has to play. It is the last moment before the World Cup qualifiers that we can test somebody else, so we choose Sadiq Umar.”
The German tactician also hinted that Onuachu was his second choice at the moment despite the snub.
“In this position we have a number one which is Victor Osimhen. There is no question about it,” the former Girondis Bordeaux coach added.
“If we want a number two, we can have Onuachu, we know him. But I want another opportunity to see a new player, which is Sadiq Umar.”
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