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AFCON 2019: Rohr Contacts Huddersfield’s Billing For Nigeria Switch

AFCON 2019: Rohr Contacts Huddersfield’s  Billing For Nigeria Switch

By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has hinted that contact has been made with Huddersfield Town midfielder, Philip Billing to pledge his allegiance to Nigeria ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Philip Billing has been one of Huddersfield Town’s standout players this season in the English Premier League and has featured in all 13 games for the club this season.

The highly rated 22-year-old is eligible to represent the Super Eagles by his parentage roots. He was born in Denmark and has already featured for the Danish U-19 and U-21 teams.

Rohr disclosed during an exclusive interview with CSN on Monday that there were other several exciting players on his watch list aside Philip Billing who could also switch nationality to Nigeria, but said that they must feel the motivation to feature for the three-time African champions.

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Since Rohr took charge of the Super Eagles in 2016, the Franco-German coach has lured three players of dual nationality to play for Nigeria.

The players include Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi and Bryan Idowu.

“One of my assistants leaving in England saw him (Billing) and spoke with him,” Rohr told only CSN in Lagos on Monday.

“There was a good contact but also we feel we have to be very cautious because the English Federation does not want to lose these players, we have to understand that also.

“The players have been formed and their academy work was done there (England) – the entire job done there. Now when the player is adult he says goodbye – I go with Nigeria. Not all those cases are pleasant. We have lots of cases like that in France with lots of Algerian players.”

“Lots of players l grew up in France and then they go to Algeria. It’s not easy to accept that.

“But they must really be motivated and excited to come with us. we will not push.”

“We can find players in the midfield, attack and in defence as well.”

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  • Good job coachee,he is a good team player

  • Good to make contact with these players, but I would rather the player makes the initial contact. Show motivation and willingness to play.

    I have an image in my mind of players singing and dancing whilst a couple are looking on bemused not able to join in.

    If we have to look for a second left back or a goal keeper, fair enough, we can approach those. Not for positions that he have options like defensive midfield or right wing. Those players should come and say “I want to play for Naija,

  • Chairmanfemi 3 years ago

    CSN should please be current with their news. I’ve heard this news about a month ago now on other websites and CSN is just reporting this….smh

  • Abdul andah 3 years ago

    It’s nice to bring those willing to help build the team back home but we must be careful and be very sure about their commitment to the nation cause.
    I wish BILLING and the rest all the best… Ameen.
    I am an ardent follower of this platform but it’s been very difficult for me overtime to posting my view here. I don’t know why. I have been frustrated for writing and not being able to post it. 

  • Abdul andah 3 years ago

    Nice one  

  • Jensen Josh 3 years ago

    Since I don’t know what you were waiting for before ooo….
    Pray he switch sha

  • Good talk BigD.

  • Olusegun.B 3 years ago

    You know when I saw David Aina with the Nigerian flag during Bayern’s champions league final win , I began to ask myself are there Nigerian players born in the Diaspora who wants to play for Nigeria but haven’t been able to be given the chance to do so . If so, this is the moment to reach to them now

    • David Alaba:Bayern.

      There are also some born in Nigeria but moved to the diaspora with their patents as toddlers. Basically grew up from the age of 2/5/7 and schooled and trained in the diaspora.

      These kids are immersed in the football culture and mentality of the diaspora. To be honest it will depend on their level of talent and with how they were brought up.

      Have they been to Nigeria on holidays? Do they appreciate and live the culture? Do they owe any slander to Nigeria? Will it improve their careers to play for Nigeria or Germany?

      If they opt for their “host nation” Germany/England/France, they will enjoy perks in their career: better coaching, better contract with clubs, will be asked to play them to help the country, their value in the market will be higher, their endorsements (sponsorship with Nike, advertising etc) will increase. They will be richer

      If they opt for Nigeria, they will probably have to pay their air fares, camping allowances and travel and hope they will be reimbursed. They will be behind the body Nations players in their club. For example, for Watford, Isaac Success is third choice striker behind Demerai Gray and Troy Feeney, but because of his talent is given game time. Also in Leicester, Iheanacho is behind Vardy.

      These are the career choices young players have to make in deciding which country to play for. Not the one that normally eat fish and chips and they will be given eba and okra soup that they don’t like during super eagles camping. Lol

  • Matigo 3 years ago

    David Alabama, you mean?

  • I don’t know about any other player..but this Billing, we really need him in our midfield. Ndidi- Billing combination is like Matuidi- Pogba or Kedira- Kroos to me. Thanks Coach. The guy has won many man of d match award this season.

    • It remains to be seen. We have other players who have won “man of the match awards more than once in their games too (Alhassan and Agu in Portugal, Esiti and Agbo in Belgium, etc).

      I too would like for Billings to be given a chance, but only if he comes forward and says “absolutely I’d love to play for Nigeria”.

      Defensive midfield is not an area we lack players like left back or attacking Midfield or goal keeper.

  • ak balo 1 year ago

    Oga please find players for our local league… sunday mba was local player when he did wonders for us in 2013 players that couldn’t make the team in countries of their first choice would always like to play for us we super eagle is not push over or dumping ground.. we are tired of that not all foreign player that have little affiliation with naija would play for us… i strongly believe that we should give locals opportunity that is why we have our league …oga billings fight for jersey for Denmark.