By Richard Jideaka, Abuja: Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr, has disclosed that he would open camp in Austria ahead of the the 2018 World Cup with 35 players , Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Rohr adds that he wants three players for each of all the outfield positions, and probably four or five goalkeepers. He reiterates that there are still so much vacant places to fill before his a world Cup squad takes shape.
“The idea is to have three players for every position in camp from where I would probably pick the best two each and three of the five goalkeepers for the World Cup in Russia. Some home based players competing at CHAN in
Morocco will join the camp because of their good showing so far in the African cup of Nations championship,” the Franco/German coach stated.
“We have set a target to reach the quarter final of the World Cup and for this reason, we have taken only the best players who are fit and in good form. We have a good program going to Russia with series of friendly games that will put us in shape for the World Cup”
Asked if the form of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye at CHAN has solved his goalkeeping problem, Rohr said that he would still have a look at Dan Akpeyi and Vincent Enyeama before submitting final list.
“Akpeyi and Enyeama are still in contention for World Cup places if they are in good health, fitness and good form. But Ezenwa and Dele have been good, and if they continue to improve, we will love that because World Cup is a big stage,” Rohr stated.
He commended the NFF for the way they sorted out the players’ bonuses and allowances adding that this will allow the team to concentrate on the game with assurance that their money is safe.