Rohr Set To Make 6 Changes Vs Uganda; Rules Ezenwa Out

Rohr Set To Make 6 Changes Vs Uganda; Rules Ezenwa Out

By Johnny Edward:


Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is set to make at least six changes to his starting line-up to face Uganda Cranes in Tuesday’s international friendly, reports

Rohr who qualified the Super Eagles for the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations championship after missing out on two editions revealed during his pre-match interview that Ikechukwu Ezenwa will play no part in the international friendly billed for the Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba, Delta State.


Ezenwa was in goal for the Super Eagles who were held to a 1-1 draw away to South Africa at the FNB Stadium last Saturday.


“We have two goalkeepers who didn’t play against South Africa, we’ll make about six changes because we want to see everyone,” Rohr revealed during his pre-match conference on Monday ahead of the game.


“Afelokhai and Akpeyi will feature in both halves of the game.”


The German tactician is expected to start Daniel Akpeyi in goal for the game with Rotherham United defender Semi Ajayi partnering William Troost Ekong in the heart of the Super Eagles defense.


Bryan Idowu who missed the team’s last three games will start at right-back while Jamilu Collins keeps his place at left-back.


In midfield, Victoria Setubal midfielder Mikel Agu could line up alongside John Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo while Isaac Success is set to lead the lines for the Super Eagles and he will be flanked by captain Ahmed Musa and Samuel Kalu.


Meanwhile, a 31–man Uganda Cranes delegation arrived Asaba Monday evening and trained the Stephen Keshi stadium ahead of the clash.


The Cranes were 1-0 winners in their last encounter against the Super Eagles in a friendly game played at the Akwa Ibom stadium in Uyo in March 2015.


Farouk Miya scored with a powerful header to ruin Vincent Enyeama’s 100th international match for the Super Eagles.


The game will kickoff at 4.30pm.


  • This shows that Rohr means business!!
    Carry go oga Rohr.

    • Brutus 'the barber' Beefcake 3 months ago


    • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

      ..not only mean business…it shows he also knows what he is doing. So let all these arm chair coaches who think they know more than him keep shut and let the man do his job in peace.

      • Ashy Slashy 3 months ago

        Drey Day, please let these arm chair coaches talk.
        Those who would listen will listen.
        What is bad needs criticism to be good.
        What is already good – like your coach of the century Gernot Rohr – needs critics (those who you call armchair coaco) to be better.
        A bit of criticism never hurt anyone.
        Unless you are telling me that Rohr is totally infallible.

  • Isaac 3 months ago

    Good line up. But I hope CSN is wrong on a midfeild of Agu, Ogu and Etebo. Who plays the AM role? Etebo? I will prefer Iheanacho to play the AM role in the absence of Iwobi and Mikel, not Etebo. And I think Chukwueze should be starting this match with Osimhen coming in as sub for Succes.

    • Anuka (the mechanic) Orikanbody 3 months ago

      Iheancho no good o

    • Looking at the possible lineup Etebo will most likely play AM and will probably give way to Chukwueze.

      Osimhen will most likely come in the second half with Chukwueze to see how their partnership works in match conditions.

      Musa might give way to Moses Simon on the left flank and Onyekuru coming in for Kalu

      That’s 5 out of the six substitutions allowed in an international friendly counting a different keeper in each half

  • Sunnyb 3 months ago

    Ppl should stop mentioning iheanacho name, Rohr gave the boy many chances already,we need new legs for tryouts. It’s obvious the boy is not ready yet.Maybe with time and seriousness he would improve.

    • Ayphillydegreat 3 months ago

      He scored a legitimate goal that was wrongly ruled offside. With the exception of the chance he missed he didn’t do badly overall in that game. I’m sure he will continue to be part of the team, but I agree he continue to be on top of his game. Not many Nigerian players anywhere in Europe are better than him or will take us to the promised Land. The fact remains we have a young SuperEagles on the horizon. This will be there second major tournament after the WorldCup. Which means the team is progressing and that’s what really matters.

  • Austin 3 months ago

    I’m surprised that the nwakali brothers especially kelechi nwakali is not here to be part of these friendly/test game. We need those brothers. They are skillful, strong, quick on the ball and good. If osimhen, chukwueze and the liked are here, then the nwakali brothers should be here. I see Kelechi nwakali as part of the future of the super eagle’s midfield. Anyways I wish the super eagles all the best in their match with the cranes of Uganda.

    • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

      Nwakali brothers have at different times been invited by the coach to have a first hand look at them. Obviously they haven’t given him what he expects from them yet. They should go and work hard in their various clubs first. It was Uzoho’s hardwork that earned him an invitation to the National team…it was Chukwueze’s hardwork that got him invited…same with osimhen and the rest of the teenagers currently in the eagles set up. Kelechi whould work hard to at least be getting game time in Porto A team…even if its just 15mins or 20 mins per match. His elder brother too (who surprisingly signed for a polish 2nd division team when belgium and holland or even Norway, Sweden etc could have done his career more good) should step up to a top division ASAP.

      • Chidiebere Nwakali has just parted company with his second division club side in Poland.
        He has played a grand total of two games for them this season.
        Kelvin is finding it hard to cement a place in the first squad of Porto’s b team which are rooted to the bottom of the second division in Portugal.

        I fully concur that they should let their football do the talking for them. If they do well for their clubs they will be called up.
        At the moment both brothers are struggling with their football.
        It is no coincidence that Uzoho, Omeruo, Troost, Etebo, Idowu, Aina, Agu, Onyekuru, Success, Kalu, Chukwueze, Osimhen have all found their feet at their clubs (most signed for new clubs this season with the exception of Success) and have moved from strength to strength.
        Add Ndidi, Collins, Onazi, Musa,Iwobi regular starters for their sides and you can see that the Super Eagles have made progress from the old days of fielding “bench warmers”
        Do well with your club in a visible league, you will most probably be called up and do well with Nigeria.
        Of all our first team regulars and substitutes only Balogun and Moses Simon are not regular starters for their premiership sides in the top two best leagues in the world

  • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

    This line up if true makes plenty of logical and tactical sense. Semi Ajayi is the long term replacement of Leon balogun in that team…he’s the perfect one to play the role of “beauty” in a “beauty and the beast” central defensive pairing. Every central defense set up needs that very intelligent guy who does more mathematics and physics in his head when on the pitch rather than actual defending….you discover that such defenders always read the trajectory of the ball perfectly, can anticipate the next 3 moves the opponents will make, sniff danger from far away and pop up at the right time and place to douse every attacking flame being cooked up by the opposing attackers…..such defenders hardly have a stain on their jerseys by the end of the game and sometimes their jerseys are still neatly tucked and…and hence you start wondering…..did ds guy play in this same match at all…? They are excellent ball playing liberos and can initiate attacks from defence as they are very comfortable with the ball at their feet and have a wide range of passing….Late Stephen Keshi was one of such defenders who played this role with so much elegance, that was just after Christian chukwu left the scene…he wasnt nicknamed “chairman” just for the sake of the name….and he’s not Nigeria’s best defender of all times by chance too….his carriage, both in defending and attacking made him the darling of all….including fans of “up sooting” who were supposed to be biggest rivals of “enugu rangers” back then. Uche Okechukwu “the gentle giant” took this role over from Keshi and also interpreted is so beautifully…unfotunately we didnt take part in too many international tournaments during that period due to international sanctions. It isnt a coincidence that these players went on to captain the eagles. ‘Beauty” always makes great captains.
    We have not had a “beauty” in our defense ever since…Joseph Yobo just didnt hit the spot…even tho he tried. His habitual loss of concentration at critical moments cost him his place in this esteemed class. Im still of the opinion that we may not have won the 2013 AFCON with yobo in our defense. Now we have Leon balogun but i always wished we had dsicovered him much earlier…when he was much younger..but its becoming more obvious by the day that balogun doest have much time left in the SE.
    Omeruo and Ekong fall into the category of defenders whose style epitomizes the “Beast”. The names says it all “beast”. They play with more of brawn and sheer strength, bulldozing every foe on their path… doing so, they conceed the most infringements and earn the most cards, and at the same time are more likely to coming errors that will harm the team…but on the flip side, the are an asset to the team….mark attakers out by actualling doing the marking in real time….follow the most dangerous opposition everywhere he goes and thwart every move as stauchly as they can…the likes of Taribo West, Uche Okafor, Friday Elaho, Yisa Shofoluwe, the late Sam Ojebode, Ajibade bablade, humphry edobor and many others distinguished themselves in this role. Such kinds arent ever in short supply here in africa.
    So seeing Semi and Troost play togehter in the heart of the defense will be a mouth watering prospect. We might as well be seeing our starting central defense partnership in next year’s afcon this evening.
    For the rest of the new comers…its time to show that they can step up to the stage when called upon, particulary Mikel Agu, Isaac Success and Brian Idowu. Success in particular has a lot to prove as that position remains the only position in the team that has no substantive deputy at the moment. and with the likes of Osimhen, Oyekuru, Simy Nwankwo, iheanacho also eying that position….it will only make sense to make hay while the sun is still shinning

    • No bigger beast in our history than Bendel insurance’s 10:10, Bright Omokaro

    • Lovely analysis but Friday Elaho and Humphrey Edobor were left wingers not defenders.

    • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

      Oh…thanks guys…sorry for any omissions…kindly feel free to add or subtract your own names of our ex greats who fit the bill of either of the two classes as far as your memoirs can go

  • I’ve been waiting for the day Idowu will play as a right back because I do imagine a right foot player, playing as a left back. He even played from left against Messi. I really want to see what he can do from the right. All those faulty crosses from the left side made me hate his game. May be he can hold the role from today if he performs

  • Ub.Tex 3 months ago

    K. Iheanacho should be drop to the bench and let some one else come in, if the likes of H. Onyekuru, Josh Maja(sunderland), and Dennis Bornaventure(club brugge) are given chance they will add somthing to our national team. Rohr should try and test others, not always hanging on someone who is not serious anymore. Secondly we need more attacking midfielders, Rohr should try and invite players like Akinlabi park(real mardrid), David Huston(hamburg) and Fred Oyedinma (millwall) to the team. Let us forget about the issue of getting matured first befor invitation afterall, Alex Iwobi started playing for super Eagles befor he was drafted to Arsenal team.