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Rohr Scouts For Reliable Players As Back-up To Mikel, Echiejile, Ighalo

Rohr Scouts For Reliable Players As Back-up To Mikel, Echiejile, Ighalo

Exclusive By Johnny Edward: Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, is looking for ‘special ball players’ who can hold the ball in tight match situations to play backup roles in his World Cup squad, Completesportsnigeria.com has learnt.
According to a close source, the German still has some backup positions in some key areas to fill ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Those positions are that of Elderson Echiejile, Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo, according to the source.


“Against Algeria, away, the team could not hold the ball well and always ceded possession too easily. A good team would have punished the Eagles for that,” an impeccable source told Completesportsnigeria.com.‎

“He (Gernot) admits he has a lot of work to do, but I believe he will succeed due to his good approach.

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“Firstly, he hopes for a good draw that won’t necessarily seal our fate before the kickoff of the World Cup itself, a good preparation for the World Cup and some luck.”

“Some positions are covered, but he still needs options for other key positions and those areas are very vital.

“In those positions, he is looking out for players with the quality who can play the ball comfortably with their feet when under pressure by the opponents.”

Nigeria have been put in pot 4 ahead of the FIFA World Cup draw in Kremelin, Russia on the 2st of December.

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  • Scout? After others have put in their sweat for us to qualify…that’s not fair…we have more than 30 players who helped Nigeria qualify…

  • This man is looking forward to bring Russia World Cup to Nigeria. Scout player from Germany league 2 and Netherland. I think we have some experience players there.

    • my brother the way nigeria play football now n they dont keep the ball to control the game,if really we will continue like that, we will be the first country to come back home from russia. I think nigerians should not be carried away with the game againts Argentina.

  • Nigeria is a great nation and has ”Great world class players” that are yet to be discovered.

  • Sunday mba is good at that

  • Isaac Success and nwakali, can surely fit in. And I have the feeling he wants Martins in this team

    • success is the unserious footballer i have ever no in my life, we dont need him bcos he doesnot even play for his club side.

  • Good coach! May God crown your hard work with mundial success!!!

  • Joel Obi is exactly what Rohr is looking for. He would make a great creative combination with Mikel in the midfield.

  • Kelechi Nwakali can replace Mikel. Ola Aina to replace Echiejile while osimen to replace ighalo…

  • This coach certainly knows his job.

  • Okikiade 4 years ago

    I agreed with Rohr, we need a good back up, especially fo Mikel Obi, somebody who could hold the ball in the midfield and also a better ball passer! It showed we lacked such potentials during the game with Algeria. So an urgent need for back up is inevitable in major department of our amiable team.

  • This coach is indeed committed, ride on coacheeee

  • echiejile out ola aina in please

  • ola aina is better than echiejile

  • tyronne ebuehi ola aina in pleasee

  • Be careful as you do that Mr coach work with those on ground already they capable just create avenue for them to train together over time before the competition.

  • We don’t have that kind of player. So we play our game to mikels rhythm. Which is too slow. Isaac success would have been able to. But his off field life won’t let him. Woman wan kill am for UK. Smh

  • PapaFem 4 years ago

    Let him beam his searchlight on Norway, Germany and England. England especially, is the hotbed of Nigerian football talents. There are so many EFL and championship players of Nigerian who will be ready to take a plunge. Tactical approach to bring them in is what we need. I’ve been studying Ifeayin Matthew of late. He looks so good on the ball. Let him also try Raheem Lawal in Turkey and pull every string to lure Lookman Demola. He’s so good and comfortable with the ball. That boy is far better than that Tammy. Just that he hasn’t gotten enough chance as Tammy as gotten. Can’t teach you your job, anyways. Just my humble suggestions.

  • I think Michael Babatunde Will be great indat position
    Flash back in Brésil
    Nigeria vs France

  • Identifying your weakness is the beginning of greatness. This man really know his job.

  • Echiejile shouldn’t be in the first team

  • Good suggestion from all contributors. I believe if can try iwobi in Mikel position i.e. no. 10, it will be good. As for no 9 Henry Onyekuru will sure give a good account of himself.

  • JOHNBOSCO .I. 4 years ago


  • come and scout me. i can hold the ball for 90minuites. not even the ref will dear try collect it from me

  • bro lookman demola said he doesnot want to play for nigeria even tammy.

  • omo9ja 4 years ago

    Nwakali the under 17 captain is the solution. Fanendo Adi and Paul Unuachi for up front. Case ends. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Proactive Coach I Love your Style, Now how about adding Nigeria as your Nationality.
    Scout for 3 WC Goal keepers, presently we have practice materials.

  • I hope you will have time to go over this list, some of the players listed may have move change clubs though but if you looking for players then you have come to the right spot.

    Goalkeepers: John Felagha (Eupen FC, Belgium, Sebastian Osigwe (SC Kriens)
    Central Defenders: Noah Olawale Ojuola (St George FC), Godswill Elohor Ekpolo (FC Barcelona, Spain), Semi Ajayi (Arsenal FC, England), Nosa Egharevba (New York FC, USA), William Troost Ekong (DFC Dordrecht, Holland), Kelvin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim Germany), Amstrong Chidi (Lefke Turk Kulub, Cyprus)
    Right & Left-Back: Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin), Dominic Iorfa (Wolves FC, England), Chima Okoroji (Bayern Munich, Germany), Musa Muhammed (Besiktas, Turkey)
    Midfielders: Moses Simon Ajala (AS Trencin), Moses Odubajo (Brentford FC), Musefiu Ashiru (FC Midtjylland), Kehinde Amoo Owoeye (KS Kastrioti Kruje), Gerald Chibueze Diyoke (HNK Rijeka FC, Croatia), Fred Onyedinma (Millwall FC), Chidi Osuchukwu (FC Braga), Lawal Abdulazeez Abidemi (Naftan Novopolofsk, Belarus), Anthony Bassey (Kas Eupen), Shehu Abdullahi (Al Qadsia Kuwait), Samuel Owolabi Olajide (HB Koge, Denmark), Kevin Effiong Bassey (SBV Wehen, Germany), Oladele Oshobe (Plovdiv Lokomotiv, Bulgaria), Anderson Esiti (Estoril Praia, Portugal), Samuel M. Ayinoko (Angelholms FC, Sweden), Sunday D. Abalo (Rio Ave, Portugal)
    Forwards & Strikers: Michael Olaitan (Olympiakos, Greece), Paul Ebere Onuachu (FC Midtjylland), Imoh Fred Friday (Lillestrom), Lucky Omeruo (Birkirkara FC, Malta), Aminu Umar(Samsunspor FC, Turkey) Imoh Ezekiel (Alarabi SC, Qatar), Cedric Omoigui (Real Mallorca, Spain), Odion Goodness Ajayi (HNK Rijeka, Croatia), Isaac Succes (Granada, Spain), Atanda Sodiq Ololade (FK Apolonia FC), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England), Fosayo Adarabioyo (Crystal Palace, England), Uche Ikpeazu (Watford FC, England), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England) Taiwo Awoniyi (Kalmar FF, Sweden), Musa Yahaya (Tottenham, England), Maxwell Onyewuchi Alozie (Beni Sakhnin FC, Israel).

    • Fidelenny 4 years ago

      @Abu, most of the names and clubs are old and not reliable

  • Ayodele 4 years ago

    Let d coach do what he want,dat is wot celement do when we went 2 wc in 1994,let him do his work

  • I don’t why I just like this Rohr of a man, a silent but powerful worker, if he takes us to the Q-final and I’ll celebrate him

  • Tony Iloka 4 years ago

    This man mean businnes

  • Brian ldowu or Adeleye(home based super eagle) for Echiejile, Oyekuru or lwobi for lghalo and Hassan for Mickel.

  • Ayodele 4 years ago

    @Abu is 2 much

  • Please recall Ideye oo that guy is very strong