By Richard Jideaka:
Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr is expected to submit a list of 25 players to face Algeria in Uyo on 12 November in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier, Complete Sports has gathered.
Competent sources at the Nigeria Football Federation secretariat revealed that the Rohr delayed the submission of the list because he was checking out some Nigerian players in Europe and meeting with their club managers to get assurance on the availability of the players for the duel against Algeria.
“Rohr has demanded for 25 players for the game against Algeria and we have obliged him his request and hopefully he will submit his list to the federation to invite them latest by Wednesday this week,” the highly-placed NFF source told Complete Sports. “We will not interfere with his selection for the match because we know he wants result.
“I think he intends to invite only two home-based players this time around because the Nigerian league is on break and these players will not be at their best for the game. Rohr also wants to bring back the core of players that beat Zambia while those who did not measure up to his expectations will be dropped for new ones.”
The source also divulged that the coach wants the likes of Odion Ighalo, Leon Balogun, Victor Moses and Isaac Success back in the team and is also going to drop those who see the invite as a vacation from their respective clubs.
Asked what the invites will look like our source said the 11 players that started in Zambia and the substitutes who played in Ndola are in the list but added that “at least five of the 23 will not be in Uyo”.