Rohr Wants Musa’s Russia Return; Opens Up On Idowu, Ebuehi, Enyeama World Cup Chances

Rohr Wants Musa’s Russia Return; Opens Up On Idowu, Ebuehi, Enyeama World Cup Chances

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has hinted that Leicester City winger Ahmed Musa will make a switch back to the Russian League before the end of the January transfer window.

Rohr, however, did not reveal the club the 25-year-old will be joining before the January transfer window closes but adds that will remain an integral player in his squad for the 2018 Russia World Cup if he does return to the Russian League.

Nigeria won the game 4-2.

“We are in the transfer window now and I believe he will change team,” Rohr told NAN in Abuja on Tuesday.

“Musa is going back to Russia and it is very good news that he will be playing there.

“Musa playing in Russia is a positive development so that we will have the sympathy of Russian fans. We have seen that when Brian Idowu was introduced in the game against Argentina.

“The fans encouraged us and he scored, this can be a good reason to get support from Russian fans because the people there like Musa.

“Also, Musa knows the people there because he is familiar with them, he knows the weather condition too.


Rohr also revealed that the recall of former captain Vincent Enyeama to the senior national team hinges on his being active at club level before the end of the season

“We are waiting for what will happen to Enyeama if he plays for his club and get more playing time he can make it,” Rohr added.

“He’s been delayed now because of his injury and now, he has about two goalkeepers ahead of him, so he has to change club during this FIFA transfer window.

“We also have other good goalkeepers. When I arrived, Carl Ikeme did well but now out because of illness; we are praying for him, then, Akpeyi who played against Algeria but unlucky against South Africa.

“We also have Ezenwa, Alampasu who is not playing regularly in Portugal and the new entrant Uzoho, who is doing well with the U-23 team of Deportivo La Coruna in Spain,’’ he said.

“The first consideration is the fitness of the player if the player gets a regular playing time in his club.

“Then, I also consider the options we have on various positions we have in the team, the players will be given equal chance to prove themselves, then the technical bench will decide.

“We also have good defenders too, Ebuechi is on his way to Benfica; I told him he is good but he must be playing, so if he does not play, no chance for him.

“For Alex Iwobi, he had a little issue, but I am happy the fatherly role Wenger played by giving him a second chance. I have been in constant touch with coaches of Nigerian players.”


  • I guess Mr Rohr is not putting the cart in front of the horse? Or how dem de talk that proverb set. I would prefer Musa to really move to Russia before blabbing about it. What if it doesn’t materialize as the month is fast running out!!! Nigerians are praying that he leaves Leicester fast but please please please coachito, let Musa himself make any statement concerning anything that will affect him. After all you are not even his agent or brother. We are all anxious about him but leave Mathias to Musa. Musa going to Russia would have been a plus for Eagles. Let’s cross our finger and wait to see how things develop.
    On the goalkeeper issue, time is running out for Vincent Enyeama. He badly needs a regular play time, even if with ligue 2 or 3. Whatever, but let him have regular play time somewhere. Anywhere. Uzoho is doing well with his club’s under 23. That is good. Ezenwa and Akpeyi to be frank are not WC materials. There will be serious lapses in that goalkeeping area. It is an emergency now to get a good goalkeeper.

  • Diuto Nwachukwu 1 year ago

    Musa made a costly mistake by leaving CSK Moscow for Lieceter city where he was playing regularly and was scoring goals! Anyways, if he can find his way back to Russia League, good and fine! Then somebody should help me tell Oga Rohr to stop counting Akpeyi as one of his goalkeepers for this Russia 2018 bcos he will never change!!! Enyama without club is better than his Akpeyi with club indeed!!!

    • Yes…you’re right Nwachukwu…Musa ought not to have left CSK…i seriously hope he gets back before the window closes…Ezenwa and Akpeyi and catastropies of the highest order…i am serious expecting Enyeama to be back and better…God help him…please #bringbackourEnyeama

  • Inyang U 1 year ago

    May God help our Rohr to realize that Club or no new Club Enyeama still remain by far and organisationing better than the current keepers he is parading.

    My humble advice is that Rohr should bring Enyeama back now for the friendlies and not to allow those that are not wishing him well to confuse him else he will cry had I know.

  • Achi 1 year ago

    People are just assuming that if Enyeama starts playing regularly in a new club, he’ll rush to pick his gloves at a snap and return to the national team. The question is will he? I do agree with most fans that Enyeama without a club is far more skillful than most of the goalkeepers we are currently parading. But will he return, considering the grave injustice that was done to him, even as one of the most humble and dedicated footballers Nigeria has ever raised?

    The truth is that we Nigerians know the value mothers play in our lives. To carry someone around in your tummy for 9 months before downloading him is no simple business. And we know how easy it is for the reluctant carefree ‘developed’ lady to relieve herself of such burden. That is why we honour and bury our mothers. Enyeama did that and still flew out, eyes still red from weeping, only for an arrogant coach to strip him of the captain-ship of the SE and throw him out of camp. What was the reaction of the NFF?

    Unless the right thing is done, I doubt if Enyeama will return even if he gets into a first division club. NFF must be humble enough to apologize for the shabby treatment that was meted out to him. He committed no crime. He was just a few hours late to camp because he had to perform traditional farewell rites for his mum. He should have been commended for reporting to camp at all.

    • Thank you, Achi. That is why regardless of Oliseh’s supposed success in the Dutch 2nd division, Nigerians are not really impressed with him or celebrate him.It was just like Onigbinde took Nigeria several years back in 2002 with sub-par players like Opabunmi & co, Oliseh practically came to scatter the super eagles and undo the little success he met on ground. That said, please Mr. Rohr, whatever you do, please and please, drop Akpeyi and Ezenwa for the Wold Cup. As far as I’m concerned, you currently only have Uzoho (who’s still raw and green, by the way). Let’s prays for Ikeme, while you comb for 2 other good goalkeepers. And for Ubuehi and Idowu, these 2 should be in your first 11 always. Abdullahi Shehu and Aina should deputise or start from the bench. My 2 cents. Peace.

  • Tony 1 year ago

    We don’t need enyeama,he decided to retire on his own,if he wants to come back he should work his way back.

  • Farouk Ibrahim 1 year ago

    Kudos to you all , you peoples are saying the glaring truth. Coach Rohr should please forget about Apeyi and he should count him out of the favorite because on several occasion he has conceded cheap goals in an important encounter since as I know him as an Eagles keeper, he lacks confidence and always found jittery I prefer Enyeama without club and Ozhua and possibly Ajiboye and Alampasu.As a coach you worked tirelessly with your players to qualify for the world cup, is better you drop those who can cause setbacks for success and also Ebuehi and Idowu are superb to be part of the team