Rohr Faces Selection Headache Ahead Of AFCON Qualifiers Against Leone Stars
By Amaechi Agbo
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has said his team selection ahead of the home-and-away 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Leone Stars of Sierra Leone is going to be difficult for him, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
The Franco-German coach disclosed this on Tuesday while assess the performance of his players and the aftermath of the 1-1 draw with former Africa champions, Tunisia in Austria.
The former Burkina Faso coach noted that with the good performance of some invited players who showed good signs, it will be difficult for him to select players that will prosecute the two matches next months.
“We are happy to have had this opportunity to be camped in Austria for 10 days. It was a very good feeling to be together again after being away for 11 months, although we missed some key players,” Rohr said
“The 2 friendly games we played were very good competitive games. Algeria and Tunisia are very good teams. Indeed, the results could have been better. We could have picked a draw against Algeria and a win against Tunisia.
“We have some positives to pick out from the games because in spite of missing some key players we still competed well. Now it is going to be difficult for me to pick our list for the AFCON qualifiers next month because of the new boys who did well.”
“I believe these very good friendly games will help us to return to winning ways when we play Sierra Leone next month (home and away). Good results next month may see us qualifying for the 2022 AFCON already.
Rohr handed invitation to new players such as Cyriel Dessrs, KRC Genk, Belgium; Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto, Portugal; Chidera Ejuke of CSKA Moscow, Russia among others whose performances showed a glim of great future for the team.
Nigeria on Friday last week lost by alone goal against 2019 AFCON defending champions, Algeria and played out a 1-1 against 2006 AFCON winners Tunisia.
Nigeria will play Sierra Leone on November 13 and 17 2020 in the race for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon which has been postponed till 2022 due to covid-19