#Russia2018 | Nigeria’s Defence Worries Rohr, Submits World Cup List In May

by on April 24, 2018

Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, says he is on course to submit his 35-man provisional list to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, for the Russia 2018 World Cup on May 4.

But the Franco-German is worried with the spate of injuries ravaging his defenders in their clubs.

“My problem at the moment is in the defence because Leon Balogun is injured, William Troost-Ekong is not playing since they changed the coach at his club.

Tyronne Ebuehi is injured and Elderson Echiejile is not playing many games, so we have to check our defence also,” he said.

But he expressed his delighted at the form of some the strikers.  “When you see what happened last weekend, Odion Ighalo scored four goals, Musa scored two, Victor Moses scored one and had an assist, Kelechi Iheanacho played very well at Leicester,  but didn’t score. Alex Iwobi played also. So, I’m not pessimistic about this department. We have Mikel Obi, who can give good balls and also score. I think we will be able to score some goals at the World Cup.”

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Rohr, who is in Abuja for update from the NFF general secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, on the preparation for the send-off game with Congo in Port Harcourt, said that he has checked the pitch and has made his observations known and hopefully it will be ready on time for the game.

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