I won’t invite new players for AFCON qualifiers – Rohr


Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has hinted that he won’t invite new players for their upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Lesotho.

Speaking in an interview on the team’s official YouTube page, Rohr debunked reports that some new players had been granted permission to play for Nigeria by FIFA.

He insisted he has good players in his squad and wouldn’t consider bringing in any new player at the moment.

You can read so many names in the newspaper, however, that’s not the best way to select the players. The best way to select the players is to scout them very well, and also to talk to them if there’s motivation to come back. If they need to come, they have to write down a letter to FIFA that they want to switch from England or Germany or Austria to Nigeria and it’s not simple for them to make that choice,” Rohr stated.

But we have some players in view, one of them wrote a letter already. I saw a list the other day within the media which was fake news.

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“So, for the moment, we have our players, and it’s not the best moment to bring in new players when we only have one or two training sessions to prepare for a match.

When you come into a team for the first time, you need a little time to adapt and to take your place in the group. I hope that we can find better players, but we already have good players.

The best players, only the best players can come. We already have good ones, so if you want to come in, you want time to adapt, you cannot come on Tuesday and play with your new teammates on Wednesday.

“So, let’s work on it quietly and not publicly. We welcome players better than those we’ve, now we have good players already, there’s a big concurrence in the striking position now, so this isn’t the place to invite new players because we don’t have the time before these two last matches in the qualifiers.”

The Eagles are top of Group L with eight points from four matches.

The three-time African champions will play Benin away on March 22, before hosting Lesotho on March 30.

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