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Rohr advises Mikel against China move

Rohr advises Mikel against China move

•Confirms Ebuehi for Senegal friendly

Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, yesterday expressed concern that some key players in the national team are not regulars in their clubs, insisting that he was uncomfortable with the situation.

Rohr, who was speaking at a press conference at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, specifically mentioned captain of the team, Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo, who have been reduced to the bench in their clubs in the English Premier League.

Hoping that the players would get regular playing time in their club.

Speaking on Mikel’s plans to move to China this January, Rohr said he preferred Mikel Obi to stay in Europe.

“I prefer Mikel to stay in Europe but if he prefers China we should respect him. The most important thing is that he should play games,” the German tactician stated.

Speaking further, the former Burkina Faso coach said he is optimistic Nigeria will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, despite the tough oppositions.

He said: “I’m optimistic that the Super Eagles will qualify for the World Cup. I’m here in Nigeria to make history. I’m happy to be working in Nigeria as we are sitting good in our group but we want to make more progress.

“Our objective is to have young players that are committed to play for Nigeria, and proud to play for the Super Eagles. My communication with the players is that we should play as a team and live as a family.”

Rohr also confirmed that he has been invited as a pundit at the upcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament holding in Gabon betweenJanuary 14 and February 5. “I have been invited to the AFCON.

“It is not all positive for our opponents playing in the AFCON, as there are some factors like injury. But we also have our programme this year. I wish us a peaceful year in Africa. We hope for success with the Super Eagles,” he told Saharareporters.com

Meanwhile, Rohr has confirmed that he has been in discussion with Tyrone Ebuehi’s parents and agents, as he assured Nigerians that the Ado Den Haag right-back will be available for the friendly against Senegal in March.

 

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