- Gernot Rohr tutored the Super Eagles of Nigeria who have now qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations
- Nigeria qualified for the tournament billed to take place in Cameroon in January next year unbeaten
- With the World Cup qualifiers around the corner, Rohr has stated that new players won’t be invited
Ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has stated that no new players would be invited to the national team.
Complete Sports are reporting that the Franco-German tactician, in a chat with a Lagos-based radio station, insisted that he will make do with the squad that qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Nigeria qualified for AFCON 2021 scheduled to take place in Cameroon in January next year as they went unbeaten in the qualifiers.
And with the World Cup qualifiers starting in June, Rohr stated that it is too late to introduce fresh legs into the squad. Rohr said:
“We cannot try new players now, it’s too late now. It is becoming serious world cup qualifications.
“The record of our result is very good and I know that we are unbeaten in away games in the qualifiers which is wonderful.
“It’s a record and we will like to continue and we want to be always the best but some time the other ones also can make a result, you can’t always win your matches.”
Nigeria are grouped alongside Central Africa Republic, Liberia, and Cape Verde with only one team expected to qualify for the final play-off stage before the biggest soccer event holding in the oil-rich Qatar next year.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles have been rated as the best third footballing nation in Africa in the latest FIFA ranking, with Gernot Rohr and his men occupying 32nd in the world.
This latest rise by the Super Eagles in the FIFA ranking was as a result of their incredible wins over Lesotho and Benin in their last two games in March.
Super Eagles were so superb in Porto Novo beating Benin 1-0 on March 27, while they defeated visiting Lesotho 3-0 at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos three days later.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian attacker Kelechi Iheanacho has been nominated for the Fans' Player of the Month award for the month of March.
The 24-year-old scored five goals in three Premier League appearances for Leicester City in the month under review.
This earned him his first-ever EPL player of the month award - beating the likes of Harry Kane and a few others to the prize.