Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu names who Gernot Rohr should not invite for Benin, Lesotho games

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu names who Gernot Rohr should not invite for Benin, Lesotho games

- Ike Shorunmu has urged Super Eagles co'ach Rohr not to invite Ahmed Musa for Benin, Lesotho games

- The Nigerian team captain Musa has been out of club since leaving Al Nassr in October

- Shorunmu warned that he does not see the need to invite someone who has been out of club for months

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Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu has expressed concerns over the attempt by the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to invite captain Ahmed Musa to the squad.

Musa has been out of action for a period of five months ahead of the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho.

Ahmed Musa was a part of the squad that played against Sierra Leone in the doubleheader fixtures.

The Nigerian international left Saudi outfit Al Nassr in October 2020 and is still in search of a club, despite interest from some Premier League teams.

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With Gernot Rohr expected to release names of players for the matches any moment, Shorunmu has clarified that the decision to or not invite Musa is all in the hands of the manager as he knows what will be best for the game.

He went further to state that due to the player’s long absence from games spanning over 5 months, Musa could become a liability rather than an asset.

Shorunmu told Punch via Complete Sports:

“It is left for the coach to invite whoever he feels he needs into the team. I however don’t think it is the best thing to invite someone who has not been playing for about five months to the national team.
"You don’t expect such a player to be in top form and shape.”
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu names who Gernot Rohr should not invite for Benin, Lesotho games
Ike Shorunmu tells Gernot Rohr not to invite Musa. Photo: Catherine Ivill
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And Nigerian winger Moses Simon has sent an important message to Benin Lesotho after scoring in FC Nantes 2-1 defeat to Reims.

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Nigerian star who has 26 goals in 30 games sends crucial message to Rohr after missing out on Eagles invite

The 25-year-old attacker opened the scoring for the Canaries in the 14th minute through a superb header from a Pedro Chirivella's cross after the Spaniard intercepted the ball from the visitors.

He then advanced down the flanks before making his delivery which found the Super Eagles star running towards the post and headed the ball into an almost empty net.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that ahead of the March 27 AFCON qualifying showdown against the Squirrels of Benin Republic, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick says Eagles might travel by boat.

Pinnick stated that the performance of the team will not be affected whichever way they travel for the crunch encounter.

He said this during an interview with Arise TV’s Morning Show News via Complete Sports that there is nothing wrong with going to the neighbouring country via the waters.

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