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Nigeria Coach Gernot Rohr Should Be Impressed With Super Eagles' Young Ones



 


It came as a minor surprise to be reminded that Nigeria have gone through the World Cup Qualifiers undefeated.

Not so long ago, the statistic would have been seized upon as yet more proof of Gernot Rohr's acumen.

There was a reminder that his merits are not to be overlooked just because critics don't fancy his style.

After the debacle of the 2018 World Cup, deductions were made from any praise of Rohr. A manager would prefer trust and intermittent adulation, but this one will have to settle for less. The assumption is almost unshakeable that some countries, such as Algeria, Egypt and Senegal are too good to be overcome by Nigeria in next year's Africa Cup of Nations. This sense of proportion is welcome, even if it emerged from a slight scepticism about the national team and Rohr himself.

In games against Liberia and Cape Verde Islands, Nigeria attacked rather a lot and demonstrated to the audience that there are careers that may blossom in due course. It is all but mandatory to applaud Kingsley Michael. He is a midfielder for his country and effortlessly made the sort of challenges that have forwards despairing of ever being free of him.

It would be delusional to think that Rohr has deleted the numbers of senior footballers from his mobile, but some will have to sweat as they await his call. That type of insecurity should hone the competition for places with Nigeria, but there were small misgivings for the manage.

Even allowing for the unfamiliarity of some players with one another, Nigeria left themselves disturbingly open to attacks by Cape Verde the last time out. It just seemed good sense that Rohr should confirm the merit of having available someone with the build of a target man, such as Victor Osimhen.

The entire fixtures was a matter of small yet important checks, rather than sweeping revelations. There was further evidence that Chidozie Awaziem and Kenneth Omeruo are a good blend in central defence.

Innocent Bonke, another candidate for the midfield department of the team, was placed in the same category as Michael after making his mark against the Blue Sharks. The contribution of Chidera Ejuke is worthy of mention.

On occasion, Rohr comes close to fantasising that he will be spoiled for choice by the time of the AFCON. In reality, injury and misfortune will assist him in cutting back the options. The young guns have really impressed him.

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