Super Eagles' Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has left out players in the Nigeria Professional Football League from his list of 30 players to prosecute Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying ties against Liberia and Cape Verde in September.
The Franco-German tactician has always maintained players in the domestic league are not good enough to feature in the Super Eagles. The former Gabon coach had in the past reluctantly included a couple of them, with Heartland goalkeeper, Ilechukwu Ezenwa, Enyimba's duo of John Noble and Anayo Iwuala, who recently joined Esperance of Tunisia getting a look-in.
This time around, he completely overlooked them and other players who excelled during the just concluded 2020-2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season as he named his team for the opening rounds of the World Cup qualifying campaign on Thursday.
Former junior international Kingsley Michael and Sweden- based Innocent Bonke are the only new names on the list of mainly regulars and a few returning players such as Hoffenheim defender, Kevin Akpoguma, South Africa-based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, Kenneth Omeruo and Olympiakos forward, Henry Onyekuru.
Nigeria will begin their quest for seventh World Cup ticket against Liberia on Friday, 3rd September at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos and tackle Cape Verde in Mindelo on Tuesday, 7th September.
UK-based players will not be part of the trip to Cape Verde over COVID-19 concerns, and will be replaced by seven others namely;Terem Moffi (FC Lorient, France); Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos FC, Greece); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden); Valentine Ozornwafor (Sporting Charleroi, Belgium); Tyronne Ebuehi (Venezia FC, Italy) and Kingsley Michael (Bologna FC, Italy).
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