Thursday, October 29, 2020

Super Eagles prepare for friendlies, Coach Rohr invites six new players and drops home-based stars

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Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has invited six new players for the team’s friendly matches against Ivory Coast and Tunisia in Austria next month.

CSKA Moscow forward Chidera Ejuke, FC Midtjylland’s midfielder Frank Onyeka, former U-17 captain Samson Tijani, new Porto signing Zaidu Sanusi and SKF Sered goalkeeper, Matthew Yakubu, all got their first Eagles invite, while Cyril Dessers got another call-up after he was called up for the initial 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March, which were suspended due to COVID-19.

Rohr however dropped first choice goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, who just recovered from the injury he sustained in the friendly against Brazil last October.

Also, the Franco-German shunned the home-based players including Heartland keeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who has been a mainstay in the squad in recent years.

There was also no place for 25-year old Kingsley Ehizibue, who was also called up for the botched AFCON qualifiers in March along with Dessers.

The Eagles will play the Ivoiriens on October 9 before slugging it out with Tunisia four days later.