Sports analyst cautions Rohr on Super Eagles’ upcoming friendly matches

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By Oluwaseyi Oduneye-Ogunwomoju


  – A renowned analyst, Tayo Balogun, says Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, be wary of the team’ opponents in their upcoming friendly matches.

Balogun told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in on Tuesday that both Cote d’Ivoire and are formidable teams and the matches would be tough.

“He, of course, knows that Nigerians are sore losers and expect his team to perform well against and Cote D’ivoire.

“Rohr has formidable opposition in these two opponents. So, there is the need for to be serious and maximise this .

“It is important to note that this is the only window that allows the Super Eagles to play friendly matches. So, we have to take the matches serious.

“From the next one in November through to next year November, all available international windows be for playing qualifiers either for the Cup of Nations or the World Cup.

“So, there may not be another to assess as many players as possible,’’ he said.

Balogun, while analysing the list of invited players, said Nigerians expect the benefit of the main value derivable from inviting four new players to the team.

“This is for to see who amongst them have a chance to break into the main team.

“In this regard, I see Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto who enjoys some current positive reviews and Cyril Dessers of Genk as two players who may be able to force a way in.

“It be a big plus if either Chidera Ejuke or our former national -17 player Samson Tijani snatches a break in.

“Also, Dele Alampasu and Maduka Okoye have a rare chance to seek a regular place in the Eagles,” he said.

Balogun pointed out that he expected Rohr to rest more of the team’ older players.

“But then, in a situation of playing two top-ranked teams in four days, you must be mindful of ensuring you use a team capable of getting results.

“All in all, the coach will have the privilege of having his players together for five days,” he added.

The analyst advised Rohr to keep on injecting new players into the team and also seek out ways of discovering local talents who abound in the local league.