New Super Eagles coach, Rohr assumes duty for AFCON qualifier

By Femi Adefioye, Lagos

The new Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Mr. Gernot Rohr has assumed duty following his arrival in Uyo on Tuesday in preparation for the AFCON 2017 qualifying match against Tanzania on Saturday.

The the encounter which is best described as a “dead rubber’’ is Rohr’s first official assignment as Eagles technical adviser.

The Eagles and their Tanzanian counterparts failed to qualify for the competition after Egypt picked the sole qualification ticket from the group.

Chad had withdrawn from the qualifiers over financial difficulties and thereby making Nigeria walk a tight rope following a 1-1 draw with Egypt in one of the qualifiers in Kaduna.

Rohr would use the encounter as a test match for the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Zambia on October 3.

Cameroon and Algeria are the other teams drawn alongside Nigeria and Zambia in Group B.

Super Eagles Media Officer Toyin Ibitoye told newsmen that 24 invited players had yet to arrive in camp as at Tuesday night.

Ibitoye said that the usual morning and evening training session had begun as Rohr had resolved to build a formidable squad for the country ahead of future international engagements.

According to him, Belgium based Moses Simon and Slovakia based Kingsley Madu will arrive on Wednesday, while Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme will arrive on Thursday.

“The players are in high spirit owing to the fact that they have a new technical adviser,” Ibitoye said.

Majority of the players failed to report to camp on Monday following cancellation of ARIK airline flight and hours of delays.

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