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Rohr to monitor local players for Super Eagles

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, will return to the country next week, ahead of June’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

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Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr

The German tactician will watch the top stars in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) while in the country.

He told news men that his immediate focus and preparation is on the 2019 AFCON qualifiers against South Africa in June before the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in August.

Coach Rohr said he would be back in Lagos next week to watch some NPFL games and see some of the home stars in actions as he continues to plan ahead.

The Super Eagles have just only one home-based player, goalkeeper lkechuwu Mba from FC Ifeanyin Ubah.

Rohr appears to have turned the fortunes of the Super Eagles since his appointment as coach in August 2016, winning three competitive matches and drawing one in a friendly match against Senegal in London.

Meanwhile, former national Under-23 Assistant coach, Monday Adigie, described the Super Eagles 1-1 draw in last week’s international friendly against the Terranga Lions of Senegal in London as not enough to judge new invitees like Jarod Ebuazi, Osahenhen Obazi and Kayode Olarenwaju.

The former Bayalsa United coach praised the Super Eagles determination against an impressive Senegalese side. He reckoned that the friendly game has given the Super Eagles progressive bounding.

According to the Assistant Media Officer of the NFF, Tayo Olu-Ibidapo, the trio of Ebuazi, Obazi and Olarenwaju had limited action in the game.

The media officer added the trio would be called up for subsequent matches to properly ascertain if they have what it takes to be part of the team.

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