Rohr: Why Rio 2016 Hero Etebo and Golden Boy Osimhen Were Dropped For Zambia Tie


Coach of the Nigeria senior national team Gernot Rohr has revealed to his close aides and associates on the reason why Ogenekaro Etebo and Victor Osimhen, were dropped from the list of invited players for the World Cup qualifiers tie against Zambia.


The duo alongside FC Porto Chidozie Awaziem joined excused Watford star Odion Ighalo as the major absentee from the list of players excluded from the team, who were part of Rohr’s last squad for the Tanzania tie.

” Etebo was not listed because people tend to forget that in the last two months he has only played once, no thanks to fitness issues. Too heavy a risk to take especially as we have lot of options in his role. Aside that he has issues regarding hs work permit in Portugal” a source told

” For Osimhen, everybody knows he is one for the future, it’s not to his best interest if he is once again called up and later dropped from the match day squad. He will definitely be involved with the team in subsequent games but for this tie, we need players with big game experience.

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” Awaziem is another for the future, the dicey nature of the clash against Zambia made his omission a no brainer. Kenneth Omeruo took his place. You can’t place them on same level when you talking experience”.