Close sources to the coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr have revealed to Owngoalnigeria.com, that as many as five players are on the brink of being omitted from the list of players for the Algeria tie.
We gathered the manager has read the riot act to his players and made it clear to them, that he will only call players who will add depth and value to the team,insisting that the era of trying players is over.
Rohr will from the tie against Algeria call up players, who are ready to push his first choice options for a spot as he aims to re-introduce competition for spots into the team.
To that effect names like Musa Mohammed, Jamiu Alimi, Nosa Igiebor, Kingsley Madu and Shehu Abdullahi have all been penciled down as potential casualty.
Alimi has failed to step up his game, since making the bench in Rohr’s first game as coach against Tanzania. He failed to make the most of Leon Balogun absence through injury as Kenneth Omeruo was preferred ahead of him in the game against Tanzania.
Igiebor and Shehu are also battling for their national team career under the German, as the emergence of Anderson Esiti who got the nod ahead of the duo when the coach wanted to make a midfield substitution, has put them on the outer.
Madu on his part has failed to push Elderson Echiejile for the left back slot of the team and already, the scout for a credible back up has been instigated by the coach.
Musa who was handed his debut by the manager is not getting games in Turkey for high flying Istanbul Basaksehir, a situation which lead to his axing in the game against Zambia.