Head coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr is putting final touches to his list for Nigeria’s next World Cup 2018 qualifiers tie against Algeria in Uyo.
Rohr has ruled out inviting home based players to the team. However goalkepper Ikechukwu Ezenwa will be retained by the German but he has also made plans to call up Chippa United shotstopper Daniel Akpeyi.
Akpeyi will take the place of Emmanuel Daniel who was ironically the first choice goalkepper at the Rio 2016 Olympics ahead of Akpeyi, but the South African based shotstopper has kept goal for the Super Eagles on seven previous occasion.
His experience and constant game time for Chippa United in the Premier South Africa League makes his selection a no brainier. But Rohr is also planning for the future with David Nwokolor who keeps goal for Bosnian side Vitez, where he is on loan from Croatian side Rijeka firmly in his plans.
Rohr is well aware of the 21 year old Nwokolor, and has penciled him for future invitation to the team, but there’s no chance of him making the team for the game against Algeria.
” There are friendly games planned for next year and Nwokolor is among those under consideration. The Algerian tie is too soon but subsequently he will be called up. He is young and will benefit from training with the senior team” a source close to the coach said.