The plans to keep Super Eagles players plying their trade in China fit for Nigeria’s next competitive game against South Africa in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers has been revealed by coach of the team Gernot Rohr.
There has been doubts surrounding the future of the trio of captain John Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye who all moved to China but Rohr was quick in dispelling such thoughts when it cropped up months ago.
Rohr left them out of the Eagles last friendly game against Senegal as they were still settling at their base in China, but the coach has now hinted on how he plans to integrate them into his squad for the South Africa game, which comes up on June 10.
” They (players) need to work hard, we have two and a half weeks to prepare for South Africa after which we will play another friendly game to accommodate some other players, who will be ending their season in June, especially the players playing in China.
” It’s not going to be easy for them to come from China on June 5, there is going to be a lot of difference and a bit difficult, but we have a good programme to prepare everybody for that important South Africa, and the next World Cup qualifier against Cameroon”, he told Owngoalnigeria.com correspondent Osas Mahawi.
* Osas Mahawi