Ighalo, Mikel Dropped From Squad For Algeria Tie – Rohr Includes Fringe Players

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The list of players of the senior national team of Nigeria who are going to prosecute the dead rubber World Cup 2018 tie against ‎Algeria will become official in three weeks time.

Nigeria are already through to the World Cup in Russia with a game to spare against Algeria who are already out of the running to qualify for the reverse tie of their group fixture with Nigeria winning their first meeting 3-1 in Uyo.

Ahead of the game which has been fixed for November 10 coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr has dropped the China based duo of captain John Obi Mikel and top striker Odion Ighalo due to the distance they usually travel for national team games.

The official list will be made public in three weeks time with new names expected to be included in the squad, particularly players who have done well for their respective teams in Europe, and those on the fringes of the team.

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Already the coach has instructed his scouts to step up the monitoring of players based abroad while Salisu Yusuf his Nigerian assistant will monitor the home based players picked by the manager after their WAFU Cup campaign, where they finished second losing to Ghana 1-4 in the final match.

Osas Mahawi