Newsmen Hail Super Eagles’ Coach Over 30-Man Team List Released For 2018 World Cup
Some newsmen have taken it upon them to appraise the recent list of super eagles players that would participate in the 2018 World Cup.
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It would be recalled that the Coach of the team, Gernor Rohr had on Monday released a 30-man Super Eagles provisional list for the World Cup as previously reported by NIGERIA NEWS.
The super eagles’ players to participate in the world cup are Goalkeepers — Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa Daniel Akpeyi and Dele Ajiboye. The defenders: Leon Balogun, William Troost- Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Brian Idowu and Elderson Echejile, Shehu Abdulahi, Ola Aina, Tyrone Ebuehi, Stephen Eze and Chidozie Awaziem. The Midfielders are Mikel Obi, Joel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Agu, Etebo Oghenekaro, John Ogu, Uche Agu and Wilfred Ndidi. The Attackers are Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Junior Lokosa, Simeon Nwankwo, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Below are the opinions of Some Sports Journalists on the list:
A sports journalist with TVC, Solomon Ajusiogu said: “The coach is even magnanimous to give some players chance to prove themselves, especially those that were not in the team during the build-up to the World Cup. Players like Efe Ambrose and Simeon Nwankwo.”
“That they are being given the opportunity to represent the country at the world stage is not a bad idea. “The list is well balanced.”
He added: “some of the players are sure to be in the final list for the World Cup. Players like the Captain, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Francis Uzoho and Odion Ighalo. The recall of Efe Ambrose from the Scottish League and Junior Lokossa who is being given a chance is also good.”
Also, Patrick Ibeh of metro FM Radio submitted that: “The list is fantastic; I believe Rohr has done his homework very well before coming out with the list. He has a team he can work with, young and talented. They are thirsty for glory.”
“I also like the fact that he put the list to his chest and did not succumb to pressures before releasing it. We did not miss out any player that is in form but omitted from the list.”
“So, if we go to the World Cup now, our performances will not depend on the quality of the players but on our luck if it can carry us far in the tournament.”
“The coach must have monitored the players very well. “I see Rohr as someone who knew his onions very well and wants success, he works for success. We need to give him all the support he needs.’
Another journalist who is a freelancer, Rotimi Arabi, opined: “Rohr is noble enough to keep his winning team; there is an adage which says you don’t change a winning team.”
“We are also happy that all the players that played the qualifiers are fit to play at the World Cup.” “If there is going to be any alteration in the team, which may be that someone is injured which we are not praying for; the team is made up of young and aspiring players.”
“From goalkeepers to the attackers, they are well balanced and they have played together for a while now, only that the strikers need to have some hunger in them so as to outscore our opponents.’’