We’re Yet To Replace Mikel, Ighalo In Super Eagles, Says Rohr


Ahead of Nigeria’s Sunday’s clash against Brazil, Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr says replacing the duo of Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo will take some time for the team.

Both Mikel and Ighalo quit the Super Eagles after Nigeria’s bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Rohr revealed that the present crop of players still have a lot to learn to fill the void left behind by Mikel and Ighalo.

He insisted that the game against Brazil in Sunday’s international friendly in Singapore would afford the technical crew to watch the players.

“After the 2019 AFCON, two of our top players (Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo) retired and we have to see how to replace them. We saw a little bit in our friendly against Ukraine last month and hope we can improve on that performance tomorrow.

“A good showing against Brazil will help our confidence a great deal.”
The Germain tactician also revealed that Sunday’s game against Brazil would make the team stronger and better for the future.

“The game against Brazil will show how much we are progressing after finishing third at the Africa Cup in Egypt. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to learn a few more things that will make us better and stronger for future challenges.

“This is an important test game for us, and we are here to learn from the best. We hope for a very good game against Brazil on Sunday. This will help us prepare ourselves for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho next month,” Rohr said at the pre-match press conference.