I Will Present Strongest Squad – Rohr
Gernot Rohr has promised to name his strongest possible starting line-up for Friday’s pre-World Cup friendly against Poland at the Municipal Stadium.
It means the likes of Wilfred Ndidi, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Alex Iwobi and Eddy Onazi are set to start against the Europeans, while Deportivo de La Coruña’s Francis Uzoho might be in goal as Chippa United’s Daniel Akpeyi is unlikely to make it to Poland and Ikechukwu Ezenwa has yet to arrive in camp.
“For us this is a very important match. We have not played since November. There were two matches in March to test the players,” Rohr told Przegląd Sportowy.
“During the World Cup our opponents will be Croatia and Iceland, that’s why we wanted to play with a team from Europe.
“In turn, Poland got Senegal, and our team is somewhat similar physically to this opponent. This match is therefore the interest of both teams. A moment after the draw, I talked to your trainer and we agreed that we should face.
“We will start the game with Poland with the strongest line-up. I do not know yet what I will do before the next match with Serbia.”
Victor Moses was Nigeria’s top scorer with three goals during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, followed by Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi with two goals each, and Rohr says he is concerned about the absence of a top finisher in the team ahead of the Mundial.
“We really do not have an effective striker, but we have other good players like – Iwobi, Kelechi, Obi Mikel, Ighalo – they are also able to score goals.”
The Super Eagles will workout twice today and train at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw on Thursday night.