Nigeria national football team head coach Gernot Rohr has full confidence in the current crop of players and has dismissed talks of sourcing for new talent heading into the FIFA World Cup which kicks off in June.
In the last two years, there has been an injection of youthful players into the squad with only a handful of players including Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel (captain), Ogenyi Onazi and Elderson Echiejile possessing relative experience.
“I will make the provisional squad based on this group and also give one of the CHAN boys a chance as well. You have to respect what the former players have done in the past but be careful that you don’t try to bring them back because people think so.
We can’t just keep bringing in player after player when you already have those who have proven that they can do the job,” a stern Rohr explained to BBC.
The Super Eagles qualified for world football’s most prestigious tournament by making light work of Zambia, African champions Cameroon and Algeria in what was ‘the group of death’. Nigeria booked the ticket to Russia after sealing 14 points out of a possible 18.
This will be the sixth time that Nigeria takes part in the World Cup. They are in Group D alongside Lionel Messi’s Argentina, Euro 2016 quarter finalists Iceland and a formidable Croatia side.
Nigeria’s fixtures (World Cup)
Croatia v Nigeria (June 16, 2018)
Nigeria v Iceland (June 22, 2018)
Nigeria v Argentina (June26, 2018)