Rohr on why he dropped Iheanacho and Ajayi
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, has explained why he chopped Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho and Rotherham United defender, Semi Ajayi.
The duo’s exclusion came only as a mild surprise after both Iheanacho and Ajayi were absent in Saturday’s goalless draw with by Zimbabwe.
”You cannot judge from one game in these conditions. We already have our opinion before the match because we observed them throughout the season and we saw what they did and also all week in the training sessions,” Rohre told All Africa.
”We had seven training sessions to see the fitness, confidence of the players. It’s not this match alone that will give us a decision on the two players [Kelechi Iheanacho and Semi Ajayi] we have to drop.”
Rohr added: ”You see that we played with seven strikers, all the strikers who deserve to play. We started with three strikers, the others came in.
”Normally in a match you cannot bring so many strikers. We played with a lot of offensive players.
The German mentor concluded by explaining that he was forced to make the hard decision due to the many forward players in his squad.
”We have Chukwueze, Kalu, Henry, Osimhen, Paul, Simon also. The choice of dropping two players is really difficult for me,” concluded Rohr.
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