Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, says he hopes to see Victor Osimhen back in form before March’s AFCON qualifying games, while he also insists only the fittest attackers will be invited for the two matches.
Osimhen just returned from a three-month injury layoff and Coronavirus, which has affected his form. The 22-year-old picked up a shoulder injury in the first leg of Nigeria’s clash against Sierra Leone last November.
The injury kept him out of action for two months, but after recovering, the Nigerian international contracted Coronavirus following a trip from Nigeria.
While he has since recovered from the virus, Osimhen has struggled for form in the games he has played for Napoli.
However, Rohr hopes the striker can rediscover his form before Nigeria’s game against the Benin Republic and Lesotho.
“I hope he (osimhen) will be very fit again, it is my first wish. But he is on the right way now, playing again in Napoli,” Rohr said.
Although Osimhen is currently struggling, Rohr is still spoilt for choice in attack with the likes of Paul Onuachu, Terem Moffi, Sadiq Umar and Josh Maja all impressing at their clubs.
Kelechi Iheanacho has also impressed for Leicester City in recent games, even though he has had just a few starts in the Premier League this season.
And speaking on who among the lot will get an invitation in March, Rohr insists only the fittest will be invited.
“The second striker is also Kelechi, playing in the cup, but not in the league. So we have many strikers. The fittest one will be invited,” Rohr said.
The German tactician also said he hopes to have Samuel Chukwueze available, while he also stressed the importance of having quick attackers for the games.
”I think we will miss Chukwueze, which is a little problem because the time is very short after his injury.”
“I hope to have him, but it’s still not sure. But we have other wingers. It’s important to have our quick wingers because our system is based on the fast players on the side.”
And with Chukwueze returning to Villarreal’s squad Friday night, Rohr has been handed a boost ahead of the two games.
Alumni Beg Wike To Renovate Sports Institute
The Pioneer Chairperson of the, Alumni of Rivers State Sports Institution (RSSI), Isaka, ‘Class 90’ in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, Diseph D. Ezikwas, has appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike, to rehabilitate the dilapidated school, SIRS.
She stated that about 10 years now, the school has been in deplorable condition, saying that the institution has lost its glory, because of the present condition.
Ezikwas made the appeal at the weekend during its reunion meeting after three decades, adding that the primary aim of the Alumni is to promote and develop their alma mater.
“We are appealing to his Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, the project governor, to extend his quality project to our school; honestly, the institution has produced notable athletes in the country,” Ezekwas said.
According to her, the rehabilitation of the school would help to discover more talents that would represent the State and country at all levels, adding that it would also curb youth restiveness.
“Your Excellency, Sir, this is the first school that combines both sports and academies in the country and since then, the school has produced notable athletes in the country,” she stated.
Eguma Blames Defenders Over 1-0 Loss
The Technical Manager of Rivers United of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has blamed his defenders for the one zero loss against Warri Wolves, on Wednesday.
He noted that the disorganisation at the backline in the second half actually caused the goal they conceded.
Eguma said this in a post match interview with Tidesports shortly after he lost to his host, on Wednesday, at Delta State Polytechnic field, Ozoro.
In spite of the defeat, Eguma commended his players for the impressive performance displayed in the game.
“It is a game of football, sometimes, it’s like that. All I found out is that the game was too physical. The two teams were too physical in the game and I think in the second half, they conceded that goal because there was defensive error,” Eguma said.
Rivers United enjoyed more than 70 percent possession in the game, but was unable to find a way past Pwadadi Paul in goal for the seasiders.
As it is, United suffered her fourth defeat of the season.
With two games at hand, Rivers United drops to 7th position on the NPFL table with 18 points from 10 matches.
Kano Pillars Topping NPFL Excites Striker
Kano Pillars forward, Nyima Nwagwa has expressed delight after scoring the winning goal that earned Sai Masugida a 1-0 win against Sunshine Starts and in the process going top of the Nigeria Professional Football League with Enyimba and Kwara United being held in Aba and Ilorin, respectively.
Nwagwa, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that the win was a very important one for the team because it will certainly boost their confidence after a shaky start early in the season.
He added that this will give them a reason to fight more and ensure they were very much there top of the league, going to the thick of the season.
“It’s very important to us because one thing is that it will actually boost our confidence to be on top and with the way the whole situation was, when we started, we are really happy and it feels like what we are doing is really working for us and we will continue to work hard to ensure we pick all three points that come across our way.”
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