Rohr confirms Awoniyi, Mofi, Sadiq for Lesotho, Benin AFCON ties
Nigeria coach, has given hint of a possible inclusion of the trio of Taiwo Awoniyi, Sadiq Umar and Terem Mofi in the Super Eagles squad list that will battle Lesotho and Benin in the last two qualification games for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.
Although Rohr has refused to slam the senior national team door on former Manchester United forward Odion Ighalo, he nonetheless revealed that Super Eagles have enough options to bolster the team’s attack.
Ighalo announced his retirement from the Super Eagles after leading the three-time African champions to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. He now enjoys his club football at Saudi Arabia side, Al Shabab.
The 31-year-old ended 2019 AFCON tournament as the top scorer with five goals, including the winner in the bronze medal match.
But a temporary switch to Manchester United in January 2019 from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua forced Ighalo back into the limelight, raising the possibility of him making a return to the national team.
The ex-Watford forward ended his dream United adventure last month and has since signed for Saudi Arabian Pro League leaders Al-Shabab, making a winning debut at the weekend.
Talks of a recall to the national fold are expected to cool down after such a move, but Rohr is adamant the Nigerian forward remains part of his plans.
Now, the Franco-German gaffer has hinted that the in-form trio of Lorient’s Moffi, Union Berlin’s Awoniyi, and Almeria’s Sadiq has done enough to merit a call-up to the Super Eagles.
Rohr said: “Terem Moffi is doing well like Taiwo Awoniyi, Paul Onuachu, Umar Sadiq, Henry Onyekuru again…and others.
“We are looking in all directions.”
Next month, Nigeria play host to Lesotho and make the short trip to the Benin Republic in the final group games of the AFCON qualifying rounds.
A point from any of those two matches will guarantee a spot for the Super Eagles at AFCON finals billed for Cameroon.