Russia 2018: Rohr shuts door on Martins, Enyeama, others

Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has shut the door on Obafemi Martins, Vincent Enyeama and other players who didn’t partakeĀ in the World Cup qualifiers.

The three-time African champions are aiming to better their best ever finish of second-round in 1994, 1998 and 2014.

Despite being the first African side to reach Russia, Nigerians were still bent on strengthening the team.

However, the German tactician seems very confident of the bunch who helped the country seal qualification.

“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,” Rohr told BBC Sports on Friday.

“We have big experience in captain [John] Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and our left back Elderson who is now playing in Belgium.

“If we feel the need to strengthen this squad we know what to do because for nearly two years now we’ve had a good atmosphere so far. Another good news is that the young striker in Wolfsburg [Victor] Osimhen is also playing now.

“I will make the [provisional] squad based on this group and also give one of the CHAN boys a chance as well.

“We can’t just keep bringing in player after player when you already have those who have proven that they can do the job,” Rohr added.

The Super Eagles will be making a sixth appearance at the World Cup tournament in Russia wehere they will play Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in Group D.