22 August 2018

Nigeria: Rohr Eyes Kalu for Afcon Role

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Gernot Rohr.

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr said he will try out Bordeaux striker Samuel Kalu in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles next month.

Rohr is expected to name his squad billed for September 8 this week and he stated that Kalu will be first on his mind.

"Kalu will probably be in the squad. I have been watching him and I saw him play again this week," Rohr said.

Kalu, an explosive winger with pace to burn, joined the French side from Gent during the summer transfer window in an 8 million Euro deal, but has been on Rohr's radar for a while.

Also expected to be in with a chance of a call is the highly-rated former FK Ventspils forward Adeleke Akinyemi, who recently moved to IK Start.

Galatasaray's Henry Onyekuru, who was a lock for the World Cup squad before an unfortunate ACL injury, is also expected to make a return.

Nigeria travel to Seychelles for the second match of their qualifying campaign. The Super Eagles lost their match day one fixture 2-0 at home to South Africa.

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