11 March 2019

Nigeria: Rohr Defends Decision to Invite Onuachu, Ozornwafor to Super Eagles

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Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, releases 23-man squad for AFCON 2019 qualifier.

Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has defended his decision to hand maiden call-ups to striker Paul Onuachu and defender Valentine Ozornwafor for the upcoming games against Seychelles and Egypt.

The invitation of the FC Midtjylland star was a good public relations move as several Super Eagles fans wanted him in the team thanks to his rich vein of scoring form in Denmark, while the Enyimba defender was one of the players who shone for the Flying Eagles as they qualified for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup last month.

On Onuachu, Rohr told CAF's official website : "He has the experience of Europe at the height of his 24 years.

"His size is obviously his strength with his 2m01 and the beautiful goals scored in the Danish championship. This is another profile for us in attack."

Explaining the choice of Ozornwafor, the German tactician stated : "I expect this player to bring his freshness, his physical strength (1m97) and technical quality left-handed.

"It also offers us an additional option since we have a lot of right-handed advocates. I saw him in Niger at the CAN and I like his aerial game."

Onuachu is the only Scandinavian-based player named to the Super Eagles latest roster while Ozornwafor is the only home-based outfield player selected.

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