Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr has responded to criticism he obtained after calling up Ahmed Musa to the Tremendous Eagles squad regardless of not enjoying aggressive membership soccer since October.
Musa is but to discover a new membership since he left Saudi Skilled League membership Al Nassr in October 2020 and he has not performed a aggressive match since he featured within the Tremendous Eagles’ 4-Four draw in opposition to Sierra Leone on November 13.
Earlier this 12 months, Musa was near returning to the Premier League however his late transfer to West Bromwich Albion broke down resulting from lack of funds.
Rohr says Musa remains to be the crew captain and he’ll solely practice however will not play within the upcoming Video games in opposition to Benin and Lesotho.
“Musa is our captain, and he is part of the crew although he gained’t play as a result of he has not been lively, however we wish to help him to coach and he may also assist our crew as we put together for these two vital matches,” Rohr informed the Caf web site.
Rohr disclosed he’s anticipating powerful video games in Porto Novo in opposition to the Squirrels and in Lagos in opposition to Lesotho on March 27 and 30 respectively regardless of Nigeria main the Group L qualifying group with eight factors after 4 matches whereas Benin path in second place with seven factors
“We wish to end our qualification on a constructive notice, and the 2 matches in opposition to Benin and Lesotho are crucial,” he continued.
“In fact, we all know that Benin is troublesome to beat after our final sport in Uyo (Nigeria gained 2-1) and we want a minimum of some extent in opposition to them to qualify for subsequent 12 months’s Afcon.
“Then, we’re enjoying our last sport in Lagos. We wish to win in Lagos as a result of it has been a very long time since we final performed there, and we wish to conclude the qualifiers with a victory as properly.
“These usually are not going to be straightforward matches as a result of Lesotho drew with Benin, however we’re going to give our greatest in opposition to these opponents.”