Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr has been forced to rely on a squad solely made up of home-based players for next weekend’s international friendly against Mexico, as his usually preferred array of stars from Europe are adverse to lining out in the game, megasportsarena.com reports.
Against all expectations, Rohr has opted for an all-home-based roster to prosecute the mach, mostly due to the fact that the foreign legion are now on holiday and most of the stars resented being called up for the dual games versus Cameroon earlier this month.
Low morale and lack of enthusiasm among the foreign-based players apparently accounted for their loss to Cameroon in the first of two games played between both sides in Vienna, Austria, while the second fixture ended in a drab goalless draw, much to the chagrin of Nigerian football fans.
In an apparent bid to avoid similar discontent and anti-climactic outing from the squad, Rohr has opted for the first time ever to name an all-home-based squad to prosecute the upcoming friendly with Mexico at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in California, USA.
That reality was revealed when the Eagles’ latest roll call of invitees emerged on Sunday, as the latest 25-player roster is headed by Enyimba of Aba’s in-form goalkeepers, John Noble and Heartland of Owerri shot-stopper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
Also invited is Enyimba’s impressive winger, Anayo Iwuala, Rivers United of Port Harcourt defender, Ifeanyi Anaemena, Ibrahim Olawoyin from Rangers International of Enugu, Stephen Jude form Kwara United of Ilorin and Enyimba midfielder, Ekundayo Ojo among others.
All the invited players are expected to arrive at Serob Legacy Hotel, Wuye, Abuja on Tuesday, 22nd June, with their travel documents, for the commencement of camping and raining, but only 22 of them will travel for the clash with the CONCACAF Gold Cup holders.
The game on July 3 will be part of El Tri’s MexTour Series, which will see the Mexicans play three matches before clashing with Nigeria, whose most recent games were back-to-back friendlies against Cameroon in Vienna, Austria, which the Eagles lost 1-0 in the first game and then settled for a goalless draw in the other.