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Published On: Mon, Apr 2nd, 2018

Rohr in dilemma over left-back, denies anointing Uzoho first choice goalkeeper

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Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr says he is finding it difficult to choose his first-choice left-back ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals which will be hosted by Russia.
Amkar Perm’s Brian Idowu started ahead of Elderson Echiejile of Cercle Brugge K.S.V and Hull City defender Ola Aina for the Super Eagles against Poland, and Serbia in a friendly games during the recent FIFA international break.
”I am not confused about who to play in the left back. I am never confused, I have the choice and it is wonderful,” Rohr told Omasports.
”When I arrived in Nigeria, we had problems in the left back position. We found Tyronne Ebuehi, Ola Aina and Brown Idowu and that is a big competition, it is no confusion. It is a competition and that is very fare.
”Against Poland, Brian Idowu did very well, he plays in Russia which could be a big advantage for him,” the German coach continued.
”Ola Aina is doing very well in Hull city. We also have Elderson Echiejile, a very good experienced player.
”So it will be a difficult choice for us but the coach is happy when he has more players in a position and must pick the best one.”
Nigeria is in Group D along with Argentina, Iceland and Croatia at the 2018 finals.
Meanwhile, Rohr has played down reports in the media which claims that he has anointed Francis Odinaka Uzoho as first choice goalkeeper of the Super Eagles.
Following his showing in the Super Eagles friendly games against Poland and Serbia, reports in Nigeria have suggested that he had anointed the Deportivo La Coruna B goalkeeper as first choice goalkeeper for Nigeria.
Uzoho kept a clean sheet when Nigeria defeated Poland 1-0 but conceded twice against Serbia on Tuesday in another friendly game. Although Rohr is satisfied with his performance in both games, he still insist that at this time, Uzoho is not yet his first choice goalkeeper.
“He (Uzoho) is 19 years old, and our team is the youngest at the World Cup, and he has made us younger. However, he has done well in three games for us, which is good for his confidence,” Rohr said.
“Presently, he is the third goalkeeper in Deportivo La Coruna, and he is playing well in the second team. Our goalkeeper coach worked with him for some time and also spoke with the club coaches. I think he can be a solution for the future but we can’t make a decision with just one or two games.
“Ezenwa is still here with us, and we can’t forget what he did in the qualifiers.”

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