Siasia faults Rohr’s World Cup selection

Samson Siasia

Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia believes the coach Gernot Rohr could have done better in his selection of players to represent the country at next month’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Rohr released a 30-man preliminary World Cup squad on Monday, and Siasia has expressed surprise at the exclusion of some players.

Ambrose Efe of Hibernian, Al Ahly’s Junior Ajayi and goalkeeper Austin Ejide ought to have made the list, the former Super Eagles star was quoted to have said by a Complete Sports journalist.

“I think Efe’s experience and form for his Scottish side Hibernian is good enough to get him into the list,” he said.

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“He (Efe) would be of immense help to the Super Eagles defence at the World Cup, while Junior Ajayi would have added fire power to the Eagles attack, and should have been given the chance to prove himself.”

Siasia, who starred at the 1994 edition of the showpiece, however told the media in Abuja that coach Gernot Rohr’s choice of players for the World Cup should be respected, because he is responsible for whatever result the team gets in Russia.

“All the same, the coach knows what he is doing and has picked his team, we just have to support him for Nigeria to do well in Russia. We cannot win the World Cup but if we emerge from the group stage, our team can spring some surprises,” he added

About goalkeeping, Siasia wished that Rohr had extended invitation to Ejide for his experience and physicality, but added that Ikechukwu Ezenwa was number one during the qualifiers and should retain that role for World Cup.

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