Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr says he will announce his first-choice goalkeeper for the 2018 World Cup next week, and explained why he resisted the temptation to invite experienced players to the team ahead of the tournament.
The question of who is Nigeria’s undisputed first-choice goalkeeper will not be worth more than N5,000.00 on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’, as the youngest player named to the World Cup roster, Francis Odinaka Uzoho, will be in goal against Croatia on June 16, barring a last-minute injury.
With an average age of 25.9 years, the Super Eagles have the youngest team at the 2018 World Cup, with only six players Kenneth Omeruo, Victor Moses, Elderson Echiejile, Ahmed Musa, Obi Mikel and Eddy Onazi having more than 30 caps to their names.
”We have been working hard in that position for a year. We had bad luck with the illness of Carl Ikeme, but we have three good goalkeepers. The decision of who will be first choice will be taken the last week,.
”We must respect what those players have done for the country and let them enjoy it. The plan is to prepare the team for the future.
”Nigeria has not played two African Nations Cups. It is important that the atmosphere of the team is calm, without problems, disputes or egos.
“Once a good environment has been created we need to continue along that same line” said Rohr.