Nigerian’s German tactician on Tuesday released a 25-man list for the African Cup of Nation holding in Egypt in June, 2019 with the return of the captain, John Mikel Obi and the inclusion of Leceister City’s striker Kelechi Iheanacho making the headlines.
Reactions have trailed the inclusion of Kelechi Iheanacho on twitter as many has questioned if he deserved to be called up.
”Rohr selected Iheanacho & Mikel for Afcon?!
If this was done by a Nigerian coach some of you will insult his ancestors and tell us why Nigerian coaches are the most useless in the world.
But since Rohr na oyinbo man, there is no problem” @olaleyedada
@Queenjohn4 ”Does Kelechi Iheanacho deserve to be on the AFCON list released by Gernot Rohr or even standby list? I think it should be earned not compensated.”
Pooja Media says: ”Kelechi Iheanacho going to Nation’s cup is worst than Ole (Solksjaer) at the wheel.
This decision is unbelievable. #PoojaFootball.”
John Obi Mikel..✔
How can Kelechi afo beer be included in squad?
What is he going there to do?
Clap and dance?
I don’t understand!
However, Mikel’ s return gladdens the heart of fans who sees the experienced midfielder as an enforcer and a stabilizer to the team. His performance for English championship side, Middlesbrough has been fantastic and within his short time in the team, he captained the team scoring a goal at the end of the season.
All invited players and officials are to report at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Asaba on Sunday, 2nd June, ahead of the friendly with the Warriors of Zimbabwe at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Saturday, 8th June.
The team will depart for Egypt on Sunday, 9th June aboard a chartered aircraft, set up a final training camp in the city of Ismailia and tackle Africa’s number one –ranked team, Senegal in their final pre-AFCON friendly on Sunday, 16th June.
The complete list:
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)
Six On Standby: Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC)