It’s no longer that Genort Rohr’s list of players for upcoming friendly matches against Algeria and Tunisia was unveiled last week.
After thorough analyses, Perfectlife’s football analyst Ibukun Italoye has come up with three names who should have been given the opportunity to feature for the three-time African Champions.
1. Josh Maja
The one-capped Super Eagle has been in a relatively good form for Bordeaux since the start of the season having scored once in six league games.
Many Super Eagles fans earlier predicted that the England born striker would be in the team but their prophecy never came to pass as Rohr decided to go with Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho who hasn’t been getting quality game-time under Brendan Rodgers so far.
As for Maja who made his international debut for the West African side against Ukraine, the 21-year-old star must up his game for his club side to earn a spot in the team ahead of uncapped Cyriel Dessers and in-form Victor Osimhen.
2. Paul Onuachu
The lanky striker is in rich vein of form at the moment, but it’s a bit surprising how he missed out of the squad.
Understandably, the Genk centre-forward hasn’t been too impressive while playing for the three-time African Champions which could be the major reason why Rohr settled for Belgium-born striker Cyriel Dessers and Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.
Hopefully, he will maintain his present form which has seen him scored seven goals in seven league matches so far this campaign in order to make Rohr’s squad list for November AFCON qualifiers.
3. Ramon Azeez
Here is another player whom many thought would be given another chance to impress.
The Granada midfielder is no doubt one of Super Eagles’ in-form players at the moment having featured regularly for his Spanish side in the matches played so far.
It was rather surprising, maybe understandably though, to see the gaffer extend an invitation to relatively unknown 18-year-old youngster Samson Tijani who recently completed his loan switch to Austria’s TSV Hartberg from RB Salzburg.
However, Rohr’s decision to hand a debut call-up to FC Midtjylland midfielder Frank Onyeka was a justified one considering the player’s performance since the start of this season.