Nigerias Super Eagles played out an uninspiring 1-1 draw with the DR Congo in one of their tune up games as the Eagles continue to build up for the 2018 World cup in Russia
With one eye on the Mundial the game was obviously an avenue for the German handler to assess some players in match conditions as he looks set to name his final squad
Here are 7 questions which the match tuned up we try to give some insight to
1. Who Gets The Chop In Ola Aina & Elderson Echiejile?
It was obvious Rohr was using the match to settle the dilemma on who would be left back backup to Bryan Idowu who seems like the Germans 1st choice
The media has been calling for Echiejile to be dropped based on the fact that his stock in Europe has dropped as he now plays in the Belgian 2nd division but Rohr is reluctant to let go of a player with what he terms valuable national team experience
Echiejile was neither here nor there in the game against Congo
However the other option Ola Aina who will also be hard to drop as he is one of those “convinced” to substitute England for Nigeria did himself no favors subsequently giving away a needless penalty after coming on as a second half sub
2. Where Is Uche Agbo?
It’s a puzzle what Rohr plans to do with the versatile standard liege of Belgium midfielder
Obviously he has the Interest of the gaffer as Rohr never ceases to invite him but hardly ever plays the man
Its likely Agbos versatility that is a magnet to Rohr as the player can acquit himself well in varying positions in defence and midfield
The player has also been putting himself about admirably in training and is showing his quality but is now being jokingly referred to as the official Eagles mascot on social media for his inactivity
Wouldn’t this have been a perfect opportunity for Rohr to test out his asset
3. Has Junior Lokosa Made a Case For The NPFL
Junior Lokosa was not spectacular in the game against Congo but neither was he that bad either. The NPFL hotshot put himself about well enough despite being played out of position. And while he did nothing to warrant an automatic ticket to Russia and will still most likely get dropped from the Final squad he did not shame the NPFL and would most likely be getting future invitations if he continues his red hot form in the league
4. Is Simy Nwankwo The Missing Piece
Rohr has for a while been bothered about his options in attack and has always moaned about having that different type of striker that adds something else the present set don’t have.
The German has an abundance of fleet footed skillful attackers but has yearned for a large conspicuous target man who would put himself about in the opponents half
It seems with Simy he has found this and one who has shown he is also quite skillful quite pacy and quite a threat on goal.
Simy seems to be getting it all right and if statements in the media are anything to go by he seems the certain gate crasher for the world cup party
5. Why Start Ekong & Balogun
The obvious answer to this would be to build team chemistry between the two 1st choice central defenders and the seeming 1st choice goalkeeper Francis Uzoho but then again at what cost?
On the horrible bumpy unplayble Adokiye Amiesimaka pitch we risked losing one of our 2 best defenders and also didn’t get a clear chance to access a pairing of Kenneth Omeruo Chidozie Awaziem or even Stephen Eze
Surely a friendly such as this would have been a perfect opportunity to test the backup defenders
6. Who Starts At Right Back At The World Cup
It becomes harder by the day, a delightful problem for any coach to have but a dilemma none the less.
Ebuehi after a few doubts from his last match against Serbia showed again his deft technical ability and game reading in the match against Congo
Shehu Abdullahi on the other hand has been well Shehu Abdullahi tough unrelenting versatile defender that goes about his task with aplomb and always gives 110% in the green white green
Both players seems sure to make the train. Question is who becomes 1st choice ?
7. Why The choice Of Port Harcourt
Obviously this choice was due to some political but in truth it was a woeful one and one that could have easily have haunted the NFF after so many positive moves
With days to a tournament as important as the world cup nothing was worth risking the wellbeing of a team already treading lightly with injuries.
Nigerians would not have forgiven the NFF if Ebuehis injury due to the bad pitch had been worse.
It was horrible, bumpy and nothing that an international match should be played on