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Super Eagles boss Rohr recalls Mikel Obi and Iheanacho in 25-man provisional squad for AFCON 2019


Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has recalled captain Mikel Obi and Kelechi Iheanacho in his 25-man provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Mikel has not been with the Super Eagles since the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, staying away from the national team first because of injuries and then later because of what he termed ‘lack of motivation’.

But after regaining fitness and having a fine half-season run with Middlesbrough in the English Championship, the 32-year-old has returned to the team

According to reports, Rohr included Mikel in his team after a meeting with the midfielder in London.
Another returnee is Iheanacho who was surprisingly dropped from the Super Eagles squad for the AFCON 2019 qualifier against Seychelles and friendly game against Egypt in March 2019.

Iheanacho was dropped following his underwhelming season at Leicester City which also prompted Rohr to give a scathing assessment of the forward.
“We are not really satisfied with his performances in the last time and I think he has to be more professional,” Rohr said during a press conference when he was asked by a Pulse Sports reporter why he left out the 22-year-old year.

“It’s not good all the time to be funny. You must show that you are serious, working every day in the training session and show that you are to come back in the team, at the club and also with us.”

Although there has not been an improvement in Iheanacho’s performance, Rohr has decided to give him another chance before naming his final 23-man squad for AFCON 2019 in Egypt.

Rohr has largely kept faith with his regular players with only seven players from his squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup missing.


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