The Nigeria national team may be bursting with super-talents, but head coach Gernot Rohr knows there’s one department where all may not be well; and that’s the goalkeeping area.
After closing his door to former Super Eagles captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, Rohr recently admitted that they’re still looking for a capable replacement for former no 1, Carl Ikeme who was diagnosed with Leukaemia.
Speaking ahead of the Eagles friendly with Poland, the German tactician admitted the team’s still beset with a goalkeeping problem, Vanguard writes.
“It is true. Our problem is Ikeme’s illness (he was diagnosed with leukemia)”, Rohr told reporters at the team’s Wroclaw camp.
Meanwhile Rohr has also said his captain John Obi Mikel will have to undergo rigorous training with the national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup in order to be in top shape since the Chinese Super League is not too competitive.
The Tianjin Teda star is set to miss out on the Super Eagles last friendly in the 2017-2018 season as he has remained in China to renew his work permit.
Asked if Mikel’s transfer to China is a problem, Rohr told Przegld Sportowy: “It might be a problem once, but the level has risen there. Before the World Cup there will be a break to bring the players to a good physical condition,” he said.