Provisional W/Cup Squad: 5 Top Players Rorh Overlooked
Super Eagles Head Coach Gernot on Monday reeled out a 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup.
As expected, opinions have been divergent on the choice and composition of players given the chance to fight for spots in the team.
Bounce Sports looks at 5 Top Players that were excluded from the Super Eagles potential squad to the 2018 World Cup.
1. Goalkeeper: Dele Alampasu
Playing abroad has often worked as an advantage for most players but the reverse is the case for goalkeeper, Dele Alampasu.
Lack of games at Portuguese side, Feirense meant Alampasu does not have any verifiable justification to be considered despite his known potentials.
While Dele Alampasu is hurting, another Dele (Ajiboye) has been considered.
2. Defender: Efe Ambrose
Once a super regular and senior member of the team, Ambrose scored in the opening World Cup qualifier against Swaziland and then gradually faded out of reckoning.
While he does more than his primary job of defending by scoring goals, his ability to make unforced errors may have blocked his late charge for a spot in the team.
3. Mid-fielder: Anderson Esiti
Esiti played just one game for Rohr, Nigeria's opening World Cup qualifier against Zambia which the Super Eagles won 2-1.
He came on for Brown Ideye with less than 20 minutes to go. That was to be all for the talented midfielder who is doing well as far as club football is concerned.
4. Striker: Henry Onyekuru
Many argue that Onyekuru would most probably have been in the provisional squad if not for the injury he suffered late last year.
Called up by Rohr, the forward was a late sub in the 1-1 draw against Algeria, but failed to see any minutes against Argentina.
However, his nine goals in 19 games before his injury would have been enough to get him a spot in the provisional squad at the very least.
Still relatively young, Onyekuru if he builds on the momentum should stake a claim at the next Mundial.
5. Striker: Brown Ideye
Ideye is seen by some as the architect of his misfortunes.
His move to China did him more harm than good as far as playing for the national team. But I am sure his bank account is in the green.
In the one game he played under Rohr, it was his assist that led to Kelechi Iheanacho's goal but that is far from enough to earn a spot in Russia.