Brazil Friendly: Rohr Picks Impressive Azeez, Drops Musa
Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has dropped team captain Ahmed Musa for the Brazil friendly due to injury and has extended invitations to Spain based Ramon Azeez and Czech –based forward Peter Olayinka.
Others also out are Leon Balogun and Bryan Idowu.
Kenneth Omeruo returns, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem are back from injury, otherwise, the squad is largely unchanged from the side that was forced to a 2-2 draw by Ukraine in Dnipro on 10th September.
Goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, and Maduka Okoye are retained, but England –based Leon Balogun and Russia –based Bryan Idowu are left out of the defence equation.
Former U20 team captain Ramon Azeez is called just as Leicester of England’s Kelechi Iheanacho is left out, while Girondins Bordeaux’s Joshua Maja will sit this one out, his place taken by another new boy, Peter Olayinka.
England –based midfielder Wilfred Ndidi also returns after missing the Ukraine encounter with injury. Alex Iwobi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Scotland –based Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, who scored on his debut against Ukraine, are all back in midfield, with Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, Paul Onuachu and Emmanuel Dennis all back in the frontline.
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Author: Kunle Awosiyan