Uyo – The Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr say the former Super Eagles goalkeeper and captain, Vincent Enyeama is ready to return to the national team.
Rohr made this disclosure on Wednesday in Uyo in a pre-match press conference to mark the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
The match slated for Sept.1, will be played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital.
Rohr said that he had spoken with Enyeama and he was ready to come back to the team, but he (Enyema) is not currently fit.
“The past is the past, but now he is injured. He has to win the fight against injury,” Rohr said.
It could be recalled that Enyeama resigned from the national team in 2015 following his disagreement with the then coach Sunday Oliseh.
The coach used the occasion to declare his team good enough to face the Lions of Cameroon, but however said his challenge was with the goalkeeping.
He said that two of his goalkeepers were injured but added that he would start the match with Ikechukwu Ezenwa at the goal.
“The list of players makes the difference, not so young, more of experienced players. We already have six points, all players are in high spirit.
“We know that we have a good team, we are ready to make the difference, we have all confidence to beat the Indomitable Lions here in Uyo,” Rohr assured.
He said that the players would be a bit aggressive in their tackling unlike the last AFCON qualifiers match with Bafana Bafana of South Africa played in Uyo.
He urged the fans to support the Super Eagles to win this first leg of the match, adding that a win would spur the Eagles to do better in the return leg.
Fielding questions from journalists, the Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel said that the team was in Uyo to play and win the match.
“We are ready, the team is a mixed of young and experienced players. I am here to make sure we qualify for the World Cup. Everybody dreams to go to the World Cup.
“We are playing at home, we are fit, we have what it takes to win the match, ” Mikel said.
He said that the team had been working hard and was confident to win the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
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