With a lot of Nigerian stars home and abroad hitting top form at a crucial stage of the season, it was always going to be difficult for the Super Eagles head coach to pick only 24 for the international engagements in March
Gernot Rohr on Tuesday made public a list of 24 players expected to represent Nigeria when the Super Eagles battle with the Squirrels of the Benin Republic and the Crocodile of Lesotho later this month.
Captain Ahmed Musa, vice-captain William Troost-Ekong, Scottish champions Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo, Everton’s Alex Iwobi, and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen are among the familiar names that make up the well-stocked roster.
The German manager also handed maiden invites to Almeria hotshot Umar Sadiq and Enyimba goalkeeper John Noble.
However, there are some notable absentees whose omission has raised eyebrows considering how well they have performed for their clubs so far this term.
Soccernet’s Imhons Erons turns the searchlight on some of these snubbed stars who would have rightly felt they merited a call-up.
Junior Ajayi has been Nigeria’s best export to Egyptian football in recent times, and it is shocking that despite his exploits for Al Ahly, the forward is yet to impress Gernot Rohr.
The 25-year-old attacker is a four-time winner of the Egyptian Premier League, a two-time FA Cup champion, and a reigning CAF Champions League champion.
Away from the continent, the former junior international scored the winning penalty kick and won the bronze medal as Al Ahly beat Palmeiras 3-2 in a penalty shootout at the FIFA Club World Cup.
Approaching the end of February, Ajayi’s brilliance was rewarded when he was the voted CAF Champions League player of the week.
And to celebrate that recognition, he bagged two goals in an Egyptian Premier League game against El Geish.
The player will be wondering what he needs to do to arrest Rohr’s attention. Move to Girondins Bordeaux?