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.
In the same week that he became Crotone’s all-time highest goalscorer, Simy Nwankwo would have silently hoped that his efforts would be crowned with an invitation to the Super Eagles.
But the 28-year-old, who now boasts ten Serie A goals this term for the Italian club, has impressed everyone but coach Rohr.
Rohr took Simy to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but the former Gil Vicente forward has not been a part of the German manager’s plans since.
And the message would have been clear that the boss expects more from his Italy-based centre-forward before he is considered for another invitation.