…As Enyeama faces Lille sack
By George Aluo
ONE Super Eagles player that could jolly well forget about getting a call up for the all important Nigeria, Cameroon Russia 2-18 World Cup qualifier next month is South Africa based keeper, Daniel Akpeyi.
Akpeyi in the absence of injured first choice keeper, Carl Ikeme, was in post last month when the Eagles fell 0-2 to South Africa in the Cameroon 2019 AFCON qualifier.
Though Rohr had after the match failed to blame any of his players for the defeat, a competent Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) source disclosed that Rohr was not impressed with the performance of the keeper and has resolved to drop him.
Our source, a member of the NFF technical committee disclosed that even if Ikeme fails to bounce back, Rohr would fall back on home based keepers to prosecute the match against Cameroon.
“Rohr was not impressed with Akpeyi’s performance and he feels now that if there is any department to look home ward, it is in the goal- keeping area. Both Akpeyi and Dele Alampasu may not get call up for the game against Cameroon.Thecoachispraying for Ikeme to be fit for the match. If he (Ikeme) recovers fully he would be invited alongside two other home based keepers,” our source disclosed.
It would be noted that Rohr has since been making efforts to get Eagles former first choice keeper, Vincent Enyeama change his mind and return to the team. Enyeama has however insisted he would not change his decision to quit the Eagles, a decision he took after he was stripped of the skippers band by former coach, Samson Siasia.
Meanwhile, Enyeama who is still much needed at home is one of 11 play- ers who has been told they are no longer required by new Lille coach Marcelo Bielsa.
The French club’s new Argentine boss has also sent messages to Zambia’s Stoppila Sunzu, Tunisia’s Naim Sliti and Ivory Coast’s Junior Tallo saying they are not part of his plans.
Enyeama, who played 101 times for the Super Eagles joined Lille in June 2011 and has made 164 appearances for the club.