Gernot Rohr Disagrees With Mexico-Super Eagles Friendly

Nigeria and Mexico have agreed to play a friendly match in July, but Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr disagrees with the timing of the fixture at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in California.

Rohr says he will be able to select players only from the Nigerian domestic league for the fixture against CONCACAF Gold Cup holders Mexico, with his Europe-based contingent expected to be on vacation or with their clubs in pre-season ahead of the new campaign.

“To get the Super Eagles in Europe is impossible,” Rohr told ESPN.

“They will all be in pre-season with their clubs. So I will be able only to make selection of players from Nigeria.”

The timing and venue of the fixture between the three-time Africa Cup of Nations champions and Mexico, with its potential for visa pitfalls, have left Rohr scratching his head.

In the event of some or all of the Nigerian players running into visa issues, Rohr might have to explore the option of calling up players from Major League Soccer and USL Championship in the United States.

“That is a possibility,” he said. “But we will have to wait and see.”

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The announcement of the game against Mexico comes after the NFF confirmed a friendly for the Super Eagles against Cameroon in Austria in June and a three-game series for the Super Falcons against Jamaica, Portugal, and the U.S. Women's National Team in Texas.

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