Gernot Rohr has praised Bordeaux star, Samuel Kalu, after scoring a wonder goal in his team’s 1-0 win over Le Havre in the French League Cup.
The Super Eagles coach explained that Kalu had always been on his radar, but was behind Moses Simon in the pecking order, until the Levante star started to struggle with injuries.
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“We knew him, of course. Initially, we had preference for Moses Simon.
“Kalu became relevant when Simon experienced physical problems. But he’s an amazing player for sure, he’s integrated into my team as if he’s always been there.
“He has intrinsic qualities of a footballer, he is fast and has the ability to defend,” Rohr was quoted as saying by Girondins4ever.com.
Kalu’s versatility was put to the test in November 2018 when he played as a wing-back as the Super Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw by South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
“We played 3-5-2 in South Africa where he scored our only goal, while managing to defend very well.
“He knows how to attack but he never hesitates to fall back to the defense. In the team, he can also play on the left wing when playing 4-2-3-1,” Rohr concluded.
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Kalu has started all the competitive games played by Nigeria’s senior national team after the 2018 World Cup, scoring once in four appearances and providing two assists.
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