Gernot Rohr has given hope to Junior Lokosa – ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations this summer in Egypt – to return to the national team following his move to Esperance of Tunisia during the week.
The striker’s name was dropped last minute from the final list of 23 players to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the decision generated a lot of discussion in the media because many see the young striker as a shining light from the repackaged domestic football league.
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“Signing for Esperance of Tunisia is good for his career and that will help improve his goal-scoring ability.
“Lokosa is a good player but only good outing with Esperance of Tunisia will determine his return to the Super Eagles,” the Super Eagles Head Coach remarked.
Lokosa, who was the highest goal scorer with 19 goals last season, on Monday finally moved to Tunisia which pundits speculated was made possible on the recommendation of Rohr since the former Kano Pillars striker did not undergo any trial before he signed the two-year contract for the club.
Esperance FC is the defending champion in the CAF Champions League in which Lobi Stars of Makurdi is participating.
Lokosa was part of the international friendly match against Atletico Madrid in Uyo last year where Super Eagles Team B lost 1-2 to the Spanish side.
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The player got his first training session with Esperance last night.
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