Rohr Invites Ex-Golden Eaglets Captain And A LASK Youngster For October Friendlies

Gernot Rohr has called up former Golden Eaglets captain Samson Tijani and goalkeeper Tobias Lawal for Super Eagles October friendly games against Ivory Coast and Tunisia in Austria.

Tijani captained Nigeria to the 2019 Fifa U17 World Cup in Brazi and currently plies his trade in the Austrian Bundesliga with Hartberg.

Lawal, however, plays for LASK in the Austrian top-flight but he is yet to play for the first-team this season.

“I invited two players from Austria. One of them you know him, Samson Tijani. He was the captain of our under-17 team that played the World Cup last year,” the German tactician told ESPN.

“He signed for Red Bull Salzburg, he is also midfielder 18 years old and he's on the loan to TSV Hartberg, a first division club. But I'm not afraid to invite him especially because he's in Austria already.

“Also, the goalkeeper, Tobias Lawal. He's a young goalkeeper, playing in Linz. He was on the bench for the European games.

“They had a very good European rally last year, they made it a good competition. And he played already sometimes, he was already in Austria's under-20 [side] but only a friendly.”

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Nigeria battle Ivory Coast on October 9 before facing Tunisia on October 13 in Austria.

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