Rohr to Call Up Adeleke Akinyemi For AFCON Qualifier

Gernot Rohr has confirmed a maiden call-up for FK Ventspils striker Adeleke Akinyemi to the Super Eagles for next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles.

The Super Eagles manager observed Akinyemi at close quarters in FK Ventspils' 2-1 loss to Bordeaux in the Europa League qualifiers last Thursday and was impressed by the 19-year-old’s qualities after scoring his 20th goal of the season against a very viable opponent.

”I just discovered the player because he has not been in Europe for long. He left directly from an academy, not a club, in Nigeria,” the German football tactician told

”He has not featured for the Nigerian youth teams or the Nigerian League. I saw his statistics, and I thought I had to look at him.

”And indeed, he was good. He has qualities, I may invite him one of these days, perhaps for the next game. I like him.”

Rohr was associated with Bordeaux for 21 years, 12 as a player and 9 in different roles including as a manager, and he has advised that the Ligue 1 club should make a move for the talented teenager.

”They watched the game, monitored him. That means they take him very seriously. I think it would be worth it to recruit him, downright. I think so personally.

”He is a player who is very young, who do not cost much. He certainly has a huge room for improvement. He is powerful, he gets inside, he scores goals. It's still rare to have all these qualities,” Rohr added.

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