Why I Want Simeon Nwankwo to play against Seychelles – Rohr

Gernot Rohr has chosen to revamp the Super Eagles' style of play and believes Simeon Nwankwo can add a new dimension to the team's attacking play.

The former Portugal-based attacker popularly called Simy became a fans favorite after his lung-bursting efforts resulted in netting crucial goals when his Italian side Crotone were battling to avoid relegation last season.

Having learned some harsh lessons at the 2018 World Cup, coupled with Victor Moses' retirement from international football, the Nigeria coach now says he wants Simy to spearhead his attack.

The Eagles lost their first match 2-0 to South Africa in Uyo last year, and Rohr is looking to beat minnows Seychelles to keep qualification hopes alive.

Rohr said the 26-year-old chose to stay at Crotone to help them gain promotion back to the Serie A because the Pythagoreans wanted a big transfer fee from the clubs who wanted him.

“He has to stay at Crotone for the moment,” Rohr said.

Rohr has added the 32-year-old former Wolverhampton custodian Carl Ikeme to his coaching staff, saying he will assist him in the goalkeeping department.

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