Rohr confirms return friendly cancelled


The second friendly match between Nigeria and Senegal which was scheduled to take place on Monday, June 17 has been cancelled following the request of Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr.

According to various reports in the Senegalese press, Rohr decided to call off the friendly few hours before the start of today’s meeting with the Lions of Teranga at the training pitch of the Hotel Mercure in Ismailia.

The former Bayern Munich defender stated that he did not want to play the second friendly with his second eleven or substitutes, and wants to avoid injuries before their Africa Cup of Nations opener.

There are questions marks over the fitness of three key players in the Nigeria team, with Ahmed Musa, Leon Balogun and Abdullahi Shehu not named in the starting line-up for today’s friendly in what was supposed to be a dress rehearsal for Saturday’s match vs Burundi.

In addition, Everton winger Henry Onyekuru is confirmed to have picked up the sickness bug sweeping the Super Eagles camp.

The Super Eagles’ other Group B opponents at the Africa Cup of Nations are Guinea and Madagascar and all their games will take place in Alexandria