Rohr settles for Ajayi, Ekong central defence pairing

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Coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr appears to have settled for the duo of William Troost-Ekong and Semi Ajayi as his first choice pair in central defence ahead of the Super Eagles AFCON 2020 Qualifiers game

The duo have played in central defence in the Super Eagles last two friendly games and they impressed mightily particularly in the 1-1 draw against Brazil, where they kept the forwards of the five time World Cup winners at bay as their only goal was scored by a midfielder in Cas‎emiro.

Reviewing their performance, Rohr who use to pair Ekong with Leon Balogun few years ago, the partnership that was nicknamed Oyibo Wall now admit that it will be tough to break up the understanding between Ekong and Ajayi even when Kenneth Omeruo who missed the last two games returns.

Omeruo upstaged Balogun and paired Ekong at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations but after missing the Super Eagles friendly against Ukraine due to visa issues and the last one against Brazil due to an injury, the defender is now battling to reclaim his spot.

” The defence did well against Brazil. That’s one area that has improved with Ajayi and Ekong in the last two games. Ajayi has improved tremendously and he is doing well at his club that has helped him in the team. Our next game wil be good to see them play again”, Rohr said.