Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has disclosed to ESPN that he is not happy with the timing of the side’s friendly match with Mexico slated for July.
The German tactician is worried that he will not be able to select players playing in the European league for the tie. Rohr said that only players from the Nigerian domestic league would be selected for the fixture against CONCACAF Gold Cup holders Mexico.
Rohr, who won the bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, expects that most of his Europe-based contingent will be on vacation or with their clubs in pre-season ahead of the new campaign.
“To get the Super Eagles in Europe is impossible,” Rohr told ESPN. “They will all be in pre-season with their clubs. So I will only be able to make a selection of players from Nigeria.”
The fixture is part of Mexico’s MexTour series, but it comes outside of the FIFA window for international matches. However, the timing and venue of the fixture between Nigeria and Mexico, with its potential for visa pitfalls, have caused Rohr some worry.
In the event of some or all of the Nigerian players running into visa issues, Rohr might have to explore the option of calling up players from Major League Soccer and USL Championship in the United States.”That is a possibility,” he said. “But we will have to wait and see.”