Super Eagles coach has revealed why the duo of Francis Uzoho and Peter Olayinka did not start against Cameroon as earlier promised after their last training section on Monday.
Nigeria failed to revenge the 1-0 loss they suffered to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on Friday. The Super Eagles played a goalless draw against Cameroon on Tuesday to continue their search for a victory in Austria.
After the last training on Monday, Gernot Rohr hinted that the duo of Francis Uzoho and Peter Olayinka will start against Cameroon. The coach, however, has confirmed why both players failed to start on Tuesday.
Speaking to the team Media Team, the former Bordeaux defender disclosed both players suffered a minor injury in their final training session on Monday.
He revealed that the team did not want to take a risk – with both players, so they decided to leave them out of the game.
“The special reason is that he (Uzoho) was injured. He came this morning with a painful leg, and he told me, coach, I cannot make it.
“Like Olayinka, he had to start, yesterday we tried with him – he was injured – in the training. It is not a big injury.
“We don’t take any risks – I don’t want to let the players with injuries go home or go on holidays or return to the club.”
Despite the scoreline – the German tactician believes his lads played well, and he has a large squad to pick from for the – next games.
“Everybody did a good job today, we could bring in some new players, we had in defense, in the end, a winger in the left-back position, the players are really very, very motivated and what we can say now is that I don’t have only 30 players I have 45 now because from the first list I made 16 couldn’t make it.
“We found 12 other players to come in in the last moment by car, from Hungary, from Slovakia, so we had some boys who are proud to be with us, and we can be grateful that they could give us at least 17 players for the camp, for the field to play our two goalkeepers”.
Nigeria will face Mexico in a friendly to be staged in the United States next month – before facing Liberia and Cape Verde in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.