Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr says he has a good knowledge of Liberia, his team’s opponent in Friday’s 2022 FIFA Wolrd Cup qualifying match, reports Completesports.com.
The encounter will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.
“We played them in a home friendly in 2018 and from that team they still have some players. Also, we had the opportunity to watch their three friendly games in June,”Rohr told a virtual press conference monitored by Completesports.com on Thursday.
“They played in Tunisia twice and the one other in Algeria and I had my scout there who watched the games. So during our stay in Austria, Liberia had three games in North Africa.
“They have a team, some of their players are in big clubs so I think we know them a little bit and we already had some video sessions with our players. It is really a good team and we never underrate them or any other teams.”
The German invited two new players (Kingsley Michael and Innocent Bonke) for the game and next Tuesday’s away clash against the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde.
The former Gabon coach praised the two players and also hinted that the United Kingdom based stars would not be part of the game against Cape Verde.
“For the new players we only have two because others have already been with us. When you talk about Valentine Ozornwafor, Adekunle Adeleke, Chidera Ejuke, they have been with us. The new players are only two, Bonke from Malmo in Sweden andMichael from Bologna,”Rohr added.
“The two players did very well in training, they are both defensive midfielders but for tomorrow’s game their chances are very slim.
“Eight of our players will have to leave after the match against Liberia so they will not be in Cape Verde which means there will be another team for the second game.
“But for the moment we are only focus on the first game. We know for the second game we need other boys that’s why we are happy to have Kingsley and Innocent, they will help us.”
On Why Union Berlin of Germany striker Taiwo Awoniyi was not invited Rohr stated : “There are people calling for Awoniyi while also there are those calling for other players. We can only bring three centre forwards, we already have Osimhen, we have Paul Onuachu, we have Terem Moffi who is doing well in Lorient and we even have Kelechi Iheanacho. So which among these players will I remove for Awoniyi to come in?
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