Rohr unleashes Chukwueze, Aribo, on Benin Republic, Lesotho + full list

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Joe Aribo vows to bounce back from injury Joe Aribo out of Super Eagles friendlies Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, has listed Villarreal of Spain sensation, Samuel Chukwueze, and Rangers star, Joe Aribo, for next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying ties against Benin Republic and Lesotho.The team’s captain, Ahmed Musa, also earned a recall after injury, just as midfielder Ramon Azeez was retained after seeing action in this month’s 1-1 draw with five-time world champions Brazil in Singapore.Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi is called for the first time since the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt this year summer – first choice Francis Uzoho is out for several months after his horrific injury against Brazil – and defender Kenneth Omeruo is also back, while there is another opportunity for midfielder Mikel Agu to flow back to the mainstream.France-based utility player Samuel Kalu returns after missing the prestige friendly against Brazil.England-based midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo is on standby as a result of his injury and is being monitored.Nigeria, who won the bronze medals in Egypt, open their campaign for a place in Cameroon 2021 by welcoming the Squirrels of Benin Republic, who also featured in Egypt, to the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on November 13 before flying to Maseru to play Lesotho’s Crocodiles on November 17, on Day Two of the qualifying series.23 EAGLES TO BATTLE BENIN REPUBLIC, LESOTHOGoalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia)Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France)Standby: Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England). Tags: Gernot RohrJoe Aribolast_img read more

O’Neill blasts McKinlay treatment

first_imgNorthern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has criticised Watford’s treatment of his former assistant Billy McKinlay, while defender Chris Baird has called for the Scot to make a hasty return to his previous position. McKinlay left his post as O’Neill’s deputy to become the Hornets’ new head coach at the end of last month but was out of a job within just eight days as the club’s owners made the baffling decision to replace him with Slavisa Jokanovic – their fourth boss of the season. In his brief time in charge, the former Scotland international took four points from two games and O’Neill struggled to hide his frustration at McKinlay’s circumstances. “That’s nothing against Jim and Robbo but I would like to see him back with us. He was doing a good job here and obviously I know him well from my time with Fulham. “I’ve not spoken to him but I think Michael has, to see what his situation is. “I would just like to see him back.” O’Neill has been fully focused on the matches ahead and was more equivocal than Baird when asked if McKinlay would slot back in. He would likely prefer a commitment until the end of the current campaign from the next appointee while McKinlay, having had the briefest of tastes, may now be minded to persevere finding work as a number one. “That’s something that’s really not for now,” said O’Neill. “We’ve kept communication going over the week and that’s something we can address down the line.” Baird, meanwhile, has spoken of his satisfaction at the style of football Northern Ireland have been attempting to play under O’Neill. The 32-year-old has more than a decade of international football under his belt and was part of the side that came close to a first ever European Championship appearance under Lawrie Sanchez six years ago. Whether or not O’Neill can take the squad one step better remains to be seen but Baird is happy with the way they are trying. “Every manager has different ways of playing… W ith Lawrie I would say we would lump it a bit more. Stick it in the channel, get after it, work hard,” he said. “Now we’re trying to play a bit more, you can see that in the performance and the goals we scored when we beat Hungary last month. “You don’t want to be known for kicking it long. Sometimes that does work but a lot of the players are used to playing at a good level with our clubs and passing on the floor. “We want to bring that to Northern Ireland too.”. “I’m very disappointed for him, and really I think Watford have to look at themselves,” he told Sky Sports News. “Billy’s not done anything untoward there – he went in in difficult circumstances, got a win and a draw and suddenly finds himself out of work again which is very poor. “There’s a human aspect to football as well and I think the owners, technical directors and chief executives need to consider that when they’re playing with people’s lives in this way.” O’Neill has been preparing Northern Ireland for Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against the Faroe Islands and the trip to Greece three days later. It is the first time he has worked with the squad without McKinlay’s input, with Irish FA elite performance director Jim Magilton and youth team coach Stephen Robinson helping out on this occasion. Both men already have long-term projects in hand meaning O’Neill’s previous number two could feasibly be back in his old post in time for November’s trip to Romania. And Baird, who spent several years working with McKinlay during the pair’s time at Fulham, would welcome him with open arms. “I don’t know what the situation is with Billy but he was great working with us and p ersonally I would like to see him come back,” said the West Brom man. Press Associationlast_img read more