Rohr eyes Samuel Kalu for 2019 AFCON qualifiers


Gernot Rohr
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is over the moon about Samuel Kalu’s move to his  former French  club  Bordeaux.

Kalu was unveiled by the French Ligue 1 giants on Tuesday   after the attacker dumped Belgian side Gent to sign a five-year contract to play for Les Girondins, where Rohr is a legend after playing and coaching  them for years.
 The 20-year-old winger, who scored seven goals in 32 appearances for Gent in the Belgian Juliper League last season, has yet to play for the Super Eagles.
And Rohr has hinted he could include the former Slovakia-based player   in his plans for the Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
 The veteran  German  manager said he  was  monitoring Kalu’s performances  at Gent where he struck a good understanding with Nigeria midfielder Moses Simon, but did not  pick the player for the 2018 World Cup in Russia because he had good players in his role.
“I never selected him. I saw him play for in his team. I took another, which is Simon Moses. He has been in my group since two years ago. He is also a winger, fast. He’s almost the same, but I found him better than Kalu,” the former Gabon manager  told Girondins4ever in an interview published on Wednesday .

“We have many fast wingers in Nigeria. There is a plethora of quality attackers. This boy could not join our team. But now, maybe he’s going to cross a course. We’ll follow him.
“Simon was injured, he was the only injured player I had before the World Cup. He missed the World Cup because of a muscle injury. He was replaced by another player, a centre forward (Simy Nwankwo).”
He added, “Samuel Kalu is  a good dribbler, and he’s an overflowing winger. He’s explosive, he gives a lot of good balls.
“He overflows, he can play on both sides. I hope Bordeaux will have the satisfaction of seeing him evolve with these qualities.”
Rohr said he was happy with the Eagles’ performance in Russia despite crashing out  in the group stages.
He said, “The World Cup went well, because the team showed a beautiful face. It’s a young team, a team with a future. It was a team that played good football, I was happy with what they did.
“They played  a good match against Iceland. The first match was a little difficult, against a very nice Croatian team.  Then the third match (against Argentina), a little unfortunate. We could have  got a draw: I even think we deserved it.

“The result is positive because the team played well, it has a future. We stayed on a good general impression, confirmed by the people who saw us play. We had good echoes a little everywhere, even in Canada, despite the elimination.”
He added, “After the World Cup, we all returned to Nigeria, a few days after our last match. The people, the supporters, were very happy. Although we were a little disappointed, of course.”

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