Gernot Rohr Will Not Kneel To Ask Victor  Moses Back

Gernot Rohr Will Not Kneel To Ask Victor Moses Back

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The Super Eagles head coach has expressed his willingness to welcome Victor Moses back to the national team, although he insists he will not ‘kneel’ to have him reconsider his retirement decision.

The ex-Chelsea man quit international football after six years with the national team, announcing his retirement after the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.

The German tactician, however, reiterated he would not go overboard to get the Fenerbahce man to overturn his decision.

Rohr is preparing his team for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and reports suggest that the 28-year-old who won the AFCON in 2013 could return to the team.

“We tried to convince him not to withdraw but he made his choice,” the German tactician told Goal.

“If he comes back on this decision, it's up to him to tell us. We are open to dialogue but we will not kneel to ask a player to return.”

The West African side has been drawn in Group B where they'll play against Guinea, Madagascar, and Burundi. They are expected to scale through in the group but the 60-year-old feels otherwise.

“It's complicated because we have two novices who will have a lot of enthusiasm and we do not know them very much,” Rohr continued.

“You have to organize scouting to know them a little more. We know a little more about Guinea even if it's been a long time since there was a match against them.

“They have a very good team with [François] Kamano of Girondins and [Naby] Keita of Liverpool. They finished in front of Ivory Coast all the same. Some think our group is easy and that's the danger.”

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