Gernot Rohr Says His Team Will Play Offensive Football In Egypt

Gernot Rohr Says His Team Will Play Offensive Football In Egypt

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Super Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr insists his team will play offensive football and aim to score plenty goals at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The German tactician listed nine attackers in his 23-man squad list to execute the tournament as Nigeria compete for a fourth continental title.

The West Africans have struggled to find the back of the night in recent games and played a barren draw against Zimbabwe in Asaba before traveling to Egypt.

But Gernot Rohr Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Henry Onyekuru, Alex Iwobi, Samuel Kalu, Paul Onuachu and Victor Osimhen in attack would give the team options to switch tactics during play.

"We have a lot of strikers which means we want to score more goals and play offensive football, we also have good defenders," the German tactician told Goal.

"Some of our strikers could play in the midfield or in the plan 3-5-2 on the side, so it is good to have the opportunity to change in our offensive methods.

"We have quickness and ability to change in the offensive department, We can also give them the chance to rest."

Kelechi Iheanacho was the notable exclusion from Rohr's final squad list from the continental showpiece, an exclusion the 65-year-old said was a result of the Leicester City striker's poor club form and lack of playing time.

"It is what happened in his club, he did not play at Leicester City, only a few minutes and since September he scored one goal," Rohr continued.

"He has something missing, a little bit in confidence and also professionalism, he is a young player and can come back again but also we have better options.

"The choice was not easy but we have objectives we do not choose the names we choose the best one."

Nigeria next plays Senegal in a friendly on Sunday at the Ismailia Stadium before moving to Alexandria, where they would engage Burundi on June 22 in their Group B opener before games against Guinea and Madagascar, on June 26 and June 30 respectively.

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