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Rohr recalls Idowu, Esiti for Ukraine friendly

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Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Coach Gernot Rohr has called up Anderson Esiti and Bryan Idowu to shore up the Super Eagles ahead of the forthcoming international friendly with Ukraine reports soccernet.ng.

While Esiti will replace the injured Wilfred Ndidi, Rohr sent a fresh invitation to Bryan Idowu to make it 24 players expected for the Ukraine friendly.

The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that PAOK FC of Greece midfielder Anderson Esiti has been invited to take the spot vacated by the injured Ndidi who picked up a knock while on duty at his English Premier League club Leicester City.

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Confirming the reports on their official social media page, the country’s number one football body also revealed that another invitation has been extended to fullback Bryan Idowu, taking the total number of players expected for the September 10 friendly to 24.

The 25-year-old Esiti only recently joined the reigning Greek champions after excelling for Belgium’s Gent. A defensive midfielder of repute, the Warri-born star will be making his third appearance for the Eagles if he featured against the Yellow Men.

Locomotive Moscow of Russia’s left-back Bryan Idowu, however, was part of the Super Eagles squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup but missed out on the party to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations where Nigeria picked a bronze medal.

The Super Eagles face Andriy Schevchenko’s Ukraine in Dnipro in a September 10 friendly encounter.

Meanwhile, africanfootball.com reports that Rohr has confirmed he is hoping to call on Bordeaux forward Josh Maja for the international friendly against Ukraine in Dnipro next month.

Maja was born in England to Nigerian parents, but as he has not played international football for any other nation, would be available immediately for the Super Eagles.

Rohr met with Maja and his Bordeaux teammate Samuel Kalu and is hopeful he may be able to call on both for the Ukraine clash.

“I ate with Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja, who is the second Nigerian in Bordeaux and is eligible for Nigeria. I already started talking with him about the national team,” Rohr told Le Point G.

“We have a game in Ukraine, and I’ve been informed that it might be too late to get visas for players who do not have a European passport,” Rohr continued.

“But he [Maja] does not have this issue because he is English, so he could eventually join us. It is very possible that I pick him to go to Ukraine.

“For Maja, it would be easier to have him. I have a lot of attackers, but it’s not impossible that I select him.”

Maja scored 16 goals in 41 appearances for English side Sunderland before making the switch to Bordeaux in January, where he has two goals in 10 games, including a strike against Montpellier on August 17.


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