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Russia 2018: Rohr’s boys will shock the world-Umeh

By George Aluo

Former Green Eagles team manager, Chief Mike Umeh says he can put his money on Super Eagles doing well at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Umeh who spoke after German manager Gernot Rohr released his provisional 30-man squad said “Rohr’s boys will shock the world in Russia.”

He hinged his optimism on the youthfulness of the team, Rohr’s technical competence and the fact that the nation’s soccer governing body, NFF has given the team all they need to succeed.

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“To him whom much is given much is expected. The NFF has packaged a very good program for the team ahead of the World Cup. I m impressed with the way Amaju and his board has matched words with action.

We have a good coach in Rohr and we are taking a young team to Russia. These are a bunch of boys that would be hungry to deliver unlike the squad that we took to Brazil that were more interested in how much money they would make.

You can see the way the boys prosecuted the qualifiers. They qualified for the World Cup in style, being the first in Africa to land in Russia. I see them carrying that same attitude into Russia,” Umeh said.

Rohr, it would be noted, on Monday named a provisional 30-man squad that included three home lads -Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye and Junior Lokosa.

Players roll call:

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium); Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (UD Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Nwankwo Simeon (Crotone FC, Italy); Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars)

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