Akpeyi returns for Super Eagles WCQ Vs Zambia, as Rohr retains trust in Echiejile

Akpeyi returns for Super Eagles WCQ Vs Zambia, as Rohr retains trust in Echiejile

Chippa United goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has been recalled to the Super Eagles for the World Cup qualifier against Zambia next Saturday at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo.

The former Warri Wolves star has sparkled since returning from an injury that kept him out of the Super Eagles World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon, posting two shutouts against Platinum Stars.


Manager Gernot Rohr has an interesting goalkeeping decision to make ahead of the crucial match against Zambia, whether Akpeyi or Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who was a shadow of himself in the final of the WAFU Cup, will be his first-choice goalkeeper.

The German coach is also to stick by Elderson Echiejile and has always retained his trust in the Monaco loanee for the showdown in Uyo.

Coach Gernot Rohr is expected before the end of the week to submit his list of invited players for the qualifier billed for Uyo, October 7.

“Rohr has reiterated that he only wants to stay with players that are playing regularly for their clubs and not those that are warming the bench.

“We all know that for a crucial match like the one against Zambia on October 7, we need only the best materials in camp.  Players that are playing regularly and that are fit.

“He (Rohr) is also thinking of bringing in two or three new players into the team apart from those that executed the previous qualifiers,” said our source from the Glass House in Abuja.

Musa for some time now has not been playing regularly for his club in the English Premiership League (EPL), a situation that is not comfortable with Rohr and the members of the technical committee of the NFF.

Nigeria top Group B table of the World Cup qualifiers with 10 points from four matches and followed by Zambia with seven points from the same number of matches.

With two qualifiers to determine the group’s sole representative, an outright victory for the Super Eagles would seal the World Cup for Nigeria even with the last group match against Algeria in Algiers.

Other probable invitees include Abdullahi Shehu, William Troost-Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Leon Balogun, John Ogu, Uche Agbo, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Obi Mikel, Eddy Onazi, Moses Simon, Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi and Anthony Nwakaeme.

The Super Eagles camp will open in Uyo on Monday, October 2.

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