Rohr wants New Super Eagles leaders to step up in absence “uncontested leader”

Rohr wants New Super Eagles leaders to step up in absence “uncontested leader”

Super Eagles technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr is eager to see other players step up for the team in the absence of captain Mikel Obi from Friday’s friendly against Poland.

Mikel is ruled out of the friendly in Wrocław because of work permit issues at his club in China and Rohr has expressed concerns the absence of the 30-year-old could be a big test for the team.

The German’s first defeat in a competitive game since his appointment in 2016 was against South Africa, an occasion where he was without his captain, but the 64-year-old is hopeful his team can avoid another slump.

In the pre-match presser, Rohr said, ‘The only game we lost when the captain was not here was against South Africa in June, I hope that this time will be better.

‘But we need a leader and John Obi Mikel is our uncontested leader but it’ll be interesting to see how the other players can do without him.

‘Unfortunately he had this problem of his work permit in China which means he can go out but not come back and it was a problem.

‘We’ve been playing like a team and we have other players who can take responsibility. We have a second captain, a third and a fourth captain, so, I think the team will be able to give a good answer and also play the game as we want.’

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