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Babayaro, Ugbade React To Rohr's 30-Man World Cup Squad

15 May 2018

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu says the various fund raising projects geared towards generating money to aid Nigeria to success at the forthcoming Russian Federation 2018 World Cup will not guarantee excellent performance from the players at the competition.

Since first qualifying for the tournament in 1994, Nigeria has played in the World Cup a further four times but never advancing beyond the "Round of 16".

"So sad for the likes of Brown Ideye and Henry Onyekuru whose names were omitted from the list as they have both struggled in their efforts to get back to fitness ahead of the World Cup". Some players like Leon Balogun, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi and Tyron Ebuehi are recovering from injuries and have started training.

Meanwhile, reported that out of the 32 teams playing at the World Cup, Rohr is the 24th highest paid coach.

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The team is scheduled to take on DR Congo on May 28, before moving out to England to take on Three Lions in Wembley stadium on June 2 and the Czech Republic on June 6. We should realise that the Nigerian team is no longer in the era when they had abundant talents like Austin Eguaveon, Samson Siasia, Austin Okocha, Victor Ikpeba, Kanu Nwankwo and others. Everything is going perfectly well. I think the Eagles are facing some challenges in some departments, which the coaches are fighting hard to correct.

"He is the surprise package for me".

Speculation over which players makes the final 23-man squad is already rife amongst those eager to see their favourite players turn out for the Super Eagles. "Any of these scenarios is a possibility", said Toyin Ibitoye who is the Super Eagles spokesman.

Babayaro, Ugbade React To Rohr's 30-Man World Cup Squad