Head coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has explained that he left Paul Onuachu out of his initial 24-man squad to face Benin Republic and Lesotho because he wanted to give other players a chance.
Onuachu was only included in a standby list, despite his outstanding displays for Genk in Belgium.
Rohr speaks about Onuachu exclusion
Rohr eventually brought in the 26-year-old striker after Moses Simon and other Super Eagles players in France pulled out of the games due to the country’s COVID-19 protocol.
During a media conference on Tuesday, Rohr was questioned about his decision, and he responded by saying,
“Onuachu is part of the team. I invited him for his first match with the Eagles, and he scored a goal after seven seconds. Then people were waiting for him to continue that way, but he couldn’t.
“He is part of our team, a very important player, but sometimes we also have to look out for other players who deserve to have a chance.”