Sporting Gijon's ,Nigerian defender Elderson Echiejile
Friday Mar 02, 2018. 11:30
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has confirmed the experienced defender Elderson Echiejile is in his thinking for 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.
The Super Eagles boss has dropped a hint on Echiejile’s chances of making the Nigerian team for the global tournament this year.
Echiejile moved to second division Belgium side Cercle Brugge in January after struggling to get sufficient minutes at Turkish side Sivasspor following his move in the summer from AS Monaco.
“You have to respect what the former players have done in the past but be careful that you don’t try to bring them back because people think so,” said Rohr.
“We have big experience in captain [John] Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and our left back Elderson, who is now playing in Belgium.”
The emergence of Chelsea loanee Ola Aina and Brian Idowu of Amkar Perm has left many doubting the international future of the veteran left back, with coach Rohr even admitting his satisfaction with the aforementioned duo.
However, the coach has named the 28-year-old among players he is banking on to bring their experience to bear on the team when Nigeria gets their World Cup campaign underway in June.