WORLD CUP FOCUS: Nigerian coach Gernot Rohr admits to goalkeeping crisis

WORLD CUP FOCUS: Nigerian coach Gernot Rohr admits to goalkeeping crisis
Nigeria's head coach, German Gernot Rohr reacts, during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying soccer match between Algeria and Nigeria at Chahid-Hamlaoui stadium in Constantine, Algeria, 10 November 2017.

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Mar 23, 2018. 09:00

Nigerian coach Gernot Rohr has revealed concerns regarding the goalkeeping crisis in his team as they prepare for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Super Eagles boss has recently closed his door to former captain Vincent Enyeama, but he has problems getting a replacement for Carl Ikeme who was diagnosed with Leukaemia.

The German coach admitted he has a goalkeeping crisis ahead of the global tournament and said he is worried.

"It is true (we have a problem). Our problem is Ikeme's illness (he was diagnosed with leukemia),” Rohr told Przegld Sportowy:

Meanwhile Rohr has also said his captain John Obi Mikel will have to undergo rigorous training with the national team ahead of the World Cup, saying the Chinese Super League is not competitive enough.

The Tianjin Teda star is set to miss out on the Super Eagles last friendly as he remained in China to renew his work permit.

“It might be a problem once, but the level has risen there. Before the World Cup there will be a break to bring the players to a good physical condition."

Rohr will lead his men against Poland in a friendly at the Municipal Stadium in Wrocław on Friday eveni

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