Super Eagles Coach Germot Rohr made public the 23-man squad list prior to Nigeria’s forthcoming friendly matches against Seychelles and Egypt. Rohr recruited the service of two new players – Paul Onuachu and Valentine Ozornwafor, in replacement of Kelechi Iheanacho and Mikel Obi who would be absent to participate in the friendlies with Seychelles and Egypt.
Paul Onuachu, 24, is a Striker for Danish club, FC Midtylland. He garnered attention in 2015 after he made an appearance on the Nigeria U-23 team. He also has the laudable feat of helping his club win the 2017/18 Danish Superliga. He’s currently Nigeria’s top scorer in Europe this season – 17 goals in 29 games.
Speaking on receiving the news as one of the players enlisted to be a part of the Super Eagles team for the forthcoming match. Onuachu said,
“I was called by the Nigerian coach (Gernot Rohr), And he told me he wanted to try me out for a while, and now he could find room for me on the team.
“I am super proud to be selected for the Nigerian national team. It’s something I’ve been dreaming for a long time, and it’s just a good feeling to have achieved such a great goal in my career. It has been a goal for me for a very long time, but you just have to be patient. I do what I can on the football field, and now I’m just glad it’s been successful.”
Valentine Ozornwafor, 19, plays for Enyimba FC of Aba, Nigeria. He was a key player in the Flying Eagles team at the last U-20 African Cup of Nations.
Ozornwafor extends gratitude to a couple Coaches for making him a better player, he said.
“I am delighted to have gotten a call up for the Super Eagles. I want to appreciate the Coach Aigbogun, Coach Abdul Maikaba, Coach Bala and others for making me a better player and being a great part of the actualization of my dream of the National Team call-up.”
He was named one of CAF’s Best XI at the end of the 2019 U-20 African Cup of Nations.