BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA.
Victor Moses may still be named in the Nigerian squad when the list is released on Friday. According to KweséESPN, Nigeria’s coach, Gernot Rohr is making efforts to get Moses out of his international retirement.
“Victor, why are you abandoning my team at this point in time” Coach Rohr seems to be telling Victor Moses.
The coach’s trump card is telling the Chelsea wing back of the abundance opportunity of winning the Africa Cup of Nations a second time after being part of the 2013 victorious side.
Against all expectations, Moses announced his exile from the Super Eagles some days ago, opting to focus more on club career.
“We spoke already and I hope that his decision is not definitive,” Rohr was quoted by KweséESPN as saying.
“I think it depends on his motivation. If he really wants to commit himself again, he is welcome.
“Maybe the chance to win the Afcon is motivation. We will see.” According to KweséESPN, some other Super Eagles’ players were stunned at Moses’ retirement at 27. Central defender, William Troost-Ekong, told KweséESPN: “I didn’t expect it.
“I was just as shocked as everyone else when I heard. It is a massive loss for Nigeria because Victor has been fantastic for us.
“I have only played with him the last year and a half. Everyone sees what he can do. But at the same time it would be exciting to see what other players stand up now.
“Players come and go and it’s not one player that makes a team. I think it should be exciting for Nigeria to see what players stand up now.”
If Moses does not rescind his decision, he will be the second high-profile Super Eagles player that will be conspicuously missing when the team takes on Seychelles in Victoria on September 8 in the Matchday 2 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Victor Moses and Mikel Obi will be absent again on Matchday 2 of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Mikel Obi has already been excused from the match. Both Mikel Obi and Victor Moses were glaring absentees when Nigeria crumbled 2-0 at home on Matchday 1 of the Africa Cup of Nations last year June in Uyo.