AFCON 2019: Rohr explains how decision to drop Iheanacho, Ajayi was reached
Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has revealed how the decision to drop Kelechi Iheanacho and Semi Ahayi from the squad to the 2019 African Cup of Nations was reached.
Rohr explained that the return of captain John Obi Mikel to the team was the reason behind the decision to drop Rotherham United’s Ajayi from the final roster.
He said that it was very difficult to decide but added that himself and his staff agreed about the two names.
”We had to do away with a defensive midfielder because Obi Mikel came back, he’s well integrated in the group so we had to remove our player Semi Ajayi and also a striker who is lacking confidence but he worked very well,” Rohr told Super Eagles Media team.
”It was very difficult to decide but everybody, my staff, we are five people, we agreed about the two names. This decision was very objective, it’s never a good decision to take but we had to do it.
”The two players had a very good professional attitude and accepted this decision, they know they are still on standby, there can be another injury and one of them will come.
”I hope nobody gets injured again but we had this case before the World Cup when we lost Moses Simon in the last camping and he had to be replaced.”