Nigeria will stick with what they have

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has revealed his intention to stick with the players who earned Nigeria a ticket to the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

Despite unconvincing showings from his goalkeepers, Rohr has ruled out bringing new players into the team ahead of the showpiece

Goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho have all been unconvincing and despite the continued unavailability of first-choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, Rohr has reinstated his decision not to bring in fresh legs ahead of the showpiece.

“We have built a good environment for the team and I believe all the players gave everything to secure the ticket to Russia," Rohr told BBC Sport.

"It looks very impossible to get Carl Ikeme to play in Russia, but Ikechukwu Ezenwa showed in big matches so far that he can be in goal.

“The young boy Uzoho had a great game against Argentina so I've sent the goalkeeper trainer to continue to provide support for this boy in Spain.

"We are not limited as we also have other goalkeepers like Akpeyi, Ajiboye and Alampasu in the team, so I believe we are fine."

"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," Rohr continued.

"We have big experience in captain [John] Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and our left back Elderson who is now playing in Belgium.

"If we feel the need to strengthen this squad we know what to do because for nearly two years now we've had a good atmosphere so far. Another good news is that the young striker in Wolfsburg [Victor] Osimhen is also playing now.

"I will make the [provisional] squad based on this group and also give one of the CHAN boys a chance as well.

"We can't just keep bringing in player after player when you already have those who have proven that they can do the job.”

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