CAF Award: Rohr picks Mane, Salah ahead of Ighalo

Mane, Salah

Super Eagles German coach Gernot Rohr has predicted a better 2020 for the Super Eagles and indeed Nigerian football, adding he was looking forward to the forthcoming draws for the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup with optimism.

“ I hope that the coming year will be better,” noted 66-year-old.

“ For the (World Cup) draw, we will have the same philosophy like always; all the teams are well prepared and difficult to beat.”

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Speaking on the chances of Lille OSC striker Victor Osimhen and Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze for the 2019 CAF Youth Player of the Year, Rohr predicted it will be a close contest.

But Rohr believes his two Super Eagles’ young guns have done well in the year under review saying they both deserved to be so crowned the best youngster on the continent.

Five players including Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund); Krépin Diatta (Senegal & Club Brugge); Moussa Djenepo (Mali & Southampton) and Nigerian duo of Chukwueze and Osimhen were named in the final shortlist ahead of the award gala to be hosted 7th January 2020 at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada in Egypt.

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Rohr said, “The two players(Osimhen and Chukwueze) deserve to win the award; they had a great season in Europe.“

Incidentally, Rohr was coy on the chances of Shanghai Shenhua striker Odion Ighalo in the blue ribbon Africa Player of the Year in a strong field that has Liverpool’s duo of Senegalese Sadio Mane and Egyptian Mohamed Salah.

“Ighalo has already won the award of the best scorer(at the2019 AFCON in Egypt) and will give with pleasure the other one to one of the two big stars (Mane and Salah),” he said.

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