Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr reckons that he has some experienced players in the Super Eagles squad and excluded the inclusion of new players to strengthen the team for the World Cup.
The German tactician has already ruled out the possibility of naming an inactive Vincent Enyeama on the roster for the mundial but plans to call up one of the local lads who took part in last month’s African Nations Championship.
Nigeria fielded the youngest players with an average age of 24.9 years in the qualifiers, and Rohr has declared that the experience of Mikel, Victor Moses and left-back Elderson Echiejile will be vital at the World Cup.
”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 told BBC Sport
“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.”
Leicester City loanee Ahmed Musa and Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo are the other players in the current squad with World Cup experience having featured in Brazil 2014.