Why I Left Out Mikel Obi, Iheanacho – Gernot Rohr,

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has explained he left out Kelechi Iheanacho and Middlesbrough midfielder, John Obi Mikel from his squad to play Seychelles and Egypt, because of their little regular playing time and non-readiness.

Rohr released a 23-man list for their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Seychelles on March 22 and a friendly tie against Egypt four days later, with both players missing.

Although Iheanacho has struggled for form at the King Power Stadium, Mikel Obi has impressed since he returned to England in January.

“Kelechi [Iheanacho] needs to play in his club. He also needs to take advantage of the international truce to show his qualities to his new coach,” Rohr told CAF website.

“I give him time but there is danger for the Africa Cup of Nations for those who do not play regularly in their club. The final list for the AFCON is far from being made for anyone.

“He [Mikel] has arrived in Middlesbrough recently. He told me he was not ready and needs to work after his knee injury in China. He did not play all winter either.

“He has been not ruled out for the AFCON but could not make the match in Asaba. We will see for the future.” 

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