August 2, 2017

Nig v Cam: Rohr sticks with Akpeyi, Ezenwa

Nig v Cam: Rohr sticks with Akpeyi, Ezenwa

Rohr and Pionetti

•Storms Eagles camp with goalkeeper trainer

Super Eagles head  coach Gernot Rohr will not add any new goalkeepers to his squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifying double-header against Cameroon  despite their struggles in that department.

Rohr and Pionetti

Instead, new goalkeeper trainer Enrico Pionetti will attempt to beat the current crop into some semblance of international shape.

First-choice Carl Ikeme has been ruled out after an unfortunate leukaemia diagnosis, while Daniel Akpeyi’s tremulous performance failed to inspire confidence in a 2-0 home defeat to South Africa.

Ikechuwku Ezenwa has not enjoyed the trust of Rohr, but the German has said that he will not be calling up any fresh faces.

“There is no new goalkeeper coming in for the moment,” Rohr says. “We have the help of goalkeeper coach Enrico Pionetti so we will work hard on that.”

The 62-year-old Pionetti was born in Parma and spent his entire playing career in Italy, mostly with his longest and most productive senior stint at Lecce. He worked as goalkeeper trainer with Rohr at French club OGC Nice, and when Rohr managed Burkina Faso.

Meanwhile, Coach Pionetti arrived with Rohr at the training ground of the home based players in Kano on Monday.

It is however, unclear what the role of Alloy Agu will be in the squad  especially as the home based players are preparing for Africa Nations Championship qualifying fixtures with Benin Republic.

The new Super Eagles’ goalkeeper trainer featured for Leece from 1983 to 1986 and for Brescia in the following season. Other club sides he featured for include Anconitana, Salernitana, Cremonese and Imperia.