Rohr explains why Reading playmaker Olise wasn’t handed late Nigeria call-up for AFCONQ last month:: All Nigeria Soccer

Rohr explains why Reading playmaker Olise wasn’t handed late Nigeria call-up for AFCONQ last month:: All Nigeria Soccer

Rohr explains why Reading playmaker Olise wasn’t handed late Nigeria call-up for AFCONQ last month

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has claimed that Reading playmaker Michael Olise was not handed a late call-up for the national team’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches last month due to international travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Having said that, British-based players such as Everton’s Alex Iwobi, Rangers’ Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun, Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, and Fulham’s Ola Aina all reported for international duty in March.

Former Chelsea schoolboy Olise was among the players on the standby roster and it was logically thought that he would be added to the main list following the spate of withdrawals that hit the squad.

Spanish-based duo Kenneth Omeruo and Sadiq Umar were prevented from traveling to Africa as a result of coronavirus concerns and the same applied to French Ligue 1 stars Moses Simon, Simon Kalu and Terem Moffi.

Olise has played non-binding games for France at youth level, and also qualifies to represent Nigeria through his father as well as England.

“Michael Olise is a player we put on the standby list but he could not come because finally there were some restrictions and he could not travel, like other players,” Rohr said to Elegbete TV Sports.

“You know the French players have not been released, some Spanish players have not been released the last time – Omeruo, Sadiq Umar.

“In France we had Kalu, Moffi could not come, that’s why I took in the last moment local players to replace them.”

Olise is having an outstanding season at Reading with a goal involvement of 16 (6 goals, 10 assists) in 41 appearances in the Championship, and continues to be linked with Premier League clubs ahead of the summer transfer window.

Ifeanyi Emmanuel

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