Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr is set to drop
Crotone forward, Simeone ‘Simy’ Nwankwo, from his 30-man
provisional squad for the 2018 World Cup.
The inclusion of red-hot striker has led to suggestions he
could force his way into the final 23-man squad when it is
named in June.
Simy netted six goals in his last six Serie A games and his
fine form caught Rohr’s eye.
However, respected Nigerian journalist, Clement Nwankpa,
says he will not be on the plane to Russia.
“Rohr likes Simy. He has sent scouts to watch him a couple
of times this season. But Rohr’s mind is made up on the
players he is taking to the World Cup and Simy isn’t there.
“Rohr appreciates the physical presence that Simy brings but
he wants to stick with the players that saw him through the
qualifiers. He wants players he knows better and can vouch
for. These few weeks before the World Cup isn’t enough for
him to have a closer look at Simy. It will take something
extraordinary to happen in this World Cup camping for Simy
to make the final list.
“You know we have AFCON qualifiers soon after the World
Cup. Simy will play a big part in those matches and the
AFCON proper,” he said.