Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has stated that former Eagles winger Victor Moses will not be begged into returning to the national team as the country prepares for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Moses, one of Nigeria’s senior players announced his retirement from international football after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia stating reasons such as focusing on Family and club football for his decision to call time on the national team.
With Nigeria preparing for the 2019 AFCON in Egypt and Moses moving to Fernabahce in Turkey where he is already playing competitive football, Nigerians have begun to clamour for the inclusion of the 2013 AFCON winner in the squad.
Reacting to the call by Nigerians for the inclusion of Victor Moses, Gernot Rohr has stressed that the former Wigan Athletic winger will only be allowed into the team if he indicates interest. “Victor Moses is a player with a lot of quality, he wanted to stop after the World Cup and we have to respect his decision, if he is playing again and if the motivation is coming from him not from us, we will call him. We cannot ask him to come back. He must show us that he is fit and he has found the motivation to play with us.”
Rohr has also insisted that Moses will have to fight off competition from the country’s rising and established stars for a place in the national team. “He has to be strong if he wants to come back to have a chance in the Super Eagles team. We have strong wingers like Samuel Kalu, Moses Simon and Samuel Chukwueze and they are doing very well not forgetting Alex Iwobi and Ahmed Musa.”
Moses was instrumental in Nigeria’s road to victory in the 2013 edition of the AFCON in South Africa also playing pivotal roles for the team in the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups.