A lot has been made of Gernot Rohr’s provisional 31-player Nigeria squad to face Cameroon in the off-season, with the majority of Nigerians largely praising the inclusion of Crotone frontman Simy Nwankwo after a three-year absence.
While the imposing striker’s place may not be set in stone, having him in the group at the very least represents some progress after the German’s bizarre statements in late April.
“I have never forgotten about [Simy] and have always observed him, not just now that he is doing so well,” Rohr told Europa Calcio. “However, the competition is huge, so it is very difficult to be part of the Nigeria attack, we have very good players.
“As I said before, I have never stopped following his performances, but I believe that next year he must go and play in a club and in a team that is stronger than Crotone,” he added. “It will not be equally easy, but he would already have a better chance of returning to the national team.”