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‘Why I dropped Kalu from Liberia, Cape Verde, clashes’ – Rohr

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has explained why winger Samuel Kalu was excluded from his squad for this month’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde.

Kalu, who has been a regular for the Eagles since making his debut against Equatorial Guinea in 2018, was surprisingly omitted from the list released early this week for the qualifiers.

The German tactician has however revealed that the winger asked for permission to be left out of both games in a bid to concentrate on his club career.

“I spoke with him (Kalu) and he asked not to be selected,” Rohr told France Bleu Gironde.

“He made a very good argument about wanting to concentrate on the club – he told me that the time had come for him to give his all, to fight to regain his place in the Girondin’s squad. I found his speech to be very positive.

“We have a lot of wingers in our squad, that is true. The competition is fierce, but I think what matters now is for him to have a starting place at Girondins. He has the means, but he has to be in top physical condition.”

The 24-year-old former Gent player has scored twice in 13 appearances for Nigeria.

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