Chuk­wueze’s form thrills Rohr ahead of Bafana clash

The Punch - - INTERVIEW -

THe fine form of Nige­rian play­ers abroad is part of what coach Ger­not rohr is hop­ing will help the Su­per ea­gles beat South Africa in their 2019 AF­CON qual­i­fier on November 17.

The bafana bafana host the ea­gles in a Group e top-of-the-ta­ble clash in for next year’s Africa Cup of na­tions in Cameroon.

rohr said if the play­ers kept up their form and shape the game, vic­tory over South Africa would be a pos­si­bil­ity for the Su­per ea­gles.

“I watched some of their (play­ers) games with their clubs and I’m impressed with their per­for­mances. I also read and lis­tened to the good com­ments they got in the news­pa­pers, ra­dio and tele­vi­sion. I am happy they hit top form ahead of the game with South Africa,” rohr said.

The Ger­man coach praised vil­lar­real for­ward Sa­muel Chuk­wueze, who has been handed his first call up for the bafana clash.

“Chuk­wueze has a good left foot‚ is quick‚ has a low cen­tre of gravity‚ which gives him a very good bal­ance‚ and can de­liver and score‚” rohr added.

“We need a player like him to give us bal­ance in at­tack and he can also play through the mid­dle.”

The 19-year-old scored against Almería on his do­mes­tic de­but for vil­lar­real re­cently‚ be­fore start­ing again in the 1-1 draw with Le­vante at the week­end.

Speak­ing fur­ther, rohr added, “If they con­tinue like this, they will make the game against South Africa a bit eas­ier.

“I am thrilled with the play­ing time my play­ers are get­ting in their clubs in europe. They not only play reg­u­larly, they are in good form and that is what I de­mand from them every week. They are do­ing very good and that is very well for us mov­ing for­ward.”

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