Rohr Confirms Akinyemi May Be Called Up For AFCON Qualifier, Advises Bordeaux To Sign Striker
Published: August 07, 2018
Rohr Confirms Akinyemi May Be Called Up For AFCON Qualifier, Advises Bordeaux To Sign StrikerAs first reported by, Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has confirmed that red-hot
FK Ventspils striker Adeleke Akinyemi may be handed a maiden call-up to the Nigeria National Team for next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles.

The German football tactician observed the 19-year-old at close quarters in FK Ventspils' 2-1 loss to Bordeaux in the Europa League qualifiers last Thursday and was impressed by his qualities after scoring his 20th goal of the season against a very competitive opponent.

''I just discovered the player because he has not been in Europe for long. He left directly from an academy, not a club, in Nigeria,'' Rohr told

''He has not featured for the Nigerian youth teams or the Nigerian League. I saw his statistics, and I thought I had to look at him.

''And indeed, he was good. He has qualities, I may invite him one of these days, perhaps for the next game. I like him.''

Gernot Rohr was associated with Bordeaux for 21 years, 12 as a player and 9 in different functions including manager, and he has recommended that the Ligue 1 club should make a move for Akinyemi.

''They watched the game, monitored him. That means they take him very seriously. I think it would be worth it to recruit him, downright. I think so personally.

''He is a player who is very young, who does not cost much. He certainly has a huge room for improvement. He is powerful, he gets inside, he scores goals. It's still rare to have all these qualities,'' Rohr added.

Previously, exclusively reported that Bordeaux were mulling over a move for Adeleke Akinyemi and can add that no official bid has been made for the talented teenager who is valued at 1.5 million euros by FK Ventspils.

Ifeanyi Emmanuel

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