Henry Onyekuru completed a remarkable comeback to even find himself in the discussion for the squad after suffering a knee injury in December. Reportedly, Anderlecht—where the attacker is on loan—stalled his return to the first team in order to reduce the wideman’s World Cup chances, and therefore the likelihood that he’d get a work permit to play back in England with Everton. Nigeria may end up being the real losers; Onyekuru demonstrated his goal threat with KAS Eupen last term, while his versatility could have made him a key asset in a tournament environment.
Anthony Nwakaeme: While Rohr has turned to two in-form forward in Simy Nwankwo and Junior Lokosa, he’s opted against Nwakaeme, whose struggles in Israel this term have ultimately counted against him. The striker was a regular squad member during the qualifiers, even if he didn’t play too much, and has the qualities to offer something a little different off the bench. Steadily, he’s begun to find his form as the World Cup approaches—having recently netted three in three—and Rohr might regret overlooking this viable Plan B.
Vincent Enyeama: We understand that Enyeama has had a season to forget at LOSC Lille, where a disagreement with the club management has apparently left him without a spot. However, he’s still turned out for Les Dogues’ reserve side, and with first-choice-elect Francis Uzoho only playing two senior games for Deportivo La Coruna all season, Rohr might not have held first-team inactivity against him. The stopper offers the experience that few could match, and with none of Nigeria’s other stoppers truly convincing, might it have been worth a punt to try and coax The Cat out of retirement?
Junior Ajayi: can count himself mighty unfortunate to have missed out on Rohr’s preliminary squad, having only received his first call-up for the March friendlies. He was one of the players affected by work permits and travel problems for those matches, and only made a brief cameo—it denied him the chance to truly prove his worth for the national side. Samson Siasia surely believes Ajayi, who’s been in fine form at African giants Al Ahly this year, should have made the cut, and it’s a mystery why Rohr opted to end the Ajayi experiment so soon.
Ademola Lookman: The allure of a World Cup represents an ideal opportunity to temp dual-nationality players to commit to one nation or another, with coaches able to offer the appeal of featuring at the grandest stage of them all. Should Rohr have not pulled out a few more stops to try and tempt more players who were raised in the Nigerian diaspora to commit to the Super Eagles. 20-year-old Lookman has enjoyed a fine loan spell in the Bundesliga—making eight decisive contributions in 11 outings for RasenBallsport Leipzig—and could have added a valuable goal threat to the squad.
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Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt
Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.
An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.
Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.
He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.
He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.
Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin
The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.
They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.
Lagos Govt To Shutdown Markets Violating Social Distancing Order
The Lagos State Government has threatened to shut down markets in the State violating the social distancing order.
The Corps Marshal, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Gbemisola Akinpelu, gave the warning on Monday at the Command Headquarters in the Oshodi area of the state.
In a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs Unit of LAGESC, Adebayo Kehinde noted that the order is coming from the State Ministry of Environment.
He reiterated the commitment of the agency to monitor markets across the state to ensure that the directive of the government is being adhered to strictly.
He urged the traders to maintain environmental cleanliness around the markets and stop trading on road setbacks and drainage.
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