Nigeria manager, Gernot Rohr, has explained why he has omitted Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho from the latest Nigeria squad.
Iheanacho wasn’t selected as part of the 23-man squad for the international break this month.
Nigeria are set to face Seychelles in an AFCON qualifier and Egypt in an international friendly in the coming weeks.
But unlike City teammate Wilfred Ndidi, who returns from suspension for the Super Eagles, Iheanacho won’t be jetting off for international duty .
And manager Rohr has explained why.
He said: ”Kelechi needs to play with his club.
“He also needs to take advantage of the international break to show his qualities to his new coach.”
Iheanacho has scored just two goals this season, one in the Premier League, despite having made 30 appearance in all competitions.
He also failed to score in his last outing for Nigeria, a goalless draw against Uganda back in November, having not scored in any of Nigeria’s three World Cup fixtures.
Nigeria are set to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations this summer, which takes place in Egypt, having already secured qualification for the competition.
And if Iheanacho’s poor form and lack of game time continues, he could miss out this summer, but Rohr says nothing is set in stone.