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Rohr Bows To Pressure, Calls Up Solomon-Otabor As Replacement For Kalu Ahead Of Brazil Friendly

Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr has controversially handed a late call up to CSKA winger Viv Solomon-Otabor‎ as a late replacement for injured Samuel Kalu ahead of the Super Eagles friendly game against Brazil.

Kalu as reported by this portal picked up a thigh injury which ruled him out of the October 13th friendly game against Brazil and Rohr has decided to call Solomon-Otabor who has been getting a lot of paid reviews from a section of the media in Nigeria. Heerenveen winger Chidera Ejuke was the obvious choice to replace Kalu if at all a replacement would be called up following his impressive performances for the Dutch side which earned him the best U21 player of the month in the Netherlands.

Rohr however picked 23 year old Solomon-Otabor who is yet to score a goal this season for CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria from seven games this season but got picked with some influence from people close to the coach and the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) . His controversial call up has torn the NFF apart with many unhappy with the decision as the player who is also eligible for England hasn’t done enough to warrant a call up for a high profile game like the one against Brazil.

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