CAF Award: Rohr ignores Ighalo, picks Mane, Salah as likely winner of player of the year

Super Eagles German coach Gernot Rohr has predicted a close contest between Lille OSC striker Victor Osimhen and Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze for the 2019 CAF Youth Player of the Year.

The 66-year-old German tactician predicted a better 2020 for the Nigerian football, adding he was looking forward to the forthcoming draws for the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup with optimism.

Rohr said, “ I hope that the coming year will be better,”. He added, “ For the (World Cup) draw, we will have the same philosophy like always; all the teams are well prepared and difficult to beat.”

Speaking on the chances of Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze for the 2019 CAF Youth Player of the Year, Rohr said, “The two players(Osimhen and Chukwueze) deserve to win the award; they had a great season in Europe.“

But Rohr wasn’t sure of the chances of Shanghai Shenhua striker Odion Ighalo in the Player of the Year saying Liverpool’s duo of Senegalese Sadio Mane and Egyptian Mohamed Salah may win.

“Ighalo has already won the award of the best scorer(at the2019 AFCON in Egypt) and will give with pleasure the other one to one of the two big stars (Mane and Salah),” he said.

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