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‘It depends on Rohr’ - Tyronne Ebuehi on Nigeria World Cup spot

11:33 GMT+3 28/05/2018
Tyronne Ebuehi and Diego Perotti
Ahead of the big summer, the tactician is set to make big decisions as regards his final squad and the new Benfica signing is unsure of a spot
Fully aware of his fringe status within the Nigeria team, right-back Tyronne Ebuehi says only Gernot Rohr can guarantee him a World Cup spot.

The new Benfica signing was part of the Super Eagles setup during the qualifiers, but only as a squad member.

The 22-year-old found himself as backup to first-choice Shehu Abdullahi and failed to make an appearance in all three times he was named substitute.

In November, however, the Netherlands-born wing-back got the chance to display his qualities after coming at half-time in the friendly against Argentina; a match Nigeria fought back to emerge 4-2 victors.

Along with four other full-backs [Elderson Echiejile, Ola Aina, Abdullahi and Brian Idowu], the versatile player was named in Rohr's 30-man provisional list for the World Cup. And, soon, the German tactician will make big decisions as regards his final 23-player selection.

“I have been with the Nigerian team a few times and Gernot Rohr acknowledged that I’m a good player," Ebuehi told Goal.

"But I don’t have the status within the team to be certain of a place in the team. It depends on the coach."

On his style of play, the once 'timid' defender believes 'experiences with the Super Eagles' have helped develop the physical aspect of his game.

“My style of play is based on footballing skills, rather than a physical approach," he continued.

"I was a bit timid in my younger years, but I overgrew this. This is something I worked – on a mental level as well as physical level. I made progress and I think my experiences with the Super Eagles – African football can be quite rough – have had a positive impact on my development.”

On Monday, Nigeria face DR Congo at the Adokiye Amiesimake Stadium in a friendly before wrapping up World Cup preparations with games against England and Czech Republic on June 2 and 6 respectively.

In Russia, the Super Eagles face Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D.