‘Perhaps Jamilu Collins will start’ - Rohr hints at new left-back ahead of Libya game

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The German tactician talked up the abilities of the natural left-back and acknowledges the competition for places in the spot

‘Interesting’ Jamilu Collins is in contention for a starting berth against Libya, according to Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.

The Paderborn SC defender was handed his second invite after last month's maiden call-up and has impressed Rohr ahead of Saturday's African Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Mediterranean Knights.

Despite the German handler admitting that with first-choice Brian Idowu and Ola Aina also in the frame he has a difficult task picking his starting left-back, he spoke highly of the 24-year-old in Thursday's pre-match conference.

“Collins is interesting for us. He has the qualities to play very well for us,” Rohr said

“Perhaps he will start the game.

“It is not just because he has a good left foot. He has a good physique. He is quick, he can go forward and he is defensively strong.

“I saw him play for Paderborn when they beat Cologne 5-3 and he did very well.

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“Two, three years ago, Paderborn were in the Bundesliga and they now want to come back. They have a really strong team.

“What I also saw of him before the Seychelles game was good, but he had a little injury, he wasn’t 100% to start the game.”

“He started the game in Monrovia against Liberia and he was good.”

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