Rohr backs Uzoho for AFCON start, as NFF, Middlesbrough celebrate Mikel

Nigeria head coach, Gernot Rohr, has ruled out a change in approach heading into the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The German coach has backed his goalkeeping trio to keep their place in the squad for continental showpiece, this despite Francis Uzoho’s struggles at club level this season.
Fellow Super Eagles shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi has himself fallen in and out of contention at Absa Premiership club Kaizer Chiefs, but despite admitting his goalkeeping concerns, Rohr is not about to call-up another goalkeeper.
“We have a little challenge because our young goalkeeper Uzoho has not really played at his club this season,” Rohr told BBC Sport.
“Uzoho made one mistake in the last qualifier [against Seychelles] but we gave him a chance with the youth under-23 and it was good for his confidence.
“Daniel Akpeyi is playing now for a big team in South Africa and doing very well. Our third goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa too is good so we can work harder with them.
“We have a good spirit as a team since the World Cup, so there’s no time to bring in new players,” Rohr concluded.

Mikel Obi

Nigeria make a return to the Africa Cup of Nations this year, having missed the last two tournaments.
The Nigerian Football Federation have sent birthday wishes to Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi who clocked 32 today (Monday), reports
Mikel, who burst onto the scene as a teenager at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2005, was born on the 22nd of April 1987 in Plateau, Nigeria.
“Happy birthday to @NGSuperEagles captain, @mikel_john_obi. We wish you the best today and always. Enjoy your day! ,” The NFF tweeted.
Mikel who made his debut for the Super Eagles in 2005 has made 85 appearances for Nigeria scoring six times.
Middlesbrough also celebrated the former Chelsea midfielder in a tweet on their official handle. Middlesbrough wrote: “Happy birthday to @mikel_john_obi! #UTB.”
Mikel is expected to make his 15th Championship appearance for Middlesbrough when they face Nottingham Forest later today (Monday).
Three straight victories have thrust Boro back into the push for the play-offs, albeit having played a game more than main rivals Derby and Bristol City.
Middlesbrough will be aiming to record their fourth successive win in the Championship on a ground they have won once in their last eight away league visits to Nottingham Forest – a 2-1 victory in September 2015.
Boro start the day in sixth, a point ahead of seventh-placed Bristol City and five behind Aston Villa, which may possibly be even more if Aston Villa get a result in their lunchtime kick-off at home to Millwall.

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