Primed for the attainment of optimum performance from his boys, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is reportedly at odds with two of his players – Ahmed Musa and Shehu Abdullahi – who have insisted on observing the Muslim Ramadan fast despite being in camp for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.
According to Sports Vanguard, Rohr pleaded with the duo to shelve the obligatory Ramadan fast due to the crucial tie, but to no avail.
Alhassan Ibrahim ‘Muazzam’ and fresh call-up Moroof Youssef of Zamalek are the other players on the 23-man squad who have insisted on the Ramadan fast while they prepare for the Bafana Bafana tie.
Sources in the camp claimed that Musa and Shehu fasted during the friendly against Togo in Paris, prompting a furious Rohr to haul them off after the first half in the 3-0 rout of the Sparrow Hawks.
To his credit though, Musa netted twice within the first 17 minutes to give the Eagles a healthy lead before he was yanked off.
The situation remains delicately poised as both players are expected to start against South Africa on June 10 in Uyo given the ravages of injury on the team, but it is understood that Rohr may used them cautiously due to doubts about their energy levels.
Eagle stars have been known to fast while on international duty, with the likes of Tijanni Babangida and Garba Lawal seamlessly combining their religious obligation and national duty.