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Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has hailed the versatility of Bordeaux forward, Josh Maja, and he believes that it will be a good thing for the Nigerian national team.

Maja has so far scored five goals and weighed in with two assists in 15 Ligue 1 appearances for Bordeaux this season, but the highlight of his performances came a few weeks ago.

On that very occasion, the 20-year-old recorded his first hat-trick for club and country after striking thrice in Bordeaux’s 6-0 decimation of Nimes in a French top-flight game.

Maja, the unfamiliar Nigerian hero put Bordeaux two goals up in the space of 37 minutes before going on to complete his treble eight minutes into the second half.

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Josh Maja

Rohr thereafter hailed Maja, saying: “He was on our list of players to watch, he was already attracting our attention although he was evolving in League One because our collaborators were studying it with attention from England.

Rohr added: “It’s no coincidence, he has seized his chance with the opportunities he got and his hat-trick is a confirmation of his progression.

 

“And when he arrived in Bordeaux, he was not alone: there was another Nigerian, Samuel Kalu. So, his integration was easy and he was surrounded by good staff.

“It could only move in the right direction. Above all he is quite versatile, on the offensive side, he can play at the three front positions in a system with two or three attackers,” Rohr concluded.

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