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2021 AFCON Qualifiers: Why Home-Based Players Are Not Featuring Regularly In Super Eagles- Shorunmu

2021 AFCON Qualifiers: Why Home-Based Players Are Not Featuring Regularly In Super Eagles- Shorunmu

Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu says the inability of some of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) players to share the gains of playing with the ‘A’ team of the Super Eagles with their fellow colleagues in the league has affected their progress in the senior national team.

Shorunmu stated this on the backdrop of the continuous call for the inclusion of home-based players in the Super Eagles ahead of the team’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Squirrels of Benin and Crocodile of Lesotho on March 27 and March 30 respectively.

Recall that some foreign-based players have been forced to pull for the make or mar games by their clubs in Europe due to Covid-19 travel restrictions that could make the players be quarantined for two weeks and possibly miss crucial matches with the season gradually coming to a close.

However, Shorunmu in a chat with a Lagos Based radio station, advocated for the inclusion of the home-based players to the Super Eagles if the need arises but warned them to be humble and share their experience with their NPFL colleagues.

“Most of the home-based players will be showing to their coaches that they are more than them which is not right because the coaches that called you, saw you from the clubs and if you are not good in your club side, the national team coach will not invite you in the first place so, whatever thing you are getting in the national team, when you go back, share with your teammates.”

By Augustine Akhilomen

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  • Sideen 5 months ago

    Hmm “Ike Anobi” as fondly called in his glorious days of his career may your days be long sir