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2023 AFCON: Like Ighalo, Oliseh Calls For Inclusion Of More NPFL Players In Super Eagles

2023 AFCON: Like Ighalo, Oliseh Calls For Inclusion Of More NPFL Players In Super Eagles

Former Nigerian international, Sunday Oliseh has called for the inclusion of more players from the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) in the Super Eagles ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Oliseh made this known via his official X handle (formerly know as Twitter), where he kicked against Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro’s provisional squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations that had only three NPFL players.

Expressing his opinion on the matter, Oliseh wrote on his X account, “If we had superstars like in the 90’s and early 2000’s playing at the top world club-sides, champions league, etc, one could understand the absence of home-based players in a 406-man call-up.”

 

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He further added, “Haba, they just want to eliminate everything that is home-based in favor of football business! It’s time we acted!!”

It remains to be seen if the trio will make the final 27-man squad for the tournament.

Recall that on Thursday, Odion Ighalo voiced his disappointment regarding the limited inclusion of local players in the Super Eagles’ provisional squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ighalo, a prominent figure in Nigerian football, believes that home-based players deserve greater representation in the national team. His comments highlight a broader discussion about the balance between local and foreign-based players in national football squads.

By Augustine Akhilomen


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COMMENTS

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  • Ako Amadi 5 months ago

    The best way to encourage home-based players is to improve the quality of the NPFL and bring it to the standard of South Africa, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.Let us stop recommending taxi drivers to pilot jet aircrafts

  • It is these European stars that bring this insults upon themselves.

    But Come o. All these players crying for more homebased players are sell outs that ran to fufuil thier dream of playing the highest quality and level of football in Europe and had the grace of playing in National team with no complaints especially Oliseh In his days Nigerians for some reason understood what playing in Europe is all about and what it brings you. Now they have either retired or lost thier place in the team they will push against progress.

    Especially Ighalo he knew what it took to get into Super Eagles. He didn’t just make it immediately after moving to Europe he still had to prove himself. Boys like Boniface and Co who work so hard to prove thier worth and had to wait for thier chance in the National team Just like Orban, Akor Adam’s and Akpom are currently doing now. Then Someone will just come and suggest home based because they are playing at home. Get the league up to scratch before talking Homebased. It’s not fair to make deserving guys work so hard to get something then take it away from them because of backward thinking.

  • Dcardinal 5 months ago

    Coming from a guy who made super eagles look like an NPFL side, does more talking on social media than execute good tactics..I can bet if you ask him to mention one player in NPFL good for Afcon, he can’t. That was the same sentiment Victor Ikpeba shared last week on Monday night football show on super sports, when the host inquired he mention one player from NPFL and whom he will replace in the current squad, he started stuttering. Most of these ex internationals lacks proper football insight. To stay relevant, they just jump aimlessly to a cause they can’t defend.

  • Glory 5 months ago

    Highly disappointing comment from Ighalo and Oliseh. This just shows how selfish the nigerian mentality is; that “As long as I am not benefiting, let it get worse” mentality.
    Honestly speaking, how many of the 90s and 2000 set of SE were actually playing for top teams in Europe? I don’t think we had up to 4 of them if at all. And were those ones even regular in their club sides? So if we have to be honest, we have more players playing regularly for top clubs in Europe today than ever.

    NOW why can’t Oliseh who I have always assumed to be highly intelligent, suggest a reasonable method of infusing so called better homebased players in SE instead of this very vague call for such invitation just so they look good in the eyes of the homebased players towards getting support to become SE next of “KIN” manager lolzz.How cheap and desperate these guys are becoming?

    Why not suggest that the NFF establish a law stipulating that all homebased players, seeking to be invited to the SE wether CHAN or MAIN STREAM, must accept to sign a 2 years mandatory stay as homebased once they get invited, violation of which, will make any transfer to any club, home or foreign illegal, as well as attract a 2years football activity ban. Having this kind of law, well supported by FIFA, will surely help any SE manager get that much needed stability while building an homebased SE, as he will sure to constantly/periodically have the players in Camp for a 2 years period instead of using one or two invitation to ‘JAPA”.
    Why also, as intelligent as I had supposed Oliseh is, has he not suggested that NFF should constantly arrange friendly matches between the homebased SE and their foreign counterparts during every FIFA international window, with such matches being shown live so all fans can be able to truly assess who the better players are wether homebase or foreign? As doing this, can go a long way in helping the SE manager build a solid SE team that truly represent the best without argument.
    The failure of all these town criers to come up with suggestions on how to truly harmonise homebase and foreign talents to the benefit of our football in general and SE in particular only goes to show, THAT THEIR CRIES IS ALL TOWARDS FILLING THEIR POCKETS. These lots truly don’t even care about the homebased and only those foolish/lazy homebased will waste their time in trusting in these selfish lots.

  • Mr Hush 5 months ago

    Is easier said than done.

    Please can any of the home based clamourers mention one local based player that can make the 40 man list?!

    Who should be dropped?

    Even if take out the European based players and just pick from Africa, the best of us in the continent don’t even play in the Nigerian league . They are in Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan,Algeria ,South Africa,Heck ,Tanzania!. So even under this context, most NPFL players would still miss out!

    We can’t be realistically be calling for the inclusion of Home based players when they keep losing to Club Africans, lobilo, Dreamers fc,Medeama etc.
    They can’t even hold their own in the continent.

    Oliseh and his likes, should stop playing this emotional games and face reality. They should stop being ‘politically correct’ and playing eye service rather they should be calling upon the management of the league to develop the league to best practices. With the improvement of the league, it would improve the quality of the players in the league and as such, things would fall in place organically.
    Quality has no hiding place.

    • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

      Thank you very much Messers Glory and Hush. Someone should pls ask Oliseh and his crew how many players moved from the Nigerian league to the Tanzanian, Zambian or Rwandan league during their time…..?!

      When they can provide an answer to the above question we can resume this homebased discussions.

  • Coache 5 months ago

    It’s just like asking is their any player in Nigeria that can score 10 goals in an U17 tournament? Some questions are VERY interesting and it belittles the fact that Osimhen came from the streets to win the APOTY. With good talent discovery system in place we can discover better midfielders in the streets who are better than the backward sideways we celebrate because they play in EPL.

    • Go straight to the point man. The likes of Osimhen, Chukwueze, Iheanacho etc came from academies and not from NPFL. Our best players are in Europe . The ones we picked from the League in the past like Iwuala, Chisom Chikatara, udoh, salami,Mba etc are all no where to be found. Leon Balogun played under Keshi in 2014. Some sections still want him in the team today because he’s still active . Where are the homeboys in the team back then today?

      • Even the so called home under 17 boys had to spend years in Academies in Europe before they can be useful to naija team. Iheanacho spent years in Man City, Osimhen in Wolfsburg, Chukwueze, villareal etc 
        Come tomorrow now we’ll start saying Fredricks in Brentford, Akinsanmiro of Inter , Eletu of AC Milan etc were all picked from Nigerian streets as if they just went straight to super Eagles from the street of Lagos.

    • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

      Hahahaha…pls is there any NPFL who has ever scored 10 goals in CHAN…..LMAOoo….sorry, I forgot they struggle to qualify…LMAOoo.

      And please is there any NPFL player who has ever won the CAF footballer of the year award for players based in Africa.

      Please stop talking out of point.

      1. Osimhen NEVER played in the NPFL.
      2. Osimhen didn’t with the AFoty award from the streets….he won the award from Napoli in the Serie A, via the German bundesliga, Belgian Júpítérì Legaue and the French Ligue 1….7 years after setting his feet on European soil.

      These are leagues NO NPFL players has transfered to in the last 20 years since Taiye Taiwo moved straight from Lobi stars to Olympic Marsielle to bench a world cup winner Biexentte Lizararu.

      And talking about Taiye Taiwo, I always knew him when he played at Gabros circa 2003…he scored a trademark bullet shot in a challenge cup game played at the Ogbe stadium in Benin back then and I remembered telling someone near me “this dude is close to being in the SE”. A year later he made his debut in the SE (not homebased) complete with the likes of Obafemi Martin’s, Seyi Olofinjana, Ayo Makinwa, Joseph Enkhahire and never looked back.

      He moved straight from the NPFL to the 1st team of Olympic Marseille.

      I challenge you to name any player in your NPFL (600 registered players per year × 20 years) who has done that in 2 decades….LMAOoo

  • Coache 5 months ago

    Mba was in Rangers when he scored at AFCON finals amidst the so called foreign based.

    Amuneke scored two goals as a Zamalek player. Do not belittle the league. There are far more skillful players in Nigeria whether home-based, NPFL or Academies. We spent millions to invite foreign based players only to lose to CAR and Guinea Bissau at home.

    • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

      Hahahaha….please which team in the nigerian league has ever been called Zamalek….LMAOoo.

      Is this how badly you want to drive home a weak point…LMAOoo.

      How many of your current homebased players in 2023 is good enough to sign for zamalek….LMAOoo…pls tell us 1.

      Last season’s NPFL topscorer currently plays in the Rwandan League….LMAOoo. Recent records does not support your claims of how good your NPFL players are. North Africa is fast becoming a bridge too far for them….East African leagues is nowadays the peak of their might and quality

      Im am sure it was Mba that played all the other 10 positions on the pitch at 2023 AFCON…LMAOoo…as if if Mba did not score, no one else would have.

      As much as 5 SE were named into the CAF team of the tournament after that AFCON, with no mention made of Mba.

      Please after that AFCON where did your Mba end up…he fizzled out in less than a year in the french 3rd division and couldn’t make the world cup squad.

      Mba did not win the AFCON for us. Those who did made the team of the tournament…simple and straightforward.

      After spending millions of Naira to camp your homebased superstars too, they cannot beat the likes of Niger, Togo or Benin homebased to qualify for Ordinary CHAN.

      I’m sure if they ask you now, you would say homebased players should be camped for 2 weeks (as if they’ve ever been camped for a shorter period) b4 they can prosecute assignments for the nation, whereas their foreign based counterparts camp for 2 to 3 days before hitting the battle field….yet they aren’t better
      .LMAOoo

    • KENNETH 5 months ago

      My brother don’t waste your time responding to some confused lunatics who either borrow data to come and spill rubbish here. Some have not even attended league matches but are quick to come and condemn the local league. Excuses that some players came from academy team, are they not local players. Peserio just fooled us when he was attending league matches, guess his palm is already being greased that’s why we no longer see him attend. To all you noise makers why didn’t your so called superstars defeat 2 teams that paraded mostly home based players. You had professionals gasping for air, looking sluggish, even without oshimen because that will be the excuse, we couldn’t still win.

      • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

        Pele o….long mouthed pig..LMAOoo. Between you who only rears your daft brains here once in 3 weeks and the rest of us, who sound like a lunatic that borrows data….LMAOoo

        Okponu ayirada shebi you always attend league matches, Oya open your big rotten mouth and name 11 players who can displace those in the SE at the moment.

        Idiot born by mistake, can you help us ask your father if it’s the foreign based players who also play for the CHAN team that has only ever qualified for chan only 3 times since 2009…..LMAOoo

        Help us also ask your bastard self too if it was Brazil or Argentina or Egypt that has been knocking us out of CHAN….LMAOoo.

        Kaa ye o laye. Won o ni jere e.

        • KENNETH 5 months ago

          Don’t need to worry myself, since they have said you were conceived through prostitution. And i know the weather has frozen your brains. It’s a waste of time arguing with an old fool whose death is eminent. Aiye e ti baaje tipe, so am not shocked about anything that comes from you. You this sick puppy

  • Coache 5 months ago

    No foreign based player has scored to give us the AFCON CUP. Mba from Rangers and Amuneke from Zamalek did…..

    CAR and Bissau taught the so called foreign based players lessons in Nigeria.

    • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

      Please who has been teaching your hombased “home-based lessons” and dumping them out of CHAN qualification since 2009 when CHAN began. The Brazilian national team or the german national team…?

      A player who plays in Egypt is “homebased” ……LMAOoo. I thought you made a mistake the first time………now i see you mean to really want to use lies to drive home your desperation.

      I leave you to your ramblings…LMAOoo

      All I know is that your current
      homebased cannot displace any north or south Africa based player from the national team not to talk of the Europe based players all things being equal…..that’s why folks like you want to force a quota system down our throats.

      Cry us a river please.

      • Ako Amadi 5 months ago

        Why are EPL, Serie A, of Bundesliga clubs not recruiting directly from Nigeria’s large pool of home-based players? Or have they not been given visas to travel to Nigeria?

        • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

          Hahahaha….Madrid president Florentino Perez was supposed to come to Aba to sign an Enyimba midfielder this last summer….he was denied visa by the Nigerian embassy in Spain….LMAOoo.

          Even the shooting stars striker that was signed by Bayern last January, the German govt refused to approve his residency and work permit applications and hence the deal could not materialize….LMAOoo

          How I wish this was the tale of the Nigerian league in 2023…LMAOoo

          The 1999 topscorer of the NPFL moved straight to Malmo in Sweden….the 2022 top scorer moved to the Rwandan League…LMAOoo. That is the gulf in class of the league that is the home of superstars…LMAOoo

  • All those in favour of homebased players in the Super Eagles say ‘Yea’!

    Kingsley Eduwo came back to bite the NPFL fingers that once fed him this week, scoring 2 fabulous goals against Rivers United in the Confederations Cup, leaving the NPFL side with more than a mountain to climb.

    The Ex-Chan Super Eagles striker played with verve and vigour, reminding me of the abundance in quality that we possess in players eligible for Nigeria.

    Another player after my very heart is Anayo Iwuala: a no-nonsense winger who combines brute force with pace and decent dribbling skills to decimate defences and drive forward with intent.

    What do Eduwo and Iwuala have in common? Using the national team as stepping stone to elope.

    Eduwo actually flew out of the NPFL nest after representing the Homebased Super Eagles in the ill-fated Chan qualifiers against Benin in 2017.

    It is bad enough to use the main Super Eagles as ‘means to an end”. But to use the Home based Super Eagles? That is shocking!

    I think Oliseh and Ighalo have to ask themselves, what will be the immediate future of any homebased player invited to the Super Eagles?

    The prognosis is worrisome.

    Iwuala became ineligible to feature for the Super Eagles after losing his ‘homebased’ status and obviously Kingsley Eduwo can no longer represent the homebased Super Eagles even if he scores more goals than Erling Haaland in North Africa.

    Under the same Oliseh, affectionately named Kolanut boy (Chisom Chikatara) became irrelevant for the Super Eagles after leveraging his cult Homebased Super Eagles status to move to North Africa.

    I actually disagree with commentators who write off the NPFL as a junkyard of worn our and out of date players with nothing to offer the Super Eagles.

    For me, with all due respect, this view is nonsense.

    Rather, any shrewd coach can comb the length and breadth of the NPFL and NNL and come up with athletic and hunger players who can augumen some departments in the Super Eagles.

    But what happens after these players make their much awaited Super Eagles breakthrough? They soon afterwards fade into national team obscurity like Chikatara, Iwuala and Eduwo.

    It doesn’t help anyone. Not the national team, not the coach, not the fans and not even the players who often languish in North African leagues before calling it quits.

    Also, I diverge from Nigeria fans who complain that the national team should not be used as stepping stone. We all know that playing for Nigeria (arguably) accelerated the careers of players like Balogun, Ekong, Ebuehi, Ahmed Musa, Chidera Ejuke and Maduka Okoye to mention but a few.

    So, what is wrong if homebased players leverage their Super Eagles status to acquire fame, fortune and career growth? But my problem is that homebased players – as already mentioned – tend to lose their national team status after playing for Nigeria.

    The poster boy of all homebased representation in the national team – Sunday Mba – experienced sustained decline in his football career leading to eventual oblivion after his 2013 Afcon heroics.

    So, do I believe talents are abound in the NPFL and NNL? Absolutely yes.

    Do I think we (all stakeholders) will benefit from making space for this homebased players in the Super Eagles? Recent history suggests it has been fruitless (in the long run) to incorporate homebased players into the Super Eagles.

    • The ultimate homebased legend for me is Kano Pillars’ Rabiu Ali. Unless we can have a player like him who will be homebased before, during and after his Super Eagles career, then there is little benefit in clamouring for homebased players.

      Rabiu Ali, 43 years old, is player I have massive respect for and continue to wish him longevity in his ‘homebased’ career.

    • Glory 5 months ago

      Top marks @ Deo. There has to be well defined and transparent rule/law that will support only the best being invited and not the very archaic rule of quota system being propounded, only to profit some hungry belly to the detriment of our football.

  • Larry 5 months ago

    The non-inclusion of ball playing HB players would have been justified, if the list does not include players who are struggling for minutes or have failed to show-up playing for SE.
    Okunowo moved from the Local league to Barcelona, same as Musa who joined the Deutch league from Pillars.
    It won’t be wrong to assume that the league has dropped in standard but if what’s being said by the league observers are correct, then including at least 3 ball playing local league players could make a lot of sense.

    • Larry,

      I am in agreement with heart of your points here. The problem remains, these homebased players – if identified and selected – would only have a fly-by-night career in the Super Eagles.

      But, if the idea is to utilise homebased players as ‘short term solutions’ then I think it can work. Sunday Mba was a short term solution that helped to deliver us our first Afcon victory in just over 19 years.

      Anayo Iwuala was for me a short term solution who delivered excitement and a favourable viewing experience for the few games he played for the Super Eagles – needless to say I have fond memories of his performance.

      But, what happened to these players in the medium to long term? That for me is the most pertinent question.

  • Glory 5 months ago

    Thanks Dr Drey and @ Deo. It’s really so disappointing to hear these lots constantly make comments like this. If only these guys know how badly they are losing respect by the day from making such unenlightened comment.

    In their heads, they are custodian of knowledge on how football must be run simply because they played the game. But most of the guys moving the football game to such dizzy heights encompassing the game itself, it’s business , it’s safety, it’s tactics etc may never have played football.

    You never get to hear the gentle giant Uche Okechukwu get in the midst of all these sulking talk. He will always be respected for this maybe until they eventually drag him into this bandwagon of foolish sail.

    The intelligence of these so called ex international is sadly everyday proving to be only good to roast cocoyam and bolee by the roadside. NONSENSE HOMEBASED INVITATION WITHOUT A WORKING SYSTEM.

  • Thumbs-up to everyone who have made their points above…

    My question is: why are these wealthy exinternationals not investing in the league by buying or founding clubs that they can use their international connections to bring in other ex players and football personalities they’ve come to get acquainted with over the years to join in and co sponsor/ co-own these clubs as shareholders?

    Employing sound administrators and directors and even managers and coaches in these their clubs to show other clubs who aren’t fortunate as theirs how a proper club is run?

    Felix anyansi agu did well with Enyimba in the past because of great sponsorship from Gov Uzor Kalu, bendel insurance had done same under Gov Lucky Igbinedion and now under Obaseki because of the support and sponsorship from Deputy gov. Shuaibu…

    Conclusion
    Our clubs needs to be properly run and every other thing will fall in place.

    Merry Christmas and A Prosperous New Year

  • Alex Osale 5 months ago

    Let Ighalo, Oliseh and all those clamouring for inclusion of more home based players name the so called exceptional players in the NPLF. When Oliseh had the opportunity, how many NPFL players did he invite to the Super Eagles. 
    To talk cheap well, well. I’m not against home based players. If they are good enough, they should be invited. By the way, I think our local coaches should be the voice of the players, if their are good ones, and not those who do not even know those they are fighting for.

    • Coache 5 months ago

      When Keshi revealed his 2013 AFCON squad with many home-based players who knew we will ever win the trophy? Yet he won. Now we have foreign based aplenty, who knows maybe a free kick from outside the 18 will separate us or bring our team back home?

  • Coache,

    You are right – nobody knows. If we have a coach come along who willing to lend a leaf from Coach Keshi’s handbook, then we could gauge the continued effectiveness of that approach.

    What is good for the geese isn’t always palatable to the gander.

    Peseiro has his own playbook: utilise 4-4-2 cum 4-2-4 with overwhelming emphasis on wing play to achieve success utilising largely foreign based indigenous/dual nationality players.

    Perhaps we should wait until after the 2024 Afcon in Ivory Coast to compare how Peseiro’s approach holds up against Keshi’s.

    I personally think we have athletic, speedy, palm wine carrying players with brute force and physicality in the NPFL and NNL. The fact that Peseiro elects to overlook them only shows conviction in his aprroach on foreign based players. It doesn’t mean to mean that ALL Homebased players are a waste of space.

    • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

      Pele o….long mouthed pig..LMAOoo. Between you who only rears your daft brains here once in 3 weeks and the rest of us, who sound like a lunatic that borrows data….LMAOoo

      Okponu ayirada shebi you always attend league matches, Oya open your big rotten mouth and name 11 players who can displace those in the SE at the moment.

      Idiot born by mistake, can you help us ask your father if it’s the foreign based players who also play for the CHAN team that has only ever qualified for chan only 3 times since 2009…..LMAOoo

      Help us also ask your bastard self too if it was Brazil or Argentina or Egypt that has been knocking us out of CHAN….LMAOoo.

      Kaa ye o laye. Won o ni jere e.

      • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

        Apologies Deo. Not meant for you pls.

        • KENNETH 5 months ago

          Odeee o shi, when Alzheimers don dey catch up with you, why you no go come here and display your stupidity. Deo is one of those who is very objective on this forum, person with class and argues constructively. Not your nuisance self that writes as though you feeding people. It’s been a while you have being in your cage. maybe i need to contact the animal shelter in Vienna to come cage you for the holidays. because your brain needs some warmth. Agbaya rada rada

          • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

            Hahahaha……Ode ekeji aja.

            So you cannot see it was a response meant for you but duplicated under Deo’s thread by CSN…..LMMAOoo.

            Who seems to be suffering from generational Alzheimer between the both of us now…LMAAooo

            So you can mention the name of a person who is objective on this forum, with class and argues constructively…please why didn’t you mention your own name….lmaooo…..so you know you are a wretched idiot with no class who argues blindly as an imbecile that you are and gets derided and slapped by everyone on this forum except imbeciles like you because you are nothing but leprosy to this forum….LMAOooo.

            At least I am an animal that has a cage to live in….not a useless street dog like you who scavengers waste dumps for food only to come here to vomit the rubbish you ate.

            ODE EKEJI AJA. O o ni dagba lae.

      • KENNETH 5 months ago

        Of course you in cage eating shit. Don’t worry they will come and get you so you can keep warm. You can never be considered as an objective person. With all the insults you throw at people. You can never be considered as one. Let me allow you go sleep, its past your bed time.

        • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

          Hahahahaha….okponu shipr shior alaso kpikpon ofo.

          I’ve been expecting you to mention your own name as objective on this forum, with class and argues constructively.

          Idiot knows he has been nothing but a dog ith nothing to offer tha
          barking stupidity on this forum since 2020….LMAOoo.

          Mention 11 NPFL players from the league we should canvas their invitation….idiot said he doesn’t have time….LMAOoo. But he has time to come and tell who and who is and isn’t objective on this forum….Eranko….LMAOoo.

          I’ve never seen anyone who runs away whenever he’s given the opportunity to say something sensible like this fool.

          Dirty long mouthed illiterate Pig has been on this forum for half a decade and we all are still waiting for him to make his first sensible comment on the forum…..LMAOoo.

          Elete jotior oshi

    • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

      Apologies Deo.
      That was a shot hit off target.

  • Ako Amadi 5 months ago

    I remember in 1992 when Westerhof first saw Olise playing in Belgium, he said he didn’t know he was a Nigerian. Anybody who thinks they are good enough for the SE or Super Falcons must prove themselves in the high quality leagues of the world. Nobody becomes a doctor without going to medical school.

  • Ako Amadi 5 months ago

    No footballer must be selected to represent Nigeria on humanitarian grounds that they live in poverty at home. The wealthy foreign-based should establish a trust fund to assist in building up the capacity of football in Nigeria.

    • Mr Hush 5 months ago

      @Ako Amadi
      Couldn’t have stated it better.

      Sometimes it baffles me; You want a coach that is under pressure to win and has his neck on the guillotine, to abandon performing players and pick from the local league majority don’t watch. And no one can really mention one or two to be picked from the home league yet they scream murder.
      So we should just abandon logic and select on Sentiments.

      I assure you, if we are giving the tedious job of coaching the Eagles right now and asked to draw our list, the majority would not pick one homebased player. And justifiably so. They simply don’t merit it.

      And enough of this,Keshi did this, Keshi did that. Things should always be in context. Different times. Different qualities of foreign players. Currently, we simply have much more quality playing abroad compared to Keshi’s period. If a Leon Balogun, Akpom,Akor, Mathews,Ugbo etc. Could be sidetracked; then what is the cry really about!
      So we should just invite them to be training materials when we all know fully well that none,realistically, have a chance to make the final 27. Truthfully, most can pick the final list,atleast 90% of it right now. So why waste time that we don’t have just to sound right and feel you’re really doing something when you really not. Just playing to the gallery.

      This Homebased clamourers should give it a rest. We can’t put the cart before the horse. Fix the league first. Quality would develop. Then naturally, they would get an invite to the Eagles on merit. Trust me, earning something on merit does well for one’s ego and growth.

  • Coache 5 months ago

    Dr Drey, as elderly as you are, couldn’t you refrain from INSULTING others with opposing opinions from yours?

    I will not blame you though because Emotional Intelligence was removed from your school syllabus upon admission.

  • Agbo max 5 months ago

    After Sunday Mba won Afcon with us in 2013 what happened next then we couldn’t qualify again what am I saying we won Afcon by luck why can’t Sunday Mba and co qualify us again we won Afcon because of Moses victor magic against Ethiopia stubborn team, Egypt won Afcon three straight time to show you that they won not by chance or luck like the super chicken,In Nigeria league we don’t have defenders, midfielders or strikers only goalkeeper we feel produce now, Nigeria league is all about kick and follow with out pattern non of Nigeria league players can compare with Ejike Ejuke still he didn’t make the list and you want homebase guys to make it

  • Thank you Sean, hush, glory and Dr drey.

    How many home based players did onigbinde, oliseh used when they were super eagles coaches.

    This thing is very clear. Something is terribly wrong with players playing at home. Did you watch rivers united against club African?

    Look at that horrible pass that led to the third or last goal?

    Let them compete well in Africa. In those when some based like iroha finidi ekpo, ajibabde babalade etc were used in super eagles, they were competing very well in Africa.

    But today they can’t even qualify for Chan.

    We are even not happy with some good players that have not being invited and you are talking about home based.

    • Lawson 5 months ago

      Go and do your research and come back and let us know how many they paraded during their tenure

  • Golden Child 5 months ago

    Ex Internationals are just full of mischief. Is this mental retardation or what? It just show the level of thinking these people have and I am personally dissapointed with Oliseh because he is one of the few footballers who saw the walls of a tertiary institution.

    Why can’t we do things based on merit in this country ? We must always come with quota systems. Imagine if France had a quota system of 95% of white French players and 5% immigrant players , I do not think they would achieve the success they have. THE BEST PLAYERS SHOULD PLAY FOR NIGERIA PERIOD! Local players that do not do well in caf club competitions should now be good enough to represent Nigeria. Finally, Oliseh needs to give this present team their flowers, there are also super stars in this team. There is Boniface, Osimhen, Iwobi, Ndidi, ihenacho, tella ,chuwueze, lookman etc.

  • Sunnyb 5 months ago

    This’s why this fake guy would never be a successful coach, his playing corrupt Gassu, clueless Eguaveon, dandy dumb ass Bassey. The guy knows better, guys pls ignore him.

    • If they are all fake, why not go apply for the job since you can do it better.

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