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2023 AFCONQ: Peseiro Unveils 23-Man Squad For Sierra Leone Clash

2023 AFCONQ: Peseiro Unveils 23-Man Squad For Sierra Leone Clash

Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro has invited captain Ahmed Musa, goalkeeper Adebayo Adeleye, defender William Ekong, midfielder Alex Iwobi and forward Moses Simon among others for next weekend’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in Monrovia.

In-form forward Victor James Osimhen, whose 31 goals in all competitions for SSC Napoli this season helped the Italian giants to the semi finals of the UEFA Champions League and to their first Italian Serie A title in 33 years, tops the strikers’ list. Osimhen has also recently been honoured with the National Award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by the Government of Nigeria, and has received a special ball and jersey from world football-ruling body, FIFA for his magnificent season.

Home-based goaltenders Victor Sochima and Olorunleke Ojo are also called, as well as Rivers United defender Ebube Duru and Bendel Insurance FC midfielder Divine Nwachukwu.

Defenders William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Zaidu Sanusi, Calvin Bassey, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and Bright Osayi-Samuel are in, with midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Frank Onyeka, and forwards Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi and Kelechi Iheanacho also in the 23-man roster.

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The Super Eagles are top of their qualification group with nine points out of four matches, followed by Guinea Bissau’s Wild Dogs who have seven points. Leone Stars, who gave the Eagles a tough run in Abuja on Day 1 of the qualification series before succumbing 2-1, are on five points. Sao Tome and Principe, who play the Super Eagles on the final day of the series in September, are bottom with only one point.

Goalkeepers: Adebayo Adeleye (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel); Victor Sochima (Rivers United); Olorunleke Ojo (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Calvin Bassey (Ajax FC, The Netherlands); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany); Chidiebube Duru (Rivers United); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey)

Midfileders: Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Southampton FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Divine Nwachukwu (Bendel Insurance); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England)

Forwards: Moses Simon (Nantes FC, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Ahmed Musa (Sivasspor K, Turkey)

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  • onwajunior 1 year ago

    I give up!

    • Tony 1 year ago

      I am almost giving up on Paseiro. Why are you still inviting Ahmed Musa, instead of Moffi from France? The whole midfielders invited apart from Iwobi and the Bendel Insurance guy should be dropped in place of the fitter U20 Flying Eagles midfielders that had just returned from U20 WC in Argentina.

      The likes of Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Aribo, Frank Onyeka etc are more of deadwoods. The m8dfield area has been problematic with SE for sometime and need new legs.

      • Michel 1 year ago

        Division 2 players and inactive players is what paseiro wants to use and win nation’s cup,I thought I will start seeing a true rebuilding of the national team with the emergence of so many talented young players in various leagues and juniour national teams but no ,it’s Nigeria and it deserves the worst always

        • Agbo max 1 year ago

          I didn’t see any former English junior player in the list well done Owngoal news,for your information NFF removed some names to accommodate some names,so don’t totally blame the coach but blame the corrupt NFF

    • TALK UR OWN 1 year ago


    • Doomzday 1 year ago

      Str88 up. What type of list is this? What a shame. Look at the midfield? Instead of picking 4home based attacking midfielders he is adding keepers and defenders. With the amount of players that did well this season , Ahmed musa made the list b4 dem. I hope SL win ! Pathetic

  • This coach is completely useless

    • benakay 1 year ago

      I have to agree.
      He is the dumbest coach Nigeria has ever had.
      Rohr is a million times better than this joker. At least, he brought in fresh blood.

      At this rate, Gift Orban should just go and play for Togo, as this traitor and idiot will never call him to camp.

      Nigeria might as well say goodbye to Victor Boniface, Chuba Akpom, Tosin Adarabioyo, Nathan Tella, Ebere Eze and Michael Olise.

      Whoever gave this useless fool a contract extension needs to flogged in public.

  • Mandela 1 year ago

    Something is wrong somewhere! Peseiro should be shown the exit door immediately, what do we call this madness?

  • Truetalk 1 year ago

    Nff at it again…. there’s no way peseiro will list this players.. this is hundred percent nff list I can tell you for free.. from my own view this 7 players don’t have any business in this team..omerua..aribo.. Musa…ajayi..Bassey…Simon…based on current form

  • Chris 1 year ago

    Ahmed Musa again

  • This is absolutely rubbish. I guess this is a list from NFF not Peseiro

  • Abdul Handsy 1 year ago

    This nff and this nonentity coach are so shocking!

    No Boniface, Akpom, Aina, ebuehi, Tella, Orban, Bruno Onyemaechi…

    I thought Ibrahim Gusau was going to be better than Amaju Pinnick

    • This pesiro will finally bury se. Untill we miss afcon our eyes no go clear, just imagine,Ndidi, aribo,Moses Simon,kelechi,ekon omerio,etc this players have seen it all with se they can’t take us to any promise land.

  • Sean 1 year ago

    Name Missing…
     *Osigwe (as Adeleye isn’t 100% tested)

    *Adarabioyo (I thought he’s good to go)

    *Ebuehi (the most consistent RB this season)




     But seriously, I’m not surprised. They’ve scared him already by telling him his contract won’t be renewed. He even accepted pay cut. But the truth about Paseiro is that he’s  not good enough.
     1) he has only one formation 

    2) he doesn’t have eye for good players. 
    Anyways…we’ll surely have the first eleven to select at least.

    • Sean 1 year ago

      Forgot to mention Moffi and Aina.
      What do we expect from Paseiro that said Akpom is not in the level of some tired players in the team.
      Like play like play, 3 homebased has increased to 5. Small time they will be 10.

    • Mahmud Shuaib 1 year ago

      Were you the one who TESTED OSIGWE 100% to warrant you consider him above ADELEYE??

      Can you please come up with THEIR performance SCORECARD FOR 2022)2023 season??

  • tancosport 1 year ago

    No Rinaldo, No Pele, No messi, No Maradona, no Tom and jerry in this list? Na wah o. Peseiro should have included them na. This one na wayo list o. Fellow forumites, what do you think about this yeye list?

  • Ako Amadi 1 year ago

    This list is the height of fraud and incompetence. But it is symptomatic of Nigeria.

  • TONY 1 year ago

    It won’t be a surprise if Nigeria fails to qualify for the next World Cup. That impending reality is being currently set up by the NFF. And yet, some people with their ethnic-colored glasses are here spouting garbage supporting or defending people that don’t give a hoot about them who anything they touch turns into old.

    • Well, without analyzing the exclusion of certain players, I think it is fair to say that this list ticks certain boxes.

      1. A strong starting 11: check ✔️

      2. A decent bench: check ✔️

      3. A soupcon of homebased players: check ✔️

      These are high profile games. If goalkeeper Adeleye gets the nod, it will be interesting to finally see what he brings to the table.

      Aribo might have had a wretched season, he seems to have bought into the philosophy of the team. Also, it seems he (and many other players) are willing to tolerate questionable methods of the NFF.

      The midfield is the weakest department in this list. Alex Iwobi is the only top performer in that department. The others (apart from the rookie homebased player) have largely posted mediocre performances in club football. Nigeria fans can justifiably feel aggrieved for the midfield compilation but again, these are players willing to tolerate the NFF’s questionable ways.

      The defence is solid in my view and the attack department is fully loaded with sharpshooters.

      But I think we can do better in the goalkeeping department.

      All in all I have little complaints about this list. I think they can get the job done against the immediate opponents.

      • @deo my friend I am sorry this list is wretched Ahmed Musa and Moses Simon should not be in the list. Gift Orban and Victor Boniface should be. Divine Nwachukwu, Chidi ebube should not be in that list. ebuehi and Alhasan Yusuf should If Onyedika is fit then he should too.

        Look Bro as Far as I am Concerned Nigeria should be aiming to have more Victor Osimhen’s in this world not insistence of Local based players at the expense of Talented players is Wrong they are all from Nigeria and the only difference is that some made it to Europe because they are more talented. Europe should be the bench mark and is rightfully the benchmark for any Footballer in the world and rightly so countries who know this are dominating world football. Even a Whole Brazil will not Leave out thier European stars for Local Brazil stars and Brazil’s League is even Miles ahead stronger than yeye NPFL. So there should be no Box there talkless of Ticking one.

        It is upsurd Players Like Gift Orban, Alhasan Yusuf Victor Boniface Raphael Onyedika Nwadike. Need International Football to get Big Clubs notice and just this fact alone Will be the reason GIFT ORBAN in particular will choose Togo Over Nigeria. Guy THIS RUBBISH SHOULD NOT BE ENCOURAGED!!!!!!!!!!

        • Ugo, who knows, maybe those players you mentioned are not willing to pay their own flight tickets and be owed that as well as match bonuses.

          This is Nigeria bro.

      • @deo I posted this piece down there. Kindly see Below

        “Musa, Simon, Divine Nwachukwu and co have no business in the team. How can NFF impose such rubbish and what happens to talented up and coming players in Europe????????????.. Has it now come to the fact that, “Their Only Wrong in life is being talented enough to break into European Top Leagues at a Young age instead of being stuck in Nigeria weak League”??.. Because Should we not be commending our Players for Making it into the best leagues in the world?.. Do these fools not Know that They are hampering their Growths and chances of Big European clubs signing them because they do not have International Experience?, What is really the thinking behind this insistence of including players from a Weak League because it is in Nigeria and denying the chances of those More talented that made it in the Best Leagues”?. Is this not impacting Nigeria In the long wrong are they not seeing what the impact of encouraging players to hit the Heights Of Osimhen??.. Is Osimhen not GOOD FOR NIGERIA?????????????????????… Are they now trying to tell players to aspire to stay in Nigeria??.. If this is not the case then the only other rational explanation is that this insistence of NPFL players in SE at the expense of more talented Players Youngsters in Europe is down to personal interest and gains on the part of these Wicked NFF cronies. After all It is even Public knowledge that Musa is funding and paying for his continued stay in the national team so too Moses Simon. not far fetched if you look at it as plainly as it obviously is”

        @deo There should be no Supporting the inclusion of of npfl players over European stars. Trust me if a Nigerian player is super Talented he will make it in Europe as has been the case with the Super Eagles for decades. and NFF will not change that no matter how hard they try. They are knowingly fooling you by making you think this will bring exposure to NPFL how even thier players keep getting called up and embarassing themselves on the world stage then What is the Point?. the just do not want to look at themselves and say if we are to improve this league it is to actually use the monies wisely and stop embezzling it. Period. So No I whole heartedly Do Not support this notion of forcefully including players from NPFL it is A CAPITAL RUBBISH!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • NFF on the beat……The core of this country has been rotten a long time ago and some people are benefitting from the rot….. Nepotism,Godfatherism, Favoritism,Tribalism,Quota system what have you?………The more you look the less you see…… Nigeria can not win the Afcon in 50 years time if we continue in this path.

  • Footballfanatic 1 year ago

    Nigeria is doomed……….I give up on super eagles achieving anything in the nearest future,,

  • Footballfanatic 1 year ago

    When last did Musa kick a ball??????? Some fools will come out and say he is a motivational leader in camp…….If other countries were like Nigeria Zola and Beckham will still be in their teams being motivational leaders

    • Golden Child 1 year ago

      Nigeria is not working simply put! Corruption is the order of the day.

  • Sportradio88.0 fm 1 year ago

    I said I wil tell the results of the game after I see the people invited..lol oshimen please fake injury oo .. I know my reason..who go pass ball to u .. we are happy in seirra Leone with this weak mid Field

  • Footballfanatic 1 year ago

    Ahmed Musa will go down as the most selfish Nigerian footballer ever…He is not a fan favorite anymore and he will eventually rubbish his name and all his achievements for Nigeria……

    • Akanlo Ede 1 year ago

      Go and do worst. Musa will leave the national team only when he is ready. Until then, run back into your cave, Captain Caveman and let us enjoy our Super Eagles. We don’t need you, but I still own you in the arena of football analysis.

  • Musa, Simon, Divine Nwachukwu and co have no business in the team. How can NFF impose such rubbish and what happens to talented up and coming players in Europe????????????.. Has it now come to the fact that, “Their Only Wrong in life is being talented enough to break into European Top Leagues at a Young age instead of being stuck in Nigeria weak League”??.. Because Should we not be commending our Players for Making it into the best leagues in the world?.. Do these fools not Know that They are hampering their Growths and chances of Big European clubs signing them because they do not have International Experience?, What is really the thinking behind this insistence of including players from a Weak League because it is in Nigeria and denying the chances of those More talented that made it in the Best Leagues”?. Is this not impacting Nigeria In the long wrong are they not seeing what the impact of encouraging players to hit the Heights Of Osimhen??.. Is Osimhen not GOOD FOR NIGERIA?????????????????????… Are they now trying to tell players to aspire to stay in Nigeria??.. If this is not the case then the only other rational explanation is that this insistence of NPFL players in SE at the expense of more talented Players Youngsters in Europe is down to personal interest and gains on the part of these Wicked NFF cronies. After all It is even Public knowledge that Musa is funding and paying for his continued stay in the national team so too Moses Simon. not far fetched if you look at it as plainly as it obviously is



  • Footballfanatic 1 year ago

    Peseiro has not discovered jack shit since he got employed…. He is still using Rohr’s players….Osayi was scouted b Rohr and was going to be invited before he got fired. This Portuguese is a fraud and an NFF stooge

    • Akanlo Ede 1 year ago

      Who gave us Ebube Duru, Osayi Samuel, Divine Nwachukwu, Victor Sochima etc.? My guy rest, in football analysis, you are not the best.

  • JimmyBall 1 year ago

    In 2020 when some of us came hard on the insistenceto continue handing Musa Ahmed callus… It was fellow Forumites here like @Dr.Drey who kept saying some of us are just hating that Ahmed Musa does not need club stats and activity to be called up to the Super Eagles… fast forward three years later… We still having Ahmed Musa as first name on team sheet. Dude has spent 13years in the national and he is now a spent force but no… Kill young hungry talents for old polygamous toto knacking Ahmed Musa… Una never see anything… Ahmed Musa must Continue as a starter, infact the next trip is to recall Orion Ighalo because they have experience… When we are ready to act like other serious football nations then we will be real with ourselves.

  • Sportradio88.0 fm crew 1 year ago

    Don’t blame paseiro .. i would have loved to see his team play against south Korea u 20 vs super eagles to mark tinubu one month in office in Abuja ..the result could be
    Super eagles 1 vs 3 Korea u20
    Korea boys wil pack the box .and eagles Wil attack and tire. lol.

  • What a mess?

    This list doesnt represent anything near our third team at all. I
    am not seeing this nonsense stop anytime soon with Pesseiro at the helms. Which sound could tolerate this sort of nonsense from the NFF at the detriment of dignity, values nd high standards? lnfact, he has gone to show that he has nothing at stakes in terms of preserving/protectig values or even chasing for any good records.

    Pls, most of us would not want to hear that Gift Orban has choosed to play for Togo or Benin Republic over Nigeria bcos not many inform players wold have the patience to wait for us our football aministrators nd coaches to do the needful nd so drag thiee er career back. Afteralll, football is not a lifetime career nd form is only temporal.
    We have lost a lot of good players bcos of same corruption nd bad administration.

    Sincerely,l tot tbis should be he best moment to see Sabasiem Osigwe in goal for Nigeria again not to talk abt Onyedika Raph, Alhassan Yuuf, Victor Boniface, Chuba Akpopm, Onyemaechi Bruno, Jordan Torunarigha or even Adebariayo in the Super Eagles.

    Which way Nigeria?

  • JimmyBall 1 year ago

    I shall be praying for Nigeria to get disgraced by Sierra Leone… See Joseph Aribo that has not played any serious football this season…

  • Sportradio88.0 fm 1 year ago

    The same nff said they wil not invite players not playing regularly. I remember 2010 south Africa world cup ..the Ghanaian team that was defeated by u 23 eagles prior to the Olympics went as far as the quarter final in 2010 wcup while the eagles came to south Africa with tired legs ..and rest is history.in every game in 2010 eagles Coach paraded at least 2 weak legs on the field.. that means dey had only 8 players and a keeper.and their opponent had 11 guys on the field.

  • Am very sure omo9ja and co will be very proud on what they turn super eagle to
    I won’t talk much until after the matches
    It’s really a joke for not include urban, akpom and ebuhi that means this mediotic coach and nff are not encouraging hard working Nigerian players
    What is Musa still doing in the team all of his mate av retired but this old man won’t

  • Ayphillydegreat 1 year ago

    I have nothing against the list obviously, we can do better with some additions and subtractions. My only concern is that these are still mostly Rohr players with the exception of the new local based players called up. What have we really done better since he left?? Is Peseiro really an upgrade from Rohr?? I’m a big fan of foreign coaches handling the SuperEagles, but if we can’t get a coach in the caliber of at least the former Barca coach or an Herve Renard let’s just gbakamu with a local coach and any kind of foreign assistant. I won’t be surprised if the NFF renews his contract next month. I can only support that idea because the AFCON is only 6 months away and we hope to win it amid vibes and insha allah. Well for now there’s nothing much to look forward to apart from the female WorldCup coming up. I can only wish them all the best. We only need a from our last two games maybe that’s why he and NFF call up players he’s a bit familiar with. This list is mostly an NFF list. 

    • So basically your in support of killing the careers of talented players and chasing others with dual options to the rival nation. No wahala. Keep supporting this rubbish. After all Rohr was no different he almost killed Awoniyi and Bassey career in SE. Mtcheew. CEREZO as much as you lot never like him one thing he never fails is selecting on merit I just wish he had the coaching skills of the late Keshi. Now wouldn’t that be a sight for sore eyes a local coach with the skills of Keshi and the player selecting qualities of Eguavoen

      • Emecco 1 year ago

        @ Ugo Iwunze, Bro, your venom is too much joor, the people on the list are they not Nigerians ??.There would be friendly matches by August and the likes of Orban and Akpom would be invited. As Deo rightly said, our starting 11 is solid and the 3/4n subs that would come in are also settled. Yes the list could be better, but the selected ones are decent enough to do the job

    • Golden Child 1 year ago

      Hope to win ke! Banish those thoughts form your mind. We should learnt by now.

      • Golden Child 1 year ago

        Should have learnt*

      • @Golden Child doht mind Nigeria. The only thing we will be winning is the award for the dumbest football association nation in the history of Football.

        I still can’t understand how a country with a player like Orban who has other options and a rival.for that matter will not have capped Orbam already this boy should be having his 3rd cap by now. Thus tying him to our cause until he retires. Well that’s just one case of how dumb this country Nigeria can be.

        • Incase you didn’t notice this Is Nigeria’s golden generation much like Ivory coast had in Drogba’s day and Senegal are haven now albeit in thier Twighlight. Gems don’t come every generation we las had this period in the 90’s early 2000’s. And I will be damned if I sit back silently and watch a bunch of greedy ingrates destroyers that lack common sense.. destroy our time that God has blessed us with again. Because we may have to wait another 20-30 years before a solid core of talented players crop up again. Just look at Brazil and Ivory Coast now. Hmmmm a word is enough for the wise

        • @Emeka you call this Venom you ain’t seen nothing yet Nwannem

    • Akanlo Ede 1 year ago

      My respect for you has just risen highly, well said Ayphilly. With Peseiro, the Afcon is ours. No other coach in Africa can match this guy. The Super Eagles are far better now than any time in recent years. We shall win the Afcon.

      • @Akanlo Ede or @Ako Amadi which ever you prefer to be called. That igbo or Indian hemp you are blowing is toomuch

  • Sammy 1 year ago

    In the case of the progress in our football in the of these people on the top, is likened to the case of prophet Isaiah in the Bible who could see the Lord despite him always in the temple not until king Uzziah died (6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple)
    Not until all the corrupt officials including the coach departs or stop meddling with things in the body, l don’t see us making any progress in the sport of football with our Super Eagle. The same thing is happening in every sector where nothing is working.
    However l thing that l know and believe is that “IT SHALL MOT BE WELL WITH THE WICKED”

  • Golden Child 1 year ago

    Honestly , I have come to the conclusion that Rohr is definitely better than this Peseiro. At least with him, he picked players based on form 95% of the time. ANYONE expecting Nigeria to lift the afcon next year is incredibly naive.

  • Greenturf 1 year ago

    The experience of the February 25th presidential election is similar to the politics in our football,merit is never a standard in that part of the world,it’s a shame indeed.The solution to all of this it is to fight today not tomorrow.Do not support evil today because it favours you,tomorrow it may not.That’s why we should start a campaign against evil against corruption.
    Those who knew what happened on that election day and gave their backing shouldn’t complain about the politics in our football today.
    Nigeria leadership and decisions are pathetic always has and with all of this can never reach our potential’s whether in politics football and other ventures we will always fall behind because that’s what happens when you choose corruption over merit.

  • Papafem 1 year ago

    People have yet to fully comprehend the underlying motives of the current NFF board’s deliberate efforts to limit the presence of foreign-born players. The board firmly believes that their mindset differs significantly from those who were born here.

    Consequently, we can anticipate a continuous surge in the number of locally-based players in the team. This means that it will become increasingly challenging to witness players like Adarabioyo, Akpom, and others like them representing our pur country. Foreign-born players within the team should take heed. Any error or even a slight dip in form could lead to their abrupt exclusion.

    It appears that Gasau and his cohorts have decided to give Ahmed Musa permanent residency in the team. It is plausible that external influences are at play, compelling the insistence on his continued inclusion. Otherwise, it is incomprehensible how one could logically argue for his presence. Removing him from the team, even temporarily, seems to be an arduous task, dating back to Pinnick’s era.

    I envision Orban potentially opting to play for Togo. He strikes me as someone who lokes to to get involved. Whenever his coach at the club in Belgium omits him, it elicits some reactions from him, which borders on self-worth and self-belief. Orban is an ambitious individual, and witnessing his club teammates engage in international matches during FIFA windows may provoke him to join a country where he will be more valued and appreciated. If this were to occur, it would be a significant loss for us, as this young talent appears to have a promising career trajectory. He may come back to bite us in the similar fashion to Abduulrazak Omotoyyossi of Benin who was banished by the Nigerian league, overlooked by national team selectors and later became a big problem anytime we played the Squirrels of Benin Republic. Does the NFF even consider these factors?

    Boniface deserves a place on the team without a doubt. His inclusion in the Europa League’s best eleven is a remarkable testament to his abilities. If Rashford, with whom Boniface shares similar accolades, is a regular for the Three Lions, then Victor should at least be given an opportunity to prove himself in the Super Eagles. It would also serve as a tremendous boost for him personally, acknowledging his hard work throughout the recently concluded season. Ahmed Musa, or anyone else for that matter, should not hinder the progress of these talents like Boniface in the Super Eagles.

    Regarding the locally-based players in the team, I am at a loss for words. It appears that the NFF is forcefully imposing these players upon the coach, not because they are exceptional or superior to their counterparts based abroad, but solely because they desire more representation from the local league in the national team. I fail to comprehend their objective in doing so, but speaking candidly, this approach will only weaken the team. I have observed nearly all the players invited from the local league during the ongoing Super 6 tournament, and apart from the two goalkeepers, the others seem to be mere placeholders occupying valuable slots. National team selection should not be about meeting a quota; it should be about embracing quality.

    Regardless, the team will somehow manage to qualify for the AFCON. However, this achievement will merely postpone the inevitable disappointment and agony, as they are unlikely to perform well in the competition. Eventually, we will find ourselves back at square one, commencing a new cycle of failure. Nigeria is in dire need of assistance.

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  • toni 1 year ago

    Honestly this NFF guys are not forward thinking at all.We need just a point from the game against Sierra Leone to qualify. We should have used the last match to try out new players. In the last match, a Westerhof or Rohr would have rested their entire forwards with the Exception of Awoniyi to gain game time.Bring in Akpom, Orban and Victor Boniface.In Midfield, I will play iwobi as Captain, Daga and Eletu.In central defence, I will pair Fredrick and Ogwuche either side of Sanusi and Osayi.This experimental side will start. The old guards will come in if we chasing the game or we need stability.This team will play for 60 minutes no matter what happens.But….

    • Greenturf 1 year ago

      This is senior football pairing Ogwuche and Frederick is not a good idea in my opinion you need experience to play in the central defence at this level.Introducing them gradually to build experience and exposure is important in their development,but first they should secure a good European club to help fasten their development .
      Apparently,we don’t have a problem in defence the defenders invited will do the job,but an Ebuehi should be in the team on merit.
      Addition needed in the team are Sarki for Musa.Nnadi and Daga in the mix to complement the likes of Iwobi and Co in the midfield.The strikers are well covered Osimhen,Awoniyi and Iheanacho are the best and most experience strikers around.The likes of Orban and Co are just unfortunate we’re loaded in the position they play otherwise should be in the mix.Iheanacho won the award as Leicesters best of the season,Awoniyi had a rush of goals to save his team from relegation,Osimhen well doesn’t need introduction so these trio deserves their inclusion.
      Moses Simon is a very important and experienced player for the super eagles,we saw what his exclusion in our last match in Abuja caused the team.The lad who featured in his position was abysmal I think Lookman it was,we lost unfortunately but in the reverse fixture Moses started and he was the missing link we all saw how we benefited from his contributions he went ahead to score the goal that separated the two sides so for those not impressed with his inclusion should have a second think.

      • @Greenturf we labored to Victory Moses Simon or not. He is not of a high calibre his career trajectory proves it he is stuck at Nantes. That is where his qualities stop. He is not a big club player. We have a player who us showing that he is of Top Level club qualities Obviously. And that player is Orban. Yes Simon Moses came on and played okay and scored a penalty. Osimhen was still scared of taking penalties then but the last two spot kicks he had against Napoli has squashed those fears. Something this Piseiro should also know if he is watching our boys. We need a player like Orban who has that quality like Osimhen to change game we can’t be relying on average players and laboring to Victory. We Need something extra this Team is not at its full potential because it is being restricted by all these medling

        • Greenturf 1 year ago

          Orban is a striker I hope you know that?

        • Mahmud Shuaib 1 year ago

          When did playing in BELGIUM equate to FRENCH LIGUE 1??

          Until GIFT ORBAN gets to play in a top 5 EUROPEAN LEAGUE, no sane FOOTBALL MANAGER/COACH will consider him ahead of AWONIYI, LOOKMAN, SIMON, CHUKWUEZE etc

          @DEO, AKANLO EDE AND AYPHILLYDEGREAT. ( even though I do disagree with him) are people who UNDERSTAND football and rightly commented well.

          It’s a qualifying decider and no Coach worth his salt will use the match to EXPERIMENT with ORBAN, BONIFACE, ALHASSAN, U20 PLAYERS etc


  • Your name said it all @monkey post ufayin udeze,victor Moses,taye taiwo,finidi should have make the list and maybe victor ikpeba also

  • MONKEY POST 1 year ago


    See who is TALKING about NAME saying it all and HE is BEARING JONSING BOY or is it JOZZY..


    You must TRUELY be a BOY…


    LITTLE WONDER you want our PITCH to be FLOODED by your fellow JONSING BOYS…


    OGA WE need ONE or TWO EXPERIENCED “MEN” in that PITCH not all BOYS!!!

  • Codex 1 year ago

    What I see here is an ambling,botched up and laborious list and I have a few points,they are:-
    1. How can the Nff inspire the inclusion of home based players without a definite plan to create a condusive,lucrative and most importantly successful league that’ll in turn produce proper super eagles type of players after all it’s no illusion that our clubsides are underperforming at the continent year in,year out.So the Nff must first develop the league first before clamouring for local players to be included in the SE.
    2. I’m not against the inclusion of the old guard as long as they’re being phased out because it is a process and it’s two fold.On one hand the younger ones learn a thing or two,on the other hand they help inspire the younger ones to greater heights which in turn helps the coaches to bring the best out of the players BUT we’re in Nigeria where stranger(silly) things happens so whatever the criteria for bringing in these guys,it should be be done right.
    3. And this leads me to the selection process and I want to know who peseiro’s scouts are,that’s if they’re any cos what the f*#k mehn, how can you ignore the numbers of the likes of gift orban and victor Boniface but what baffles me is the midfield selection where underperforming stars are continuously selected and the new players are not up to the required standard and we want to win the next afcon,yep,it’s ok to dream but for it to be a reality,real work with the right approach that’s how top football nations plan for tournaments by using games as these as a springboard for eventual success.
    Also the selection criteria and process should be the technical committee’s responsibility not the top brass,because it’s they who are supposed closer to the coaching crew and should the ones who map out a program for our national teams by identifying the problems in the team and help rectify it. I wish the SE good luck in the upcoming fixtures.

  • Danny 1 year ago

    What a rubbish. Peseiro and NFF are nothing but comedians 

  • Dammy 1 year ago

    My question is ‘ what is the criteria for inviting players to the Super Eagles’?
    Our journalists keep quiet with all these going on while it’s the fans who ask the questions they should be asking. Na wah o!

  • Omo9ja 1 year ago

    Are we deserve this? From Oga Rohr to Oga Paseiro, NFF, what is going on?

    I am deeply sorry for Nigeria as a country. This is quite disheartening kę. Hmmm. I am not surprised anyway. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Ako Amadi 1 year ago

    This Peseiro of a coach must be blind that he has not seen Tyronne Ebuehi and Victor Boniface play football

    • Tod_ 1 year ago

      It’s obvious what the coach planned to archive at sierra lone…win by a goal or play a draw at worst…then come back home in September to finish the job… Players are invited based on what the coach planned to get in a particular match…seriously, it baffles me how most of us want the coach to invite players he has not seeing or invited before to execute a crucial match ..no now…it’s counter productive ..trust me when we have a friendly match…those new guys will surely be invited. For now let’s go to sierra lone and get a draw at worst

  • Bobo Colorado Springs 1 year ago

    I don’t see anything wrong with the list at this time. This is AFCON qualification, and we just need a point to be there, we are playing Sierra Leone not heavenly Rangers. Most of the missing good players will have their chance to play next games or AFCON proper. You don’t have to invite all the players at the same time for a qualification game. I think most of the missing good players will be at AFCON, and most of these players on this list will be dropped from AFCON. I am not going to condemn this list for now until we qualify and the list for AFCON is out.

  • My number one suggestion is that the coach should stop using Moses Simon and Samuel Chukwueze at the same time because they both play the same way, they never release the ball until they get into the 18,which is not good for the team especially with Oshimhen as our number 9. We are blessed with very tall and strong strikers right now so all our wingers must be in the class of those that know how to pull crosses into the eighteen yards box. Secondly, l believe Aina will do very well at the midfield especially DM, our midfield is very weak , so draft players in there to strengthen the damn midfield even Ajayi and Abdullahi were midfielders at a time so they should be allowed to go back there.

  • Mahmud Shuaib 1 year ago

    Aside EBUEHI and AINA who is just returning from injury, there is nothing wrong with this list.

    AHMED MUSA is just to make up the numbers and probably assist with payment of some BILLS ( since all 23 players won’t be required to prosecute the match)

    People talk about ORBAN and BONIFACE both BELGIUM based players. I wonder when last BELGIUM was the GO TO. Even PAUL ONUACHU with his 40 goals a season got to EOL and realized KHAKI NO BE LEATHER!

    This is a qualifying match and AWAY for that matter. No margin for ERRORS

    It’s better PASEIRO executes the match with the DEVIL he knows!

    After all, GIFT ORBAN, BONIFACE, ALHASSAN and AKPOM cannot bench AWONIYI, LOOKMAN, OSINHEN, SIMON, NDIDI….so what’s all the FUSS about??

    I am even shocked that NO ONE even remembered to clamour for TEREM MOFFI who scored 18 league goals in a top 5 league

  • JimmyBall 1 year ago

    @Mahmud Shuaib… So Musa’s purpose in the national team these days is paying bills? What sort of bills exactly do you mean Bro? I used to like to read your comments previously, but it’s been very weak from you lately to be honest. It’s high time Musa retired, there is nothing more for him to prove. If he is still a top player all good, but now he is a deadwood, his speed and strength is gone, and his activity at club is now very minimal… he needs to stop being a politician and quit. Every now and then you hear him promising money to junior national team players and just about anyone. Yes he is a philanthropist and we appreciate all that, but we want to mention him in reference to football performance outputs strictly as far as Super Eagles is concerned, even though his charity is commendable. He has spent 13yrs in the national team and he should allow younger players carry the torch now… We all know he is not anything less than 37yrs now in actuality. One love… Dude knows fans don’t want to see his face anymore yet he elects to continue…

  • pablo 1 year ago

    JimmyBall and Mahmud Shuaib are the same person. One person engaging in argument with himself.
    Na so craze dey take start.

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