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Ajiboye: It’s Painful But No Ill-Feelings Over Super Eagles Omission; I’ll Be Back

Ajiboye: It’s Painful But No Ill-Feelings Over Super Eagles Omission; I’ll Be Back

By Adeboye Amosu:
Plateau United goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye says he has moved on from the disappointment of missing out on a place in Nigeria’s squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and believes he will still play a role for the team in future, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.

Ajiboye alongside three other players — Uche Agbo, Junior Lokosa and Stephen Eze — were dropped from the initial 30-man provisional list coach Gernot Rohr on Wednesday.


Rohr, as expected, settled for the trio of Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi for the goalkeeping position.

The former junior international is confident he will secure a place in the team in future despite his omission.

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“It’s nothing to dwell too much on. The coach had to pick 23 players from a list 30, so it’s obvious that some people will be dropped at the end of the day,” Ajiboye told CSN.

“Unfortunately, I was one of those that won’t be in Russia. I must admit it was painful but there will always be another World Cup.

“The most important thing is to keep working hard and hope for a brighter future.

“I believe in myself and will keep working hard to get back into the team in future.”

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  • Go Eagles Go 3 years ago

    That is it, my guy. No hard feelings. Next time it will be you. You have pencil yourself into the memories of any Super Eagles coach. I believe CHAN goalkeeping role is yours exclusively now. Your time will come but keep it burning and keep improving. That is so well in club competition.

  • Gideon S 3 years ago

    Take heart my guy… better luck next time. on my opinion, your a very good goalkeeper, no two words about that.
    I only feel for Agbo, in all the invitation he never have the opportunity to show 9ja fans what he does best. to me he did very well with his Belgium team, also won a cup to his credit and deserve to show us what he can bring in S.E. I also wish him better luck next time.

  • Ajiboye, better luck next time. You merit to be in the team more than Akpeyi, but in Nigeria favouritism and politics works. Continue to work hard as you said, the sky will be your starting point

    • @TOLS The coach is not a Nigerian to play politics.. The coach prefers guys who played the qaulifiers

      • I agree with you that the coach might not be playing politics but there are instances of unnecessary sentiments that might not benefit the team eventually. I believe Lokosa (if Simon is eventually injured) and Nwakali should have been part of that team if there is no sentiment. However, Inwant to commend Rohr for maintaining unity within the team because that might be the reason for being sentimental about some players.

  • The key tenet of a pre-contract is a player agreeing to move to the club at a later date, usually after their contract with their current side expires.