Bournemouth Star, Billing: My Dream Is To Play For Denmark Not Nigeria

Bournemouth Star, Billing: My Dream Is To Play For Denmark Not Nigeria

Bournemouth midfielder Philip Billing says his dream is to represent Denmark at senior level and is not interested in playing for Nigeria.

Billing, 23, born to a Nigerian father and Danish mother still qualifies to play for Nigeria as he is yet to play for the Scandinavian country’s senior side.

However, the Copenhagen-born player represented Denmark at the U-19 and U-21 levels.

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He confirmed Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr spoke to him about switching his allegiance to Nigeria but he made it clear to him where his heart lies.

“I think there are some rumours that come out of nowhere. When I saw it, I thought it might be good just to make a Danish article. I saw the last time people started to speculate that I didn’t mind playing for Denmark and blah, blah, blah,” Billing told BT.

“It would be strange to stand up for Nigeria when I feel 100 percent Danish. Of course, I have Nigerian roots and am half Nigerian, but I was raised and born in Denmark.

“I have a Danish mother, Danish little brother and Danish little sister and a Nigerian father. But this is Denmark I want to stand for. That’s my big dream.

“I’ve talked to the coach, but I know where I want to play. I want to play for Denmark, so it is no longer than that.

“He [Rohr] just said he really wanted me to play for Nigeria because the upcoming World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations will be played soon. I made it pretty clear to him that I wanted to play for Denmark. That’s my big dream.”

The £15 million Bournemouth signing also revealed he had a positive conversation with new Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand and hopes to make his debut soon.

“I’ve talked to Kasper Hjulmand over the phone. Not about anything specific, but we just had a great conversation to get to know each other a little,” he continued.

“From what I hear, it’s something I look forward to very much. Playing with the national team and hopefully in the future a few minutes and make my debut.

“I have nothing but positive things to say. The conversation I had with Wheeler was very positive. I think big things are going to happen under him. That’s my feeling.

“Hopefully this is the last time I have to answer whether I choose Nigeria. I can say that I am 100 percent in Denmark. I only think these are rumours and that’s to get people talking. But there is nothing at all.”

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  • Bill 7 days ago

    Park for somewhere, we no need you

     
  • Devon 7 days ago

    Go f**k yourself bro. U ain’t relevant. I wonder why complete sports even considered your article important. Nigeria has interesting players to attend to rather than half bread player like you and co. Nigeria a is country that is embedded with loads of talents. We ain’t lacking in quality whatsoever. What we lack is management and good governance. So therefore, go fuck yourself with your Danish root

     
  • Zooman 7 days ago

    To some, he is rude, while to some he is just frank….am indifferent though. We dont need you though.

     
  • GLORY 7 days ago

    Na wah ooo. We dey forest dey look for anaconda, millipedes self dey run. Sorry Billing na anaconda we come pursue, no be you.

     
  • It is quite refreshing to hear Phillip Billing speak out with much frankness about the news making the rounds of him potentially featuring for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

    The young man says he feels ‘Danish’ so that is where his heart is. According to Shakespeare ‘to thine own self be true’.

    What I want is for other dual nationality players linked to Nigeria to come out speedily (once and for all) to say where their heart lie so we can focus attention else.

    This Eberechi Eze’s story stayed too long in the headlines for my liken. I wish people like that should do a Phillip Billing and come out to pledge their allegiance somewhere else and stop wasting our time.

    I was rather angry at the time the way German born Sidney Sam wasted our time for months only to eventually pledge his allegiance for Germany and then go on to manage a mammoth 5 caps for his country of choice before being discarded like a used toilet paper. At 32 (same age a Leon Balogun), he would still be a Nigeria international by now with over 20 caps under his belt and a teeming army of Super Eagles fans across the globe because (to be honest) the guy is a very decent player.

    Instead of trying to lure average players like Phillip Billing, I don’t know why we can’t look inwards and develop players like Ibrahim Olawoyin of Enugu Rangers in the NPFL.

    The winger-cum-attacking midfielder has been spellbinding in the NPFL this season with performances that are as compelling as they are riveting.

    He dribbles opposition players as if they aren’t there often with end product that will just take your breath away.

    Trust me, if we are painstaking in seeking out and nurturing more talents for Nigeria like this Olawoyin, we will only then have to limit our search for dual nationality players to only those of supreme quality (not Bill Gates or Phillip Billing or whatever he calls himself)

    Ibrahim Olawoyin

    https://youtu.be/uGgV24uRbPs

     
    • Great analysis @deo. Problem is who will scout them for Rohr? Yobo? Rohr can’t and shouldn’t do everything. And sometimes when these players come into the SE fold, a game or 2 and they’re off to Tunisia or Egypt and then to oblivion. Remember Junior Lokosa, Sunday Faleye and the rest of the CHAN team that year?

       
      • Greenturf 7 days ago

        @Kel if the lad from Enugu Rangers is below 19,I believe he could be scouted by our youth coaches.To make inroads into the super eagles from Rangers would be an uphill task because we have quality players already in his position.
        However,you’ll be amazed to find out that there are equally good talents as this fellow when the youth camps open.

         
      • Dr. Drey 6 days ago

        For me, there is a reason why we have then CHAN team and the U23 team. These two teams are supposed to be the Super Eagles feeders team or Super Eagles Team B. Anybody expecting Rohr to waste his time and resources on the NPFL is living in dreamland.

        Apart from 40 year old Rabiu Ali, can anybody here on CSN name any other stand out player from the Nigerian league in the last 2 seasons who has not represented the CHAN team or the U23s….???

        If a player does not stand out enough to make the CHAN and U23 teams or did not stand out while playing in any of both teams, is it this SE where players like Billing, Agbo, Stephen Eze, Ejaria, Olayinka, Dennis, Onyekuru are not guaranteed a starting shirt that the “rough diamonds” (whom we cant see and who cannot stand out) from the league will make…???

        How many local players have been signed into European clubs straight from the NPFL in the last 5 years…? How many has walked straight into the starting 11 of any European club from the NPFL in the last 5 years…??

        Enyimba and Rangers played on the continent this season, can anyone mention one player that stood out from both teams in African Club competitions….???

        Its better we put our money where our mouth is. We spent billions of Naira during keshi era camping NPFL players, teaching them how to trap ball and positioning (something taught at U7, U9 and U12 level in academies) and organizing about 8 international friendlies to exposed them….most of them didnt last up to 3 years in the national team. The moment keshi started fielding as many as 3 of them in competitive games, we started loosing to all sorts of teams – 3 in our starting XI was like playing with 9 men. None of them ever got to play in any reasonable club till date…those “young raw diamonds” are either back in the NPFL, somewhere in Iran, Kuwait or Saudi Arabia or have completely gone into oblivion, while truly experienced and far superior ones whom they replaced are still good enough to still be playing in Europe. That is the route some people want us to go again.

        Our best players are in Europe….and funny enough, most of them never laced booths for or played in the NPFL. Apart from Ezenwa, Akpeyi, Musa and Mikel, I dont think any of our 23man squad to the last AFCON ever played in the NPFL.

        In the words of Amaju Pinnick, a gold fish has no hiding place.
        We have 3 CHAN coaches, 3 U23 coaches, 3 U20 coaches, 3 U17 coaches technical crew of 20 NPFL clubs and several NNL clubs….if these cannot discover “raw diamonds” that can stand out in their various competitions, then we might as well focus on europe where our best players are struting their stuff.

         
        • GLORY 6 days ago

          Thumbs up man.

           
        • BigD 6 days ago

          Ezenwa, Akpeyi (Warri Wolves), Shehu Abdullahi (Plateau united and Kano Pillars), Oghenekaro Etebo (Warri Wolves), Ahmed Musa (Kano Pillars) all played at least one season in the NPFL. Then again the NPFL was infinitely better organized and more visible then. Kenneth Omeruo signed for Sunshine Stars, however, it’s believed that he was signed to them in order to facilitate his move out, he did not play one competitive game with them.

          I challenged someone to name 2 Defensive midfielders in the NPFL. me, I cannot even name one without doing extensive and time consuming investigations. That’s how defunct the NPFL is. We cannot easily find out current squad lists that are uptodate, talk less first teams or appearance statistics, who is on form, or who is carrying an injury. Number of tackles, completed passes or man of the match performances is even a tall order.

          The other part of the problem is pens for hire. It’s too easy to pay a journalist to hype up a player in order that their profiles are raised to help with a callup based on only one or two good performances in an entire season. Video evidence is sorely lacking. Abu Azeez (Warri Wolves) also complained that even when they request videos of their matches, often the quality is so poor that they footage is often unusable.

          Until we improve the quality of the NPFL brand, our CHAN and Wafu squads will continue to be hit and miss. And both these competitions are seen as a stepping stone not onl to the Super eagles, but to a move out of Nigeria.

          The two highest goal scorers of last season have gone. Mfon Udoh to Tulsa FC in the second tier of the American league and Sunusi the rave of last season, so much so that he was invited to both the Under 17 AND the Under 23 plus CHAN first team has disappeared off the face of the earth. This is the level we are at in the local football.

          Small exposure and FIAMMM!!! We are left with a few names of individual players who soldier on

           
        • Dr. Drey 6 days ago

          Thanks for your addendum @ BigD.

          My memory completely skipped the duo of Etebo and Shehu. Yea i remember Etebo was already making headlines in the league (that young rookie who walked into warri wolves and scored 17 goals in his first season) before he was called up to any of our national teams, while shehu’s performance for Obuh’s U20 team to turkey put him on the world map. And that exactly is what we are saying….if you are not making headlines in the league, and cannot stand-out enough in any of the national teams (u17 to CHAN), then I dont think the SE is meant for you yet.

          A certain Gabriel Reuben was nicknamed the ‘Nigerian Patrick Viera’ while a Paul Onobi was said to be’better than Mikel’…..both of them are in Saudi Arabia today while mikel still played top flight football for turkish champions in waiting Trabzonspor. These where supposed to be “young raw diamonds” that will eventually become polished and replace Mikel in the National team. If not for money’s sake, Mikel should still be able to play in the EPL for at least 3 more seasons…wereas our “young rough diamonds” scattered all over Nigeria are already nearing retirement.

           
          • Ndubuisi 2 days ago

            Thank you very much @Deo for sharing that video clips. The guy is a star in the making and I have no doubt he can compete in our current team. We need players like that than waiting for Eberechi who is playing game with us while waiting for a call up from england. From the above clips eberechi is not better than Ibrahim what that guy need is more exposure from foreign clubs that will harness his immense talent. A star is born. Welcome to big boy club Ibrahim.

             
          • Thank you Ndubuisi. LMC’s approach to managing the NPFL is letting all these local players down which lends credence to the narrative that the best legs for the main Super Eagles team are perhaps in the best organised league.
            Improve the quality of the Nigeria Professional Football League and the true quality of home based players will shine through.

            Cheers bro.

             
  • greenturf 7 days ago

    It’s okay Billing,you have made it very clear and we wish you well in your pursuit of international football with Denmark.

     
  • Gideon S 7 days ago

    His not better than any of our midfielder, on less bench..
    I think he made the right choice.

    We don’t need him!

     
  • Chairmanfemi 7 days ago

    Oga Billing abi what do you call yasef.
    Who you? How do you form? How do you exist? What the hell do you take Nigeria for… especially the Super Eagles of recent?? You’re just running mouth here cuz of Media attention. You are not in any way needed! Who do you want to bench?
    Ndidi?
    Etebo?
    Half fit Iwobi over you anytime.. anyday!
    ARI-BALL?
    Azeez?

    You’ll even rot on the bench if you come here unless proven otherwise. Come to think of it… Denmark hasn’t even won a spoon in a tournament for the last 10 years unlike Nigeria. So what makes them a better Footballing Country. Abeg just stay there.

    Watch it guys! If in the next 2-3 years this guy hasn’t been able to break into the Dannish club, he will come back seeking attention from Nigeria like Jordan Ibe. And I promise you, you will never smell Nigerian shirt again. Pack well jhare. I even thought it’s one better baller

     
  • KING 7 days ago

    When news broke out that this young man have accepted to play for nigeria i was thinking “who is he going to bench?”….

    Is it NDIDI ?, ARIBO ?, ETEBO ?….

    I WAS THINKING….

    OGA ABEG DE GO; WE NO EVEN NEED U… DON’T COME AND CAUSE CONFUSION IN OUR MIDFIELD WITH UR SLOW AND DOLL PATTERN OF GAME….

    I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHY WE SHOULD BE HUNTING FOR DMs WHEN WE HAVE ENOUGH AND TO SPARE….

    THERE’S THIS LAD (ALHASSAN YUSSUF) THAT WON YOUNG BEST PLAYER OF THE SEASON IN SWEDISH LEAGUE… HE PLAYS FOR IFK GOTERBURG OF SWEEDEN….
    A MAINSTAY AND ONE OF THE KEY PLAYER IN THAT TEAM…

    WOLVEHAMPTON AND ONE OTHER TEAM IN EPL ARE HUNTING FOR HIM….

    THIS YOUNG MAN WILL BENCH NDIDI IN THE S.E IN FUTURE…

    MARK MY WORDS…

     
  • Tunde 7 days ago

    Infant I really appreciate u for rejecting this, bcoz am thinking how will u bench d like of Ndidi,Etebo,Iwobi,R.Azeez

     
  • enough of all these insult. how this small rat insulting nigeria? although this what u get, when u refused to stop begging players. he cant bench etebo and ndidi, eve azeeze.

     
  • Omo9ja 7 days ago

    Is not your fault Billing. I won’t blame you. This is what we patriotic Nigerians have been saying.

    Our coach can not go to every angle, every corner in Nigeria to scout for raw talents.
    They are better than these foriegn based players.

    All they love to do is ready made. it is well. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
    • You can see there boss Dr Dry talking about it is the job of the Under 20, under 23 coaches to unearth players for the eagles. So why then are we paying that huge amount for the coach who works from Europe. How many matches NPFL does dr dry watch from his backyard in Vienna. Please spare us, we don’t need lies that you can’t back up, How many CAF matches of our representatives did you watch, for you to say there was no outstanding players in the team, Please let us know the satellite you have in your backyard to know what goes on in the NPFL.

       
      • Oakfield 2 days ago

        since u claim to follow our local football that much, pls can u furnish us with a list of at least threee outstanding locally based players that u think can snatch first eleven shirts from the pool of foreign players we already have now. The last time I checked, the highest goal scorer of the npfl last season couldn’t find his feet after being invited by the coach prior to last year’s nations cup and as usual, he has disappeared into thin air.

         
        • Please where did I type that I follow the local league. This is how twist words to back up ur story. All I said is there are good players in the league that could be injected into the national, that is if coach Rorh is ready to watch some games.

           
          • Oakfield 2 days ago

            And who are the good players?

             
          • Dr. Drey 2 days ago

            Haahahahaha…[email protected] Oakfield, are you minding that ignoramus….? Sane people are talking even those who escaped from rehab want to join…LMAO.

            We currently have a database of about 450 players scattered in Europe who are THE BEST NIGERIAN PLAYERS ANYWHERE, thanks to the efficient scounting and monitoring team of G.Rohr. But it is rohr who has to also come and monitor their local league for them. The National team Assistant coaches who are residing in Nigeria and earning salaries in the range of $20k p/m cannot monitor league players and “discover raw talents”. We all saw our last U20, U23, WAFU and CHAN teams made up predominantly of players from the same league, the technical crew of those teams (made up of different NPFL coaches – Aigbogun, Maikaba, Boboye, Amapkakabo, Ilechukwu etc) could not discover RAW DIAMONDS that can walk straight into the SE….Enyimba and Rangers played on the continent, none of their players could stand out enough in their respective tournaments. It is Oyinbo Rohr that has to come and help them do that…later they will claim the local coaches are superior.

            @Ade, for your information, everybody is not a scavenging pauper like you, CAFCL, CAFCC and matches some other African leagues are streamed live on the internet. That’s where some of us follow Nigerian clubs and players that play in the continent. A gold fish has no hiding place, If you are a STAR in the NPFL Brilafm online will talk about you, if they dont Channels online will, if they dont, TVC will, If not CSN, ScoreNigeria, Sportinglife….they will all talk about you. The NPFL was not being televised when we say Lokosa, Ikuowen, Sunusi, Mustapha Babadidi, Sanusi Sani and the rest of them who have shown in the last 3-4 years.

            I wont dignify you by sharing the links of the stations where I watch those matches. If I want to watch football every hour for the rest of my life I have sites where i will watch live matches without watching one twice. Since you claim to know more than BBC and ESPN and Wiki, go and search for them yourself…that’s even if you can afford it. Or you can once again consult that your grandfather’s oracle that is always toying with your brains and making you to come here to argue blindly about things you no ZERO about.

            It is not enough for you to claim I’m lieing, you that knows the truth say it out let us hear. Start naming the players in the NPFL who can bench any of those in the current SE and tell us where you watched them play. @Oakfield has told you to start naming those good players that can bench even the likes of europe based Dennis, Moffi, Okereke, Ikuowen, Makanjuola, Halilu Zakari, Sebastian Osigwe, Ajayi, Sadiq, Zaidu, Akas, Stephen Eze (almost an entire XI) whom we are still praying that they can get even invitation to at least come and train with the SE. Topscorer in the NPFL 2 seasons ago has just been released by Esperance of Tunisia…after just 2 goals in 2 seasons.

            Name those good players, you that watches Nigerian league every weekend to know the good players. Lets see who is the real liar between the two of us….Players who cant walk straight into Esperance, Raja, Zamalek, Orlando Pirates are the ones that will walk into the SE…LMAO LMAO

            Ode-oshi….Oderinde…LMAO

             
          • Dr. Drey 22 hours ago

            @Ade….Oakfield asked you a question here. The question is still pending….pls come and give him an answer since you know the NPFL so much (even when you’ve never watched a single game or followed the league….LMAO) as to know who is wrong or right. Idiot….he doesnt follow the league yet he wants to argue about the same league he does not follow…..LMAO
            Omo ale…Ode afenuhora oshi.

             
          • Oakfield 21 hours ago

            Lol!

             
  • Chima E Samuels 6 days ago

    Talk aside when the rumors came many of you were jubilating now that the true is out you’re all insulting him. Shame on you fake niggas, Billing is highly technical than the azeez you are all comparing him to. Billing is of high quality but he can’t feel like Nigerians because he has seen a better life.

    If he was English he would also choose England over Denmark. Naija make una swallow this pill lol

     
  • Hurling curses and insults on the guy simply bcos he has decided to pitch his tent with his country of birth, is both ludicrous and annoying. It shows lack of respect and low emotional intelligence. If you had opportunities to work with either Shell or NNPC, would anyone begin to curse you for choosing the former over the latter? Since u know we have Etebo, Aribo and Ndidi, and this guy can’t bench them, then let him be and hold ur peace.

     
    • Solotunez 6 days ago

      If that is the case, we are not seeking for his opinion neither his attention….. I wonder who carried out the interview in the first place.

       
  • GLORY 6 days ago

    God bless you @ DREY. I wanted to say exactly same thing but people will think Glory is attacking their master, so I waited for someone to say first so it doesn’t appear I have personal issue against anyone on this forum. HOW ON EARTH WILL SOMEONE STILL BE TALKING ABOUT THIS SORT OF LOCAL LEAGUE PLAYER FOR MAIN STREAM SE BEATS MY IMAGINATION. BUT IT ONLY EXPOSE A VEILED MOTIVE. A MOTIVE THAT PUT A BIG QUESTION MARK INTO SUCH PERSON’S CHARACTER N WRITE UPS IN THIS FORUM. USING THE FORUM TO FORM A GROUP TO PROMOTE PLAYERS MOST POSSIBLY FOR SOME FOOTBALL AGENTS, EVEN IF IT MEANS CUNNINGLY DESTROYING BETTER N MORE ESTABLISHED PLAYERS, THIS YOU SEE IN THEIR WRITE UPS, WHEN YOU DISSECT THROUGH THE LINES OF THEIR EVERY WRITE UP OF SUCH PLAYER. THEIR GAME COMES OUT SO OPEN N DISHONEST. LIKE YOU MENTIONED DREY, WE HAVE CHAN, WE HAVE U23 ETC, WHY HAS SUCH PLAYER NOT BEING ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THOSE TEAMS, AGAIN EVEN IF ROHR GETS TO INVITE HIM, WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS; WE ALL KNOW. STRAIGHT OFF HE GOES TO SIT ON THE BENCH OF SOME GOD FORSAKEN FOREIGN CLUB. THEN ATTENTION TURNS TO ANOTHER LOCAL LEAGUE PLAYER WHO ALSO FOLLOWS SAME ROUTE. IS THAT HOW TO DEVELOPE A PLAYER? IS THAT HOW TO BUILD A FORMIDABLE SE? IS THAT HOW TO DEVELOPE OUR LEAGUE? THESE QUESTIONS NEEDS URGENT ANSWERS. ALSO I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF OUR LOCAL LEAGUE N WILL CONTINUE TO BE. I HAVE BEING FOLLOWING THIS SAID OLAWOYIN FOR LONG N HAVE SEEN MANY OF HIS VIDEO. BUT NOT TAKING ANYTHING AWAY FROM HIM, THERE ARE LOADS OF DOWNSIDES IN HIS GAME, GIVING BALLS AWAYS IS ONE, N OTHERS I WONT MENTION HERE, CAUSE I DONT LIKE RUNNING PLAYERS DOWN. WE SHOULD JUST STOP THINKING SE IS FOR DEVELOPING PLAYERS. NATIONAL TEAM ESPECIALLY SE IS FOR THE BEST AMONGST THE BEST, PEOPLE SHOULD GET THAT INTO THEIR HEADS, ITS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE.

     
    • Dr. Drey 6 days ago

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCk6BzmBfhI&t=338s

      Here is a clip of SE camp with Keshi preparing his “raw diamonds” (with 1 or 2 foreign based players present) for the confed cup.

      Unbelievable that at SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM LEVEL preparing for CONFED CUP (after over a year of intermittent campings and exposure to about 8 international friendlies within and outside the continent….our raw diamonds were still being trained on something as basic and elementary as Ball control and 1st touch. We are talking of the last phase of camping in preparation for a global tournament like the CONFED CUP.
      Of course we all saw how the rough diamonds performed….Even against Tahiti, none of them stood out…. Gambo (Serial NPFL top scorer as at then) came face-to-face with Valdez (of all goalkeepers) and unchallenged miscued his shot to nearly hit the corner flag at his near side.

      A player cannot make team B or stand out while playing in team B, but people with parochial interests what to force such player into team A where the standard is 10 times higher. The way we do things in Nigeria beats simple logic

       
      • Ayphillydegreat 6 days ago

        Dr Drey the funny thing be say with all the exposures given those players none of them ever reach the pinnacle of their claimed potential. Despite all the training sessions the likes of Gambo, Uzoenyi, Nwachukwu, Egwueke, Kwambe, Benjamin Francis, Mba, Oboabona, Odunlami have all fled to oblivion or back in the NPFL. Oshaniwa played well at the WorldCup, but since then never improved and I think he’s also back in the local league. Our best players at the moment are in Europe unless we want to keep deceiving ourselves. 

         
        • Can’t help but keep laughing, at least some of this players won the AFCON. Even at there first attempt, so what has your well breed professionals won, they lost woefully to Algeria, and yet this same lads you berating defeating almighty ivory coast, with there top starts. So what excuse do you have again

           
      • Here we go again, dr dry with is baseless excuses. Please what is involved in a training session without the basic stuff. Maybe you can furnish us what exactly is expected in a training session, and what is Rohr doing differently in his own training. Even the presenter was quoted staying one touch is needed for improvement, and you here ranting nonsense

         
        • Dr. Drey 2 days ago

          Why are you waiting for me to furnish you with what exactly is expected…..you furnish us with what is expected since you know more now. You are always jumping in as if you know jack only to be subtly asking for links or for more information from the same person you are berating….LMAO. Yet you will never say anything sensible that people can learn from.

          You that knows what is expected, tell us what is required by a SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM in the final phase of camping for CONFEDERATION CUP….i guess learning how to trap and control ball is part of it. I wonder what the players have been learning from their days in U13, U17 and feeder teams. I can imagine the Spanish national team we were going to meet at the tournament too where busy learning how to trap and control passes in the final phase of their camping too….LMAO

          Common sense is indeed not common. I would have ordered some for you if only I can get some online.

           
          • ade 1 day ago

            Mr paw paw is in the house. Bottom line is you don’t know shit about soccer. You come here and start spilling shit about what soccer training is all about. If you can tell the forum what soccer training comprises of, will suggest you keep mute. Now u mad because someone else called your dry self out

             
          • Dr. Drey 1 day ago

            Hahahaha fool…..since you know what soccer training comprises of tell the forum na…LMAO. At least for you to know I’m wrong, then that means you know the right thing(s). So since you know not only know soccer, you also know more than BBC, ESPN and Wiki, yet you never knew Keshi and Oliseh has foreign assistants….LMAO.

            @Oakfield asked you a question above….when will you answer him…You that knows what the rest of the world does not know….LMAO

            Watch football…you nor go watch, read wide…you go claim sabi pass BBC and ESPN, Talk with sense…baa sense…LMAO

            Ode-oshi. Oderinde…LMAO
            That name @Ayphilly gave you really fits you…LMAO

             
          • Ayphillydegreat 1 day ago

            Lol! He came here after almost 5 days since the article has been posted doesn’t have data since then. OLOSHI Oponu oderinde ade just solicited data from God knows who now blabbing up and down the forum on a topic we’ve already forgot about. LMAO!! 

             
      • Abdul 2 days ago

        Dr. Drey
        As much as i like reading your epistles, but some times you make completely illogical arguements. This wouldn’t be a problem if everyone on this platform is on the same level of understanding, but unfortunately this is not the case. These are routines in every soccer training, probably you don’t know. However, i’m not saying this was the best team Nigeria could present at this time, but this is definetely not an arguement. This kind of stuffs pitches people against each other and generate unnecessary chaos, as some of us have intermittent reasoning, making us to rather join the bandwagon. Moreover, despite the recent rumours on Keshi’s corruption acts, without reservation, we should all be able to say, Keshi served us and had the passion for this great country. I know you are analytical and you have bright mind, but i will implore you to not argue common sense.

         
      • Oakfield 2 days ago

        Lol @ drey….. I. Beg to disagree with u on this one. This is just the usual basic ball work training whenever players are assembled. Even club sides do it at their regular training sessions, just to help tune up their body. It’s not the real tactical training, that’s why the gates were thrown open even to a foreigner. Lol….

         
      • Dr. Drey 1 day ago

        @ Abdul. Thanks for “liking to read my comments”, but its a free world and its a free forum. If you think my comments are “illogical”, please do well by helping those on this forum whom you say have ‘intermittent reasoning’ by countering my comments with your own “logical comments” and mind you readers love comments backed up with facts, figures and possible links which they can click on to read more by themselves and as well as verify whatever you have said. A group of people here do say things that they themselves can not and have never verified, things which have proven to be absent or missing from every records available…they are the ones who know where they get their unverifiable stories. So please feel free to counter whatever I say with logic, trust me you will seal my mouth for good.

        That being said, I didnt know learning HOW TO CONTROL PASSES (SHORT OR LONG) AND HOW TO HAVE A GOOD FIRST TOUCH are routine training at Senior National team level. I never played for any national teams so pardon me for not knowing….move to minute 5:00 on that clip during interview and hear that the training for that day is focused on how to get a first touch right. Even at the small semi-pro level I played combining soccer with higher education, I cant remember going to training and the coaches teaching us about perfecting first touch. These are things I see kids learn in academies, so maybe in football the higher you go the softer it gets, so much that a whole day’s session of drills is dedicated to 1st touch in the Senior National team which is supposed to be the highest level. Any pro-footballer can educate us. Even when we did long balls back then, it was more of tacticals (where we practised movements – on, off, diagonals and ball rotation) not because we were learning how to control of perfect first touch. Its a different thing when you are having recovery sessions – at your 1st training after matchday, where you have your usual ballwork, juggling and kick-abouts, but AT THE FINAL PHASE OF CAMPING for a MAJOR TOURNAMENT like the confed cup…? Common…! Even the Daniel Cutting still emphasized on 1st touch at 7:33 of that clip, just to show that he picked up deficiencies in their first touch and the need for more drills on 1st touch.

        I have never taken anything away from Keshi’s achievements as SE coach…he earned it, which ever means he apllied, the end justified it, but i make bold to say keshi came by his achievement INSPITE of his means rather than as a result of them. The foreign based players are still the ones who gave him success, not his rough diamonds. The shortfall of having 2 in the line up was always covered by the foreign based ones. The SE started fumbling the moment he started playing as many as 3 of these “Rough diamonds” at a time in the line up. If only we have another onazi on the bench against france in 2014 in a game which we had firm control of before Onazi was taken out, we could as well be talking about the later stages of the WC by now. But we all saw how the entire team melted-down after our ‘Nigerian Patrick Viera’ came on board.
        Enough said on the subject matter already. Those who have professional experience and views can educate us where we have shown ignorance.

         
        • Ade 1 day ago

          Dr Paw paw I will suggest you keep mute. All this excuses u are making is rubbish. So if a coach says we working more on ball control, are you now saying it shouldn’t be implemented. So basically the home based players didn’t contribute to the success of the team, what a shame, please tell us which match the foreign based saved the home based. Like I said all you do is make noise. When they call you out, you look for ways to save face.

           
          • Ayphillydegreat 1 day ago

            Omo ale is here again after fleeing for about 4 days he finally source some data from somewhere that’s why he’s here again typing nonsense as usually. Oderinde Oponu brainless asshole @ade. 

             
          • Dr. Drey 1 day ago

            …And you what have you done every since you jumped into this forum like a donkey other than argue blindly about things you know ZERO about…??? Even things that are everywhere online you still argue about them. I even give you links to read but your dull brain that is supposed to be traded for a pack of biscuits wouldnt even comprehend but still push you back here to continue arguing blindly.

            At least I save face with facts and logic and do it successfully……you what do you do….run back into the latrine you sniff only to come back here and argue blindly about stuff you have ZERO, i mean ZERO knowledge of….LMAO.

            If it wasnt the foreign based who where covering the asses of the so-called ‘rough diamonds’ why was keshi never bold enough to field them all in the starting XI since they were supposed to be eqauls or better than them…?? Why did we start loosing both home and away the moment he started fielding just 3….just 3 in the line-up….its simple, 8 people cannot cover up shortfalls for 3 substandard players. Why did all the so-called rough diamonds disappear from the face of the earth immediately Keshi was sacked…??? Werent they supposed to be the next generation of STARS for the discovered for the SE…? Where they not ‘young rough diamonds’ unearthed to carry the SE to the next level. How come they suddenly disappeared from the earths surface, but the foreign-based continued to be alive and kicking. Where went Benjamin Francis, Mba, Eguekwe, Oboabona, Reuben Gabriel, Erhun Obanor, Ifeanyi Ede, Gambo, Uzoenyi etc…..LMAO….our Next gen super talents who stopped the likes of Martins, Ideye, Taiwo, Uche, Olaitan, Ajagun, Imoh Ezekiel from making the SE….how come they couldnt even get top division clubs to play for in the top 5 to top 10 leagues in europe…? LMAO. They couldnt even get the likes of Esperance, Zamalek, Raja, Alahly here on the african continent. Most of those “rough diamonds” are scavenging now while the foreign based they undeservedly displaced are still active in even in europe.

            I’ve told you to go and plead with you step mothers to untie your destiny which they’ve tied to their wrappers, because your presence here is not different from that of a street dog…..just rabble-rousing all over the place with your big mouth without making any sense nor any positive contributions people can learn from…..just blind and senseless arguments all over the place…LMAO.

            Meanwhile @ Oakfield asked you a simple question up there….pls go and answer him and stop dodging….LMAO

            ITK…sabi pass BBC and ESPN…..Oderinde oshi

             
          • Ayphillydegreat 1 day ago

            Shut up it took you about 5 days to finally source some data before coming here to expose your senselessness as usual. You too provide the link from the back of your TV. Oderinde afofungbemu! 

             
          • ade 1 day ago

            Mr Aki is here, guess dr paw paw asked you to come and comment omo ashewo oshi. Better go look for you father. Maybe i recommend your ashewo mother to carry you there to know the different dicks she fucked to conceive you

             
          • Ayphillydegreat 1 day ago

            Those are household names na. Aki and Pawpaw they’re still making their cool millions up till this day. You better go and beg your mother who used your brain do menstruation. Iya e ti fi opolo e se nkan osu danu. OLOSHI.  After gathering all the coins in your step dads cupboard to get some data you finally on the lose barking like a rabid dog all over the place. Oderinde apoda. Oloriburuku rederede. Omo ale radarada. 

             
        • Dr. Drey 1 day ago

          Haahahaha….dont mind the okponu ayirada.

          He thinks he’s dealing with an “imbe” like him….he will be using reverse psychology to ask for links and information on things he doesnt even have the faintest idea of….LMAO. O fe fi ogboju wa imo. Ode-oshi.

          Documents cannot be attached to comments here on CSN i would have attached the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) camping protocol templates for him to go and read and see the regimes great teams follow in training and camping for International tournaments from U17 to senior national team…..instead of coming here to rant about SE players being taught ball control at an advanced phase of camping for a global tournament. But even the ones I provided the Idiot to go search on google and read so he can stop arguing about his claims of the impossibility of obtaining convictions with oral confessions, he refused to read it and was throwing up jargons that had Zero correlation with the subject matter as excuse…that’s how useless he is…..LMAO.

          Since he has resolved to continue to be a useless, senseless kid, I have also resolve to continue to tear his back with pasan elegun. When birds learn to fly without perching, hunters also learn to shoot without missing.

          Hopefully someday those behind his predicament will have mercy on him and return his original brains.

           
          • ade 1 day ago

            Mr paw paw u too commented, no wahal, carry your bitch to the same show to figure out who your real papa is. Since your brain is tainted with different sperms and you can’t think straight

             
          • Dr. Drey 1 day ago

            Hahahaha….It all just shows what a lowlife you are. See the way he is barking like a hungry dog…..gboo gboo gboo….LMAO.

            Who cant think straight between the two of us….you that knows more than BBC, ESPN and wikipedia…..you that knows law and jurispundence more than US department of Justice….you that knows NPFL more than Shehu Dikko…..ITK, Oversabi with empty skull…..Useless son of a bestial whore. Awodi e fe s’eleya loni. LMAO. Mo n wo ibi ti iya ma je lara e.
            Alainironu ara galatia.

             
          • Yes o, let me know more than BBC and ESPN, Mr word twister. At least i no dey carry lies about. Till date we don’t know which club Coach rohr won swiss cup with. But you will come here like a smooth operator, and when you are caught, you become defensive, ogbeni if u have nothing meaningful to do, will suggest u go jerk yourself

             
          • Dr. Drey 22 hours ago

            Hahahaha…olodo…ode omo ale oshi. How have I twisted your words…Was it not you who claimed to know more tha BBC, ESPN and Wikipedia…? Was it not you who claimed all nigerian media are lairs yet you stick to CSN like those bedbugs on your clothes…??? LMAO. Now you want to deny your own words….LMAO.

            If you want to know where rhor won swiss cup ask politely and humbly and i’ll even give you links to go and confirm it….since you are so mentally lazy you cant get the info yourself. Stop trying to act wise by using reverse psychology. You are not dealing with an imbecile like you….You dont carry lies about but you argue Keshi and Oliseh never had foreing assistants…you dont carry lies about but you argue Benjamin francis was better that Tayye taiwo…LMAO….So if you dont carry lies about what will you do….tell you werent fathered by a monkey…???
            Oderinde oshi…gongoshu odidare…alailopolo. LMAO

             
        • ade 1 day ago

          OMO Ashewo, not surprised you will respond quickly. Hope you and your bitch have scheduled an appointment with Maury to know which of the dicks conceived your bastard self. you self know you can’t reach aki and paw paws category, because your useless self can’t be honest for once in your life

           
          • Ayphillydegreat 1 day ago

            Omo ale jatijati. You already know me I will make your life miserable on this platform. Oti mo nkankan. Miserable asshole of the highest order. Miserable moron house boy of regressive people’s Congress. Your brain can never be redeemed your mama don use am do menstruation. Oloriburuku somebody. Shebi na you categorize us as aki and pawpaw. I’m sure you never know their worth until I tell you now. LMAO! Oponu weere rederede. Brainless moron. 

             
          • ade 1 day ago

            Am all here for you son of a bitch, bring it on, Se na only u get mouth ni, you this fucking bastard

             
          • Ayphillydegreat 1 day ago

            Yes I get mouth die. You bloody Son of a gun that will blow your head up. Maybe if your brain is changed to that of a chimpanzee maybe you will get some brain. A chimpanzee brain will even be an upgrade on your useless skull. Brainless baboon. Omo ale ti ko mo Baba e. Son of bloody harlot that used your brain for menstruation. Lmao!! Yeah bring it on I’m always here for you. Oni ribatise oni rona gbegba. Your entire life will continue to be miserable. OLOSHI omo ale. Worthless asshole. 

             
          • Dr. Drey 1 day ago

            Hahahahaha…I’ll rather be Mr paw paw and be worth millions than be a street dog like you who gathers coins for 5 day before you can afford to get access to the internet. At least I have a papa, a human papa…..I have hope. Was it not a chimpanzee that fathered you, that’s why you just around barking ooo ooo oooo like a hungry chimp that has just seen a bunch of bananas.

            Since you have resolved to be useless and be a nuisance on this forum we will expose your uselessness and make a nuisance of you to the fullest.

            Its not your fault, if nature had allowed you to remain a chimpanzee like the one that fathered you, instead of mutating to look like human, you would be be in a cage or in the jungle mooting your oooo ooo ooo you’ve been disturbing our ears with.

            Omo ale oshi. Omo ewon…..Oponu radarada…!

             
          • Last time i checked you and ur faggot buddy are not anywhere near them, please continue to dream of becoming them, awon omo ashewo meji

             
          • Ayphillydegreat 23 hours ago

            Frustrated animal. Eranko jatijati. You’re the one that gave us Aki and pawpaw. All of a sudden after I treat it for you. Omo ale change tone. LMAO!!! 

             
          • Dr. Drey 22 hours ago

            Hahahaha…i’ll rather be an omo ashewo. At least it was a human being that slept with my mother to conceive me. Unlike you who is an omo eranko. Your own mother was so useless to the point of sleeping with animals…better go and tell her to take you to the jungle where she conceived you and show you your father….that’s if she even knows which one of the monkeys she slept with to conceive you….LMAO
            Senseless goat…! Just barking ooo ooo ooo in public and disturbing our peace…LMAO

             
          • Make me ask you politely, guess you sucked on the wrong dick bro. Just refrain from spreading lies with no facts to back it up. Still waiting on the cases with no eyewitness or proof needed to convict someone. At least you know better.

             
          • Dr. Drey 11 hours ago

            Hahahaha….yea…i sucked on the wrong one, the way whatever creature that conceived a born-by-mistake like you sucked on that of chimpanzee and produced such a waste of destiny like you.

            Apart from the comments of other intelligent and highly lettered fellows on this forum…I myself recommended tonnes of stuff to you to read on convictions by oral confessions so you can save yourself the shame of arguing blindly on things that are clear you know NOTHING….complete ZERO about…..but your mental laziness wouldnt allow you to read them….you still came back rambling superstories of how they dont value lives in latin america and all the rubbish you were spewing when you couldnt find anything to defend your stupidity anymore….LMAO

            Same way you yourself confessed you dont follow the NPFL, yet you’ve been stupidly running around with your madness arguing blindly about the same league you claimed you dont follow….LMAO. You be 1st class mumu wahlahi.

            @ Oakfield asked you a very very simple question up there about the same league league you are claiming ITK about, but you have been dodging and ducking answering the question like Mohammed Ali against George Foreman since over 24 hours ago…..LMAO. Ode oponu oshi….LMAO. Later you will come and brag you dont need to go online to get information because you are omniscient…you know more than BBC, ESPN and US library of congress put together, yet your brain is as empty as Nigeria’s treasury…..LMAO.

            If there’s anything i’ve said that you claim is a lie…the onus is on you who claim it is a lie to prove it by posting the truth here for the world to see….not trying to use reverse psychology to get me to spoon-feed your low IQ. If they are ranking people on this forum, you are not even rate-able for anyone to give a shit about……LMAO

            If someone had told me there are people who can be so mentally lazy as to not be able to source info by themselves, I’ll never have believe…even elementary school kids nowadays know how to use the web to do reaserch and get their home-works done…LMAO
            Mumu cannot source info for himself but wants to argue about everything….LMAO

            Omo Ale Abunu ayirada oshi

             
  • There we have it folks, Dr Drey has spoken. 🙂

    In addition to that, it is a shame that the league being inactive contributed to the failures of the CHAN and Wafu Super Eagles last year. Hopefully the league’s LMC has learnt valuable lessons from this and will work at a more constructive way of dealing with the wranglings and in-fighting so that they don’t jeopardise both the integrity of the league and national team careers of local players.

    Indeed, I am absolutely over the moon at the way CHAN and Wafu tournaments have shoot up in popularity and prestige in recent times. Even if the management of our league is poor, players selected to represent Nigeria in these tournaments can do themselves proud, promote the value of local players and help Nigeria climb in FIFA rankings (as games played in CHAN now contribute towards movements in Fifa rankings).

    Showing league matches on free-to-air television will also help fans view and appreciate what local players (like Ibrahim Olawoyin) have to offer rather than perpetually perpetuate a narrative that Rabiu Alli is the best thing to have come from the league in the past 2 years which is simply an oversimplification.

    Why the NPFL’s League Management Company was unable to facilitate showing this season’s games on television is simply beyond me – I unashamedly will use the curt ‘barking mad’.

    Forget the last 2 seasons, for this season alone, if the Nigeria Professional Football League had been made available to watch on telly, fans would have been exposed to the precocious and phenomenal talents of the following NPFL players :
    )Stanley Dimgba (Eyimba): he has had a barnstorming season for the People’s Elephant hitting double figure of goals in all competitions and has also been able to retain some of his trickery down the wings.

    2)Ali Kalla Maro (Jigawa Golden Stars): he has made a good impression with darting runs on the flanks and ultimately some goals as well .

    3) Eka Unegbe (Adamawa United): his dribbling skills have not gone unnoticed in the colours of doomed Adamawa United.

    4) Rafiu Ishaq (Rivers United): he has thrilled fans on occasion with decent footwork.

    5) Joseph Atule (Katsina United): he always seems to have some tricks up his sleeves.

    6) Wisdom Fernando (Akwa United): although he has had playing time very hard to come by this season, he still produces some eye catching performances when called upon.

    7) Nelson Esor (Rivers United): he simply weaves the magic wand whenever United needs it most. The ease at which he goes past opposing players creates opening for the team at crucial periods.

    8) Anayo Iwuala (Enyimba): the former Delta Force man, who is now a regular under Fatai Osho, terrorises opponents with his incredible dribbling skills. Just ask any Abia Warriors player about this lad.

    9) Timilehin Ogunniyi (Sunshine Stars): Omo-Jesu is a left footed winger who stays predominantly on the right for the Owena Whales. Likened to the Dutch winger Arjen Robben, he boasts of an electric pace while going past his markers.

    10) Abdullahi Abubakar Aliyu (FC Ifeanyiubah): this youngster has grown into being a regular at the Nnewi-based club this season. He has the nimbleness that takes him past two to three markers at once.

    11)Ibrahim Olawoyin (Rangers): It is rare for individual players in the league to have such enchanting grip on a fanbase the way Olawoyin has done at Rangers. Perhaps only Pillars captain Rabiu Ali has such magical charisma before the emergence of this star nicknamed Nigeria’ Hazard.

     
    • Dr. Drey 6 days ago

      Excellent Job as Usual @ Deo
      You’ve really done well to reel out some names….awesome. But when I mean stand-out players….I mean stand out players. We dont get to see our league on TV, but i must commend a few Nigerian media houses who do excellent jobs in covering our league. One thing is common with stand out players…they make headlines. For all the nice citations you have written about these 11 guys, only Dimgba made it to any of our CHAN, WAFU or U23 teams and I cant say he was a stand out performer….I stand to be corrected though. Apart from Ibrahim Sunusi whom I last heard has moved to North Africa, i cant pinpoint anyother players from those 3 teams who stood out….not even Tunde Alimi.

      I Watched every game Enyimba and Rangers played on the continent this season and its funny to say the only player of TRUE QUALITY I saw from the continental campaign of both teams that can walk into the SE camp is a Ghanaian named NANA BONSU.

      As I said before, I stand to be corrected…maybe I am just being over-expectant, but there has to be a standard a player should meet, whether home-based or foreign-based before we even think of extending an invitation to him to play in the national team. There is a reason why it is called A NATIONAL TEAM. Even almighty BRAZIL does not use quota system to invite players to the national team….if you meet up with the benchmarks you get your chance.

       
      • And Dr Drey, you are actually spot on when you say that homebased players should distinguish themselves first in CHAN and Wafu tournaments. That is so true which was why I felt bad that the inactive league contributed to last year’s Chan and Wafu failures.

        That NPFL needs a rapid overhaul, that much is obvious…..

        Cheers

         
    • Joel Chidi 6 days ago

      @Deo I saw the clip of the said player Ibrahim Olawoyin , sincerely I can’t see any fascinating thing about him. If you have a better link, please humour me. May be my YouTube na aba made

       
      • Thank you Joel Chidi. As requested, I have located another YouTube link for you. You might be impressed, or not but have a look all the same.

        https://youtu.be/84JNaxwVQmA

         
        • Oakfield 2 days ago

          The guy is good and I think still has age on his side. Nice one @deo. His time will surely come. All he’s got to do is to maintain his form and again, there’s every possibility he might get a club outside the country before u know what is happening and won’t be referred to as a domestic player bcs he’s good. These good players do not last in the npfl that much before being poached by a foreign club.

           
    • Want to believe you watch some of our league games unlike some who don’t even watch any. Am of the believe that there are talented players in that league if we have a good system just like you pointed out. Why do we need another coach to handle the CHAN team, last time i checked, keshi was coach of the chan team that won the 3rd place match, are we now paying our coach to work from Europe. How does he unearth new players from the league. During some premiership matches, you still see southgate attending some matches, to keep an eye on certain players.

      Our league just needs to go back to the glory days when just like you pointed out, matches were shown on Live TV, so that fans can see with there own eyes who is qualified to be in the national team

       
  • Mr Hush 6 days ago

    In continuance from Dr Drey’s write up;
    The truth is ,like everything else,the Nigerian football system is an interface of the Nigerian society.

    The hustle takes the reign, the good is out there and the best in the background.

    The league system is not channelled to bring out the best of us,it is mainly a hustle for survival.

    The best of us,look for any channel to leave. And most that can’t leave,and don’t want to go down that hustle, let go of that dream, thereby losing that potential and causing the country a prospect.

    It is sad, that we have to look abroad for our every breath but we got our self here. Out there is our fresh air , if we go within right now, it is all life support.

     
    • Joel Chidi 6 days ago

      @Mr Hush I miss your contribution. You are a good writer and composed. Kudos bro

       
  • Ayphillydegreat 6 days ago

    Any player who doesn’t possess the kind of talents like Iwobi, Aribo, Aina, Ndidi, or Etebo shouldn’t come anywhere near the SuperEagles. I believe the current midfield is good enough and I don’t think Rohr even approaches Billing that much because he’s not better than what we already have.

    As for the NPFL players that couldn’t qualify for the CHAN TOURNAMENT non can make the bench of the current SuperEagles. Our best legs are in Europe. Home based players should first prove themselves with the CHAN OR U23 team first before thinking of the SuperEagles. Like Drey said SuperEagles shouldn’t be for developing players, but for the best of our talents out there.

    When players like Onyekuru, Dennis, Ejuke even Iheanacho despite their huge potentials and talents are still struggling to get into or back into the team we now talking of NPFL players??? I don’t think that’s happening unless maybe Yobo can comb the entire league and discover a few rough diamonds for the CHAN team. Of which I’m pretty sure it will be the same cycle all over again. Once they feature in 1 or 2 exhibition games for the SuperEagles they fled to oblivion in obscure leagues.

    For now I’m loving the atmosphere in the main SuperEagles with quality dual nationality players of Germany, The Netherlands, British descents pledging their allegiance to Nigeria. That’s good enough for me as far as it comes from the heart not by begging anyone. The local league needs restructuring first before any potential rough diamond can be given a SuperEagles chance. 

     
  • femi 5 days ago

    If am your father, i will disfather you, wait ooo, are you messi and cr7 join together? this dude is so rude and full of himself, who the hell are you? we dont need a half bake player like you nigga. park well i beg.

     
  • Chux 5 days ago

    Personally,i don’t feel that GR was really interested in Billing.He approached him doesn’t mean that he is one of the player he really need to prosecute matches for SE.Rohr has said that Nigerian players should not be begged to play for the country,and I think that this is a man who understands what it is to play for a team such as SE.
    With all modesty,Billing would find it difficult to make the bench of the current SE.

     
  • Chux, I could hardly agree with you more when you say that Phillip Billing will not – in all fairness – make the bench for the current Super Eagles team.

    I continue to be of the view that the decline of our domestic league in the way of management, marketing and exposure is what is making us even consider a basic player like Phillip Billing.

    With all due respect to the young man, he is doing well for himself in England however I remain a firm believer in the talents yet untapped in Nigeria.

    But, I have to bow to the filtered sentiments shared by Ayphilly, Greenturf (further above) and Dr Drey that this is not the time to talk about homebased players featuring for the full National team.

    It is a league poorly managed and badly marketed and which the players are ill motivated and will jump at the slightest opportunity to fly abroad – often to obscure leagues.

    Recently, Super Eagles goalkeeper Dele Alampasu elected to go to Latvia rather than sign for an NPFL side – Latvia!

    I will never cease to hide my disappointment in the LMC’s management of the domestic league which makes us even consider very average Danish players like Phillip Billing.

    In this day and age of hyper mass communication, an ardent follower of Nigerian football Big D said above that he cannot find details of any credible NPFL defensive midfielder. If an astute fact-gatherer like BigD struggles to gather data in order to build a picture thereby forming informed opinion about NPFL players, what hope do the rest of us have?

    The NPFL needs a solid long term plan. Injecting genuine younger players into the league ; paying them comparative wages; upgrading our stadium and broadcasting facilities ; marketing the league locally and internationally ; showing a hand full of matches on free to air television (in High Definition) and attracting more players from the continent are just some of the measures that can add credibility to the local league (and its players).

    In the 2017 and 2018, the homebased players did well to reach the finals of both the Wafu and Chan tournament. These however proved to be hollow victories as they crashed to humiliating 4:0 defeats to Ghana and Morocco on each occasion to pour raw egg on the face of those of us fighting their corner.

    These sort of results do little to instil any confidence in homebased players at a time where many fans do not want them anywhere near the main Super Eagles squad.

    Add to that is that fact that the few shining lights in those campaigns are either now languishing in bench in Isreal (Ihuemen Udoh) or are now flying the Nigerian flag in the Kazakhstan Premier league (Stephen Eze). Others like Sunday Faleye are gracing the division 2 in Austria.

    Sad really.

    With these sorts of outcomes it beggars belief why anyone should take the domestic scene any seriously, but I remain a firm believer.

    A firm believer that someday, some people will get it right and the NPFL will be a force to be reckoned with again on the continent.

    But for now, the best legs for Nigeria are in the better organised leagues – you can hardly refer to the Nigeria Professional Football League is “better organised”.

     
    • Correction: ‘But for now, the best legs for Nigeria are in the better organised leagues – you can hardly refer to the Nigeria Professional Football League as “better organised”.’

       
    • Chux 3 days ago

      I do agree with your submission @deo.I would like a situation where our sports will be less dependent on government.Our music and movie industry have little input from the government and they are doing very well.If you are good,it will be obvious to everyone that you are good just as in the music and Bollywood industries.
      All these boils down to the right policy.

       
      • Chux 3 days ago

        **If you are good(as individual,as a team or both) it will be obvious to everyone.

        Please it’s Nollywood and not Bollywood.

         
      • Very constructive contribution. Thanks Chux.

         
        • Chux 2 days ago

          Thanks @Deo.I do enjoy rubbing minds with you guys on CSN.

           
          • At least now the whole world knows you also enjoy ‘Bollywood’ movies.

            🙂

             
  • petrin 3 days ago

    who send u longest

     
  • All of you who are exalting and hyping this SE team and coach Rohr, please don’t set us up for a big fall.

    No doubt we have some talents and potentials in the current SE team, but the coaches are a big joke.
    From Rohr to his assistants, they are a big joke.

    If the NFF is serious and sincere by now they should be ready for the day after Rohr.
    After the WC. Amuneke should have been drafted into the team as the first assistant to say the least. They would have told Rohr that we are a nation with winning mentality, that fears no foes, but they did not.

    I have no faith in coach Rohr, the man has no confidence in himself and in his team.
    He is a compulsive defender, even with an 11 Okochas and Etim Essiens the man will still play his usual defensive pattern.

     
  • Mercy 23 hours ago

    @ade, dr drey and Ayphillydgreat Please you guys should stop all these negative names calling. I have optimum respect for you all. Don’t let us bring negative energy into this forum. One love to you all!

     
    • Ayphillydegreat 23 hours ago

      I appreciate you. I can only apologize to you. As for that frustrated house boy ade. He started with vituperations after realizing that all his antics and lies have been found out. But don’t worry @Mercy let him continue with us. I’m sure he will regret his life on this forum. He come here bereft of ideas without any reasonable input claiming he knows more than BBC and ESPN yet he will be looking for frictions. 

       
    • Dr. Drey 22 hours ago

      Apologies @ Mercy. Just spare this once ehn.
      A handshake that goes beyond the elbows is already a wrestling bout. Evil must not last a season lest it becomes a traditions. When a man chooses stupidity as his destiny the world will help him make a bright future of madness. Since that bastard @ade has choosen to be stupid, we will help him become a thorough-bred Idiot. No man is an island of stubbornness. Before maize came into existence, the chicken has been feeding. Just allow us deal with this small matter. We will switch back to status quo shortly. Apologies ehn

       
  • Whilst this discussion continues to gain some traction – albeit in an acrimonious fashion in some quarters – allow me to share below unverified data of some remarkable transfers from the NPFL in recent times.

    Please let me know of any other ones known to you. Also, feel free to correct and verify any of the data below.

    This is just a lighthearted exercise. You are free to disregard this contribution if it is meaningless to you.

    Peace and love.

    1) Kingsley Sokari

    Club: Enyimba ⏭ CS Sfaxien

    Date: Dec 14, 2015

    Fee: €500k

    2) Godfrey Oboabona

    Club: Sunshine Stars ⏭ Rizespor

    Date: Aug 22, 2013

    Fee: €500k

    3) Stephen Odey

    Club: MFM ⏭ FC Zurich

    Date: Oct 4, 2017

    Fee: €400k

    4) Uche Kalu

    Club: Enyimba ⏭ Rizespor

    Date: Jul 2, 2013

    Fee: €400k

    5) Chisom Chikatara

    Club: Abia Warriors ⏭ Wydad AC

    Date: Jul 18 2016

    Fee: €370k

    6) Junior Ajayi

    Club: 36 Lion fc ⏭ Sfaxien

    Date: September 15 2015

    Fees: £324k

    7) Valentine Ozornwafor

    Club: Enyimba ⏭ Galatasaray

    Date: Jul 1, 2019

    Fee: €300k

    8) Kingsley Eduwo

    Club: Lobi Stars ⏭ CS Sfaxien

    Date: Jan 10, 2018

    Fee: €205k

    9) Ighodaro Osaguona

    Club: Enugu Rangers ⏭ Raja

    Date: Jan 10, 2015

    Fee: €200k

    10) Chico Ofoedu

    Club: Enugu Rangers ⏭ Trabzon

    Date: Sep 15, 2012

    Fee: €200k

    11) Izu Azuka

    Club: Sunshine ⏭ Es Tunis

    Date: Jan 1, 2013

    Fee: €200k

    Others

    12) Peter Ebimobowei

    Club: Bayelsa ⏭ Al Ahly

    Date: Jan 13, 2015

    Fee: €180k

    13) Abdullahi Shehu

    Club: Kano Pillars ⏭ Al Qadsia

    Date: Jul 19, 2014

    Fee: €150k

    14) Ikouwem Utin

    Club: Enyimba ⏭ Haifa

    Date: Jul 1, 2019

    Fee: €120k

    15) Tunde Adeniji

    Club: Sunshine ⏭ Levski Sofia

    Date: Feb 17, 2016

    Fee: €120k

    16) Sikiru Alimi

    Club: Lobi Stars ⏭ Stade Tunis

    Date: Jan 13, 2020

    Fee: €100k