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Exclusive: Friendly: Form, Not Sentiment Behind Onyemaechi, Osayi-Samuel Invitation To Eagles –Babangida

Exclusive: Friendly: Form, Not Sentiment Behind Onyemaechi, Osayi-Samuel Invitation To Eagles –Babangida

Former Nigerian winger, Tijani Babangida has lauded the invitation of Bright Osayi Samuel and Bruno Onyemaechi to the Super Eagles squad that will face Portugal in an international friendly game.

Recall that Nigeria play Portugal at the Estadio Jose Alvalade on the 17th of November as part of the preparatory games for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Super Eagles will be absent from the Mundial, but they will look to make an impression under coach Jose Peseiro.

Reacting to their invitation, the Atlanta Olympic gold medalist told Completesports.com that the players were invited based on form and not sentiment.


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“I must commend the Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro for the list of players invited to face Portugal in an international friendly game.

“However, the invitation of Onyemaechi and Osayi Samuel was basically based on their impressive form in their respective leagues in Europe and not by any form of sentiment.

“They have been consistent with their clubs and deserve their place in the senior national team.”


By Augustine Akhilomen


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  • Well said legend

  • is there way Portugal can Boycott this friendly? Because they can’t handle our super eagles.the eagles will disgrace them in front of their fans few days before the world cup.their defenders will suffer against osimehn,onuachu,lookman,the eagles are loaded with super stars

    • 90 minutes will determine our faith in the friendly match

      • Vickman 2 years ago

        Thank you bro is 90min that will determine that . We cannot beat Ghana to qualify for the world cup na Portugal we wan beat we go too collect wotoporously Sha.

  • If Form was behind thier Invite What of Isaac Success and Raphael Onyedika these guys have been on very good form. For instance Success is actually having alot of Game time for Udinese

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