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JUST IN: Abia Warriors’ Adeleke Adekunle Replaces Omeruo For Benin, Lesotho Games

JUST IN: Abia Warriors’ Adeleke Adekunle Replaces Omeruo For Benin, Lesotho Games

Abia Warriors defender Adeleke Adekunle has been called up as replacement for Kenneth Omeruo in Nigeria’s squad for this month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Benin and Lesotho, reports Completesports.com.

Omeruo was stopped from the qualifiers by his Spanish Segunda Division wclub Leganes as a result of travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Head coach of the team Gernot Rohr has however moved swiftly by naming Adekunle as Omeruo’s replacement for the qualifiers.

Read Also: BREAKING: Leganes Stop Omeruo From Super Eagles Duty

“❗️❗️Adeleke Adekunle of @AbiaWarriors replaces @omeruo22
#soarsupereagles,” reads a tweet on the official Twitter handle of the Nigeria Football Federation.

Adekunle now joined Enyimba’s John Noble and Anayo Iwuala as the three local based players in the squad.

Moses Simon and Sadiq Umar have also been stopped by their respective clubs from playing in the qualifiers.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Obidee 5 months ago

    Una never see something half of the foreign base professional will drop from coming home duo to Covid-19 protocols… So its high time u Guy’s NFF and head coach rohr start to look into our home Base professional players.. Nonsense

  • Oakfield 5 months ago

    The swift calling up of some home based players immediately there is a doubtful availability of a foreign based player clearly shows that rohr has been keeping tabs on some good home based players who are just below their foreign counterparts in the pecking order but can effectively serve as capable replacements when the need arises. But some busy bodies, some jobless ex cricket internationals wey no get common sense would always say that he (the coach) has ignored local content. You won’t see them commend the coach for having invited these lads ahead of some other foreign players. They only bear their fangs when they are looking for unecessary attention and cheap publicity. Those whining about the invitation of musa can clearly see the need to have an experienced player in the team as a result of these sudden change in plans (clubs stopping their players from traveling Bcs of the pandemic). His influence on and off the pitch would come in handy that very day. When we tell u people that rohr is the best ahead of what we have at the moment (including amuneke), some myopic brats would not agree. Imagine the super eagles playing a very crucial match of such magnitude without an experienced player around. It would be likened to a ship without a captain. Being an ex international does not guarantee common sense.

    • God bless the womb that gave birth to you, your comment is just as insightful.. Exactly my own points too, if he doesn’t scout, where does he get the list from? From mass?

      Set awon busy body people.. Lol

    • JimmyBall 5 months ago

      @Oakfield… I am afraid Ahmed Musa still does not qualify to play, he must not suit up on that day even if we will lose, he has not played football since October and he ought to have been training with a local team atleast say Kano Pillars or Eyimba for Nigerians to know he is busy atleast… If he is doing personal physical fitness somewhere no one knows that one is doubtful, anybody can be doing fitness in a private gym and running short miles and claim to be fit but it goes beyond that… While he is a professional and knows how to take care of himself, he does not deserve to suit up that day since even Coach Rohr has said he is a “non-playing captain”. I think that title given by the coach won’t change till he finds a new club even though it’s in the NPFL… We wish Ahmed Musa all the best and hopefully come season end, he will get snapped up by a good club. The problem is whether this will help his case by the time nations cup final list will be drawn up is what still puzzles the mind… Swiftly Musa ought to have come back into Nigeria and signed a short term contract with the likes of Eyimba, even though it is just six months and be busy and active till June 2021. Nigerians would have rallied heavily around him with encouragement given such a humble gesture… this is my own opinion though!

    • kenneth 5 months ago

      Oga spare us all the noise abeg, he had the oppportunity to have a second team to reply on. I once said it here except people have forgotten, back in the old days we had influx of home based players who have been training for weeks before the foreign based players arrived. This are the reasons a back up team is needed. Guess adelakun had to quickly watch some league matches to quickly recommend players to the PE teacher.

      • Oakfield 5 months ago

        What did they do for us when we had such an arrangement??? Last time I checked, we all had calculators in our houses and couldn’t qualify for 3 consecutive afcons and were languishing at the bottom of FIFA rankings which inbthe long run threatened the prospects of our players overseas. If a PE coach can solve the aforementioned issues in a very short of being in charge ( winning a bronze in first shot at afcon with the team after years of languishing in the wilderness whilst qualifying for such tournament was a target given to him by the nff) , pls leave am like that we like am.

      • [email protected] Kenneth shut ur hippopotamus mount, where in the world have u ever seen that senseless fool,

  • A case of man proposes and God disposes. The rejected stones is turning out to be the cornerstone. Now we’re seeing the bright side of Covid19 and how it’s impacting the world.

  • 98% of the people who criticise Rohr, are calculator sellers.

    • Hahaha @ocherome mma u are very funny,but just be ready for their insults anytime you comment here,u can ask @mighty dr drey because u don’t have to say the truth here,

  • Edoman 5 months ago

    Home based players might have already instructed their Agents, as we speck, to start talking to Clubs around the World for that Golden name, ‘Foreign Player’, for their sale. None of them wants that tag, ” home based Player” attach to them. They say to themselves and to their love ones, how they shall be sending foreign currencies to them if they can just manage to score a goal in Benin or in Lagos next week. All he needs is just one or two caps. He then becomes “foreign player” with fans here in this forum, reading about him and abusing themselves over him. How many Super
    Eagle home based players with one or two caps that played one or two years ago that are still in Nigeria today ? None. But you see them in other African Countries, and all over Europe and in Asia or Middle Eastern countries like Iraq and Iran. He is still being called foreign player, isn’t he? Some of their advocates who are their Agents, are doing their bidding for big profits right here before our eyes.

  • Chima E Samuels 5 months ago

    Guys don’t be deceived coach Rohr doesn’t know a pinch of the said player, he got the recommendation from his ex assistant coach Imama who has failed woefully on national assignment and any reasonable person will not trust the judgement of Imama. It is very sad that our thinking in Nigeria doesn’t seem to be improving just because we fail to think carefully. When did coach Rohr travel to east to watch this said player? Coach who has been in France. Hmmm