Oliseh: Expect Surprise Super Eagles Call-Ups

Oliseh: Expect Surprise Super Eagles Call-Ups

—Nigeria Coach Opens Up On Ibe, Iheanacho

EXCLUSIVE By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has hinted that there will be some unexpected names in the list when he announces his overseas-based squad later in August.

“I won’t rule out surprises in the list for the players based abroad,” Oliseh told completesportsnigeria.com exclusively.

“But I still have to visit some match venues in Europe this weekend and next before deciding on who will be available or not.”

He however refused to divulge names of the surprise inclusions for the game against Tanzania in Dar-es-Salaam when completesportsnigeria.com asked if Manchester City’s teen star Kelechi Iheanacho will be rewarded with a call-up for his excellent displays in pre-season.

“I don’t know and if I do, I won’t share with you,” he added.

He also revealed that his meeting with Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe was fruitful but was quick to add that nothing is guaranteed at least for now.

“We still have to make him see why Nigeria is a better option for him. Talks are still on as regards that,” Oliseh told completesportsnigeria.com.

The new Eagles boss reassured Nigerians that standards will not be compromised as he insists only the best players are good enough for Nigeria.

Oliseh also revealed how difficult it was for him pruning down the home-based squad list from to 23.

Oliseh who expects a stiff competition when camping kicks off in Abuja in a fortnight told completesportsnigeria.com exclusively that more players are still being considered from the pool of names shortlisted if these selected ones don’t measure up.

The former national team skipper handed fresh call-ups to seven new players
for the upcoming away fixture against Tanzania overlooking notable names such as Azubuike Egwuekwe, Rabiu Ali, Chigozie Agbim and a host of others.

But the likes of Ifeanyi Mathew, Usman Mohammed, Azubuike Okechukwu, Lordson Ichull, Tunde Adeniji , Jamiu Alimi and Prince Aggrey were handed a chance to prove themselves in the new-look Home Eagles.

“It was a tough call because I had to prune the list down from 51 players to 23 for this fixture to arrive at this list,” Oliseh added.

“We have a task ahead and we won’t compromise on standards in getting the best players to feature for the senior national team.”


  • Good interview but I am a bit disappointed with the comment on Ibe. It should be simple convincing these Nigeria-oyibo players. Give them a list of players called to the England national team and after just one game or so they are dropped, never to go to WC or the nations cup. Tell them that it is a conspiracy by the way to deprive minor teams or teams from Africa getting strong. This started when Cameroon nearly beat England in one of the WC competition and Nigeria nearly defeated ITALY in USA WC and Senegal defeated France in Korea-Japan WC. Just one match and that’s it. Mr Oliseh you can convince Ibe. Try more.

  • topman 3 years ago

    leave ibe , him did not av experience

  • ezeh marvin 3 years ago

    I agree very much with d first writer….europeans and Americans in d international have always looker at africans as subordinates ,But in politics,sports in all sectors…its high time african whether white or black stand up.how an african country havent won d world cup?since it inception .

  • okponku 3 years ago

    @cdjeniko u dont need much convincion on any nigeria-oyibo players. they have much good examples to reckon with, ibe should ask agbonlahorENG, sam sidney GER , okaka ITA, sunday stephen SPA ,ogbuewu USA, shola ameobi/ john fashanu ENG and many many others.

  • Abraham 3 years ago

    I agree with my guys,Ibe should b Well informed,he will b used and doped,and dat mit b d end of him in football.d story of john fash should be d begining of wisdom to d likes like ibe.