Veteran Rangers International of Enugu player, Christian Osaguona Ighodalo, was a surprise exclusion from the Super Eagles team to the two international friendly against Cote D’Ivoire on January 12 and Sudan, January 17.
Ammel Angel Wilfred of Kogi Unted, another Rangers star, Chinedu Udeaga and Mighty Jets central defender, Ahmed Idris, who was a late replacement for injured Kano Pillars ‘big man’ in defence, Zango Umar were also excluded from the list.
Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles, Dan Amokachi, explained that Ighodalo, was not in form and the other players who were battling for positions with him were simply better. “Recall that I did say to the world and especially to the players that only 19 of them will make the team and current form and not names will form the basis of selection, that was exactly what happened in the case of Osaguona”, he declared.
The national team made up of wholly professional players from the Nigerian league are expected to depart the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport yesterday for the United Arab Emirates via an Emirates Airline.
Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, said all necessary details for the trip have been worked out for the six-hour trip to UAE.
Meanwhile former Golden Eagles and Flying Eagles Head Coach, John Sam Obuh, has declared his absolute confidence in the abilities of the wards that have been tinkered by Amokachi in the last one week to excel in the international friendlies against CIV and Sudan. He said this at the Abuja National Stadium during one of the team’s last training sessions before heading for the UAE.
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