The Super Eagles will face Algeria and Tunisia on the 9th and 13th of October respectively in Austria as the team makes a return to action after twelve months of inactivity due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The handlers of the team as headed coach Gernot Rohr invited seven uncapped players among the 25 players invited which include a total blackout of the regulars in the goalkeeping department.
In a chat with Nigeria Sports Express, a radio sports program on Jordan 105.5FM, monitored by our reporter in Lagos the media officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye, gives reasons why the Super Eagles coach have to invite as high seven new players for the encounter.
” There are a number of reasons” began Ibitoye, who speaks first on the invitation of two fresh goalkeepers and the return of Dele Alampasu and hinges their invitation on Injuries to key players in the department as well as inactivity of the regular goalkeepers.
” For example in the goalkeeping department we have injuries, who have players who are recovering from a long spell on the sideline and there is also a player who is out because of inactivity because of the league”.
He also justifies the invitation of the likes of Ejuke and Zaidi, who their great form of last season saw made a move in the transfer window.
Toyin Ibitoye said: ” It’s another opportunity for these players to come to them and show the qualities that have helped to make such big moves in Europe. we are happy that they have the opportunity to come now, give us an option and to lay claim to being part of the team because when a team is competitive and you have players who are of the equal quality on and off the pitch then you can talk about having a strong team”.
The efficient spokesperson of the team concluded that there is no team that is perfect that doesn’t need new players particularly if these players are good.
“There will always be space for good players in the Super Eagles” Ibitoye submits.
The Super Eagles camp is expected to open on Monday as players are expected in camp after the weekend games.
The team will use both games to prepare for the next rounds of 2022 AFCON qualifiers, home and away against Sierra Leone in November.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Dele Alampasu (FK Ventspils, Latvia); Matthew Yakubu (SKF Sered, Slovakia); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Zaidi Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal) Ebuehi (FC Twente, Netherlands)
Midfielders: Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasary SK, Turkey); Samson Tijani (TSV Hartberg, Austria)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyril Dessers (KRC Genk, Belgium); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia).
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