Egypt Showdown: Mikel, Musa, Omeruo Listed


Sportinglife scooped exclsuvely from a top chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that there won’t be any radical change in the super Eagles 23-man list expected to be released today with Chelsea FC of England’s midfield pearl, John Mikel Obi, the team’s captain Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo topping the list.

Sportinglife gathered further that Super eagles coaches, Samson Siasia, Yusuf Salisu and Alloy Agu after their meeting with the body’s Technical Director, Shuaibu Amodu in Abuja on Tuesday selected players based on thier current club forms in Europe and Nigeria.

Sportinglife’s source informed that no player nursing injuries or who is recuperating would be invited, stressing that Nigeria is endowed with talents which makes it easier to replace anyone who is injured.

“The coaches had sufficent information on the players’ health status and picked players who would be ready to fight for them in the two matches against Egypt, first in Kaduna on March 25 and in Cairo on March 29.”

Green, on Tuesday said that there would be a press conference in Abuja after the technical committee meeting on Thursday where Siasia would announce the list of players invited to prosecute the two-legged game in Kaduna and Cairo.

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The Technical Committee chairman stated further that newsmen would have the opportunity to ask Siasia what informed his choice of players for the two games, stressing that: “The technical committee members don’t impose players on coaches. Rather, we also ask for little details like those players who are eligible for the next game, knowing that CAF only releases such information to participating countries, 24 hours before any game during the pre-match conference.

“Besides, during such techncial committee meetings, we let the coaches know some information that we have gathered about the opposition including asking the calibre of passports some of our Europe-based players would tender before the game, especially those with dual nationality. It would interst you to know that we also discuss injuries which we scooped from our players’ club doctors for those  invited but are carrying injuries unknown to the coaches.

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