Former president, Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN) Rev (Dr.) Moses Maduforo Kingsley IIoh
has said that the number of players invited by Super Eagles handler, Lars Lagerback for camping will drive competition for shirts in the team.
Lagerback last Sunday submitted a 44-man list to the Nigeria Football Association, NFA includingÂ six home-based players making as against Shaibu Amodu who left them out of his Nations Cup plan.
In reaction to the list, Rev. IIoh, a member of both the Africa and World Cycling Federation told Saturday Vanguard SportsÂ that the listÂ is not too bogus, stressing that the move will offer the former Sweden national coach an opportunity of giving every player equal treatment and also have a wide range of choice to pick from, before submitting his final World Cup list mid May.
â€œI think the list makes a whole lot of sense. The issue here is that the coach will have an opportunity to see the quality in the players and that will enable him make a good choice. In this regard, the players will do their best so that they wouldÂ be chosen. World Cup is a business for serious people. So Lagerback cannot afford to settle for less.
â€œUndoubtedly, it will create room for competition, whereby players will prove their mettle to the coach. The truth of the matter is that every player wants to be seen in competition like the World Cup, so they would want to prove themselves,â€ Rev. IIoh said..
Meanwhile, former national team player and coach Paul â€˜Wonder Boyâ€™ Hamilton has hailed the Swedeâ€™sÂ list released last Sunday, saying the move will go a long way to effect changes in the team.
â€œI believe the whole idea is a welcome development. Gone were those days where we had big names in the team, this time around the players need to fight hard for their shirt. What we need is result that will take us further,â€ Hamilton said.
Meanwhile Lagerback has promised to trim down the list in no time to 26 players because he wants to start working with a more manageable squad for the World Cup. This means that some players may not even reach the camp before they are sent home.
This position may have been informed by the insistent of head of the NFA technical committee, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi who said that the list was too wieldy as the association cannot afford the cost of camping 44 players.