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2010: Iroha faults exclusion of Home-based players

By Kate Obodo
Former Super Eagles defender, Benedict Iroha has faulted the exclusion of  four home-based players from the 30-man provisional list released by Super Eagles technical adviser, Lars Lagerback for the World Cup.

• Ben Iroha

The assistant coach of  Heartland FC of Owerri stated that the exclusion of virtually all the local players from  the World Cup squad was not good enough. According to him, their inclusion would have been an opportunity for the players to gain experience.

“I’m not against his selection and I do not want to say that any player was imposed on him but my concern is the exclusion of four of our local league players. I mean this would have been an open door for the players. I’m really not impressed with his selection, it’s just not too good for the team,” Iroha said

Lagerback last Monday released his 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup, including two players from the domestic league. Also dropped from the provisional list is Hull City’s Seyi Olofinjana.

Also dropped are players like Adefemi Ajilore and Esperance of Tunisia striker, Michael Eneramo.
The two players from the domestic league who made the list are Bayelsa United goalkeeper Bassey Akpan and Lobi Stars right back Terna Suswan. The squad is expected to be cut down to 23 players on June 1.


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