By Kate Obodo
Ex-InternationalÂ Emmanuel Amuneke has backed the exclusion of Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins from the squad to face Tunisia on September 6 at the Abuja National Stadium.
The decision, he said, is a bold one andÂ is for the benefit of the team, stressing that AmoduÂ has the right to choose whoever he wants. He added that with the other players selected, he is confident they will deliverÂ all three points.
â€œAmoduâ€™s jobÂ hasÂ reached the levelÂ in which he can take a decision, especially the one that would better the team. As a coach he knows his players, those who can play and those who can not. And I believe is more concerned with players who are committed and therefore any decision he is making on any player should beÂ final.
â€œThe absence of Matins cannot prevent theÂ team fromÂ defeating the north Africans. I believeÂ the other players listed for the matchÂ are capable of giving us the maximum three points on that day,â€ he told Brila FM sports
Amodu had hinted while briefing the press in Lagos during the week that Martins non-invitation is hinged on his attitude towards the team in the past. He disclosed that all efforts made to reach the Wolfsburg of GermanyÂ player before the release of the 21-man list was unfruitful and that he did not include his name because he needed to be cock sure about his commitment before inviting him.
The squad are expected to report to camp on Monday August 31 for a full week of training before the match.