By Eddie Akalonu
The issue of exclusion of home based players from the Nations Cup team by Shaibu Amodu  came to the fore again with Egypt’s 3-1 defeat of the Super Eagles  Tuesday  in Angola.

Amodu

Rangers International FC OF Enugu board- member, Davidson Owumi reacting on telephone to the loss to Egypt Tuesday said, “I would have preferred for Amodu and the NFF to finish with the  Nations Cup in Angola, come back home before I go ahead to comment on the national team  The reason is anything I say, their reaction is always that I’m jealous because they did not make me secretary general.

But since you have asked and I look around me and see outrage everywhere, not so much because Egypt beat us but also about the fact that we not only played badly, but the fact that there is a general feeling the players selected are not good enough for the Eagles.

I saw Yusuf Mohammed in that game but do you think he is better than Ekene Emingo who we all know at home here? They refused to include home based players in preference for foreign based some of who we know are either injured, clubless or one legged yet they are called  professionals because they play in inconsequential teams abroad,” Owumi said.

The former Rangers top striker explained that “little by little the damage being done to our football is being exposed. They said they don’t like home based players for the national team but let me say that if Togo had not withdrawn due to what befell them, Nigerians would have watched a Rangers International player in their line up. Again we all saw that the Egyptian team that beat us have a sizable number of Al- Ahly club players and this was the same team that was beaten by Kano Pillars in the last edition of the Champions League. Now, Heartland in this same competition played all the way into the final, yet, they did not see one single good player from Heartland to be included in the Eagles. How come it is possible for Tunisia, Algeria and the rest have places for home based players in their teams for this same competition,” he queried.

As a way forward, Owumi stated that the CAF CHAN, which is reserved for home-based players, should serve the best avenue for Nigeria to build a stand-by team such that would enable the country move away from dependence on the so-called foreign based players.

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