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I selected your best players, Lagerback

By Ben Efe
Eagles’ coach, Lars Lagerback, has urged Nigerians to accept that the players who made his tentative list for the World Cup are the best the country has to offer at the moment.


The coach was reacting against the backdrop of criticisms that his list did not depart from the order whichwas established by sacked coach Shaibu Amodu at the Angola 2010 Nations Cup.

“Those players were selected based on their current form. The players were not imposed on me by the Nigeria Football Association. They are the best that we have available at the moment,” said the Swede who is to have his baptism of fire with the Eagles in a friendly against Saudi Arabia on May 25 in London.

Nigeria Football Association boss, Sanni Lulu, said that the list was down to coach Lagerback, adding that he has the support of the association.

“He has a CD of all the players and he has watched them play before he submitted his initial list of 44.
“In the last two or three weeks he had made effort to assemble the boys but that was not possible,” he said. He also has another option of going round to get detailed information about the players,” Lulu said.

Lulu added that the Eagles will start their preparations on May 20 in London with games against the Saudis and Colombia on May 25, before jetting out to South Africa to play North Korea.


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