Super Eagles boss, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, going by his approach, will not start more than seven foreign-based players in the Nations Cup tie against Liberia in Calabar October 13.
Yet, he has invited 15 of them for the match, a development that will surely attract criticisms and concern from followers of the Eagles.
Is he losing focus? He has as well listed 23 home-based players for the crunch October tie against the Lone Star of Liberia. Bogus camping does not make for concentration. Yet, Keshi is going for it. Some panicky measure?
The first leg of the final qualifier in Monrovia, ended 2-2, and Nigeria needs a win in this return leg scheduled for the South South city of Calabar to book a place in the tournament proper scheduled for next January in South Africa..
Expectedly the foreign based are led by skipper Joseph Yobo, but Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel returns, same for Inter’s Joel Obi, while former Golden Eaglets star, Ogenyi Onazi of Lazio in the Italian Serie A makes a debut for the national team.
The home-based as usual is led by Warri Wolves keeper, Chigozie Agbim, his team mate Azubuike Egwueke is included, while regulars like Godfrey Oboabona and Juwon Oshaniwa also make the cut.
The home-based players are expected in camp by Sunday, September 30th, at the Bolton White Hotel in Abuja, while their foreign based counterparts will join the team by October 8 in Calabar unfailingly.
“We hope to have at least five training sessions together and that should be enough for the team to do well against Liberia”, Eagles media officer, Ben Alaiya quotes Head Coach, Stephen Keshi as saying.