The five Flying Eagles players Nigeria Football Federation, NFF officials dropped from the Germany training camp may still join their team mates in Europe.
Lukman Dimiyo, Moses Epele, Bobby Ikpeazu, Ozioma Maduako and Ezeugo Samson were on the list coach John Obuh submitted for the training tour of Germany. But top officials of the Football Federation removed their names from the list without the consent of the coach who is said to be highly disappointed by such unprofessional act by the officials.
The players, we gathered, are among the key players in the team and Obuh has said he should not be blamed in case of failure.
Following the exposure of this unprofessional decision by Vanguard Newspapers and the condemnation by top football stakeholders, the Sports Committee in the House of Representatives, we gathered, has intervened and insisted that the five players be allowed to join the team in Germany. The House Committee on Sports was said to be outraged by the action of the federation and directed that visas be secured for the players to join the team.
Obuh and his players have been training for more than two weeks now in Germany and the final list will be submitted to FIFA on June 7. It is doubtful if the players will measure up to the fitness level others had attained if they travel next week, few days to the FIFA deadline for the submission of team lists.
And it is against this background that one of the players, Moses Epele, from Sharks, has opted out, calling the bluff of the federation. He is pained and never expected the Football Federation to behave so unprofessionally.
’’The Federation has asked for the passports of the players to secure their visas after the House of Representatives Committee on Sports intervened early this week,’’ a football source said yesterday, adding ‘’Vanguard reports changed the situation.’’
Another source, however confirmed that Epele Moses said that he was no longer interested in going to Germany as he had missed the crucial stage of the preparation.
Godfrey Gaiya is the chairman of the House Committee on Sports.