AFTER lethargic display
by most players who
prosecuted Nations Cup
qualifier match against
Tanzania, Ex-Nigerian born
footballer, John Fashanu has
canvassed for inclusion of
more locally- based players
in the Super Eagles.
Fashanu who spoke
exclusively to Nigerian Pilot
Sports in Abuja observed
that the future and present
Nigerian football success
greatly depends on those
who could give their all and that current foreign-based are
usually reluctant to give their
best when it matters most.
He also enjoined officials of
Nigeria Football Federation,
NFF to plug more resources in
developing Nigerian leagues to
churn out better players who
the country could depend on.
Nigeria struggled to ward off
Tanzania’s determination to
pull a victory in Da res Salaam
even when ten foreign-based
lads were on parade with
only one Nigeria Professional
Football League player who
made the starting line-up.
Oliseh-led Eagles then laboured to squeeze out a
2-0 win over Niger in Port
Harcourt, three days after.
However, Fashanu who
took a critical review of their
performance gave the former
Eagles captain a thumps up but
argued that more concentration
on local professional would
pay off.
Nigeria are having four
points after taking part in two
AFCON qualifier games, two
points behind Egypt.
Egyptians will be guest to
Super Eagles in March next
year before welcoming them
back days later in Cairo.
“I’m saying our players who
are in Europe and other parts
of the world are not good
enough but so far they have
not been able to gel when they
find themselves in African soil.
Our players who are based
here seem to know the terrain
“NFF, my brother Sunday
should look inwards.
Grassroots football is the way
to go. Players at home should
be given more opportunity.
More trainings and playing
times are the essentials that
could as well bring out better
things from them.”

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