AFCON 2023: Oliseh Blasts NFF Over Exclusion of Local Players in Nigeria List

AFCON 2023: Oliseh Blasts NFF Over Exclusion of Local Players in Nigeria List

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at December 22, 2023 at 11:19 AM
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  • Sunday Oliseh has reacted to the Super Eagles AFCON 2023 squad
  • Jose Peseiro has submitted Nigeria’s 40-man provisional list to CAF
  • Nigeria is bidding to win AFCON title for a fourth time in Ivory Coast

Sunday Oliseh has accused the Nigeria Football Federation of trying to 'kill everything home-based' in reaction to the Super Eagles' 40-man provisional Africa Cup of Nations list.

Coach, Jose Peseiro submitted his provisional squad for AFCON 2023 to CAF with only Ojo Oluwasegun (Enyimba FC), Christian Nwoke (Sporting Lagos FC), and Obasogie Amas (Bendel Insurance) as home-based players.

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Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro has come under fire for submitting a 40-man provisional squad for AFCON 2023 with only three local players in the team. Photo by Gualter Fatia.
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Oliseh has joined a host of Nigerians, including Odion Ighalo, who have taken exception to the number of Nigerian-based players in the squad, citing the NFF as 'killing the local talents' with their actions, Soccernet reports.

The former Borussia Dortmund and Juventus player noted the shift in the times, contrasting the present group to sides that possessed worldwide superstars and dominated global football in the 1990s and 2000s.

The Super Eagles have been pitted in Group A of AFCON 2023 alongside host Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea and will kick off their campaign on January 14.

Ighalo canvasses for local players

Meanwhile, former Nigeria international, Ighalo has canvassed for the inclusion of more home-based players in the team following the release of the country’s 40-man AFCON squad, Complete Sports reports.

Only three Nigeria Professional Football League players were included in the Super Eagles’ provisional squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, sparking reactions among many NPFL faithful.

Ighalo expressed disappointment with the decision of head coach, Jose Peseiro to include only three players from the NPFL in the squad and has called for more players to be invited to the national team.

Nigerian legend lists AFCON favourites

Sports Brief previously reported on an ex-Nigerian player listing three African powerhouses as favourites to win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Senegal will aim to defend the title they won two years ago as the continent's 24 best teams get set to compete from January 13 to February 11.

Former Super Eagles forward, Mutiu Adepoju, who won the tournament with Nigeria in 1994, believes AFCON 2023 is down to just three nations.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..
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