Nigeria’s Super Eagles Squad List for Ghana, Mali Friendlies Stirs Reaction From Fans

Nigeria’s Super Eagles Squad List for Ghana, Mali Friendlies Stirs Reaction From Fans

Ero Samson
updated at March 9, 2024 at 8:12 PM
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  • The NFF have announced the Super Eagles' team list for the next international break
  • The three-time Cup of Nations winners head into these fixtures without a head coach
  • Nigerian fans have aired their reactions to the squad list for these friendly fixtures

Amidst the current tumult in Nigerian football, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has unveiled a roster of 26 players for the upcoming international matches.

The Super Eagles are set to square off against the Black Stars of Ghana and the Eagles of Mali.

These matches are pivotal as they mark Nigeria's final friendly fixtures for 2024. However, they also arrive at a challenging juncture, with the Super Eagles currently without a head coach.

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Jose Peseiro departed his role as coach of the Super Eagles after failing to reach an agreement over a contract extension. Image: Ulrik Pedersen.
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Former coach of the Nigerian team, Jose Peseiro, departed his role after the expiration of his contract and negotiations for a new deal with the NFF fell through. This leaves Nigeria coach-less as they prepare for their upcoming friendly games slated for Marrakech.

The NFF's release of the squad list, devoid of any coach's name, has ignited a flurry of reactions from fans. While some applaud the inclusion of new talents like Luton Town's Gabriel Osho, others are puzzled by notable omissions such as Samuel Chukwueze, and captain, Ahmed Musa.

However, the absence of a named manager on the list has only deepened the intrigue, prompting fans to take to social media to voice their thoughts.

Fans react to Super Eagles list

@Aayanfemi, seemingly surprised by the squad announcement, commented,

"Without a coach?"

@WordIntegrity_2 also raised concerns, asking,

"Who will be in the dugout? Who will assemble the team? Some questions that need answers. Anyways, fingers crossed."

@chabo_king took a more positive stance, saying,

"Jamilu Collins? I am happy to see Gabriel Osho and Benjamin Tanimu on the team, as well as a recall for Dele Bashiru and Nathan Tella. All in all, a good squad! Let's go, boys."

@Geedeon7 also expressed positivity but noted a few adjustments he would have made:

"Wow, I love the squad list. A lot of players picked are on merit, but I would have loved to see Maduka Okoye and Arthur Okonkwo there. There is Dominic Solanke, who would have been nice, but still a nice squad, but no coach."

@Rutherford_10_, seemingly unconcerned with the team's coaching situation, commented,

"We just need to win the two matches so that we can improve our FIFA ranking... Let's soar."

Amunike tipped to replace Peseiro

Sports Brief in another report stated that former Nigerian winger, Emmanuel Amunike, has been tipped to replace Peseiro.

The 53-year-old has expressed his intent to take over the coaching role of the Super Eagles. Amunike previously achieved success with the age-grade ranks of the Nigerian football set-up.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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