Experimental Nigeria U23s doomed for Brazil thrashing

Experimental Nigeria U23s doomed for Brazil thrashing
Wilfred Ndidi in action for Belgian club KRC Genk

by Samm Audu

Saturday Mar 19, 2016. 14:32

Nigeria could well be preparing for an embarrassing spanking by Brazil in a pre-Olympics warm-up on Thursday going by the experimental squad named for the friendly.

As much as this is a friendly, it is not a jamboree with half of the 20-man squad for the high-profile match-up being players who have yet to feature for the country’s U23 team – Godswill Ekpolo, Musa Mohammed, Ubong Ekpai, Agboyi Ovbokha, Nathan Oduwa, Iyayi Believe, Sodiq Popoola, Imoh Ezekiel, Theophilus Solomon and Saturday Kaego.

Coach Samson Siasia has said he wishes to run the rule on as many players as possible so as to get the best squad to represent Nigeria at the Rio Olympics in August.

However, the quality and current form of some of these “trialists” beg for more questions than answers.

While Brazil have picked a formidable squad who include Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, Barcelona ace Rafinha Alcantara and Felipe Anderson from Lazio, Nigeria prefer to gamble on the likes of Barcelona ‘B’ teamer Ekpolo; Popoola, who failed to make the grade at French second division side FC Metz, and former Flying Eagles midfielder Ovbokha, who is now languishing in Slovenia.

The midfield of Dream Team VI is very much lightweight with Stanley Dimgba and Ubong Ekpai the only genuine call-ups.

Wilfred Ndidi (Genk, Belgium), Uche Agbo (Granada, Spain), Obinna Nwobodo (Enugu Rangers) and Samuel Chukwueze, Kelechi Nwakali (Golden Eaglets Class of 2015) ought to be some of the players within the age bracket who should have been also considered.

Anderlecht striker Imoh Ezekiel is the only quality addition to a strike force of Junior Ajayi, Taiwo Awoniyi and Victor Osimhen.

Granada striker Isaac Success despite his exploits in La Liga this season and Sadiq Umar of AS Roma have been surprisingly overlooked.

It is equally baffling to believe that the all-knowing, all-powerful technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) would have approved this selection of players who are doomed to disgrace the country in Brazil.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Emmanuel Daniel, Yusuf Mohammed

Defenders: Sincere Seth, Segun Oduduwa, Chizoba Amaefule, Ndifreke Effiong, Musa Mohammed, Godswill Ekpolo, Saturday Kaego

Midfielders: Stanley Dimgba, Ubong Ekpai, Agboyi Ovbokha, Nathan Oduwa, Iyayi Believe, Sodiq Popoola

Forwards: Victor Osimhen, Junior Ajayi, Taiwo Awoniyi, Imoh Ezekiel, Theophilous Solomon



COMMENTS

u see, u failed. U owe this team an apology

Mr writer, it will do you a whole lots of good to know that this is a friendly match to get some good players for the dream team, the purpose is not to get a victory ovr the Brazilians, beside, what even gives you the belief that these sets cant get a victory in Brazil? Please, stop the negativity for now. Its just an experimental friendly, aimed to get the right players that will be assembled for Rio

Mr writer, it will do you a whole lots of good to know that this is a friendly match to get some good players for the dream team, the purpose is not to get a victory ovr the Brazilians, beside, what even gives you the belief that these sets cant get a victory in Brazil? Please, stop the negativity for now. Its just an experimental friendly, aimed to get the right players that will be assembled for Rio

There are some players the coach already know and have seen closely people like Isaac success uche agbo, wilfred ndidi, obinna nwobodo, he has worked with them before so he knows them, and what they can offer so now most of the players he invited are people he wants to see if he can also use to beef up their team the few known names here are just there to create some kind of balance. Nwakali and chukwueze are busy trying to round up their contract with arsenal so bringing them in is distraction for now as for sodiq and nura, they were originally in the list of players invited we can't tell why they are not here now so please Mr. Writer don't crucify the coaches because you are not a coach and you don't know their plans after all any outcome of the gamble is on their head not yours also know that we still have other big friendlies to play this is not the last one you don't follow this players as much as the coaches do.

There are some players the coach already know and have seen closely people like Isaac success uche agbo, wilfred ndidi, obinna nwobodo, he has worked with them before so he knows them, and what they can offer so now most of the players he invited are people he wants to see if he can also use to beef up their team the few known names here are just there to create some kind of balance. Nwakali and chukwueze are busy trying to round up their contract with arsenal so bringing them in is distraction for now as for sodiq and nura, they were originally in the list of players invited we can't tell why they are not here now so please Mr. Writer don't crucify the coaches because you are not a coach and you don't know their plans after all any outcome of the gamble is on their head not yours also know that we still have other big friendlies to play this is not the last one you don't follow this players as much as the coaches do.

There are some players the coach already know and have seen closely people like Isaac success uche agbo, wilfred ndidi, obinna nwobodo, he has worked with them before so he knows them, and what they can offer so now most of the players he invited are people he wants to see if he can also use to beef up their team the few known names here are just there to create some kind of balance. Nwakali and chukwueze are busy trying to round up their contract with arsenal so bringing them in is distraction for now as for sodiq and nura, they were originally in the list of players invited we can't tell why they are not here now so please Mr. Writer don't crucify the coaches because you are not a coach and you don't know their plans after all any outcome of the gamble is on their head not yours also know that we still have other big friendlies to play this is not the last one you don't follow this players as much as the coaches do.

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