In the part two of our series on the politics of the 42 man Eagles list for the AFCON 2017 qualifier against Egypt, owngoalnigeria.com reveal further the yardstick used in considering some names on the list.
Aminu Umar reportedly made the list on the strength of his decent form this season for Osmanlispor in Turkey, where he has 3 goals in 18 games including a brace against Galatasary but his inclusion over Granada’s Isaac Success has reasons.
Siasia has been an admirer of Aminu Umar for long but all his effort to work with the 20 year old at U-23 level failed to yield fruit but if Sunday Oliseh was still coach of the Super Eagles it would have been Success in the team and not Umar.
Success who plays in the La-Liga had his chances of making the team depleted after Oliseh’s departure despite scoring two times more than Aminu and seven more appearances in the prestigious La-Liga than his colleague who plays in the Turkish Superliga.
However the inclusion of Azubuike Okechukwu of second division Turkish side Yeni Matalyspor ahead of his teammate and more prestigious colleague Sunday Mba has a shade of sentiments written over it.
Although our source claimed his inclusion was mainly for him to understudy the midfield duo of Mikel Obi and Ogenyi Onazi, we however know as a fact that his agent Arsalan Urmat has close ties with the interim Super Eagles coach.