A member of the techincal crew of the Super Eagles has revealed to owngoalnigeria.com the reasons why five home based players were dropped from the team camp ahead of the 2017 AFCON qualifiers against Egypt.
Defender Christopher Madaki of Giwa FC, Oke Ogagatewho of Sunshine Stars,Midfielder Yau Hassan of Wikki Tourist, striker Prince Aggrey of Kano Pillars and Ezekiel Bassey of Enyimba were all released by the coach Samson Siasia lead crew.
“Madaki we are well aware of his abilities but looking at the options we have in the area of full backs he didn’t quite convince us he will be up to challenge the options we have in Elderson Echiejile and Stanley Amuzie don’t forget Chibuzor Okonkwo can also play there” He told owngoalnigeria.com.
“Oke Ogagatewho started very well but during one of our test games against the U-23s he was off the pace and left us with no option than to release him.
“Aggrey and Bassey in all of our test games particularly against Kastina United failed to live up to what we expected and considering the forwards we expecting to have in camp, there performances didn’t do them well at all”.
“Yau Hassan all though he didn’t do too bad he was however way behind Ifeanyi Matthew in the midfield role and with all due respect to him we have Ogenyi Onazi,Azubuike Okechukwu,Mikel Obi and Shehu Abdullahi to come, so we decided not to waste his time”
He however said Bright Onyedikachi showed enough promise to warrant him to be sent to the U-23s as exemplified by the goal he scored against the U-23s during one of their short test games.