The none inclusion of Gent of Belgium powerhouse Anderson Esiti in the Super Eagles squad for the upcoming friendly games has generated lot of talks among soccer loving Nigerians.
Owngoalnigeria.com editor takes a look at the possible reasons why Esiti was once again snubbed by Gernot Rohr despite his fine form for Gent both in domestic and European games since the start of 2017.
Although the defensive midfield role of the Super Eagles appears to be the sole preserve of Eddy Onazi, other players who are playing at a much higher level with years in the team are partly the reason why Esiti is not in the team.
Key to his exclusion is the variety of options available to the coach, especially players who can play in more than one role like Shehu Abdullahi and Wilfred Ndidi unlike Esiti who is only best as a defensive midfielder.
Furthermore Granada of Spain midfielder Uche Agbo who although is listed as a central defender can also play as a defensive midfielder and all of this players are ahead of Esiti in the pecking order of Rohr.
Esiti’s poor turn of pace is also another factor which could be the reason why he is no longer in the team despite playing a part in Rohr’s first competitive game against Zambia, the 2-1 win in Ndola in their first World Cup 2018 qualifiers.