I don’t need Ighalo against Tanzania, says Oliseh
Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has revealed that he did not invite Watford attacker, Odion Ighalo, for the African Nations Cup qualifier against Tanzania because he did not consider him better than those he chose for the match.
The coach, who, however, said the former junior international was still in his plans, revealed that Ighalo was dropped because the technical crew was sticking to two players per position.
He added that he believed Anthony Ujah and Emmanuel Emenike perfectly filled striking position better than Ighalo.
“But there’s also some big weights in Emenike and Ujah. Emenike, a Nations Cup winner and Ujah, who has scored 10 goals in the German Bundesliga, which is the league of the world champions.
“It is useless inviting three players for one position, pay their flights and everything only to use one or two of them,” he said, adding that it would also be disrespectful to bring any player from Europe and keep him on the bench.
Oliseh, who regretted that the Glo Premier League clubs have refused to release their players to the Eagles’ camp, revealed that in absence, the technical crew has been forced to adjust its programme.
“Those, who were commenting that emphasis was placed on invited professional players, should ask themselves questions… we are now back in our country to train but there is nobody to train with.
The clubs are holding their players back. What we have to do from the beginning is to change our programme. If they held back their players, how do they expect the players to catch up with what we are doing,” he queried.
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