Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu, has praised Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, for including four home-based players in his 23-man squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Sierra Leone. The Super Eagles currently sit at the top of their qualification group with nine points after four matches.
Shorunmu expressed delight at the invitation of the four players, Victor Sochima, Olorunleke Ojo, Ebube Duru, and Divine Nwachukwu, and hoped they would be given a chance to prove themselves on the national team. He also noted that their performance in the local league is evidence that quality players are still available in Nigeria.
The inclusion of the four home-based players is a welcome development for Nigerian football, which has seen a decline in the number of local players on the national team in recent years. Peseiro’s decision to call up the players is a testament to his commitment to giving every player a chance to showcase their talent.
The Super Eagles will face Sierra Leone at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium in Monrovia on June 18. The match is crucial for both teams as they seek to qualify for the 2023 AFCON tournament. The inclusion of the four home-based players is expected to boost the team’s morale and give them the edge they need to secure victory.
In conclusion, the inclusion of four home-based players in the Super Eagles squad is a positive development for Nigerian football. It shows that talent is still available in the local league and that the national team is committed to giving every player a chance to showcase their skills. The upcoming match against Sierra Leone is an opportunity for the four players to prove their worth and contribute to the team’s success.