The Super Eagles are gearing up to face Sierra Leone in a crucial qualifier match on Sunday, but many are wondering why Gift Orban and Victor Boniface did not make the squad. Speaking to journalists after the team’s first training session, coach Jose Peseiro explained the reasoning behind his decision.
Peseiro stated that both Orban and Boniface are still in his plans for future matches, but he had to make tough choices for this particular game. “I called 19 foreign players and if I had the chance to call more of course Orban and Boniface will be called, but I understand the situation at the NFF and I need to help so I called 19,” he explained.
The coach went on to highlight the importance of familiarity in a decisive match like this one. “For a decisive match, it’s better I call the players I know better,” he said. “So for Orban, Boniface, and others, they still have time. I understand that despite playing well, they didn’t get an invitation, but remember the likes of Osimhen, Awoniyi all did well.”
Peseiro also emphasized that he cannot choose five strikers because it would mean ignoring other positions. “I believe in them (Orban and Boniface) and they have opportunities to play for the national team,” he concluded.
While some fans may be disappointed that Orban and Boniface didn’t make the cut for this game, it’s clear that Peseiro has a long-term plan in mind. With the Super Eagles still in the running for the 2023 AFCON, there will be plenty of opportunities for these promising players to prove their worth on the national stage.