Former International, Abdul Sule, has advised the country’s football governing body, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure that invitations to players are based on merit, following the reports of some players confirming their invitations for the October 9 and 13 friendlies against Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia in Austria.
Both Sparta Rotterdam and TSV Hartberg goalkeepers, Maduka Okoye and Samson Tijani, were said to have received their invitation for next month’s friendly games despite their inactivity, especially Okoye, who has not kept for his new club since his move from a fourth division club, Fortuna Düsseldorf, in Germany.
Speaking to The Guardian yesterday, Sule, who said he is yet to see the list of players invited for next month’s friendlies, advised against using the national team as a rehabilitation centre, adding that those that should be invited to the Super Eagles’ team should be players who are active in their various clubs for the coach to decides his final choice for the competitive matches.
“I haven’t seen the names of players invited for the friendlies. But the truth is that those that should be invited must be playing regularly. I won’t support those who are suggesting the invitation of home-based players for the games. (Guardian)