Cameroun, Congo squad to form nucleus of new Super Eagles, says Oliseh
Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has disclosed that the players invited for the two international friendlies against Cameroun and Congo next month will form the nucleus of the new national team he is building.
The coach, who assured all eligible Nigerian players of equal opportunity to stake their claims in the Super Eagles, has also disclosed that the players for the 2017 African Nations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers will come from the team, which will battle the East African countries early next month.
Speaking on a recorded programme on sundayoliseh.tv, the coach said: “We will give every player the opportunity to express himself while in camp, but the most important thing is that we will be together for seven uninterrupted days, training, sharing ideas and trying to get the team’s cohesion together.
“The aim is to keep building the team as well as give the coaching crew the opportunity to work with the players.”
He disclosed that at the end of the friendly games, “we will be able to identify those that can help us in the building exercise as we approach the World Cup qualifier in November.
“But before then, we will come back to prepare for the CHAN qualifier against Burkina Faso, which first leg is in Port Harcourt, while the return leg will hold in Ouagadougou.”
Oliseh acknowledges that the building process is a difficult thing, adding, however, that the cooperation he has been getting from the players has helped in getting it done.
“At the end of the exercise, we expect to get a team of 18 foreign-based stars and six from the home front for the World Cup qualifiers and the Nations Cup games.
“Already, we have discovered two stars, goalkeeper Carl Ikeme and Sylvester Igbonu. We will be looking out for such outstanding players as we continue the process,” he said.