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Joe Aribo's invitation lands Super Eagles coach in troubled waters

Posted : 14 November 2023
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has queried Super Eagles' manager, Jose Peseiro, over the inclusion of inactive players in the 23-man list he invited for Nigeria's 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to face the Crocodiles of Lesotho for the first game of the World Cup qualifiers on Thursday in Uyo and will thereafter travel to Kigali, Rwanda, shortly after for the second game against Zimbabwe.

The NFF Technical Committee was reported to be dissatisfied with the list submitted by Peseiro and thereby queried the inclusion of some players, especially Southampton's Joe Aribo, whom they said has been inactive in his club.

Aribo has struggled to get games in the English Championship, playing less than 10 minutes in their last four games, and has shockingly played more minutes for the senior national team of Nigeria than he has at the club level in the past month.

According to the report, Peseiro told the NFF that he constantly invites Aribo because his qualities are entirely different from the other midfielders in the team, adding that, apart from Alex Iwobi, the former Glasgow Rangers star is the most attack-conscious midfielder in the squad.

He assured the federation that he would be forced to drop Aribo if he failed to gain regular playing time at Southampton.

Meanwhile, 10 players have arrived at the Super Eagles' Uyo camp ahead of the game against Lesotho.

The players include Kenneth Omeruo, Jamilu Collins, and Sadiq Umar. Alex Iwobi, Taiwo Awoniyi, Francis Uzoho, and stand-in skipper, Wilfred Ndidi, were said to be already in Nigeria and were expected to hit Uyo later yesterday.

Also in that category, according to the source, were Kenneth Omeruo, Victor Boniface, and Moses Simon.


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