The waiting game on home-based players who will make the Nations Cup qualifier against Rwanda came to a fitting climax on Saturday when the technical crew named the lucky 11 players that will join an equal number of European-based players for the crucial qualifier against the Wasps of Rwanda.
It was another painful decision by Head Coach Stepehen Keshi and his crew as they again took time off to explain to the players that they are as good as those that have been chosen for the trip but that not all can make the trip.
“Many are called but few are chosen, just put in more effort and you will be back here soonest”, Keshi told the players after assistant coach Dan ‘the Bull’ Amokachi, named the five casualties.
The five players dropped from camp are Sharks goalie, Okemuteh Odah, Warri Wolves midfielder Ossai Uche, Heartland’s striker Izu Azuka, Akwa United’s Solomon Jabason and baby-faced striker Barnabas Imenger of Kwara United.As expected, Warri Wolves keeper Chigozie Agbim leads ten others that includes his club teammates Azubuike Egwueke and striker Sunday Mba, Papa Idris and Reuben Gabriel both of Kano Pillars and Sunshine Stars of Akure skipper Godfrey Oboabona.
There is also Juwon Oshaniwa of Sharks of Port Harcourt, Heartland’s Bartholomew Ibenegbu and Obinna Nwachukwu, Rangers International’s diminutive winger, Ejike Uzoenyi. Enyimba of Aba’s hitman Uche Kalu completed the list.