Super Eagles will fly higher in Nations Cup – ODSFA boss
By Femi Atolagbe
Chairman Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA), Otunba Tajudeen Akinyemi, has said Super Eagles of Nigeria will go far in the African Nations Cup that will kick off today in Egypt.
Akinyemi, who stated this during an interview with the Sporting Hope in Akure, added that Nigeria is a football country that can surprise the world at any time.
According to him, I will pray for luck for the team because football today is not only playing well ,you need to have luck , with luck on our side with the crops of players in the Super Eagles we will go places.
He said Nigerians should not judge them with the results of friendly matches they played adding that it’s good to use the friendly matches to correct the future error, I’m seeing them going very far in the competition.
The ODSFA boss commended the Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr on his 23-man selected players, saying that he came up with the list based on performance.
His words, “if you look at the initial 25 – man list he pruned down to the final 23, he dropped Kelechi Iheanacho and Semi Ajayi ,they both plied their trade with Leicester City and Rotherham United in England respectively”.
He justified the exclusion of Iheanacho from the team, saying the Leicester City forward has not been doing well in recent times.
The Sunshine President added further that Iheanacho didn’t play regularly in Leicester City most of the time he was not even on the bench. “And if you are not playing regularly in your club it’s going to be difficult to play for the National team.
Because it’s one of the major criteria use for national call up.
He expressed some reservations about the Rohr decision to drop Semi Ajayi from the team, saying the Rotherham United midfielder did well in championship in the just concluded season in England by being involved in almost all the games with notable contributions in the team.
He added further that “I don’t know why the coach chose to drop him!! Because I felt there are other players he could have dropped, well may be he had crowded midfield that he didn’t need more”, he said.