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Soccer News of Thursday, 6 January 2022


'Playing for Nigeria is not your right'- Eguaveon tells Super Eagles players

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Coach of the Super Eagles Austin Eguaveon says the current crop of players who will represent the country at the AFCON should count themselves lucky to be in the team.

Eguaveon made this known in an interview with NFF TV as the team prepares to compete in the 33rd AFCON tournament in Cameroon.

The Super Eagles will be missing key players Victor Osimhen, Oghenekaro Etebo, Leon Balogun and Shehu Abdullahi for the tournament.

Drafted in the team to replace them are West Bromwich Albion defender, Semi Ajayi who has been out of the squad since 2019, Slavia Prague’s forward Peter Olayinka and Olympiakos of Greece forward Henry Onyekuru.

Eguaveon praised Ajayi for making himself available, despite the short notice, but advised the players to grab the opportunity with both hands as he believes playing or coaching the national is a privilege and not a right, reports.

“Semi Ajayi, obviously he was not on the 28-man list, but he was on the alternate list. Kevin Akpoguma was on the alternate list, Onyekuru and co.

“And then we reached out to Semi, he jumped at it. I think that is the spirit we want because it’s not a right for everybody to coach and play for Nigeria, it’s a privilege.

“If it is not coming, we have to take it, if it comes, you have to grab it so that’s where we are.” He told NFF TV.

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