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Sports News of Sunday, 18 December 2022


U20 AFCON: No automatic shirt for foreign-based players - Bosso

Head coach of the Flying Eagles, Ladan Bosso Head coach of the Flying Eagles, Ladan Bosso

Head coach of the Flying Eagles, Ladan Bosso, has said that no foreign-based players will stroll into the team without facing the rigours of meeting the standard set by the technical crew.

Bosso stated this while speaking with journalists on Saturday at the FIFA Goal Project package B of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja after his team defeated Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) side, Lobi Stars 2-0 in a build up to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) U20 tournament scheduled to take place in Algeria next year.

“The mental toughness of national team players, the character of national team players is what we always suggest to these boys. Some of the players graduated from the U17 you can see them perform well at this level and that is what we want to see.

Players graduating from U17, U20 to U23 cadre and then to the Super Eagles that is when we can think of having a solid team. By mid-January, professionals will start coming. All the foreign-based professionals will have to meet us here [Goal Project]. Let me assess them with my local boys otherwise no way,” Bosso said.

The former Niger Tornadoes coach said 12 out of the players currently in the national camp are good to go.

“Most of these players I have watched them play in their club sides and I have invited them to come and showcase their talents. I cannot invite two or three players in one position. Sometimes maybe you give room to recommended players and most recommended players that come here are simply incomparable.

“That is why as a coach in most cases you assess yourself that at the end of the day whom do you  help among the players. Players you invited from nowhere and suddenly became something in life. That is the way we coaches assess ourselves,” he said.