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How the Madness for Born-Abroad players finally kills Nigeria World Cup Hopes



Nigeria will officially not be at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after crashing out infront of her home fans at the Abuja National Stadium to the Black Stars of Ghana.

But the reason for this shocking ouster might not be far from a trend under the leadership of Amanju Pinnick where the NFF is so crazy about invitation of foreign born Nigeria players, the ones i fondly called BORN-ABROAD players to the Super Eagles team.

Before getting the trust of this piece twisted, I want to state it very clear that there is nothing wrong with inviting Nigeria players born abroad to come play for their fatherland, absolutely nothing wrong and i am not saying such players don’t deserve callups.

However it has become a crazy pattern for the NFF boss that it looked as though that is the only thing that mattered to him when it comes to selection of players for the Eagles. He goes personally to talk to these players in London , convinced them to come play for Nigeria even when some of them are just average and maybe just above average players. Some of these players ordinarily should be playing for the country’s junior teams like the Flying Eagles but we just land them in the Super Eagles just like that.

Many of them don’t even understand the importance and gravity of playing for the Super Eagles because they dont know the country’s football history even if they know by what they were told by their folks abroad ,they dont understand the practicality of it first hand.

Against Ghana in Abuja on Tuesday, Nigeria started the game with SIX BORN-ABROAD players who collapsed on the day of ultimate battle, not because they are not just good players, but because they could not cope with the humidity of such a game on the African soil.

Many of them from the 55th minute were struggling to cope with the Abuja hot weather and practical example was what we saw with Ola Aina and Leon Balogun from the 75th minute.

Right back Aina was practically begging to be sub from the 75th minute because he was totally tired ,holding is waist through, failing to go for any ball and could barely move his legs. Similar situation happened with Balogun which the coaching crew noticed from half time and signalled Kenneth Omeruo to go warm up.

These are players who are not use to all the challenges an average Nigerian player has been through, from playing inside hot sun on the streets to playing with torn toes and even playing with broken arms.

It is those kind of players that you need in such a crucial game against Ghana and not all these Ajebo- Black and White Oyinbo players for God sake.

Victor Osimhen’s performance on Tuesday epitomised the typical Nigeria born player spirit but unfortunately a tree can make a forest. The boy was all over the place ,running,gingering and chasing for the entire ninety minutes.

Nigeria as a big footballing country has never relied on Born-Abroad players for footballing success.From our success at the Under 17 level to our Olympic Games triumph ,to our Nations Cup victories. Infact the late Stephen Keshi won Nigeria’s last Nations Cup with Eight Home based players in his squad in 2013 in South Africa.

The plight of the Super Eagles has now pummelled that home based players cant even see them playing for thr team, but once you have a Nigerian name and you are born in East London, West london, Queens Park, Watford, Eastford, Croyford and all the Fords you will be pursued to come play for Nigeria.

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CG Adeniyi Pledges More Support For Customs Team



Joel Ajayi

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service NCS Adewale Adeniyi, has pledged to continue to support the Customs Sports Teams to enable them to bring more glory to the service.

CG stated this on Tuesday when Nigeria Custom ladies secured the tickets to represent the Service and Nigeria at the forthcoming 2023 Africa Women’s Basketball League AWBL in Egypt.

Comptroller General who was represented at the event by the Deputy Comptroller General Enforcement Inspection and Investigation Abba Kura charged the team to go to Egypt and make Nigeria proud.

He said: “For this tournament, they have done well, the Service is going to encourage them to do more, I pray for them to succeed in Egypt, and to come back with the trophy to Nigeria.

“It has been a tradition of the Nigeria Customs Service to encourage officers who participate actively in sports, apart from that, we encourage all our teams in all sports and make sure that they succeed in any event they participate.”

However, at the end FIBA Africa Zone 3 Women Qualifiers tournament in Abuja, NSC topped the table with 6 points after winning two games, while the ASPAC of Benin Republic played two games won one, and lost one to secure 3 points, and the third participant Olukoya Ladies lost the two games with no points.

The Borders ladies defeated the Olukoya ladies by 55:49 to secure their second victory.

Also, the 2023  Africa Women’s Basketball League will take place in Cairo, Egypt from December 11th to 18th this year.

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