Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Emmanuel Babayaro has expressed his anger and branded the 25 man list for Super Eagles twin friendly against Senegal and Burkina Faso later this month as disgraceful because only one Nigeria Professional Football League was invited.
The country’s football governing body, Nigeria Football Federation made the list available on March 1st and the FA’s Technical Department head, Bitrus Bewarang said that the department only played a supervisory role in the scouting and eventual composition of the list but maintained that the Eagles’ handler had the backing of the FA on his policy direction on the invitation of players based abroad and who also have dual nationalities.
Babayaro, who claimed that several ex-players would boycott the games as a sign of protest over the non inclusion of more home based players, suggested the 63-year-old German tactician had been compromised over his selection of players from obscure ends of Europe at the detriment of a much improved NPFL that also boasts of a recent CNN Football goal of the week award winner.
Babayaro, who won gold with Nigeria at the 1996 Olympic Games, insists the situation is a disgrace and huge let down to the efforts of the players, clubs and League Management Company to ensure the NPFL competes favorably on the continent.
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