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Oliseh: Nobody is irreplaceable

09 September 2015, 10:03

Abuja - Coach Sunday Oliseh has sounded a note of warning to the so called big boys in the fold of the Super Eagles.

The duo of defensive midfielder John Obi Mikel and winger Victor Moses are not guaranteed to earn recalls to Nigeria's national side, according to the former Ajax Amsterdam star.

Mikel has endured a patchy relationship with the national set-up in recent years, with his commitment often questioned within Nigeria, and was left out of Oliseh's first squad for the Africa Cup of Nationals qualifier with Tanzania and Tuesday's friendly with Niger.

Moses – loaned out to at West Ham for the season last week – was also omitted.

Oliseh had previously stated he would look to pick those playing regular club football and, following the 2-0 win over Niger, Oliseh reiterated that the pair must earn any recall.

He said: "There is room for everybody, but the players who are here already have points [to prove] and anyone who is coming will have to fight for their shirt. Nobody is irreplaceable."

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Nigeria claimed the first win of Oliseh's tenure on Tuesday as they saw off Niger in a 2-0 friendly victory at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.

Former Nigeria international Oliseh took charge as Super Eagles boss in July and saw his spell at the helm get off to a disappointing start with a goalless draw against Tanzania on Saturday.

Ahmed Musa carried Nigeria's main threat early on, testing Daouda Kassaly with a shot from distance before Anthony Ujah caused the visitors' defence more serious problems, earning a penalty 10 minutes into the game.

That was duly dispatched by Musa, but Nigeria struggled to consolidate their advantage until seven minutes from time when substitute Simon put the game to bed.

Having replaced Musa shortly after the hour, Simon latched onto a sloppy clearance to beat Kassaly with a fierce drive from inside the area, opening his international account in the process.

The former Nigeria captain added: "We won playing organized, and that was very pleasing for us.

"We didn't just want to play the Nigeriens but we wanted to play for ourselves that was exactly what we did. I must give kudos to the players for their performance.

"We corrected the mistakes that we made [against Tanzania] last weekend and the result is the outcome of the things we discussed after the Tanzania game."

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