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Lawal backs Oliseh’s U-turn

29 July 2015, 10:23

Abuja - Former Nigeria midfielder Garba Lawal has backed Sunday Oliseh's decision to backtrack on his decision to only invite players who play in the 'first division of credible leagues' by now extending opportunities to players who player in lower divisions.

Oliseh had stated during his unveiling ceremony that only players who play in the 'first division of credible leagues' will get invitations to the Super Eagles but made a dramatic U-turn on Monday when he declared that players who are doing well in lower divisions and those that have done well for the team in the past will get call-ups even if they play in lower leagues, a development which has attracted more criticism.

But Lawal, who was teammates with Oliseh during their days in the Super Eagles, says the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder should be given the benefit of the doubt.

"I think people should allow him do what we wants to do. They should give him the benefit of the doubt and he should be the one to decide what he wants.

Also read: Oliseh makes U-turn on selection of players for Eagles

"He's the coach of the team and if he feels a player who doesn't play in the first division is good enough for him, then so be it.

"We have to let him focus and I am sure he wants to build a team with committed and patriotic players so I don't have a problem with that.

"Patriotism and commitment is one thing we have lacked in the team for a long time now and we want to get it back.

"So I think Oliseh should be given the time he needs to get this done and I am sure he will do a good job," Lawal stated.

Meanwhile, Oliseh is expected to announce his first squad of invited players next week.

- News24


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