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Oliseh explains Ighalo’s exclusion

18 August 2015, 11:08

Abuja - Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has attempted to explain his decision to omit in-form Watford of England striker Jude Odion Ighalo from his list of invited overseas based players for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania.

Oliseh made public on Monday, the much awaited list of overseas based players for the game against Tanzania with several new players invited and several other players returning to the team after some time out, but Ighalo’s name conspicuously missing.

And Oliseh has explained the reason why he decided against including the 26-year old from his team.

Also read: Ighalo scores 6th pre-season goal for Watford

“Odion Ighalo is a fellow Nigerian but we cannot invite everybody at the same time. We can only play eleven players at once and we have two other strikers and we’re going to try everybody but let’s see the ones we have now,” Oliseh said.

The list of invited overseas based players was greeted with mixed reactions, with pundits questioning the exclusion of Ighalo, who appears to be the most in-form Nigerian striker at the moment.

Ighalo scored in Nigeria’s last game against Chad, he scored six goals in Watford’s pre-season games and has scored one goal in two games in the English Premier League for Watford this season.

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