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Oliseh makes U-turn on selection of players for Eagles

28 July 2015, 12:05

Lagos - Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has made a dramatic U-turn on his choice of players for the team, as he now stated that players from lower divisions of leagues can now be called to the Super Eagles.

Oliseh had famously stated during his unveiling as the Super Eagles coach that only players from ‘first division of credible leagues’ will henceforth get invitations to the team.

But in a dramatic twist, the former Nigeria captain says he will consider goalkeepers who play in lower divisions because according to him, they are a ‘different breed’.

Also read: Oliseh: I’m no messiah

“Playing in the first division to get invitations only applies to outfield players but it doesn’t apply to goalkeepers because they are a different breed as we call them.

“This doesn’t also apply to players coming through the ranks but I mean players who are already in the national fold.

“Players who might have excelled in the U23’s and the U20’s are also eligible to play for the Super Eagles.

“A player who has excelled for Nigeria at the top level and who has won titles for Nigeria and who we feel is at the top form of his game and due to no fault of his, his club falls down to the second division and the club refuses to sell him, those are the players we have to look at the shape they are in and make exceptions to,” Oliseh stated.

-Soccer Laduma

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