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The Politics Of Super Eagles Composition: Quota System Does Not Apply?

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Amodu trims down Super Eagles squad to 24

Jets out to Durban without home-based players

From Ezeocha Nzeh, Abuja

SUPER Eagles coach, Shaibu Amodu, yesterday drooped nine players from the 32-man listed billed to begin training in Durban, South Africa tomorrow for the Angola 2010 African Nations Cup.

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Amodu did not give any explanation for dropping the players even before Super Eagles' first training session, but a source in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) told The Guardian that the coach considered the short time the team had before its first match against Egypt in whittling down the number of players.

Among the players dropped are the three home-based stars included in the first list. They are goalkeeper Greg Etafia, Chibuzor Okonkwo and Ikechukwu Ibenegbu.

Also dropped are Europe-based defenders Dele Adeleye and Adefemi Olubayo, midfielder Femi Ajilore, striker Joseph Akpala and South Africa-based goalkeeper, Greg Etafia.

In the squad billed for Durban are goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama, Bamidele Aiyenugba, and Austin Ejide.

Deputy captain, Joseph Yobo, is among the defenders in the list, which also has Danny Shittu, Obinna Nwaneri, Taye Taiwo, Elderson Echiejile, Yusuf Mohammed, Chidi Odiah, and Onyekachi Apam.

The midfielders are Skipper Nwankwo Kanu, Mikel Obi, Dickson Etuhu, Sani Kaita, Yusuf Ayila, Oluwaseyi Olofinjana and Kalu Uche, while the strikers are Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Osaze Odemwingie, Michael Eneramo, Obinna Nsofor, Obafemi Martins, and Chinedu Obasi.

One of the players will be dropped after the training camp in Durban, before the team leaves for Angola on January 10.

The source disclosed that Amodu decided to trim the squad after meeting with the NFF technical committee as he wants to beat the CAF January 1 deadline for submission of the team list.

There are speculations that one of midfielders Sani Kaita, Yusuf Ayila and striker Chinedu Ogbuke would be dropped before the submission of the final list to CAF.

The source also disclosed that Obafemi Martins, who had a surgery recently might be dropped if he failed a late fitness test in Durban, in which case the aforementioned players would retain their position in the team.

The team and its officials yesterday departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja for the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, where it expected to connect a flight to Durban, South Africa last night.

NFF spokesman, Ademola Olajire, revealed that Wolfsburg of Germany striker, Obafemi Martins and Russia-based Osaze Odemwingie, would team up with the rest of the team in Lagos, while the England-based players, as well as Israel-based duo of Vincent Enyeama and Dele Aiyenugba were permitted to join the team at its Zimbali Lodge Hotel, Durban on January 2 because of club engagements.

"Arrangement has been concluded for the teams departure via a South African airline for Durban, South Africa, where the technical crew will battle to make its final selections for the Angola 2010 Nations Cup," stated Olajire.

He disclosed that the NFF had sent an advance team to Durban to work with the Nigerian embassy in South Africa, which is putting arrangements for the team's arrival.

The Super Eagles, which is grouped alongside defending champions, Egypt, Mozambique and Benin Republic, will play its first match on January 12 against Egypt.

The Team list

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama, Bamidele Aiyenugba, Austin Ejide;

Defenders: Joseph Yobo, Danny Shittu, Obinna Nwaneri, Taye Taiwo, Elderson Echiejile, Yusuf Mohammed, Chidi Odiah, Onyekachi Apam;

Midfielders: Nwankwo Kanu, Mikel Obi, Dickson Etuhu, Sani Kaita, Yusuf Ayila, Oluwaseyi Olofinjana, Kalu Uche;

Strikers: Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Osaze Odemwingie, Michael Eneramo, Obinna Nsofor, Obafemi Martins, Chinedu Obasi.

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This thread is ridiculous, I could not give a damn if the entire team is Igbo, I just need these players to rep the green and white in a deserving manner. I do not want to be embarrassed that is all. One Nigeria, okay?

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My starting line up against Egypt on jan 12.

ENYEAMA

CHIDI ODIA, O.APAM JOSEPH YOBO T.TAIWO

A.YUSUF, S.OLOFINJANA, MIKEL OBI

OSAZE ODENWIGIE, Y.AIGBENI, OBINNA NSOFOR.

4:3:3

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Michael Eneramo is actually Igbo. If correctly spelt, it is Enerenmuo.

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They are all Nigerians and we should be proud of them. Mikel Obi grew up in Jos, he is as good as being an Igbo man as he is a jos boy. He can claim both places and the citizens of both areas can celebrate him with pride and joy. Since Igbo and Jos are both in Nigeria we should all celebrate such talent at our disposal no matter where we come from in Nigeria.

Afterall Agbonlahon of Aston Villa chose to play for England ignoring a Nigerian call up. Would any Edo man be happy at his refusal hell no. So we should embrace everyone of those Nigerians no matter where they came from as true patriots and worthy ambassardors.

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abeg make una comot politics for our football o, na legs dem dey take play oo, nobi the ethnic group oo, every tribes for naija get the same 2 legs abi anyone get pass 2 legs?

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This is getting sickening.

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Compare that to the USA 94 squad below where 13 out of 22 players were Igbos. The squad went ahead to do us proud.

It is quite obvious that Ndigbo excel above the others when any thing is done based on merit;

1 Peter RUFAI

2 Augustine EGUAVOEN

3 Ben IROHA

4 Stephen KESHI

5 Uche OKECHUKWU

6 Chidi NWANU

7 Finidi GEORGE

8 Thompson OLIHA

9 Rasheed YEKINI

10 Jay Jay OKOCHA

11 Emmanuel AMUNIKE

12 Samson SIASIA

13 Emeka EZEUGO

14 Daniel AMOKACHI

15 Sunday OLISEH

16 Alloy AGU

17 Victor IKPEBA

18 Efan EKOKU

19 Michael EMENALO

20 Uche OKAFOR

21 Mutiu ADEPOJU

22 Wilfred AGBONAVBARE

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LMAO at this new Igbo becomrich

i like it! lol

he's right too, if nigerian society gave space for merit igbos would surpass all in overwhelming leaps and bounds, as they were doing before biafra which led to biafra.

but it's not.

i also think igbos are probably 40% of the nigerian population or close, but their are undercounted in the census and hausa over counted for oil sake.

the fact that everyone you bump into in nigerian cities is igbo, outside nigeria is igbo and so forth paints an clearer picture. there's also a larger pop density and concentration of cities in the east then anywhere else so maybe the soccer team is a more accurate picture of nigeria's population

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Actually the glorious days of Nigerian soccer are over. How I wish those days will be back.

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we are getting ra.ped in the world cup as usual.

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Sefago:

Never heard of Mikel Obi and the rest of the pack?

Means you are a NERD

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Una dey crase. Why bringing sports issue to politics? Do you want the coach to sacrifice our best players on the alter of federal character? Okay give me names of three Northerners who play professional soccer in europe that we can use to substitute players like: mikel,kanu and osaze.

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quota system was never used in selections, but some just cant believe a northerner can make d list base on merit

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because this one na for suffer head. Playing for super eagles is not the in thing. Playing in the Aso Rock is the in thing

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No

Igbos in the team list:

Goalkeepers: Austin Ejide;

Defenders: Obinna Nwaneri, Elderson Echiejile, Chidi Odiah, Onyekachi Apam;

Midfielders: Nwankwo Kanu, Mikel Obi, Dickson Etuhu, Kalu Uche;

Strikers: Obinna Nsofor, Chinedu Obasi.

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did u count odemwingie as igbo?

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11 out of 24 is roughly 46% coming from Igbo people only. Why is this so? Why is the usual federal character syndrome in place of merit not counting here?

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