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AFCON 2022: Potential Super Eagles Squad List

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As the year 2021 gradually draws curtain, African football enthusiasts are already counting down for the biggest African football fiesta, The African Cup Of Nations, slated to kick off in January in 2022.

As eligible countries intensifies preparations, gunning to carve a niche for the themselves in the tourney, the Nigeria Super Eagles team wouldn’t be left out as the ‘Giant Of Africa’ would be coming into the tournament looking forward to bag it’s (4) AFCON title.

Going by the galaxy of stars paraded by the Nigeria Senior National team, the Nigerian side would be coming into the party in Cameroon as one of the strong title contenders.

With just a month left to the 2022 AFCON, the Nigeria Football Federation axed it’s Franco-German tactician, Gernot Rohr and drafted in Nigerian Ex-International, Austin Eguavoen on interim basis pending the appointment of a substantive gaffer that would lead the Eagles.

The former Nigeria Ex-International would be arguably faced with an uphill task following his impromptu take over as the Manager of the Nigeria Super Eagles team and this ranks as one major reasons the Federation are yet to publicly announce the Super Eagles 40man provisional list.

According to this writers, a source close to the Federation, has it that the new interim Head Coach would be making use of the 40man provisional list submitted by the erstwhile gaffer before he was relieved of his duties.

Going by the above information, below are first 23players who might likely make it to the Soccer fiesta in Cameroon next year if they all remain fit and stays top form before then.

GOALKEEPERS
Maduka Emilio Okoye(GK)

The Dutch based goalie surprisingly made a return back to action at the Weeknd after he was been speculated to miss the AFCON following a shoulder injury.

With his surprising return, the goalkeeper stands a big chance of making it to the AFCON next which would be his first major tournaments after pledging alligiance to represent the Nigeria Super Eagles.

Daniel Akpeyi (GK):

The Kazier Chiefs Goalkeeper arguably ranks as one of the goalkeepers in the Eagles camp who is rest assured to make it to Cameron for the AFCON owing to his amazing form in the South Africa top-flight league.

Francis Uzoho (GK)

Uzoho was the first choice in the last World Cup in Russia but went back to the bench during the last AFCON with Akpeyi opted instead.

Regardless not ranking top in the pecking order, Uzoho would surely be on the plane to the AFCON.

DEFENDERS
Leon Balogun (CB)

The Rangers Glasgow man has been unimpressive alongside his ‘Oyinbo Wall’ pair Troost-Ekong.

Down with a muscle injury, if stays fit before January his place looks ‘Certain’ regardless his poor display for the Super Eagles in recent times

William Troost-Ekong (CB)

The former Nigeria Olympics Bronze Medalist regardless his shabby display stands the chances of making it to the party tho the usual ‘Oyinbo Wall’ pair might be given a twist.

Kenneth Omeruo (CB):

The Leganes center back, Kenneth Omeruo is experienced defender who serves as a utility, an asset which makes him one player that would be sure to make it to the AFCON party.

He may not have played for the team a lot in recent games, but his experience means he will be in the squad.

Chidozie Awaziem (CB/RB)

Awaziem is another player with a vast tournament experience, a utility player who can be drafted into any role.

Awaziem since joining Turkish based outfit, Antalyspor, has been ever present in virtually all their game but down to the National team, the hard tackling defender is often seen on the bench.

Awaziem performance in November has made him fans favorite and so has a place for the AFCON.

Ola Aina (RB/LB)

The Torino man ability to play either from the right or left back role guarantees him a place in the squad of the Super Eagles, his experience of playing in an AFCON gives him an advantage too.

Zaidu Sanusi (LB):

The Portuguese made left back got a goal and maintained a clean-sheet in his side win at the Weeknd and if stays fit, the 23-year-old is expected to battle Jamilu Collins for the starting role at left-back.

Jamilu Collins (LB):

The left full back has failed to Shine in the colours of the Nigeria Super Eagles team, ranking as one of the left back in the team, he is somehow sure of making it to the AFCON for the second time.

Abdullahi Shehu (RB/DM)

The Cyprus based Utility lists amongst players whose Gernot Rohr regime never favoured regardless his vast experience.

Shehu’ versatility means he is undroppable.

MIDFIELDERS
Wilfred Ndidi (DM)

The highly rated Leicester City defensive midfielder arguably has a place in the list and his contribution in game guarantees him as place in the Starting XI regardless who is incharge

Joe Aribo (CM):

The Scottish based midfielder places in the plane for the AFCON is a sure ‘bet.

The Rangers Glasgow man has come under heavy criticism following his ability to recreate his clubside form in the Colours of the Super Eagles.

Innocent Bonke (DM):

The Malmo FF and Swedish Allevenkan league champion stands a better chance to make it to the AFCON and one player who can give Ndidi a healthy competition.

Alex Iwobi (AM):

Not living upto expectations, the Everton man sure has a place in the team if only he stays fit before the tournament in Cameroon.

Kelechi Iheanacho (AM/SS):

Regardless not been a regular in the Leicester City team, the U17 winner bad form wouldn’t deny him a place in the Eagles squad for th AFCON.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers prefers playing him up front with another striker, but it remains to be seen if Eguavoen will use him in the same role.

FORWARDS
Victor Osimhen (ST):

The former U17 World cup winner who was speculated to miss the party surprisingly made a return to training with his Italian Seria A side and in a recent tweet has declared himself avaliable for selection.

Emmanuel Dennis (ST):

The Watford man recent form makes him undroppable for the Party in Cameroon as he ranks amongst Nigerian born and eligible strikers in Europe painting their leagues with goals.

The 24-year-old has scored seven times and registered five assists in 15 league games for Watford. It is difficult to drop a player in such form.

Samuel Chukwueze (RW):

The Villarreal CF winger has proven why he shouldn’t be left out for the party in Cameroon as he has come off the bench to net twice for his Submarines team.

Chukwueze’s trickery will be needed in the team. He is yet to hit full gear this season as he only just returned from a six-month layoff.

But he has already shown glimpses of what he is capable of with Villarreal, which is good news for Eguavoen.

Chidera Ejuke (LW):

Ejuke in his two outing with the Super Eagles has played his way into the heart of many Football enthusiasts and sure will be a huge assest for the Eagles in the African Cup of Nations.

Moses Simon (LW):

The Nantes winger crazy form at the beginning of the current French Ligue 1 seasons has drastically dropped, regardless, only an injury can stop him from going to Cameroon.

Ahmed Musa (ST):

The Nigerian skipper ranks amongst the players sure for the AFCON as only his position guarantees him the spot.

Odion Ighalo (ST):

Ighalo’s name on the list may come as a surprise, considering he retired after the 2019 AFCON.

But he came out of retirement to play for the team during the last international break. He looks set to continue in Cameroon, especially with Paul Onuachu likely to miss the tournament due to an injury.

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Yusuf Abdullahi: Fast Rising Top Talent Dazzles In Nigeria Flying Eagles Training

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Highly rated Nigeria youngster, Yusuf Abdullahi, has been spotted in training with the Nigeria Under-20 team (Flying Eagles) as the team intensified preparations for football event in the All African Games which will take place in Ghana.

The sensational goal poacher who scored five goals in game in the Nigeria topflight league with Kano Pillars was handed invite by Coach Ladan Bosso upon return from Norway.

Afterwards his heroics, Yusuf Abdullahi, who has been a ‘hot cake’ in the transfer market has been in Norway where to negotiate a potential move to top Norwegian Eliteserien league giants.

Dazzling in the Nigeria Under-20 training Cup for All African Games, Coach Ladan Bosso, has been given thumbs up for his rich scouting network to ensure the best for the Nigeria Flying Eagles team.

The towering youngster, Yusuf Abdullahi, is tipped to bring in something different and outstanding in the Nigeria Flying Eagles team for All African Games with his killer instinct passes and goal scoring prowess.

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AFCON23: Nigerians Owes José Peseiro Apologies

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Failure as they said has no friends whilst success comes with lots of friends and family members inclusive.

Success never comes overnight as it requires time, consistency, believing in your craft will surely draw the much needed success closer than expected.

The Nigeria Super Eagles yesterday stepped into the semi-finals of the on-going African Cup Of Nations In Abidjan, Ivory Coast following its 1-0 win over Angola, all thanks to Lookman Ademola first half goal which was enough to separate the two sides at full time.

Prior to the African Cup Of Nations, the Nigeria Super Eagles were written off by its own country people following the team strings of poor run with its Portuguese gaffer, Jose Peseiro, described as an ‘incompetent’ Coach by many Nigeria Football enthusiasts.

José Peseiro suffered all manner of insults and cyber bullying by Nigerians as well as in the hands of the Nigeria Football Federation as he was forced to take a pay but he was undeterred knowing his worth and ability.

Nigeria Super Eagles Coach, Jose Peserio, suffered all manner of negative criticism from Nigeria Football enthusiasts, Journalists and Pundits starting from its Provisional list for the AFCON down to his list of 25 players for the competition.

The Portuguese gaffer amidst all negative criticism remained focused and never allowed side talks from naysayers distract him as he knows his Onion and was ready to prove it.

“We said it, the Nigeria Super Eagles team is too big for Jose Peserio to handle, the team cannot qualify for group stages ” these were words of many Nigerians, pundits and analysts after the team 1-1 draw in its first game in Group A against Equatorial Guinea.

The team squared up against host Nation, Ivory Coast and cruised to a 1-0 win and went ahead to record a 1-0 win over Guinea-Bissau to secure a place in the round of 16 but still, the Coach Jose Peserio tutored side was under fire as they described the team qualification as a fluke.

In all group stages, the Nigeria Super Eagles team conceded only once and still stretched its clean-sheet with their 2-0 win over Cameroon in the round of 16 down to its 1-0 win over Angola in the quarter-finals.

Against all odds, against all criticism by Naysayers, Coach Jose Peserio has silenced all criticism against him with success stories following the Nigeria Super Eagles qualifications for the semi-finals of the AFCON.

At this point, Nigerian football enthusiasts, Journalists, Analysts and Pundits needs to unanimously come together and tender an apology to the Nigeria Super Eagles gaffer as his big feats in the AFCON has brought smiles in the faces of millions of Nigerians who called for his sack prior to the competition.

As early stated, Success takes time and requires consistent as Jose Peserio has turned around the fortunes of the Nigeria Super Eagles team in the AFCON with its high level of consistency in formations and personnel’s.

With the team setting it’s eyes on the trophy, Portuguese gaffer, Jose Peserio deserves an apology letter from all Nigerians who doubted his ability.

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Super Eagles Coach Peseiro Prepares for Challenging Quarterfinal Showdown Against Angola

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Super Eagles Coach Peseiro Gears Up For Tough Quarterfinal Clash With Angola

Jose Peseiro, the head coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, has revealed that the team is actively preparing for their upcoming quarterfinal match against Angola. After a recovery and training session in Abidjan, Peseiro shared valuable insights into the team’s preparations and provided an update on the condition of goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali.

Peseiro emphasized the significance of the recovery and training session in ensuring the players are in peak condition for the crucial quarterfinal clash. The session focused on maintaining the players’ fitness levels and sharpness as they gear up for the decisive stage of the tournament.

Regarding Stanley Nwabali, the team’s goalkeeper, a fitness test was conducted to assess his readiness. The medical team, along with Peseiro, is closely monitoring Nwabali’s condition, and decisions regarding his participation in the upcoming match will be based on the results of the evaluation.

With Peseiro’s strategic approach and the team’s dedicated focus, the Super Eagles are determined to face the tough challenge posed by Angola in the quarterfinals and advance further in the tournament.

Coach Jose Peseiro of the Super Eagles has emphasized the need for unwavering focus and a collective team effort as they gear up for the intense quarterfinal clash against Angola. Peseiro highlighted the importance of giving 100% effort in every aspect of preparation, including training, nutrition, and rest.

Recognizing the strength of the Angolan team, Peseiro emphasized the significance of meticulous planning and outstanding teamwork to secure victory in what is expected to be a challenging match.

“We must maintain complete focus, giving our all in every activity, every day – be it training, meals, or rest. Our team must operate at 100%. We are up against a formidable opponent in Angola. To emerge victorious, we need to deliver a fantastic performance.”

Under the guidance of Coach Peseiro, the Super Eagles are fully committed to meticulous preparation and a united team effort as they face the intense quarterfinal clash against Angola.

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