Following Nigeria’s absence in the ongoing Africa Nations Championship (CHAN, a tournament for professional footballers based in Africa), ex-Nigerian international, Henry Nwosu has charged the Nigeria Football Federation to set up a technical team with the main task of discovering quality talents in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) that would qualify Nigeria for the next CHAN and dominate African football.
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In the past, the Nigerian national team was dominated by home-based players, but recently, professionals abroad get more favour from national team selectors. Henry Nwosu believes something is wrong with the system and must be timely addressed to ensure Nigeria reclaims her place at the top of African football.
‘I am really sad that the Home Based Super Eagles are not in the 2021 Africa Nations Champions in Cameroon despite the availability of talents that we have in our football league. The fact that we didn’t qualify tells you that something is actually not done properly and must be corrected before the next edition. At this point, I think the Nigeria Football Federation must deploy a strong technical team that will help the coaches in scouting for quality talents in our league.’
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It will be recalled that the last time Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations (2013, South Africa), Sunday Mba, alongside other home-based professionals such as Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwueke, Ejike Uzoenyi, and Gabriel Reuben played a vital role in the triumph of the Stephen Keshi led side.
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