The 33rd Africa Cup of Nations begins in two weeks’ time with competing countries releasing the names of their contingents to the event. Sadly, the list of players to represent the Super Eagles of Nigeria is yet to be released, neither are we even sure of the Coach to take us to Cameroon. With the date of the event closing in, it isn’t looking good for Team Nigeria.
Plans for the Afcon next month are being endangered as Soccernet have credible reason to believe that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is yet to send an invitation to the players expected to lead our quest.
According to a close source to one of such team leading players, it is gathered that neither players nor clubs have received an official invitation from the NFF.
The Super Eagles have now found themselves between a rock and a hard place as FIFA rules stipulate a minimum of two weeks as the time in which national teams must have sent formal invitations to clubsides to demand a players’ release, but with just two weeks to Afcon, it seems time is running out on Nigeria and her Federation which if lapsed will place the team in an unwanted situation.
National teams in the ranks of the Eagles such as Senegal, hosts Cameroon, Morocco, Algeria have all released their final squad while Ghana have named a preliminary squad.
Also making waves is the fact that interim coach Austin Eguavoen may not even be the man to lead the Eagles come January to Cameroon as Amaju Pinnick earlier said if a foreign coach is named, he may take charge immediately.
Eguavoen the last time he spoke to Journalists had said Super Eagles will open camping after Christmas, but with today being Christmas day, not even a preliminary squad list is being released, the Camp opening on 27th December is now much shaky.
Austin Eguavoen had been appointed by NFF following the sacking of former manager Gernot Rhor earlier this month and it was expected he would lead the Eagles’ technical crew to Cameroon next month.
The Super Eagles will be playing against Egypt, a side who already have a team in place on January 11 in their first game of the tournament, two days after the tourney kicks off January 9.