Eguavoen gives reason why he included one NPFL player in Nigeria’s AFCON 2021 squad
Augustine Eguavoen, the interim boss of the Super Eagles, has given the real reason he included just one home-based player in Nigeria’s squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.
Eguavoen included just one player, John Noble, a goalkeeper with Enyimba FC, in his 28-man squad for the 2021 AFCON, which begins on January 9.
He said he included just one player from the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) in his squad because the Super Eagles have limited time to prepare for the AFCON.
Eguavoen, however, admitted that he wanted to include five players from the NPFL.
“The challenge for us is the little time we have to prepare for the competition. That didn’t give us room to invite more home-based players,” Eguavoen told a press conference on Tuesday.
“I initially wanted to include four or five players from the NPFL in the team, but there was no way we could do that with the limited time we have to prepare for the competition.
”During Keshi’s time, they had enough time to prepare the team. The team spent quality time together and also played friendly games.”
Nigeria will kick-start their 2021 AFCON campaign on January 11 against seven-time champions Egypt.
The three-time African champions are in Group D alongside Egypt, Sudan and Guinea Bissau.