Mikel, Ogenyi have no business in Eagles now …says Peters
From RAMSAY UGELE, Abuja –
Super Eagles team list for the crucial Nations Cup qualifier final leg released on Tuesday has received knocks from former Assistant Secretary General (Technical) of the NFF, Coach James Peters, as he poured cold water on the invitation of Chelsea boy, John Mikel Obi and Lazio of Italy young sensation Onazi Ogenyi.
According to the former technical chieftain, Stephen Keshi should have concluded his Nations Cup qualification campaign before inviting the duo for the real tournament, as inviting them now will affect the tactical profile the team is already working itself into.
“Well, Mikel Obi no doubt is one of our best foreign-based, but if you ask me, he has no business in that team for now on account of the level of cohesion already achieved with those he (Keshi) had been prosecuting the qualification with.
His inclusion at this point technically will affect the play philosophy and speed of the team,’’ adding that the same sentiment goes for the new kid on the block, Lazio of Italy player Onazi Ogenyi.
James Peters who was at the Glass House yesterday to meet with some management staff of the football house, it would be recalled, once superintnded technically over the last generation of Falconnets before the recent set.
He underlined his position further by observing that prosecuting qualification matches and the tournament proper should entail diverse technical approaches. “If I were Keshi I will not bring in any fresh player into the fold for now. It will break the flow of the tactical profile, because most of those on that list have been prosecuting his qualification programme.
“My idea is that the likes of Mikel and Onazi should have come in when preparing for the tournament, after picking the ticket.’’
Conversely Keshi had on Tuesday told newsmen that Mikel’s invitation was contigent upon series of discussions between him and the Chelsea player. “I have been talking with Mikel for the past three days and he has signaled his intention to come and play, so why all these fuse,?” he ask in exasperation.
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