NFF : Accepting A Friendly With The Black Stars Is Preposterous – Analyst

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has come under serious criticism following its arrangement with the Ghana Football Association for a friendly game between the Super Eagles and Black Stars; reports.

The NFF through its official X (formerly Twitter) handle on Saturday revealed the next international friendly matches lined up for the Super Eagles.

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NFF invites Osimhen for the international friendly game against Ghana
Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen.

According to what was obtained, the three-time African champions and 2023 Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) finalist will lock horns with Ghana Black Stars and Eagles of Mali during the FIFA international break later this month.

According to NPFLUpdates in-house analyst Mr Best, the decision of the NFF to accept a friendly from the Black Stars is doing the national team mo good.

Based on his analysis, the renowned football executive, said it’s a sort of depreciation, and condescending too low for the Super Eagles to play Ghana who hasn’t qualified from an AFCON group stage in almost a decade.

“What’s there to play against the Black Stars (of Ghana)?” he queried.

“It’s preposterous; condescending rather low to play a country who’s finding it a difficult task to qualify for an AFCON knockout stages in almost a decade. For me it’s a sort of depreciation to the Super Eagles; to even say we got to the final of the 2023 AFCON makes it heart-shredding.”

In another story, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) invited Luton Town defender Gabriel Osho to the Super Eagles for friendly matches against Ghana and Mali this month.

Recall, Nigeria were supposed to take on world champions Argentina but it was cancelled. The three-time African champions, now renew their 73-year rivalry with the Black Stars on March 22 before taking on Mali on March 26.

Players invited by the NFF for the international friendlies are:

Goalkeepers: Stanley Nwabali (Chippa United, South Africa); Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: Gabriel Osho (Luton FC, England); Chidozie Awaziem (Boavista FC, Portugal); Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Empoli FC, Italy); Bruno Onyemaechi (Boavista FC, Portugal); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (Cardiff City, Wales); Benjamin Tianimu (Ihefu SC, Tanzania)

Black Stars Mohammed Kudus

Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge, Belgium); Alhassan Yusuf (Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Fulham FC, England)

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Forwards: Nathan Tella (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Sadiq Umar (Real Sociedad, Spain); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy); Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Hatayspor, Turkey); Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest, England); Cyriel Dessers (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)

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