Int Friendly:Home Based Eagles Would Not Disappoint Nigerians Says Ushurhe

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Former head coach of Messiah Football Club of Lagos, Anthony Ushurhe has expressed confidence that the home based super Eagles would not disappoint Nigerian football fans when both teams clash in an international friendly match scheduled for July 3 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, USA.

Ushurhe who is currently in US for football coaching course admitted that Mexico friendly would be more tactical than Cameroon game but noted that the home based Eagles players would give their best to shock the CONCACAF country

“The match between Mexico and Nigeria friendly match would be another tough game for Eagles players. When I saw the list of local players coach Rohr invited to Eagles, I concluded in my mind that the players would shock Mexico.

“Coach Rohr did well by inviting the best local players to Eagles and I believe that they would not disappoint Nigerian football fans,” he said.

Ushurhe said if the local players can play the way they played in their various clubs in the Nigerian league, Nigeria stands the chance to shock their opponents. He said the friendly match against Mexico is an opportunity for local players to make a name for themselves.

The Delta born coach however, advised the players to take the friendly match with all seriousness and give their best so that Nigerian football fans who are still disappointed with Cameroon game can have confidence in Eagles again.

He also cautioned the players not to see the national assignment as their final bus stop but rather to see the friendly match against Mexico as the beginning of their professional football career.

“This is the friendly match the players should convince us that they deserve a place in Super Eagles team. Any player does well would be invited in the subsequent friendly and qualification matches and also any player plays below expectation should forget the national team,” he said.

Meanwhile the invited players are expected to report at the Serob Legacy Hotel, Wuye, Abuja on Tuesday, June 22 with their travel documents. Nonetheless, only 22 players will make the trip to the USA.


Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); John Noble (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: Olisa Ndah (Akwa United); Adekunle Adeleke (Abia Warriors); Tope Olusesi (Rangers International); Ifeanyi Anaemena (Rivers United); Christopher Nwaeze (Kwara United); Enyinnaya Kazie (Rivers United); Mohammed Zirkiflu (Plateau United); Imoh Ubot (Enyimba FC); Tebo Franklin Degaulle (Nasarawa United); Lawal Oriyomi Murtala (Kwara United)

Midfielders: Anthony Shimaga (Rangers International); Seth Mayi (Akwa United); Uche Nwasonaya (Plateau United); Samuel Nnoshiri (Katsina United); Ekundayo Ojo (Enyimba FC)

Forwards: Anayo Iwuala (Enyimba FC); Stephen Jude (Kwara United); Ibrahim Olawoyin (Rangers International); Charles Ashimene (Akwa United); Chinonso Ezekwe (Rangers International); Auwalu Ali Malam
(Kano Pillars); Neurot Emmanuel (Plateau United); Abdulmutalif Sanusi (Katsina United)

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