The Nigeria Football Federation has revealed that it will keep faith in home grown and home based talents ahead of the CAF U23 AFCON.
This was made known by the 1st Vice-President of the NFF, Seyi Akinwumi via an interview with tabloid Score Nigeria on Thursday. Akinwumi made the comments while reacting to the call that more home-based players should be drafted into the Olympic and Senior Natioral Teams.
“I do not believe in the issue of home based or foreign based. I keep on emphasizing on this, if you’re good, you’re good regardless of where you play and if a coach is discerning, he can see a player in what ever League he plays in and choose him, I think what the coaching crew did was choose the best players that they could find and are available and worked with.
“For me I think it is derogatory the way we refer to the home based players. It’s s not like they are not literally home based, for me personally I don’t like the term because it sounds like some form of low ranking ,they are very good players ,they played in the national team and they played fantastic .” Akinwumi revealed.
Akinwumi’s comments come barely 24 hours after the head coach of the U23 National team Imama Amapakabor revealed that he was going to play the U23 AFCON with a squad of mostly home based players because the tournament falls outside the FIFA International Window.
The CAF U23 AFCON is also the Olympic Qualifying Tournament where the top three qualify for the Olympics.
Nigeria are the defending champions having defeated Senegal four years ago at Dakar.