Football Stakeholders are furious over the 23-man list released on Thursday by Eagles Manager Jose Peseiro over his refusal to invite enough home-based players.
The Portuguese invited only one home-based Player – Victor Sochima- of Rivers United. He also invited two Academy players who featured for Flying Eagles at the just concluded Africa U20 AFCON.
However, keen followers of the domestic league, including some of the administrators of the NPFL, argued that Peseiro is not doing the country any good with his stand on domestic league players.
“The league is now better than before, and we have quality players. We have to encourage and expose them for higher challenges, but Perseiro is not ready to do that, This is sad,” one of them said.
For example, Bendel Insurance striker Imade Osehenkhoe has been banging in goals this season and deserves to be on the list to at least to understudy Osimhen and others.
A Kano based administrator also argued that since the Eagles are up against Guinea Bissau, Perseiro should have saved resources by inviting just 15 foreign and eight home based.
It was authoritatively learnt that the NFF insisted on not less than six home-based, but the Eagles Manager declined.
“Peseiro is stubborn, and one wonders who the boss between him and the federation is. We need to help our league because this time last year, Ghana came to Nigeria and edged us out of the World Cup with a blend of domestic and foreign players; we must correct this before it’s too late. The NFF must stamp its foot down on issues relating to the development of the game,” he said.