Former Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Anthony Kojo-Williams has condemned the Nigeria Football Federation for dropping five players from the Flying Eagles squad to next month’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, without the consent of Coach John Obuh.
Obuh only yesterday raised eyebrows over the provisional 30-mam list released by the NFF, stating that he was surprised that five players, comprising Lukman Dimiyo, Moses Epele, Bobby Ikpeazu, Ozioma Maduako and Ezeugo Samson were dropped without his
The Golden Eaglets were beaten finalists at the African U17 Championship in Morocco, while the Flying Eagles placed third at the African Youth Championship in Algeria.
The Golden Eaglets lost on penalties to Cote d’Ivoire after final scores stood at 1-1 in the championship final in Marrakech.
The U20s defeated Mali 2-1 in a third-placed match to avenge a 1-0 loss to the West African rivals.
Both teams have qualified for their respective World Cups and Nigeria can boast of a special record of having medalled in Africa at full international, U20 and U17 levels in one calendar year.
Top government and sports ministry officials have been locked in talks over the presidential reception.
A top official informed MTNFootball.com: “The President will receive the teams on Tuesday at Aso Rock.
“All arrangements in this regard have been finalised.”
However, the Flying Eagles are to be honoured in absentia as they are currently in Germany on a training tour ahead of the U20 World Cup in Turkey next month.
Interestingly, they won the 2011 African Youth Championship in South Africa but were not honoured.
President Jonathan rewarded the Super Eagles with national honours, cash and plots of land when they won a third Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa in February.