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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:45 pm 
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NIgeria is very thin in the AM position. int he last AFCON, Iwobi was our best option for 10 with DM MIkel as backup.

This list is for only those playing in TOp League, and Top Tier 2 leagues so The likes of Nwakali would not be on this list.

Also, Ebere Eze would not be on this list becuase he has not pledged his future to Nigeria and only just got invited to England's U20.

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1. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland/ Europa League): Joseph Oluwaseyi Temitope Ayodele-Aribo played for charlton Atheltic for 3 seasons (confirmed starter) before landing in Rangers this term. Regular first team football and scintilating performances would sure earn him a callup, in this position where we are very thin. He can also plays as a central midfielder and DM. He has pledged his international future to Nigeria.



2. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, EPL/ Europa): Alex hot and cold. When hot, he is one of the best in the EPL. Would he tie down a regular spot in Arsenal and back it up with top performances? In a position where he doesnt seem to have enough competition in the SE, we rely on him for salvation.

3. Igboun (UFA, Russia): An attacking midfielder who also plays from the left wing for UFA. He is very skillful and a handful, he was the best thing in the Ufa squad. Was beginning to be the heart of Oliseh's SE until Oliseh bitched out. Another season of hot display this season should earn him a call to compete in the AM spot in the SE.

4. Hamdi Akujobi (Herenveen, Netherlands): He joined Herenveen last season but was with the U19. THis season, he has stepped up the senior team and even came in as a sub (Attacking Midfield) in the first league game this past weekend. He is a complete midfielder and can also play CM and DM. His dad was also a footballer in NIgeria, went for greener pastures in Netherland and is currently a football agent (was involved in Ejuke's deal. Hamdi was also in the U20 camp last year. A hot display in the dutch league this season would def see him get an SE callup like CHukwueze got one by mid-season in his first top pro season.

Some videos you that would help guage his skill.




Video of him training with the u20 (You can tell his father na agent)



5. Ahmed Isaiah (Gil Vicente, Portugal): this 23yr old midfielder has been a mainstay in the Portuguese D1 playing regualrly for 3 different teams since 2013. He joined Gil Vicente last season, played most of their matches and they gt promoted to the Portuguese premier league. He is an Attacking Midfielder and second striker. If he maintains his starting shirt in his team and plays massively, he would surely get a callup from Rohr who badly needs attacking Midfield options as backup to Iwobi.


Note: Samuel Kalu can play as an AM (done this 3 times last season), Chidera Ejuke (did also in Valarenga and mentioned it in this Herenveen unveiling interview), Etebo (his major position majority his life) and Samuel Chukwueze (Played this at the AFCON as a sub).


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:54 pm 
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Only Iwobi is worth a callup from that list.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:56 pm 
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Chief NFF you’re doing a good job but please any new additions to SE must be utmost QUALITY not some no name backwater players because in order to aim for the next level, we need more QUALITY players at QUALITY Leagues


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:41 pm 
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john12 wrote:
Chief NFF you’re doing a good job but please any new additions to SE must be utmost QUALITY not some no name backwater players because in order to aim for the next level, we need more QUALITY players at QUALITY Leagues


They are not backwater League players. Rangers, here been, arsenal and Ufa in Russia are all in top tier 1 and 2 leagues.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:34 pm 
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Aribo is worth calling up for a friendly as long as he's open to playing for Nigeria. Wasn't particularly impressed by Igboun when I saw him play as an AM under Oliseh. He seems to be better suited to play as a forward/winger, however, we have better alternatives in those positions.

We may have to convert players to play the AM position, since we are so thin in that position. It will have to be the right player though. Like the thread says Ejuke or Kalu may be able to play that role. Igbekeme, Ejaria, and Chuks Aneke are also CMs that are good going forward that may be able to play the AM role. I think Chuwkueze is better on the wings.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:59 pm 
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How far with Ovie Ej?? Is he still interested in playing for Nigeria?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:40 pm 
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bret- hart wrote:
How far with Ovie Ej?? Is he still interested in playing for Nigeria?

Our scouting system is very poor, otherwise I don't see why we shouldn't be keeping tabs on these players.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:34 pm 
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After Iwobi, I think Ebere Eze is the best option. Not sure if he's decide to play for Nigeria though.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:23 pm 
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olu wrote:
After Iwobi, I think Ebere Eze is the best option. Not sure if he's decide to play for Nigeria though.


Rohr invited him for the scrummage in London. He came and saw but looks like another one, like Demola Lookman holding out for an England call up...


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:41 am 
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chief nfachairman wrote:
john12 wrote:
Chief NFF you’re doing a good job but please any new additions to SE must be utmost QUALITY not some no name backwater players because in order to aim for the next level, we need more QUALITY players at QUALITY Leagues


They are not backwater League players. Rangers, here been, arsenal and Ufa in Russia are all in top tier 1 and 2 leagues.


Sorry but they are backwater leagues and will struggle to play with other African teams


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olu wrote:
Aribo is worth calling up for a friendly as long as he's open to playing for Nigeria. Wasn't particularly impressed by Igboun when I saw him play as an AM under Oliseh. He seems to be better suited to play as a forward/winger, however, we have better alternatives in those positions.

We may have to convert players to play the AM position, since we are so thin in that position. It will have to be the right player though. Like the thread says Ejuke or Kalu may be able to play that role. Igbekeme, Ejaria, and Chuks Aneke are also CMs that are good going forward that may be able to play the AM role. I think Chuwkueze is better on the wings.
Chuks Aneke?
Are you joking?
I thought we were trying to raise the bar?
Chuks is a child prodigy gone wrong and was done years ago. No club manager has found him worthy of top-flight football since.
He has had enough time to prove himself and sadly hasn't.
He's about 25, 26 now.

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Tobi17 wrote:
bret- hart wrote:
How far with Ovie Ej?? Is he still interested in playing for Nigeria?

Our scouting system is very poor, otherwise I don't see why we shouldn't be keeping tabs on these players.
But we are keeping tabs.
You just read how Eze was invited to kick around with the SE in London, how Josh Maja had a kickabout with them in France and how some young keeper in Germany is talking about playing for the SE. There are many others I'm sure.
Where did Collins appear from? Semi Ajayi? Ola Aina? Uzoho? Kalu? Chukwueze? More?

YOU CAN ACCUSE ROHR OF ALL SORTS OF STUFF, BUT SURELY NOT FAILING TO SCOUT FOR NEW TALENT?

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We have players as old or older than Aneke playing in the Championship or a lower level. I have no problem with him being invited If he performs well enough for Charlton to merit a call. Etebo (though younger) is one of the main stays of our team and plays in the Championship. Mikel also played for Middlesborough last season, and Ighalo plays in China.

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olu wrote:
Aribo is worth calling up for a friendly as long as he's open to playing for Nigeria. Wasn't particularly impressed by Igboun when I saw him play as an AM under Oliseh. He seems to be better suited to play as a forward/winger, however, we have better alternatives in those positions.

We may have to convert players to play the AM position, since we are so thin in that position. It will have to be the right player though. Like the thread says Ejuke or Kalu may be able to play that role. Igbekeme, Ejaria, and Chuks Aneke are also CMs that are good going forward that may be able to play the AM role. I think Chuwkueze is better on the wings.
Chuks Aneke?
Are you joking?
I thought we were trying to raise the bar?
Chuks is a child prodigy gone wrong and was done years ago. No club manager has found him worthy of top-flight football since.
He has had enough time to prove himself and sadly hasn't.
He's about 25, 26 now.


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Surprised Hamdi Akujobi did not make Aigbogun's final U20 world cup squad when the squad had just one natural AM, Okon, who was average at best. Akujobi's exclusion aside, Aigbogun's team selection was almost criminal. Can't believe he is still the U20 coach.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:00 am 
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olu wrote:
Surprised Hamdi Akujobi did not make Aigbogun's final U20 world cup squad when the squad had just one natural AM, Okon, who was average at best. Akujobi's exclusion aside, Aigbogun's team selection was almost criminal. Can't believe he is still the U20 coach.

So that poto-poto that you saw in that training tape is what you thought we were missing in Poland?! :shock:

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Gotti wrote:
olu wrote:
Surprised Hamdi Akujobi did not make Aigbogun's final U20 world cup squad when the squad had just one natural AM, Okon, who was average at best. Akujobi's exclusion aside, Aigbogun's team selection was almost criminal. Can't believe he is still the U20 coach.

So that poto-poto that you saw in that training tape is what you thought we were missing in Poland?! :shock:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:26 am 
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See some of you writing off Joe Aribo. He started his first official match for Rangers in the Europa Qualifiers a week ago and has played all their mathces till date including scoring in the Europa on Thursday.

Your favorite Sadiq Umar could not tie down a starting shirt at Rangers but this guy walks into Rangers and wins Steve G "the #$%" over.

we better start grooming him as Iwobi's successor.


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This player is an AM but i failed to mention him earlier.

1. Ahmed Isaiah (Gil Vicente): this 23yr old midfielder has been a mainstay in the Portuguese D1 playing regualrly for 3 different teams since 2013. He joined Gil Vicente last season, played most of their matches and they gt promoted to the Portuguese premier league. He is an Attacking Midfielder and second striker. If he maintains his starting shirt in his team and plays massively, he would surely get a callup from Rohr who needs attacking Midfield options as backup to Iwobi.


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