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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:31 pm 
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To conquer the world, the amped Nigerians must first demonstrate that they can easily dispatch the likes of Sierra Leone who are not ranked among Africa's best. The gap between Nigeria and Sierra Leone was marked by a 4-1 trouncing meted out to the Leone Stars by Nigeria in October 2008 when both countries met in the most recent competitive game. But that was eons ago when just one of 14 players who played that evening in Abuja was bred outside the country. This March, the starting team is likely to feature no less than four such players and it could easily be five or six and, perhaps, a further two among the initial substitutes called to play. It is a sea change in picking Nigeria's representatives for senior internationals.

Recently, calls for inclusion of locally-based Nigerian players have begun to grow louder as the federation intensifies its recruitment of dual citizen players from outside the country. The federation has attempted to shield itself from attacks by publicly stating that the national coach will be made to watch the local leagues and call up local players. This will be included in the coach's yet to be renewed contract. Shockingly, politician Akin Alabi trust himself into the debate tweeting a poll surveying opinion of Nigerians on whether legislation is needed to force inclusion of local players in the national team. Astonishingly, 41% of 15,039 votes stated "Yes, it is a great idea" and another 19% voted that it was not enough to legislate that only two local players are to be invited. Perhaps, if nothing else, it demonstrates a brewing discontent.

The difficulties of statistical thinking describes a puzzling limitation of our mind: our excessive confidence in what we believe we know, and our apparent inability to acknowledge the full extent of our ignorance and the uncertainty of the world we live in. We are prone to overestimate how much we understand about the world and to underestimate the role of chance in events -- Daniel Kahneman (2011), Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics
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