By James Agberebi:
Former Super Eagles coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, has backed Sunday Oliseh following the 18-man foreign-based list he released on Monday.
Speaking with completesportsnigeria.com, Onigbinde posited that the coach should be in the best position to know the players who would fit his style of play.
Oliseh controversially excluded the likes of in-form Watford striker Odion Ighalo and Mikel Obi, a senior member of the squad.
But Onigbinde insists Oliseh made the decision s that suited the coach’s plans.
“The only person who can decide on who comes into a team is the person who knows what system he wants the team to play. And on this occasion it is Sunday Oliseh who knows,” Onigbinde told completesportsnigeria.com on Wednesday.
“He knows what strategy and style he wants to adopt, so it is left to him to know the players who would be suitable to execute the programme.
“When you are selecting players into a team, there are two options, a fixed pattern, you now look for players who can operate that pattern. The second option is, you have a set of players, from their qualities and performances, you now deliberate on what system they can operate.
“He is being paid for the job, so let him earn his salary by doing what he feels is the best for the team by inviting the players capable of delivering for the team.”
Among notable players not listed in the 18-man list include John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Brown Ideye and Odion Ighalo.