Former Super Eagles coach Adegboye Onigbinde has backed Sunday Oliseh for excluding the likes of Mikel and Ighalo from his recent list
A lot of reactions have trailed Sunday Oliseh's 18-man list of invited foreign based Super Eagles players for next month's 2017 African Cup of Nations against Tanzania.
Former Super Eagles coach, Adegboye Onigbinde says he backs Oliseh's decision to leave out the likes of Odion Ighalo and John Obi Mikel.
“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," Onigbinde who took Super Eagles to the 2002 World Cup told Complete Sports.
"And on this occasion it is Sunday Oliseh who knows,”
“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.”
Oliseh on Tuesday, August 18 in an interview with newsmen in Abuja gave his reason for not inviting the likes of Ighalo.
"Ighalo is in our plans; it is just that for this first game against Tanzania, we invited only two players for each position and we are trying to bring in competition.
"It is useless bringing in three strikers and paying their flight tickets and everything without being able to use one or two of them, so in that way, we have to take time.
"However, we have some heavyweights in Emmanuel Emenike and Anthony Ujah for that position and if need be, we may play the two of them.
Watch Sunday Oliseh give an update o the Super Eagles, below: