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Super Eagles coordinator wants more home-based players, forgotten stars to combat injury crisis

September 26th 2022, 9:35:55 pm

Over 8 first-team players are unavailable for the Algeria friendly due to injury or other reasons

Super Eagles ahead of Algeria friendly

Super Eagles coordinator Patrick Pascal has advocated for a bigger Super Eagles squad in future selection decisions and matches.

The Super Eagles faced a lot of players pulling out for the current international break with as many as seven first-team players unavailable either through injury or other reasons.

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Forwards Victor Osimhen, Ahmed Musa, Samuel Chukwueze, Umar Sadiq, Henry Onyekuru, and Emmanuel Dennis all pulled out through injury while Wilfred Ndidi, William Troost-Ekong left the Super Eagles camp after suffering injuries.

In response to the depleted Super Eagles contingent, Pascal advised that the net for extending call-ups to players should be cast wider in order to increase available options.

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The Super Eagles team coordinator identified the inclusion of home-based players and other foreign players who are not in the Super Eagles set-up yet as a way of beefing up the squad options.

Pascal told Footballlive: "We need to have more options to call up into the national team, and home-based players and those who are not part of the main team, can raise their games to stand any chance of staking a claim in the Super Eagles."

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The Super Eagles will lock horns with the Desert Foxes of Algeria in an international friendly on Tuesday, September 27 at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran, Algeria by 8 pm Nigerian time.

The Jose Peseiro-led side earlier played a 2-2 draw with the home-based Algerian national team on Friday, September 23 with Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi and Cremonese striker Cyriel Dessers grabbing the goals for the Super Eagles.

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