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How Amokachi Shortchanged Oliseh, Mutiu Adepoju, Gbenga Okunowo, Others; Nigeria Vs Cameroon

....Furo Iyenemi, Gbenga Okunowo, Others Kick As Name Missing

Name of nine registered members of the squad of the Nigeria's Super Eagles at the Nigeria/Ghana 2000 African Nations Cup have been left out of November 30 repeat of the African Nations Cup final as reported by bsnsports.

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon defeated Super Eagles in the final on penalties after a 2-2 regulation time scoreline to lift the title at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

The National Association of Cameroonian Footballers organised a repeat of the Year 2000 AFCON final between the Super Eagles and Indomitable Lions slated for November 30 in the city of Limbe, Cameroon. The Association in a letter dated 6th October, 2023 and made available to bsnsports asked Daniel Amokachi to compile the list of the players in the squad, get their contacts across for the Association to be able arrange their flights, accomodation and other important things to make them available for the testimonial game holding November 30, 2023 with Five Thousand US Dollars ($5,000) as match bonus.

It reads: "On the occasion of the second edition of international Plantain Festival currently being celebrated in Cameroon, from November 30 to December 3, 2023, in Limbe to which the Super Eagles of Nigeria are invited for a nostalgic remake of the Final of CAN 2000 against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on November 30 of the current month.

The letter continued, "The arrival date of the players will be scheduled for November 28 with a return date on December 1. I hereby invite you to produce as soon as possible the list of players from the 2000 generation and also define the individual participation bonus set at $5,000."

Expressing shock on why he was left out without being contacted, Belgium based ex-international, Furo Iyenemi condemned the action.

He said, "Sometimes I am ashamed with the way Nigerians behave. I and other players who were part of the Super Eagles that were registered in the competition and are still alive but being replaced with those who have not been playing for the team as at that time are not happy about this.

He continued, "On Monday, I was contacted by my Cameroonian friend who is based in Belgium with me that a match which involves Super Eagles of Year 2000 African Nations Cup and their Cameroonian counterparts will be played on Thursday (today) in Limbe and he was surprised to hear that I didn't know anything about the game. He then contacted one of the of organisers of the match. On hearing that I was not invited, he shouted and asked why I was omitted. I told him I don't know why.

"It's sad that the same people who blame Nigerian politicians when they shortchanged the citizens are now doing same.

Also speaking with BSN Sports, former Barcelona and Super Eagles right back, Gbenga Okunowo, who is based in Spain raised eyebrow saying that he was sad for being left out.

"Yes, Daniel Amokachi contacted me two weeks ago, that there will be a match between Super Eagles of Year 2000 Cup of African Nations Vs Cameroon players that played in the same tournament. But till now, I didn't hear anything again until Wednesday afternoon (yesterday) when one of the players that was sidelined called my attention to it that the match would be played tomorrow (Thursday).

"If a senior player like Daniel Amokachi can do this, then, I am short of words because I can't do such thing to a younger player. I am here in Barcelona, still alive and someone who was not part of the team was used to replace me.

What am I even saying? The captain of the team, my brother, Mutiu Adepoju was left behind. If a player like Adepoju is removed, then who am I to complain?

As a former Barcelona player who is based in the state, I have the contact of Etoo or I can use my contact through Barcelona to reach and get invitation but to what end?

Meanwhile, we gathered that Celestine Babayaro who was also contacted opted out of the testimonial game.

Further investigation revealed that some of the players who are supposed to be in Cameroon for the match were not contacted.

The Full Squad of Super Eagles for Ghana/Nigeria African Nations Cup. Ike Shorounmu, Gbenga Okunowo, Celestine Babayaro, Kanu Nwankwo, Furo Iyenemi, Taribo West, Finidi George, Mutiu Adepoju, Finidi George, Jay-Jay Okocha, Ndubuisi Egbo, Garba Lawal, Tijani Babangida, Emmanuel Amunike, Sunday Oliseh, Efetobore Sodje, Julius Agahaowa, Chukwu Ndukwe, Benedict Akwuegbu, Victor Ikpeba, Godwin Okpara, Murphy Akanji, Jonathan Akpoborie.

The Squad submitted: Jay Jay Okocha, Tijani Babangida, Joseph Yobo, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Peter Rufai, Victor Ikpeba, Julius Agahowa, Emmanuel Amunike, Taribo West, Godwin Okpara, Elderson Echejile, Vincent Enyeama, Kanu Nwankwo, Emmanuel Emenike, Garba Lawal, Sunday Mba, Obinna Nwaneri and Daniel Amokachi.

The nine missing players include: Sunday Oliseh, Mutiu Adepoju, Celestine Babayaro, Benedict Akwuegbu, Furo Iyenemi, Finidi George, Ike Shorounmu, Gbenga Okunowo, Efetobore Sodje,

The 9 players that were not in the squad but were added are: Joseph Yobo, Peter Rufai, Emmanuel Emenike, Sunday Mba, Obinna Nwaneri, Elderson Echejile, Vincent Enyeama, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, and Daniel Amokachi.

Meanwhile, all efforts to hear from Daniel Amokachi was frustrated. The Bull as he is fondly called failed to pick his calls when reached and didn't respond to messages sent to his phone.

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