2022 World Cup Qualifying: Onazi? Nigerians debate squad for Ghana playoff

The selection of the Nigeria provisional squad to face Ghana in the 2022 World Cup playoffs has continued to generate intense debate.

Fans have continued to dissect the roster shortlisted on Friday by Augustine Eguavoen for the March encounters against their neighbors, the Black Stars.

Initially, it was Odion Ighalo’s inclusion that saw fans rise up in arms, but naming Ogenyi Onazi – who plays for Al-Adalah in Saudi Arabia – among the standby players has also raised questions from keen supporters.

Other players on the standby list are Chidozie Awaziem, Jamilu Collins, Chidera Ejuke, Taiwo Awoniyi, Paul Onuachu, and Peter Olayinka.

One fan, in a reply to Ademola Lookman, who was celebrating his call-up after he was cleared by Fifa to feature for the Super Eagles, sarcastically asked whether he was seeing Onazi in the squad.

Another said former coach Gernot Rohr made better selections than his successor. The German was the Super Eagles’ coach from 2016 to 2021 and was dismissed shortly before Afcon, where Eguavoen took charge of the team.