Watford refused to release Emmanuel Dennis for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and this has been a subject matter in the last two weeks.

And Super Eagles manager Augustine Eguavoen threw jibes at the striker for not showing enough desire to play at the tournament.

“We have to respect people’s opinions. There is always an agreement between between Federations and FIFA,” the ex Enyimba boss explained.

“We know that CAF is under FIFA. There is regulation, that time frame should be inserted as regards release of players.

“It boils down to individuals as well. You have your country to serve. You don’t have two nations to play for. I remember way back when I was an active player, we experienced same thing and fought our battles.

“Some of us had problems while others didn’t. It’s the same thing that is still playing out. It boils down to individuals.

“We have talents scattered all over the world. It is not peculiar to Nigeria alone. Any player that has opportunity to represent his country jumps at it. When opportunity arises for somebody he should take it,” he added.

The Super Eagles will prosecute the AFCON with 27 players after several key figures pulled out.

“We are not talking about depletion for now. We will play as a unit and give our best.”

Nigeria will look to claim the major scalp of perennial Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) challengers Egypt when the teams meet in their opening Group D match at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua on Tuesday 11 January 2022, kick-off at 18:00 CAT.

In head-to-head stats, Nigeria and Egypt have met in 18 matches across all competitions since 1960, with the Super Eagles claiming eight wins compared to five for the Pharaohs, while five games have been drawn.

The teams last met in an international friendly in March 2019 in Asaba, with Nigeria claiming a 1-0 home win thanks to an early goal from Paul Onuachu.


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