Holland Based Defender Turned Down Maiden Eagles Call Up To Focus On Club

Super Eagles preparation ahead of the upcoming crucial World Cup qualifier against Algeria received a minor setback with news that Ado Den Haag’s Tyronne Ebuehi has turned down his invitation to play for the team.

In a bid to beef up the Eagles shaky defence, head coach Gernot Rohr, rang the changes in the 23-man squad by handing out a maiden call-up to Dutch-based defender.

But in a statement on the club’s official website Monday, Ebuehi declined the invitation, saying he will not be joining the rest of the squad for camp in Abuja as his club remains his focus at the moment, Vanguard writes.

Unconfirmed reports however suggest the player is under pressure to play for Holland rather than his country of birth, Nigeria.

“I see it as a great honour that I am noted in my homeland. But at this moment ADO Den Haag requires my full attention. Especially now that I am settled in the team,” he said.

“Therefore, it doesn’t seem to me like the right time to travel to Nigeria for the match. I want to focus completely on the club but I certainly do not rule out playing for Nigeria in the future, the next time I’m called up.”

Following his snub, Rohr will have to make do with regular starters Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong, with Kenneth Omeruo providing cover.

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