Brown Ideye featured in six of the seven games in Nigeria’s 2013 AFCON campaign, as Stephen Keshi led the Super Eagles to victory against Burkina Faso.
AFCON 2013 winner with the Super Eagles, Brown Ideye, has called Jose Peseiro out after the withdrawal of Sadiq Umar from the AFCON 2023 tournament, Soccernet.ng reports.
Ideye, 35, currently plies his trade with Kuwaiti side, Al-Yarmouk SC, after plying his trade across several top leagues in Europe.
The former West Bromwich Albion striker has been vocal in airing his opinions on the current state of the Super Eagle’s team, and didn’t hold back in voicing his displeasure.
Jose Peseiro included Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Boniface and Sadiq Umar his 25-man AFCON squadlist. With Iheanacho is yet to return to full fitness after picking up an injury with Leicester City, Umar and Boniface have been pulled out of the squad due to injuries.
The pair have been replaced by Paul Onuachu and Terem Moffi respectively, but Ideye isn’t happy as he feels key players are getting injured, and that might impact the team’s performance in Ivory Coast.
Jose Peseiro opted to pick 25 men, with CAF allowing him the space to have extra two players, but the Portuguese coach refused. Ideye, on his X page, claimed the coach’s decision has come back hunt him.
“We’re just unlucky that we have most of our key players injured, that’s one reason CAF ask teams to submit 27 names because they know things like this can happen. But what did we do? We went with 25, we literally shot our self on the foot,” the former Sochaux man posted.
Ideye has tipped the Super Eagles to qualify from Group A, but has doubts if they can go all the way.