A cross-section of Nigerian football fans are united in their clamour for the inclusion of Watford striker, Emmanuel Dennis, in the Super Eagles following his omission from the upcoming World Cup qualifying double-header against Central African Republic on October 7 and October 10 in Lagos and Douala, respectively.
Dennis, in his first season in the Premier League, was the surprise omission as Super Eagles’ boss Gernot Rohr dropped his 23-man list for the two matches slated for next week.
The Nigerian was a man of the match recipient on his Premier League debut, with a goal and assist against Aston Villa. So far, since his €4 million move to the Hornets, Dennis has played eight times for Watford, adding another goal in a 2-1 away win at Norwich.
But no sooner was the Super Eagles roster made public on Thursday through the official social media account of the Super Eagles, did the comments kicking against the exclusion of Dennis start flooding in on the comments session of the national team’s Instagram page.
One of the respondents, @ejike Metempo, noted that, “Ahmed Musa does not offer anything to the team. He is occupying space of the likes of Emmanuel Dennis, who is doing extremely well at Watford.”
Another respondent, @naija_europefootball, wrote that, “Emmanuel Dennis should be in the list”
In his comment, @that young boy, wrote, “No Dennis again”.
For @IFE-ANYI, he asked “where is Emmanuel Dennis?
Another instagram user, @Samogun, asked, “no Dennis?”
@MEKYON wrote, “like leave out DENNIS but invite MUSA”
@Fadhilnass wrote, “Emmanuel Dennis”, while @kenbro added that “Dennis deserve a call up”.
For @Tjanishola, his comment was, “Dennis again, it’s a huge joke”, while @Moke_MENSHAC wrote that, “always no Dennis. I wonder why this coach is still on the job”.
@Solapret in his comment, wrote, “we need Dennis”, while @AYcomedianworld wrote, “it’s a surprise that there is no Emmanuel Dennis”.
His chances of making a big splash in jersey No25 for Watford are quite high given the player’s antecedents and potential to find the back of the net when provided with the right services by his teammates.
Dennis, who can also play from the wings, scored 27 goals in just over 90 club appearances for Club Brugge and has featured in both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, notably scoring twice at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid in 2019.
Capped twice so far by Nigeria, the 23-year-old, who began his European sojourn as a teenager in the Ukrainian Premier League with Zorya Luhansk, is part of a huge Nigerian and African contingent at Watford that includes the Nigerian quartet of Super Eagles vice-captain William Troost-Ekong, Oghenekaro Etebo, Tom-Dele Bashiru, and Isaac Success, alongside Senegalese star Ismaila Sarr, Imran Louza of Morocco, and Ghana’s Kwadwo Baah.
Super Eagles list
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Calvin Ughelumba (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany)
Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Galsgow Rangers, Scotland); Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Kalu (FC Bordeaux, France); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)