Latics stars’ call of duty

Victor Moses
Victor Moses

A CLUTCH of Wigan Athletic stars will be able to put their club’s Premier League plight out of their minds – for one weekend at least – as they represent their respective countries.

But there was intrigue over Victor Moses’ position yesterday after reports in Africa that he had failed to arrive for duty for Nigeria.

The Nigeria Football Federation threatened to report him and his club to the international football governing body, for violating the rule on the release of player for national duty.

The Wigan striker incurred the wrath of the NFF after asking officials to excuse him from the two friendly fixtures against Botswana and Zambia, according to reports.

The chairman of the NFF Technical Committee, Chris Green, described the player’s action as “outrageous” and warned that the Nigerian federation would not hesitate to report him and his club to Fifa.

Moses had allegedly called the national team secretary, Enebi Achor, to inform that he would no longer be travelling to Nigeria because of some personal problems. He offered to make him self available in future.

“That is completely ridiculous. We would not tolerate this type of attitude as Moses can not dictate to us matches the he would play. We will not hesitate to refer this matter to FIFA because it runs foul of international laws,” Green was quoted as saying.

Moses only recently accepted an invitation to play for Nigeria at the full level after the player had initially represented England at both the U-16 and U-20 levels. He is able to play for Nigeria because he had not played for the full England side.

A spokesman for Wigan Athletic was unaware of the reports and was unable to throw any fresh light on Moses’ circumstances.

While he appears to have the weekend off, many of his club-mates will be in action.

James McCarthy is set to play for the Republic of Ireland tonight and Gary Caldwell and James McArthur are also in action this evening as Scotland travel to Cyprus for a friendly.

Maynor Figueroa’s Honduras have a friendly against Serbia on Monday, Momo Diame and Senegal face back-to-back matches against Mali and the Ivory Coast, while Ali Al Habsi again picks up the most air miles with Oman taking on Australia in a World Cup qualifier in Muscat.