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Eke advises Amodu to look inwards for players

By Philips Adefioye

The technical crew of the Super Eagles     have been advised to look into  the country’s Premier league and Professional division one league for local players to beef up the national team with. Former Super Eagles player, Godwin Eke said that it would be better if the technical crew of the Super Eagles headed by coach Shaibu Amodu could give the home-based professional players a chance to exhibit their worth at the national team level.

He advised coach Amodu to work on the Super Eagles midfield by getting players in the mould of Sunday Oliseh who could give accurate passes to the wingers and the strikers.
“It will better if coach Amodu can as well give the home based professionals a chance in the national team to display their talents in the Eagles. He should not depend on the foreign based players only because most of them think that the place is meant for them alone .

coach Shaibu Amodu
coach Shaibu Amodu

Amodu should look for players that will give passes to the wingers and strikers.  We have some players in the our league who can do better than the Europe-based players if given the chance to play,” he said.
Concerning the pattern of play of the Eagles, Eke said that there can not be a particular pattern of play because the players only arrive about three days to matches and may not blend properly as a team.

Eke, a member of the Flying Eagles to the 1985 World Youth Championship in Moscow, urged the Nigeria Football Federation to always ensure that they always plan for the national teams, advising that the Eagles  should not take the next World Cup qualifier  against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia for granted.
“The NFF should always ensure that there are plans for the national team, they should also advise the Eagles’ handlers not to depend on certain players in the team and should try always to  invite to the Eagles some of the local players who are doing well in the local leagues as  it used to be in the past.  “We have no fear to entertain, because the players know what it takes not to be at the World Cup or for the country’s flag not to be hoisted in the first ever World Cup to be hosted on the African continent next year,” Eke said.


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