By Philips Adefioye
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ike Shorounmu says that the just concluded of West Africa Football Union competition has shown that Home based Super Eagles from the local league have corrected the wrong impression about the local players.
Shorounmu in an interview with Saturday Vanguard sports said that fears on the local playersâ€™ ability to represent the country in international competitions have been doused with the grit their determination the Home-based Eagles displayed at the WAFU Nations Cup in Abeokuta.
The former FC Zurich goal tender added that some of the local players are worthy of an Eagles Team A shirtÂ if they are encouraged.
â€œI must tell you that the doubt on the local players has almost become a thing of past with their good performance under Daniel AmokachiÂ in the just concluded WAFU tournament in Abeokuta,â€ Shorounmu said.
The one time Shooting Stars football club of Ibadan captain hintedÂ that at the end of the screening of the 44 players Lars Lagerback pencilled down for the World Cup training, one or two local players will make it to the World Cup, adding that some of the foreign based players will sit tight with the present form of the home based players invited to camp.
Concerning the World Cup, Shorounmu said that he is optimistic that the Eagles will perform well despite the late preparation of the team for the football festival, especially with the employment of a technical adviser like Lagerback.
The player of the defunct Stationary Stores football club of Lagos played down fears raised about Lionel Messi, stressing that the Argentine and FC Barcelona player is just one among 11 other players who will work for him.
â€œI am sure that we will perform at the World Cup. The players know what it means to play at the world stage and every player wants to go to the World Cup to sell himself. Concerning our first match against Argentina, the Super Eagles will never take the match for granted.
I donâ€™t know why people are so scared ofÂ Messi, he willÂ not be the only one on the pitch. For him to perform, others have to supply him balls.
We played against Argentina at the U-20 and U-23 levels in the final of the World Youth Championship in Holland and the Beijing Olympic Games in China respectively. Messi wasÂ marked out by Dele Adeleye and Sani Keita, but letâ€™s wait till then,â€ said the former Eagles goalkeepers trainer.