By Tony Ubani
THE call for Jay Jay Okocha to quit retirement and return to action to add fluidity to Eaglesâ€™ midfield is getting to new heights. Ex-international, Adokie Amesimaka, a former Attorney General of Rivers State who beat the drum is insistent that Okocha should bring his charm to the Eagles to ignite them to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. â€œWe cannot have the original and be making use of the photocopy. Okocha is available and can still help Nigeria outâ€, Amesimaka insisted.
But another ex-international, Emeka Ezeugo, who played alongside the former Bolton captain said that â€œitâ€™s Okochaâ€™s call to makeâ€.
â€œI want to say that Nigeria will qualify for the World Cup. And it is only Okocha who can speak whether he will come back or not. There are many variables to one coming back to the team. What is his fitness level? What is his own take to all the noise about his coming back? It is only him that can tell Nigerians if he is fit enough to reproduce his sparkling performance for the national team?â€, Ezeugo who was delighted at the turn-out of Nigerians at the final of the Federation Cup in Lagos on Sunday said.
â€œOkocha is a fantastic player. He is a bundle of skills but he is not a quality player, tactically. Kanu Nwankwo remains the number one when it comes to tactics. He is superb, he is the best player that Nigeria has ever produced. The only problem is that we have a technical crew who do not know how to use Kanuâ€, Ezeugo offered. â€œKanu is not selfish and he does not hold the ball to delay movement or keep players offside.
He is a great passer. If we have a crew that know how to use him, we will reap all the time. I distance myself from those calling for him to quitâ€, Ezeugo who played the dirty role during Clemens Westerhof’s days that saw the Eagles win the 1994 Nations Cup in Tunisia and qualify for Nigeriaâ€™s first World Cup in USA â€˜94 emphasised.