By Kate Obodo
Ex-International Bright Omokaro has urged Super Eagles handler Shaiubu Amodu to inject local players into the national team ahead the 2010 Nationâ€™s Cup billed for Angola next January.
Speaking with Sunday Sports,Â the former Green Eagles defender aka 10-10 said the team need fresh legs, players who are hungry for honour, andÂ eager to play for their fatherland.
He said having domestic players would help correct some problems the team is currently confronting particularly in the aspect of the midfield. He gave an instance, where coach Bright Omokaroduring his era utilized local players in the team who did their best for the country.
He said for the team to come out from the woods, the coach should be able to combine domestic players withÂ professional players. He encouraged Amodu to also search for NigerianÂ International players.
â€œI think right now what the team need is transformation, especially with the current performance.
â€œThere should a form of combination between the local players and the already known players in the national team
Speaking on the chances of the team in Angola, Omokaro said the chances are bright only if they inject local players into the team alongside adequate preparation.
Commitment is key to success , saysÂ Oliha
However, former Green Eagles midfielder Thompson OlihaÂ believes commitment and dedication is the key to successÂ in theÂ forthcoming Nationâ€™s Cup and World Cup in Angola and South Africa respectively.
Super Eagles tortuous qualification for the 2010 World Cup in June has raised alarm on the players inability to meetÂ expectation. Olilah, a member of the US â€˜94 Super Eagles team said starting from the qualification the team failed to impress with their pattern of play.
The ex- Bendel Insurance midfielder said the team has all it takes to lift the Nationâ€™s Cup in Angola and do Africa proud at the World Cup if only they play with commitment and show that spirit of togetherness in their pattern of play.
â€œIâ€™m delighted that we are among those countriesÂ that will hoist theirÂ flag at the forthcoming World Cup to be staged on an African soil. It gladdens my heart, honestly, is a good thing seeing us participate at the World Cup again having missed out in the last edition in Germany.
â€œThe truth is that we have qualified for both competitions. Our next target now should be how to build a solid team for the Nationâ€™s Cup in Angola and equally do well in South Africa.
â€œFor some time, the Eagles have failed to show team spirit which is not too good. Football isÂ team workâ€, he said.