By Solomon Nwoke
EX-INTERNATIONALÂ Garba Lawal has hailed the inclusion of Portsmouth forward, John Utaka in the Eagles provisional 30-man list by teamâ€™s Technical Adviser, Lars Lagerback.
Lawal, aÂ member of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) also commended the Eagles manager for the inclusion of the two home-based players, Bassey Akpan, Bayelsa Unitedâ€™s goalkeeper and Lobi Starsâ€™ forward, Tema Suswan in the list.
â€œWe have all the players we are looking for in the list. Itâ€™s left for him to choose the best that will make the last 23-man squad. I am particularly happy for John Utaka for making it to the 30-man list.
I always remember him as a player for what he did during my time. Though sometimes, a player may not do well at the club side, but in the national team he plays well and thatâ€™s football for you. It depends on the manager of the team on what role he wants a player to play.
â€œI am also happy for the inclusion of the two home-based players, Bassey Akpan and Tema Suswan. I am happy for them even if at the end of the day they did not make the last list of 23. They would have acquired more experience for future assignments.