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Uzoenyi good enough for World Cup, says Okala

Ex-Green Eagles goalkeeper Emmanuel Okala on Sunday in Awka said Super Eagles’ forward Uzoenyi Ejike should get a place on the team’s squad to June’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Okala said that Ejike was one of the most talented footballers of his generation.

*Abdelkbir El Ouadi of Morocco evades challenge from Christantus Ejike of Nigeria during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships Quarterfinal football match between Morocco and Nigeria at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 25 January 2014
*Abdelkbir El Ouadi of Morocco evades challenge from Christantus Ejike of Nigeria during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships Quarterfinal football match between Morocco and Nigeria at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 25 January 2014

He noted that the wing forward had only been unfortunate not to have left the shores of the country for greener pastures abroad.

“Uzoenyi is a rare player who has not made it to Europe. He fears no defence and urges his colleagues on.

“He will be a great asset to team head coach Stephen Keshi if he makes it to the World Cup finals in Brazil, because he is just too good enough for the mundial,” the former national under-17 team assistant coach said.

Okala who was full of praises for Ejike, describing his performance as spectacular, also said the Nigerian team deserved all praises for their dramatic comeback victory against Morroco.

Super Eagles had on Saturday won 4-3 against the Atlas Lions, after trailing 0-3 by half-time.

The former Rangers International FC goalkeeper pointed out that what actually turned the game around for the Eagles was the motivating spirit of Ejike who kept the Moroccans busy.

“Ejike really deserved his Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, and it is a kind recognition of his efforts.

“But, overall, the Eagles showed the great Nigerian spirit, determination and patriotism, and these combined to win the game for us.”


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