BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA.
As reactions continue to flow in following Nigeria’s 0-2 loss in Tuesday’s pre-World Cup friendly match with Serbia in London, Super Eagles’ first player to clock 100 international appearances, Joseph Yobo, has made case for the inclusion of Obafemi Martins and Austin Ejide in the squad preparing for the World Cup.
He spoke in an interview on Soccer Africa television programme of SuperSports.
Yobo, who captained the Super Eagles to the 2014 World Cup where he played his 100th match in Nigeria’s last match of the tournament said that what Nigerian needed in the days leading to Russia 2018 are experienced players to have a right mix with the current youthful side.
The three time World Cup player therefore recommend the inclusion of Obafemi Martins and Ejide. If Martins is included, it would be his second World Cup attendance. But for Ejide, it will be his fourth. He played in the opening stage of the Russia 2018 qualifiers, coming in as substitute in the two matches with Swaziland.
At the moment, he holds the negative record of a World Cup player with most attendance but with zero minute show on the field having not played a single match at the 2002, 2010 and 2014 editions.
Overall, Yobo remarked that the current set of Super Eagles is not bad, “I only observe they need some experienced players to sharpen their attacking and goalkeeping department.
“I am not imposing players on Rohr, but I think the likes of Obafemi Martins and Austin Ejide can help strengthen the defective areas. They are experienced players and they know the in and out of Nigeria football.
“It reminds me of our days during the FIFA World Cup in 2002, we were young but the coach made a right choice my missing us with some certain experienced players.
“By now, I believe the coach already knows his World Cup team but he should try to include some experienced players”.