The 32-year-old has hailed the standard of the home-based gamers and suggested them to make the most of the chance given to them
Nigeria worldwide Chibuzor Okonkwo has urged Enyimba duo John Noble, Anayo Iwuala and Abia Warriors defender Adekunle Adeleke to present a superb account of themselves in opposition to the Republic of Benin.
Noble was a part of the Tremendous Eagles 24-man squad for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in opposition to the Squirrels and Lesotho.
His Enyimba teammate Iwuala was a substitute for Almeria ahead Sadiq Umar whereas Adeleke was introduced on for Leganes centre-back Kenneth Omeruo, who withdrew from the encounters.
Nigeria will tackle Michel Dussuyer’s males at Porto-Novo’s Stade Charles de Gaulle on Saturday and former Bayelsa United and Enugu Rangers right-back, Okonkwo, has praised the standard of the home-based gamers, advising them to show their price when given the prospect.
“The gamers which were invited from the native league are excellent, I’ve watched them and I do know them,” Okonkwo advised Objective.
“Now it’s time for them to go and present the coach that they’re able to delivering when it issues and show they’re imagined to be within the workforce.
“They have to make the most of the chance given to them to be a part of the Tremendous Eagles by studying from the coaches and should additionally work onerous on their very own to enhance themselves. I do know they’ll do properly if given the prospect.”
Okonkwo, who has 9 caps for the Tremendous Eagles, defended coach Gernot Rohr for inviting solely three home-based gamers to the nationwide workforce for the qualifiers.
“There must be extra NPFL gamers within the workforce, however sadly our league began late in contrast to in Europe the place their leagues have began for a really very long time,” he continued.
“Rohr solely invited three or 4 NPFL gamers however with time he’ll embody extra gamers from the native league.
“With the calibre of gamers which were invited from the native leagues this time, I do know he’ll change his thoughts and provides extra probabilities to the NPFL stars.”
Okonkwo believed Rohr’s facet will need to have learnt classes from their 4-Four draw in opposition to Sierra Leone in Benin Metropolis in November, the place they squandered a 4-Zero lead.
The defender is, due to this fact, assured the Tremendous Eagles will safe all three factors in opposition to the Republic of Benin in Porto-Novo, no matter the challenges they could encounter there.
“The Sierra Leone sport shall be a really massive lesson for us after surrendering a 4-Zero lead to attract 4-Four in Benin Metropolis and I consider the gamers and coaches shall be properly ready in opposition to Benin Republic,” he added.
“I consider we are going to win in Benin Republic as a result of all our gamers in Europe are on hearth. Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Osimhen are all doing properly. I’m relying on that for this sport in opposition to Benin.
“I don’t assume Benin can cease the Tremendous Eagles. The gamers simply want to present their greatest, consider the sport and we are going to win the match no matter the pitch or any challenges they meet in there.”
Victory within the encounter will seal Nigeria’s place on the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and they’ll then tackle Lesotho of their final qualifying sport on Tuesday.