Amokachi Wants Fit Utaka For Eagles

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Nigeria assistant coach Daniel Amokachi has tasked “incredible” John Utaka to re-produce his form at French club Montpellier for the Super Eagles.

“John Utaka was incredible against Marseille (this past weekend). For the whole 90 minutes, he was running back and forth and shooting on target,” disclosed Amokachi.

“What I want him to do is that he should not do this just for his club, but for his country as well. He should give us what he is giving Montpellier.”

Montpellier beat Marseille 1-0 at home and are second on the table behind Paris Saint-Germaine with 30 points from 12 matches.

Former Portsmouth of England star Utaka was last involved with the national team at last year’s World Cup in South Africa, but he is now likely to be one of several experienced internationals like Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Sani Kaita set to return to the team under new coach Stephen Keshi.

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The 29-year-old Utaka, who also featured at the 2002 World Cup, has always insisted that he has a future in the Super Eagles.

Amokachi also disclosed that Keshi is very committed to working more closely with players from the local league.

“He did this successfully with Togo and Mali and there is no reason why he cannot do it in Nigeria, where we have an abundance of talents,” said Amokachi.

“We are going to get these players who will come and fight for shirts with the foreign-based pros.”