3rd January, 2012
Former Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, Fanny Amun has commended Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi for giving home-based players the chance to play for the senior national team.
Amun said it is a good idea that Keshi wants to use some of the local stars to beef up his team for Nigeriaâ€™s match against Rwanda in the 2013 Nations Cup qualifier next month.
At least, 27 players from different clubs in the Nigeria Premier League, NPL, are currently in camp with Keshi and Amun, who led Nigeriaâ€™s U-17 Golden Eaglets to conquer the world in 1993 in Japan, said the decision was a welcome development as it will enable Keshi to get good and committed players for the Eagles.
He said: â€œSurely, Keshi is on the right track with the home-based players. The only thing he requires from Nigerians is time and patience to mould them into a formidable team that he would use to execute his plans for the 2013 Nations Cup qualifier and 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign.
I believe with good training, adequate support, motivation as well as a conducive atmosphere, these local players will do well even without the foreign players.â€