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Published On: Mon, Mar 17th, 2014

Don’t exclude Yobo, Osaze, Uche from World Cup squad, Okocha tells Keshi

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OkochaBy Albert Akota

The Former Super Eagles midfielder Augustin Okocha, has implored the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles to include Osaze Odemwingie, Ikechukwu Uche and Joseph Yobo in the team to represent the country at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

The former Eagles’ captain who disclosed this said that the trio would apply their experience for the team to perform well in Brazil.

“The three players have been an integral part of the Eagles for long and they are also quality players that play regular competitive matches in Europe.

“They are hardworking players that are aware of the challenges and the expectations of the team in a World Cup competition, especially Yobo and Odemwingie.

“Their experiences really matter in a World Cup setting, while Uche’s call-up will be great because he has been a fantastic player yet to feature at this level,’’ Okocha said.

The ex-international also lauded plans to feature young players in the tournament, describing it as a positive development.

“The young players we parade have proved themselves by qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil. They went ahead to win the 2013 African Nations Cup in South Africa.

“They are indeed players to write home about. However, the World Cup is a different ball game, so they need to play at top level.

“The World Cup is a different ball game where experience and discipline matter; so a blend of these young players with the older ones, will yield good result,’’ he suggested.

The Brazil 2014 World Cup would begin on June 12.

The Super Eagles will be playing in Group F, alongside Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran.


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