Former top scorer in the Nigeria Premier League, Victor Ezeji has said that the Super Eagles appear to be in good stead to get the 2014 World Cup campaign to a flying start with a win over Namibia tomorrow in Calabar.
Ezeji, who told Saturday Vanguard sports that he observed that coach Keshi has shown lots of guts with the mix of foreign and local based players, urged the team to see the match as a must win for Nigerians.
"I think we will win the game in Calabar because Keshi's decision to play both local and foreign based players has brought out the fighting spirit in the players and that's the attitude we need to get back the team we used to have. I urge them to play as a team and win the game, which is what Nigerians are longing for," he said.
The former Sharks FC captain as well as hit-man for both Dolphin FC of Port Harcourt and Enyimba FC of Aba, commended Keshi for his approach, noting that while the foreign based players have the experience and exposure, "they are more committed to club duties than national needs. But the home based are more committed and hungry for action and want to prove themselves.
Besides, instilling confidence in local players is a healthy development for club football because of the new awakening injected in players' attitude."
Meanwhile, the two time FA Cup Most Valuable Player (2006 and 2007), has hailed the choice of goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama as captain, saying "the Enyeama I know has all the qualities you need of a captain and I know him too well, he is one that can carry himself high to lead the team now."