20 June 2012

Nigeria: Echiejile Welcomes Scramble for Eagles' Shirts

NIGERIA defender, Elderson Echiejile, has said the new competition in the Eagles will only make them a better team.

'The competition in the team now between the players from overseas and those playing their football in Nigeria is good.

It can only make us all better players and the team a better one,' Echiejile said.

'Now, we all know that no player has an automatic shirt in the national team. You have to fight for your place on the team.

'Only the best should play for Nigeria at any given time and it does not matter where they come from or which club they are playing for.

Their form should be what should earn them their place on the team.'

The Sporting Braga of Portugal left back already has a first-hand experience of this competition after he was kept out of the first team by Sharks star, Juwon Oshaniwa, in the matches against Namibia and Malawi only to be started against Rwanda at the weekend.

Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has opted to give players from the domestic league a decent run in his team, and Echiejile said it is well deserved.

'The players in the league in Nigeria are good and talented.

They only need to get the opportunities we got before they also moved abroad,' he said.

The former Insurance of Benin star will also back the Eagles to qualify for both the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as well as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

'We will not disappoint Nigerians as we are getting to know ourselves better with each game and before long this will show in both our performances as well as the results,' he said.

'It is also pleasing that we are top of our World Cup qualifying group.

This will further boost our confidence and we are also not under pressure as the case was in previous qualifying tournaments to try and catch up with other teams.'

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