Former international, Victor Ezeji is excited that players from the Nigerian league proved their mettle alongside their foreign-based compatriots that enabled the Super Eagles to reclaim the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
He declared Sunday Mbah as the face of the Nigerian League players going by his scoring ability in the competition.
Nigeria's forward Sunday Mba kicks the ball during the African Cup of Nation 2013 quarter final football match Ivory Coast vs Nigeria, on February 3, 2013 in Rustenburg. AFP PHOTO
"Sunday Mbah truly reflected the strength of our league, that it is highly competitive with abundant talents. His performance added value to what we have been clamouring for over the years that Nigerian league players should be given equal opportunity as those abroad because they are equally good and able. Mbah and Oboabona really have my commendation,"he said.
Continuing, an elated Ezeji, who emerged the FA Cup most valuable player in 2006 and 2007, said, "I am particularly happy at the goals scored by Sunday Mbah, they were so fantastic and I cannot forget the final match goal because of the professional way he did it. That goal can be rated among the best around the world.".
The former U-23 team player therefore urged coach Stephen Keshi to keep faith with the local players and continue to build on what have been achieved as he charged the NFF to work on the league.
"Despite the fact that the league has been without sponsorship, there is glaring evidence it is worth investing in. So, the NFF, in my view, should ensure the league is sustained on good course yearly to ensure that talents continue to grow in the country," he stressed.