By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Nigeria winger and 1994 African Footballer of the Year, Emmanuel Amuneke, expects a difficult international friendly game for the Super Eagles against The Etalions of Burkina Faso on Monday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Eagles held the Teranga Lions of Senegal to a 1-1 draw in their first game of the international break on Thursday. The Burkinabes are the second of their opponents at the Hive Stadium London, home ground of Barnet FC.
"The assumption that Senegal will be a more difficult match than Burkina Faso was wrong," the former Zamalek and Barcelona forward told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"I think every game is difficult and so will Monday's game because every country is trying to develop their game. Thankfully, the Super Eagles were able to get a draw out of Thursday's match.
"I didn't watch the friendly game against Senegal, so it is difficult to give opinion on a match that one did not see, but I like the fact that the Super Eagles players realized how important these games are," Amuneke said.
Speaking on the calls for home-based players to get invitations for such international friendly matches, Amuneke tasked the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) stars to have self belief and improve their game in order to stand a chance of being considered for the Super Eagles main team.
"The home based players have to believe in themselves and try as much as they can to see how their game can improve so that they can have chance to be part of the senior team.
"We should be pragmatic in issues like this. Any home-based player hoping to be part of the Eagles must earn it by their league performance," Amuneke stressed.
Only FC Ifeanyiubah goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, made the cut from the NPFL for the two international friendlies in London.