COMEBACK KIDS: 5 Players Who Could Crash Super Eagles World Cup Party

COMEBACK KIDS: 5 Players Who Could Crash Super Eagles World Cup Party

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia may still be six months away, but Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will already be looking for potential members of his 23-man squad. Completesportsnigeria.com‘s JAMES AGBEREBI wonders if these FIVE experienced players could work their way back into the Super Eagles squad in time for next year’s showpiece…
Vincent Enyeama, 35, retired from international football after falling out with former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh in 2015, but there have been serious calls for the goalkeeper to return for the 2018 World Cup.
In his absence, Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme took over and impressed with his performances.
Unfortunately, all the talk of finally finding a reliable goalkeeper was shattered after Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukemia in July this year.
Ikeme’s unfortunate illness led to the emergence of the likes of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi who have failed to impress, which has led to clamours in some quarters for Enyeama’s return to the Eagles.
And after over seven months out due to injury, Enyeama made a return to action for the first time for Lille’s U-18s in their 3-1 win over Croix in the French fourth tier last Saturday.
Obafemi Martins’ last game for the Super Eagles was coming on as a 74th minute substitute for Ahmed Musa in the Super Eagles’ 2-0 home win against Swaziland in the second leg, second 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in November 15, 2015.
Since then he has not been considered for invitation by the Super Eagles coaching crew.
But back in his Chinese Super League club, Shanghai Shenshua, Martins was impressive as he scored seven goals in 13 league appearances last season.
And in the 2017 Chinese FA Cup final against Shaghai SIPG, 33-year-old Martins was instrumental as the club clinched their fourth cup win.
He scored a goal each in both legs of the Cup final which ended 3-3 on aggregate (Shanghai Shenhua won the first leg 1-0 and lost the reverse fixture 3-2).
Also, Martins was the highest goal scorer of this year’s Chinese FA Cup with six goals.
Bartholomew Ogbeche made his debut for the Super Eagles in a 1-1 friendly game against Paraguay en route to the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
The highlight of the friendly against Paraguay was Ogbeche’s spectacular bicycle kick which cemented his place in the squad for the World Cup.
Unfortunately, Ogbeche could not replicate his pre-World Cup performances as the Eagles crashed out in the group stage.
Ogbeche played for the Eagles up to 2004 but has been in international wilderness since then.
But there is a possibility that Ogbeche, now 33, could make a remarkable return due to his impressive goal scoring run in the Dutch top flight with Willem II Tilburg.
He has scored eight goals in seven league games this season and currently lies joint third in the Eredivisie top scorers chart, just two goals adrift of the top scorer.
Since departing Scottish champions Celtic for Hibernian in the summer of 2017, Efe Ambrose has become like a player reborn as he is currently enjoying his football.
Ambrose, 29, is ever present in the Hibernian team as he has played in all of their 18 league games this season.
He scored his first league goal of the season against his former club Celtic, starting the comeback in the game which saw Hibernian come from 2-0 down to draw 2-2.
As reward of his impressive performances for Hibernian so far this season, on Tuesday, Ambrose was included in the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) Team of the
After impressing for Fulham in just one season, Sone Aluko moved to fellow Championship club Reading in the summer of 2017 and has continued from where he left off with the London club.
He has made 16 appearances out of Reading’s 21 English second-tier games so far this season, scoring two goals from his midfield position.
Aluko, 28, made his Super Eagles debut in 2009 in a 1-1 friendly draw against Republic of Ireland.
His last appearance for the Eagles was against South Africa in a 2015 AFCON qualifier in 2014 which ended 2-2 in Uyo.
Aluko scored the Eagles’ two goals but it was not enough to secure qualification for the Eagles.
Featuring regularly and impressing for Reading week in, week out could see Aluko get a surprise recall to the Super Eagles ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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  • You need to add fanendo adi and Joel obi.

  • plz don’t call ogbeche

  • Nobody will bring any player that is not the team before to come cause confusion like in France 98 where those that qualified team has dumped and pick others to world cup

  • Ogbeche Nd Martin’ is on fire NOW we need them for real guys go check their teams games of recent bfor concluding

  • A good football analyst don’t conclude with past performance of a player

  • Am only waiting for obafemi martins, babatunde micheal maybe bathlomeu ogbeche too.

  • Tony Iloka 4 years ago

    Yes Fenando Adi, Joel Obi, Stephen Sunday inclusive

  • Ogbeche cannot deceive us again this tym around. He deceived us with dat his bycicle kick @ 2002 Korea /Japan. Not DIS tym it wouldn’t work, if he like he can use scorpion kick nothing 4him dis tym

  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    The coaches must be brutal and not call back any player older than 30 years. The future belongs to young players like Osimhen, Okonkwo, Success, Bazee, the Nwakali Brothers. But the greatest problem is the goalkeeper question, and if a 40-year old is better than what we have now, I’d not mind

  • Edoman 4 years ago

    Look at Adi. Recommended by the former US National couch.

  • Adeyemi olayemi 4 years ago

    If you invite obgeche ..you must invited JJ and papiko too…CU’s of his present form I don’t think he has anything to offers us …call matins and don’t forget anichebe…this two player can make super eagle to suck the worldwide!!!

  • Ogbeche is a good payer I think coach know why he is bringing those experiences players back to the team

  • Vincent is highly needed if can get playing time in his cllub

  • Enyiama an iconic super eagle goalie welcome back

  • Id Philip 4 years ago

    We need Joel Obi! After returning from injury, he is doing well for Torino in Serie A in Italy. He is a midfield maestro, either defensive or attacking, with good experience.

  • They should not distract the team with retired players.

  • Ogbeche Kwa? Lol. This guy tricked us into taking him to the 2002 world cup. We’re not getting fooled again

  • We only need Enyeama and Martins as a third choice striker and for big games…We’ve Henry,ighalo already. Ogbeche should go and rest please

  • Martins, Enyema, Aluko, Efe ,This 4 guys are needed to add up the team srikers, keeper,wings % defence.

  • lambert 4 years ago

    Ogbeche for worldcup.Tested snd trusted.

  • Geoff. Kwale 4 years ago

    Kemeowei Agberebi, interesting thoughts on possible players. Even, players like Kingsley Sokari could do well for the midfield. Then, Junior Ajayi, Lukeman of Everton if they could get him. Finally, players like Olaitan that gave ManU wahala in the UCL years ago. Geoff. Kwale

  • Ezechukwu Iroha Lawrence 4 years ago

    Please Invite Odewinge,Martins,Anichebe and Enyiama for bench role in Russia

  • Bestsports. 4 years ago

    That bazee guy could just be a discovered new addition before the world cup proper. Watch out.

  • Ifeanyi 4 years ago

    By next year those that are still inform among the old guys and the new boys who have not gotten chance to prove themselves the coach should invite them for the friendly matches we have so he can text them.

  • Emmex Ubbex 4 years ago

    me i prefer martins bcos of his speed on counter-attacks

  • steven okocha 4 years ago

    instead of inviting OGBECHE to world cup,rashidi yekini should be invited.he did not get a shot on target in 2002 world cup

  • steven okocha 4 years ago

    2002 is 16 years ago,and people are still clamouring 4 ogbeche 2 be recalled.it is laughable

  • Black Beans 4 years ago

    Ogbeche kick is Keke Napep kick, or Okada kick, loooooool!

  • Black Beans 4 years ago

    Uncle Bartholo still dey play ball? Na strong man sha, e no easy!