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Ekpo: Super Eagles Need New Players For World Cup

Ekpo: Super Eagles Need New Players For World Cup

By James Agberebi: Former Nigeria international Friday Ekpo has called for re-enforcement in the current Super Eagles squad, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Eagles qualified for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chipolopolo of Zambia in Uyo on Saturday.


Alex Iwobi was the hero as his 73rd minute goal ensured the Eagles qualified for a sixth World Cup after debuting in USA 1994.

The win took the Eagles to 13 points, six points ahead of second-placed Zambia.

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Despite the qualification, Ekpo urged coach Gernot Rohr to give more players the opportunity in order to have a formidable team at the World Cup.

“We just qualified and people will say we have time, while some we say we don’t have time,” Ekpo who won bronze with Nigeria at the Senegal 1992 Africa Cup of Nations told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“But I believe we have a little bit of time on our hands and we need to use this time very well. There are so many grey areas that need to be fixed. Every department in the team has to be fixed. But I want to appreciate the players for their team spirit in trying to make sure none of the team’s weak points is exploited.

“But in football, no matter how you try to cover up your weaknesses, they will still show. So for me, we need adjustments in the defence both at the right and left full back, in the midfield and also in the attack. Even the goalkeeping area, we need at least five goalkeepers where we now pick the best three for the World Cup.”

Ekpo however went on to thank everybody who made qualification for the World Cup a possibility.

He added:”I would like to thank God for making it possible for us to qualify for the World Cup. I want to thank the Akwa Ibom State government, the players, coaching crew and football fans in Akwa Ibom.”

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  • Left full back,in particular

  • Echejile shud retire

  • Left wing back most especially and a clinical striker to support Ighalo

  • Hmmmmn, they don start again,

  • U can’t take echijinle out, the guy have been working very hard to get to this stage, he must go to world cup

  • Leave these boys alone

  • Is true they still need to tighten up before the world cup

  • Debbie 4 years ago

    We do not have any problem with the right full back. Shehu Abdulaziz was the MOTM against Zambia and his performance against Cameroon was commendable. Ola Aina is an excellent right back who deserves to be on the starting line up in his own right son what exactly is the adjustment Mr Ekpo was talking about “at the right and left full backs”. It’s okay to constructively analyze the team but these ex-players should not overdo it. Analyses and suggestions must be spit on, not just some idle talk.

  • Debbie 4 years ago


  • Echiejile be removed from the team, his injuries slowed him down.

  • Philip Awotoye 4 years ago

    There is nothing like IDLE talk here world cup is not 4 babies but d best legs we can present. So i support Ekpo we need to fortify all d areas of d team by playing STANDARD N QUALITY FRIENDLIES so as to get d best players 4 d world cup

  • There is always always a very large room for improvement of any team. Reinforcement is always welcome. Injuries, low in form, sickness (Carl) and withdrawal all are times when reinforcement are called for. New and better talent can be discovered and these are invited. A team can always be tweaked. As we all know the right back position is the weakest link in the Eagles’ squad and because it is manned by an aging Elderson Echiejile with no natural left footer to challenge him at moment. He is still the best but he is dwindling fast. We need urgent replacement fast. The midfield is another teething problem. Remove Mikel Obi and the midfield will just collapse fast. Onazi and Ndidi are not leaders but the led. So we another world class midfielder that has a mind of his own and hold the midfield in the absence of the captain. Ezenwa was noticed at the right time in the absence of Carl Ikeme. Akpeye is not a trusted assistant. No football fan will for now be comfortable if Akpeye is in goal. So we need a trusted one in the goalkeeping area. Until Alamkpasi is tested, we need somebody like Enyeama to be around in case something happens to Ezenwa. The attack department is another area. A prolific finisher is urgently needed. Odion is good but he is aging and so dwindling. Tammy Abraham should be pursued vigorously or some other player anyway that can really help. So Ekpo Friday is on point with his suggestions. All hands should on deck. The Russian project needs all to make an input.

  • Then throw away all these players.

  • So monkey don work finish now a baboon turn to come chop abi

  • Those who qualified should play it

  • Robbing peter to pay Paul right, that’s insignificant Mr Ekpo.

  • Yes especially at the left back

  • Ekpo should go and hide, that is what Onigbende did some years back, they should leave the players alone to complete the job instead they should be trained to increase the tempo of the game and be self confidence because they are going for a high level football

  • That’s there problem always trying to push the lads dat qualified aside and calling others to come and eat Wat dey dint suffer for

  • Ekpo please relax allow the player would make it to the world cup to play in Russia 2018

  • E be like say I go support make dem bring Tammy Abraham now.ighalo is not a very good striker

  • Abdulrazak 4 years ago

    Abeg, Mr Ekpo should go and sit down somewhere. We qualified with a game to spare whereas countries like Argentina struggled and Holland missing out completely. He wants five goalkeepers, yeye, why not fill the whole team with goalkeepers.

  • No we don’t need new players for the world cup. We need good enough opponents to play and prepare us for the world cup.

  • ifeanyi ugwe 4 years ago

    Me self dey fear ighalo,we need a deadlier striker. See big big chances wey en miss against zambia wey kelechi no fit miss. we cant afford to miss chances like those against teams like argentina or Portugal, maybe onuachu, dessers, or osimhen shld b brought in,or even Bonaventure.

  • Rohr needs help in Selecting the right players at his disposal even when it comes to his tactical Changes during a game He has showed that he is not really tactically aware of the kind of players he needs in certain situations. I mean How can a coach have a quality midfielder like Ogu on his bench but yet still is stubborn and keeps overlooking him for the likes of Agu. I mean after the game against Cameroon when the midfield crumbled when Rohr switched Mikel for Agu you would think he wouldn’t make the same mistake against Zambia But he did switching Agu for Onazi when the latter got injured. We are only thankful that it was Onazi that got Injured and not John Obi Mikel because had it not be for our Captain Mikel still being on that pitch Zambia would have overide us in there because I have No doubt in my mind that Genort Rohr would have Replaced Agu for Mikel instead of Ogu had Mikel got injured early in that game and then we would have seen Problems. Onazi And Agu in that Midfield Nigeria would have Chopped at least Two goals.. Mikel also had a big hand in Iwobi’s goal.. Mr Ekpo is very right. He is not saying That the whole team needs to be over hauled at least 17 players have guareenteed their tickets we “NEED REINFORCEMENT”.. People read well before attacking. We need a Henry Onyekuru instead of Musa, We need Kelechi Nwakali instead of Mikel Agu this is the two players that can come in. THank you

    • My brother some people don’t seem to understand the meaning of REINFORCEMENT that’s why they keep on insulting people

    • Ernest 4 years ago

      You’ve said it all @Ugo Iwunze#

  • Abdulrazak 4 years ago

    So if Onyeruku and Nwakali play audition matches and don’t impress we ‘chop’ them off the list & go on a merry go round? We had the same debate during the Westerhof era about Emeka Ezugo. Football is not only about talent. In the Zambia game, we didn’t need an Etebo or Ogu that are attack minded. What we needed was someone to do the dirty job efficiently even if no one gives him credit.

  • Eagles problem is back left and sharp strikers.