Former Nigeria international Etim Esin has backed the invitation of Ahmed Musa ahead of the Super Eagles 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho.
Despite being clubless, Musa was included in the 24-man squad released on Tuesday.
But Esin, speaking with Completesports.com, posited his influence will be needed in the team even of he does not get full playing time.
“Musa can be a big influence in the team. Maybe he might not play the full 90 minutes but he can add something.
“How many players have scored the number of goals Musa has scored at the World Cup? So, he being in the squad can galvanize them to perform well.”
And on Paul Onuachu not making the 24-man squad, Esin said:”I think he should be given a chance to perform he is on form scoring goals and he has that (Rashidi) Yekini structure.
“I think he struggles in the Eagles because if you look at it does he has the players who can feed him they way they feed him in his club?”
” So we need those players who can understand him and release the ball to him so that he can deliver, players who can cross the ball like Finidi, Amuneke because in those days flank was our biggest weapon.”
Meanwhile, other players who made the cut for the double-header fixtures are the likes of Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho, Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, Zaidu Sanusi, Tyronne Ebuehi and Chidozie Awaziem.
Others are Samuel Kalu, Moses Simon, Victor Osimhen, Alex Iwobi, Sadiq Umar, Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Aribo and Enyimba goalkeeper John Noble.
Aside Onuachu, others on the standby list are Henry Onyekuru, Peter Olayinka, Michael Olise of Reading, Lorient forward Terem Moffi, Adekunle Adeleke of Abia Warriors and Daniel Akpeyi.
The Eagles top Group L on eight points and are one point ahead of Benin Republic.
They will be guests to Benin Republic on Porto Novo on Saturday, 27th March before ending the qualification series against Lesotho three days later at the Teslim Balogun stadium, Surukete, Lagos.
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