By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Former Nigeria defender Gbenga Okunowo has urged Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to take the two upcoming international friendly games with Senegal and Burkina Faso in London seriously and go for victories, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Okunowo told Complete Sports that winning both games later this month will enhance Super Eagles' position in the FIFA rankings and give Nigeria in the right mentality to face their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in June.
Despite complaints about some of the players included in and excluded from the squad for the friendlies, Okunowo is fully backing Rohr's choices.
"I am impressed with the list of players Rohr invited for the two international games in London and I believe the boys are capable of winning the two games," ex-Barcelona player Okunowo said.
"People should not criticise the coach over his selection, we should support Rohr to get the World Cup ticket
"The coach knows what he wants and it is only proper we allow him to do his work and get the results that will ensure that we get the World Cup ticket and progress in theAFCON qualifiers. They should allow him to concentrate and deliver."
On the home based Eagles not being selected for the two games in London, Okunowo said: "The domestic league players must work hard to meet the coach's standard and take their chance when it comes."