Since Nigeria already confirmed their place in next year’s World Cup, MFM coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, is of the opinion that the remaining qualifying match against Algeria be executed by home-based players.
The Super Eagles last Saturday qualified for their sixth FIFA World Cup after beating Zambia 1-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, and are gunning to win their last clash with Algeria which is only for formality.
Ilechukwu, who is currently in Switzerland on a sponsored coaching course, believes players of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) should be availed the opportunity to improve themselves internationally.
“I feel giving the home-based players the chance to play against Algeria is the best idea,” Ilechukwu told Complete Sports.
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“Playing the NPFL lads will give them the confidence they need to improve their game.
“Some players from the Npfl might end up convincing the national team coaches that they’re good enough to play in top matches with the foreign based players, you never know.
“The likes of Chukwuka Onuwa and Sikiru Olatunbosun and others might just need this opportunity which will be beneficial to the team preparing for the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN),” the coach pointed out.
Nigeria will conclude their World Cup qualifying series when they play away to Algeria at the next international break in November.
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