Joseph Yobo has shared his thoughts concerning the 2019 AFCON qualifying match of the Super Eagles against Seychelles.
The game, which is billed for next month, is their final match of the qualifying campaign although Nigeria already qualified.
Nigeria qualified after defeating Libya home and away, lost to -and drew with- South Africa home and away, and thrashed Seychelles in Victoria.
Yobo, former Nigeria international, has told Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, to approach the game as an ‘unimportant’ one that it is.
The AFCON winner says Rohr should not bother inviting big name players but rather call up up and coming players who also need to prove their talent.
“The game is not as important as it’s meant to be. So I want the coach to call up fringe players and up and coming youngsters so that they can also showcase their talent,” Yobo told reporters.
“The team qualififed with a game in hand. It has never been easy for the Eagles to qualify, but they did it,” said Yobo.”
He added: “They (Eagles) built on their performances at the world cup. Though they didn’t get to the next round they made a good impression. The future is looking bright for Nigeria.
“As a sportsman you go into any tournament with the aim to win. In 2013 we won and since then we haven’t qualified and as they return to the tournament I have confidence that the team can win.
“But they shouldn’t put themselves under pressure take one game at a time and let see how it goes,” he said.
Yobo was the captain of the Nigerian squad at the 2013 AFCON tournament hosted by South Africa.
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