Amiesimaka, a 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winner with the national team, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
“I give credit to Stephen Keshi for being bold enough to include home based players in our team, because I know that left to many Nigerians they would have preferred him taking only players that ply their trade abroad.“
He said: “The fact of the matter is we should all acknowledge that the domestic league still has a long way to go.
“There seems to be improvement made by Nduka Irabor and I commend him and congratulate him for that.
“I think he is making some inroad and improvement but we still have a long way to go.“
The Eagles are in Group F with Argentina, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Iran.