LAGOS – A former Green Eagles winger, Adokiye Amiesimaka, on Wednesday applauded Coach Stephen Keshi’s inclusion of three home-based players in his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
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.“
Amiesimaka, who plied his trade with Rangers International FC of Enugu and Sharks FC of Port Harcourt added that more needed to be done to enhance the profile of the domestic league.
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 Super Eagles will open their account at the tournament on June 12 against the Persian Princes of Iran at Curitiba.
The Eagles are in Group F with Argentina, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Iran.