Former Nigeria left-back, Ifeanyi Udeze, has called on Super Eagles coach Gernot Rhor to discover a good alternative or backup for Elderson Echiejile ahead of 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Echiejile who is seen as Super Eagles weakness in the back four with many Nigerian fans criticised him for recent below par performances in most of the World Cup qualifiers.
“I will not single out any left-back to be added to the team because we do not have so many around,” Udeze told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“However, I feel the coaches should monitor the Nigeria Professional Football League and invite the best performing left-back so that he can play in friendlies ahead of the World Cup.
“In spite of all the criticism of Echiejile, experience is vital. He is important to this team, but another quality left-back is necessary. For me, I would say let’s give a home-based player a chance.”
Udeze’s would also bare his mind on the Super Eagles’ top striker position
“The squad is solid, but I won’t mind to have Obafemi Martins and Emmanuel Emenike back in the team, to support Odion Ighalo who is undoubtedly our best striker at the moment.
“We need these experienced guys at the World Cup. We should have a blend of youth and experience in the team for tge World Cup,” the onetime West Bromwich Albion of England and PAOK of Greece left-back concluded.
Udeze made 35 appearance for Nigeria as he went on to feature for two African Cup of Nations and 2002 World Cup,