Lawal's verdict on Nigeria's 30-man provisional WC list

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 16/05/2018

Garba Lawal

Former Super Eagles workaholic midfielder Garba Lawal gives his verdict on Nigeria's 30-man provisional World Cup list.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr names his preliminary team for next month tournament in Russia last Monday as he prepares the three-time African champions for their sixth appearance at the World Cup.

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Crotone striker Simeon Nwankwo and Kano Pillars hotshot Junior Lokosa earned their maiden call-ups to complete the German tactician 30-man squad.

"There's no surprise. They're all capable. The coach has made the decision that's best for the country,"

"They need to be at their best because the World Cup is a very big stage for players to show their talents."

However, Rohr will drop seven players from the provisional selection for the final 23-man list and 1996 Olympic gold winner has cited luck as a requirement to make the final cut.

"Everybody cannot be selected, you must have luck to go to the World Cup, and you must have luck to excel because there are some that will go to the tournament and won't play," 

On Nigeria Professional Football League highest goalscorer in 2018 season Lokosa who has notched in 18 goals from 20 league appearances this campaign.

"There is no surprise, his performance earned him the invitation so he needs to prove to the coach that he is worth it because there's competition for places."

"They need to believe in themselves to succeed at the World Cup and then, they need to work hard," Lawal told Goal.

Lawal featured in 1998 and 2002 World Cup finals and he made 57 appearances for Nigeria scoring six goals.