Former captain of the national team, Austin Jay Jay Okocha has urged Nigerians to respect Coach Stephen Keshi’s choice of players invited for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kenya in Calabar.
Speaking at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club where he featured in a celebrity match with Nollywood star, Kanayo O Kanayo, Okocha said that nobody knows the team more than the coach and those he invited were the players he feels comfortable with.
“Keshi has invited those he wants for the Kenya match. All I can say is we must respect his decision and support him all the way,” the Atlanta ’96 Olympic winner said.
Okocha was however quick to point out that Super Eagles players must focus on the task ahead after the long celebrations that followed the Nations Cup triumph.
“The players must be aware that every team that is meeting them now works extra hard because they want to be the first to beat the African champions. Kenya will aim to embarrass us here and that is what the Eagles must fight to avoid.”
He said that as African champions, the Eagles must work hard to remain at the top. “They have to play like champions. They must apply the same zeal and commitment which they exhibited at the Nations Cup.”
He believes the Eagles can win the Kenyans but they have to work to earn it. “They must not underrate the visitors,” he warned.