Uche return excites Adepoju


Former Nigeria midfielder Mutiu Adepoju has said
the return of Villarreal forward Ikechukwu Uche to
the Super Eagles will boost the team’s attack.
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi on Friday named
Uche, who has not played for the country for
nearly two years, in his 25-man squad for the
Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying
matches against Congo in and South Africa.
The Eagles, who are third in the Morocco 2015
Group A qualifying table on four points, face Congo,
who beat Nigeria 3-2 in the first leg in Calabar on
September 6, in the reverse fixture in Pointe Noire
on November 15. The Eagles host South Africa in
Uyo on November 19.
South Africa lead the group on eight points followed
by Congo on seven points.
Adepoju, who spoke to our correspondent on the
telephone on Sunday, said Keshi was right to invite
Uche, adding that the player’s return would give his
former Eagles’ teammate attacking options.
The former Eagles midfielder said, “The recall of
Uche to the Eagles is a good development because
he is a good player.
“His return will add depth to the team’s attack. He
will also add value to that team and contribute
immensely to the success of the team.”
Adepoju, who represented at the 1994 and 1998
World Cups, added, “I won’t say the team’s
problem is only with the midfield or the attack, the
team have been having problems since the first
match of the qualifiers.
“It is difficult to say this department is faulty or
this individual is not playing well. What is important
is that the team need to function as a unit. When
they function as a unit, there won’t be problems
beating their opponents.”
The Eagles have scored five goals in the qualifiers
and all have come in home matches, but Adepoju
said the African champions would overcome their
striking problems and win the remaining qualifiers
to seal their place at Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of
“When every unit of a team functions at home and
away they will score goals,” he said.
“What is important for them is to do the job
required of them. The players need to play as a
unit and the goals will come either they are at
home or on an away ground.”

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