–Eagles star passed fit to play
Nigerian international, Michael Babatunde, will play his first game of the new season for his Ukrainian side FC Volyn away to Zorya next Sunday, eight weeks after breaking his wrist during a World Cup match in Brazil, Complete
Sports can exclusively report.
The 21-year-old star who made two appearances for his country at the World Cup in Brazil,is hopeful of helping his side return back to winning ways after suffering two straight defeats in the league after being passed fit to play.
“I’m happy to be back in action after a long lay off. It’s been tough watching my teammates from the sidelines and I’m eager to help the team get back to winning ways,” he told Complete Sports.
Babatunde is also looking forward to featuring in the September 6 Nations Cup qualifier against Congo in Calabar.
Meanwhile, former Super Eagles assistant coach Joe Erico has urged the handlers of the team to hand the former Heartland midfielder a key role in the new look team.
“Every team in the world has a player who the team is built around and Nigeria is no exception. We have been having players around whom the team was built,” Erico was stated.
“It was previously Haruna Ilerika in the days of old, then Austin Okocha and after he left, Kanu Nwankwo became the team’s pivot.
“Like I said before that a team is a generational thing, I believe that Babatunde is a player who the team could be built around in the future”, he told Complete Sports