CS Sfaxien Midfielder, Sokari: Eagles Need More Africa-Based Players

CS Sfaxien Midfielder, Sokari: Eagles Need More Africa-Based Players

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

CS Sfaxien of Tunisia midfielder, Kingsley Sokari, hopes Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr will extend more invitations to Nigerian players in African major leagues for the subsequent 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

There have been calls by a Nigerians for the inclusion of 'home-based' players in the Eagles team over the years as their overseas-based pros get more of the attention from national team selectors.

"Currently, the Super Eagles have capable young players from European and African clubs who will be around for a long time to come," the former Enyimba player told Completesportsnigeria.com.

"My opinion about having more players who are based in Africa in the national team is that it creates that competitive atmosphere in a team which can only be beneficial to the whole squad.

"Against some opponents in the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, it will be the best to have some of us in the national team because we play on the continent,  travel and play CAF club competitions and are familiar with some of the match venues of the host teams.

"Personally, I will like to be considered without pretending about it, but we cannot all make the team at the same time.

"I'm more concerned about improving my game now at club level, but hopeful about the national team in the near future," the former Flying Eagles star told Completesportsnigeria.com on Thursday.

Daniel Akpeyi is a goalkeeper of South African side Chippa United and was in goal on June 10 in the Super Eagles' 2-0  home defeat against South Africa although the duo of Ibrahim Alhassan and Ikechukwu Ezenwa of Akwa United and FC Ifeanyiubah respectively, were unused substitutes in the qualifying match.

Speaking about his Tunisian club, CS Sfaxien's campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup,  Sokari rued missing a clear cut chance in the second half of their 1-1 draw on Wednesday evening on Match day 4 of the competition against South Africa side,  Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Sokari who scored his club's first goal in a 3-0 win when both sides clashed in the first leg on June 4 said: "I was so angry missing that opportunity to score. That could have had an impact on the result,  who knows.

"My first job is to create goal scoring opportunities for my teammates, but when the chance comes, why not," the midfielder stressed.

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