By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles defender Sam Sodje has hailed the invitation extended to Villarreal of Spain striker Ikechukwu Uche by reinstated Eagles coach Stephen Keshi for Nigeria’s last two 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and South Africa.
Keshi literally ended his long-running face-off with the resurgent striker which divided opinions amongst football fans following the intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan in the crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation.
Jonathan in a peace meeting with the duo of Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa ordered the former to recall Keshi to his post after he was relieved of his duties and temporarily replaced on interim basis by former handler, Amodu Shuaibu.
Giwa on his part, withdrew his case against the present NFF board at the Jos High Court and Sodje is happy with the latest development in the national team and football house.
“It was a good decision to have Ike Uche back in the Super Eagles. The guy is in form and would be helpful in the team’s aspiration to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations,” Sam told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“Uche and some of the players who have not been in the team of late but who are extremely good and experienced would have been of great need to the team in the qualifying matches but there is still hope; if the team can win the remaining two games. They will be difficult games but not impopssible ones to win.
“The end of the NFF crisis is also good for the team. I believe this will help the psyche of the players in those games,” the former Frangers of Warri defender told Completesportsnigeria.com