By Johnny Edward:
Former Super Eagles skipper Austin Okocha has unequivocally stated that Volyn winger Michael Babatunde has justified his inclusion in the World Cup squad after his sterling performance against Bosnia.
A 29th minute strike from Stoke City forward Osaze Odemwingie ensured the Eagles bounced back from their goalles draw against Iran to defeat Bosnia by a lone goal – Nigeria’s first win at the World Cup in 16 years.
Okocha revealed that the 21 year old who replaced Victor Moses in the Eagles starting line up is fast becoming the player the team could rely on.
“Nobody gave him a chance when he was named in the 23 man squad for the World Cup but with this kind of performance, he has justified it.
“He showed great skills and composure but there’s still more to be offered at this level.”
The game was Babatunde’s second start for the Eagles since he made his debut against Mexico last year in Miami.
A draw in the Eagles last group game against Argentina will see Stephen Keshi’s led side into the last 16.