The home-based Super Eagles made history at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco by becoming the first Nigerian team to reach the tournament’s final.
Although Salisu Yusuf’s side were well beaten in the final by the hosts, they did well to go that far in the first place. Nigeria crashed out in the first round in 2016 and lost in the semi-finals before winning bronze in 2014.
This present team were driven to that final by the excellent performances of some of the players, some of whom will have ambitions of taking a few steps higher in their international careers.
The biggest stage is obviously the World Cup with the main Super Eagles squad, but how many of these Home Eagles stars, if any, are good enough for Gernot Rohr’s Russia 2018 World Cup squad?
The goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye, who both displayed top-class qualities in pulling off unbelievable saves? The giant centre-back Stephen Eze who had a very good tournament and marshalled the defence brilliantly at least until the collapse in the final? The young forwards Ikechukwu Gabriel and Sunday Faleye whose potential is not in doubt? Or the young left-back Ikouwen Udoh who showed great composure and stood out in almost all the games?
Who among these Home Eagles stars do you reckon should be on the plane to Russia or at least be given a shot to fight for a place?
It is time again to have your say as Completesportsnigeria.com continue our Road To Russia World Cup Debate series.
Use the ‘Leave a Reply’ field to air your views. Comments on Facebook are also welcome.