Ken Ochonogor: Form and fitness should be the criteria for calling up players to the Super Eagles

Coach Stephen Keshi has been advised not to use reputation but form and fitness to invite the European-based players for June qualifiers

As Nigerian football fans eagerly await the list of players that will be named by the national coach, Stephen Keshi, tomorrow, some of them have had their say on which players they think need to be called up for the June qualifiers.

“Form and fitness should be the two criteria for calling up any player to the national team,” said analyst Ken Ochonogor.

While Super Eagles goalkeeper coach, Ike Shorunmu has reportedly drawn up a list of three goalkeepers namely Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide and Warri Wolves’ Chigozie Agbim, it is known that Enyeama has played just one match for his French club, Lille while the form of Ejide is doubtful.

Ochonogor believes that Enyeama’s reputation warranted the call-up but that he should not just be handed the goalkeeper’s jersey.

“Yes, Enyeama has served the country well and he is still one of our best but he should be carefully monitored to see if he is the best in camp. Otherwise we will be shooting ourselves in the foot. Only the best is good enough for the Eagles at any point in time,” Ochonogor concluded.

However, Eagles’ media spokesman Ben Alaiya has assured that only the best players will be picked for these matches.

The Eagles are scheduled to play Peru next week with a largely home-based team and then will host Namibia in Calabar on June 3 and then proceed to Blantyre on June 10 to play Malawi in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.