Former Heartland goalkeeper, Bassey Akpan has commended the efforts of the Super Eagles coaching crew led by Stephen Keshi for giving the Nigerian League players a good sense of belonging.
Bassey, who is now based in Vietnam with Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) FC and was one of the key players for the home based team, noted that the players based in Nigeria have never had it so good.
"We prayed for that opportunity to get invitations to play for the Super Eagles and it came in the time of Stephen Keshi. I want to commend the technical crew for finding it worthy to realise the potentials in the players plying their trade with clubs in Nigeria.
"They have shown that there are good players in the League that can fit into what they want for the Super Eagles. And I am happy that Nigerian players can be recognised even while play at home.
"I have always known that we have quality players in the League. They have always craved for an opportunity to play for Nigeria without leaving the shores of the country.
"Anytime the Super Eagles are playing and I see the League players starting a game, I am always very happy. It shows the players are beginning to get the recognition they truly deserved.
"Keshi should continue to fish out the talents and I know that the players will not dissapoint. My joy will be full when I see about five local local players in the squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa next year," Akpan told Goal.com.
Bassey Akpan was named in the Vietnam team of the season last season, although his club HAGL finished fifth on the league table.