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The ex-international asserts that the absence of the Schalke O4 and Villareal stars will not be felt when the World Cup kicks off in June

By Shina Oludare

Former Green Eagles midfielder Henry Nwosu believes the Super Eagles have the wherewithal to do well at the 2014 Fifa World Cup despite the absence of forwards Ikechukwu Uche and Chinedu Obasi.

The duo was excluded from coach Stephen Keshi’s 30-man provisional World Cup released on Tuesday evening.

In a chat with Goal Nwosu who is Gateway United's head coach is confident that players invited by the Big Boss will defy all odds to make the nation proud.

“We have a very good squad and with this, we are sure of doing well at the World Cup because we have our star players there,” Nwosu told Goal.

 “It is now left for those whose inclusion has steered controversy to prove their worth before the world.

“The absence of the likes of Uche and Ideye [Brown] will definitely not be a minus as long as those invited prove their mettle. But if the reverse is the case, then people would naturally feel their absence.

“Obasi wouldn’t have made any difference if invited because he is just returning from injury. I know him too well and he is a good and determined player but unfortunately he is not in his best form.

“In the real sense, he wouldn’t have made the squad because it will be very difficult for Keshi to drop his regular players for him.

"IK Uche on his own part has got scores to settle with Keshi and his crew because reports have it that he does not feel too good any time he comes in from the bench which makes him not to give his best . This kind of attitude is not good for the success of the team," Nwosu said.

The 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winner who bagged 60 caps for the national team also advised the Super Eagles coach on what to look out for when picking his final squad.

“Keshi has started on a very good note and I want to encourage him to continue like that. He should not pick players based on sentiment but on current form and performance in camp, he said.