Babajide Alaka | Deputy Editor
The friendly match against the Tricolore of Mexico has thrown up some interesting and baffling questions for the Stephen Keshi-led technical crew of the Super Eagles. What with the withdrawal of Mikel Obi and most significantly the pulling out of the squad of Victor Moses, for the friendly, World Cup qualifiers and the Fifa Confederations Cup.
It will be interesting to see what Keshi will do shod of his two most potent attacking players from the last Nations Cup –Moses and Emmanuel Emenike.
Because it is a friendly that has only pride at stake, the coach will want to test run the players that are in camp to gauge the preparedness of the team for the must-win match against the Harambee Stars on June 5 in Nairobi.
And this is where it gets doubly interesting – Moses, an orthodox winger who plays like an inverted striker is missing while the natural cover; Ahmed Musa has not been called up while Ejike Uzoenyi, who could have been the back-up is also absent.
Victor Moses will not be part of Nigeria's squad in June
So the only player that has the capacity to fit on either wing is Varese’s Nnamdi Oduamadi, who shot into the consciousness of Nigerians with his rescuing goal against Kenya in Calabar in the first leg in March. Oduamadi is the most likely player that will be played in his stead. Now will he be able to stand the heat?
With two goals in 16 league appearances for Serie B side Varese, the on-loan Milan player has been on the fringes of the limelight for some time now and it now seems that the perfect opportunity to state a readiness to be among the best has finally come.
The goal against Kenya would have done greatly for his confidence. He has the ability to take a game by the scruff of the neck and that is what he has to do – to earn the respect of the coaches, his team mates and the insufferable millions of Nigerian fans, who will be watching and waiting to cheer the next big thing after Moses.
Moses led the way to the Promised Land in February; Oduamadi has to make sure that he walks the same path to greatness in June.