Former Nigeria international Emmanuel Babayaro urges the Super Eagles to prove their worth in Thursday's international friendly match against Senegal.
“As far as preparation for the World Cup qualifier is concerned, it is a step in the right direction," Babayaro told Goal.
“Basically, I've heard how the players have been doing well in relating with themselves.
“And this game will also afford them the opportunity to synergize better. Moving forward in terms of the World Cup qualifier, I think this is a good preparation and they need to give their best and prove their worth.
“This is because every single Nigerians love and appreciate good football. And if you don't play well, we will criticize you.
“We hope they will succeed and at the end continue with the synergy among themselves and listen to their coaches' instructions in order to excel.
“I think right now, the momentum is there for the national team I must honestly admit and the entire country is behind them. Though, it is in their hands to progress or not progress. It is totally in their hands and they must do well to make it happen.”
On the exclusion of the home-based player the former goalkeeper said: “At the same time, [looking at] the bigger picture, it is not the best because they are not including more home-based players in that squad.
“I’m not entirely happy and I’m not following because as far I’m concern we need to have more home-based players than the foreign ones for a friendly.
“Except for our home based goalkeeper, I don't think that reasonable moving forward. Maybe as a protest for not having more home-based players in the team, I'm not paying much interest to that game," he concluded.