Emmanuel, who is the elder brother of former Super Eagles captain Austin Okocha, said that despite the deluge of club matches for the top scorer of Premier League side West Bromwich, a fit and committed Odemwingie will be the national team’s joker if the player is properly worked on by the coaching crew.
“We need to see him get hungrier in front of goal if we must convincingly win those games,” Emmanuel said.
“We must not allow him believe or conclude that he has done well for himself for West Brom this season because of his goals haul.”
Odemwingie scored his tenth goal of the campaign against Liverpool on Sunday after going through a six-week drought.
“We also need other players in the team to step up to the plate during the qualifiers but his wealth of experience in the team over the years can’t be overlooked,” Emmanuel added.