Ogenyi Eddy Onazi believes he has the experience to help three times African champions, Super Eagles of Nigeria after he was named in the standby provisional 32-man squad.
Nigeria take on Ghana in the 20,000 –capacity Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday 25th March, with the reverse leg set for the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday, 29th March.
The winner over two legs will earn one of Africa’s five tickets to the 22nd FIFA World Cup finals, scheduled for 14th November – 18th December later this year in Qatar.
Speaking with omasports, Onazi who now plays in Saudi Arabian side, Al-Adalah, said his inclusion in the list didn’t come to him as a surprise.
“It’s not a surprise for me because I’m still playing and I’m ready to play anytime and when it comes to the national team, I’m always at the service of the nation – to always give my best for the country.
The long – time absentee’s last appearance in the colours of Nigeria came in a 3-0 victory over Seychelles during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
“Yes it’s been a while I was in the national team, but when we talk about this very game – home and away that will take us to the World Cup [it is very important].
“When I got a call from the coach, he told me how important it is – and I also know how important it is. We need experience to be able to tackle this game. It’s not a game of saying where do you play or where do you come from or whatever you’re doing.
“The likes of [Odion] Ighalo, Ahmed Musa and the rest who are in the list, we need to put our heads together. This is a national issue, not an individual issue. We are not playing a singles sport, we need to bring heads together to make the right things at the right time.”
“Of course I know what I can bring to the team. I have played in this game. I have the experience. I have played in the World Cup twice and won the Nations Cup and I know 100% what I’m going to bring to this team. Whether anybody likes it or yes, it is what I know I know.
“This is my own field and we know what it takes to be able to get to that point. He concluded.
The training camp opens in Abuja on March 21 with a 24–man final list for the two play-off games to be released at a later date.