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Former Flying Eagles coach John Obuh has lauded the Super Eagles Team B for their gallant performance against star-studded Elephants of Ivory Coast.
Eagles lost 0-1 to the West African opponents in Sunday’s international warm-up match in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Ivorian star striker Salomon Kalou's lone goal in the 83rd minute proved adequate to hand the 2015 Afcon-bound side the vital win over hard-fighting domestic Eagles.
Obuh said the Eagles' five-star performance against the Ivory Coast will be further enhanced with a virile domestic league.
“I’m not surprised that the domestic Eagles gave good a account of themselves against Ivory Coast, the domestic players have always acquitted themselves handsomely at any given opportunity.
“Our biggest challenge is that we’ve not as a nation defined exactly what we want for ourselves as far as having a 100% home-based national team.
“I’m happy with their performance, but the more we expose the players to the international attention the more we lose them to the foreign club sides.
“The same domestic players we’re commending today against Ivory Coast in the next few minutes they’ll be foreign-based players.
“We need a virile domestic league to keep the players on the domestic scene or else today’s domestic player will be a foreign player tomorrow.
“Countries like South Africa have a standard 100% home-based national team because their league is virile and the players are paid well to resist the lure of foreign club sides.
“That’s why it’s difficult for us to keep the best legs in the home front for a long time, the qualities are on the home front but we need a good league to keep them for the national side,” said the former Enugu Rangers coach to supersport.com.
Obuh said the Eagles need to up their game a bit to achieve success against the Jediane Falcons of Sudan.
“I believe Sudan will be a good game for the Eagles if they can only keep their cool after the praiseworthy performance against Ivory Coast.
“The domestic players have problems sustaining their immediate performance as the lure to get out of the country is too strong on their minds.
“Aside from that that I don’t see them losing to the Sudanese side after playing very well against the Ivorian side,” said the former Sharks coach.
Eagles will confront the Falcons of Sudan in another warm-up on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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