The Enyimba and Kogi United pair have expressed excitement at the home based players chances to gaining some exposure and technical-know-how from the upcoming friendly against Cote d’ Ivoire and Sudan in Abu Dhabi
Super Eagles invitees Mfon Udoh and Ammel Wilfred have seperately admitted that the friendly games in Abu Dhabi will expose the domestic league players technically and tactically despite the country’s absence from the upcoming 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
The Enyimba striker and Kogi United midfielder are among the 24 home based players invited for the international friendly matches against Cote d’Ivoire and Sudan by stand-in coach Daniel Amokachi, which have since resumed camp since Tuesday, December 30.
With Nigeria’s failure to make the last 16 for the AFCON 2015 for the second time in space of two years after winning their third-time at the last edition in South Africa, but finished behind Congo and South Africa in the qualifying series.
Udoh, who is Europe bound after he netted an all time goal record of 23 in a single season with the People’s Elephant, said they are not scare of the Ivorians as he believes the home based team are capable of recording victories in Abu Dhabi.
“Sudan will be a good test because they gave Nigeria a real test during the Nations Cup qualifiers. They proved themselves home and away. Cote d’Ivoire have strong team,” Udoh told Goal.
“Most of their players are in Europe and they are one of the Nations Cup title contenders. I am excited we are playing the two teams and confident we can win both games,” he said.
Wilfred, who is getting his first international call-up to the senior national team from a second tier league outfit, expressed excitement at the opportunity and looks forward to justifying his invitation.
He though predicted a tough international friendly encounters of Abu Dhabi, but insists the team can win both games without the foreign players assessing the depth of quality in the home based squad currently in camp.
“First of all, i will to give God Almighty the glory and the coach for givin me this chance. It’s a rare opportunity any player can come by and i hope to prove myself if selected to play in any of the games,” Wilfred told Goal.
“For me, it will not be easy going against a big team like Cote d’ Ivoire becauses of the array of stars in their rank, but we must not forget quick that football is not about stars but team work. Though it’s a friendly game, i believe we can win the two matches if you look at the talents and understanding within the team,” he said.
The African Champions will in bid to improve their place on World rankings in January seek double victories in the trip of United Arab Emirates (UAE) with both games slated for January 11 and January 19 respectively.