A mixed squad of Nigerian veterans and second-string players were invited to play fellow France 1998 World Cup qualifiers Jamaica in Kingston.
According to the Nigeria Football Association now Nigeria Football Federation, The coach said there are still some hidden talents which he wants to unearth and also wants to try out some Super Eagles old guards if they could still figure in his World Cup plans,” spokesman Austin Mgbolu said.
Yugoslav-born Bora Milutinovic, in his first assignment as Nigeria’s coach,
used a second-string squad to win the four-nation New Year Lunar Tournament in Hong Kong.
Since then, Milutinovic had been abroad monitoring the performances of Nigerian players with their clubs.
The friendly against Jamaica, who took fourth place in the CONCACAF Gold
Cup tournament, was one of several matches lined up to prepare the
Nigerians for France 1998.
Rashidi Yekini was one of five old
guards” picked to play Jamaica, dubbed the “Reggae Boyz”.
Yekini scored Nigeria’s first World Cup goal when they defeated Bulgaria
3-0 in their debut outing at USA 1994.
In the friendly game, Samson Siasia and Yekini were on song for the Eagles.
A look at the invited players for the cracker against Jamaica at the National Stadium in Kingston.
Goalkeepers: Abiodun Baruwa (FC Sion), Justin Akubuike (Jasper United)
Defenders: Austin Eguavoen (CSKA Moscow), Uche Okafor (Kansas City), Jero Shakpore (Reggiana), Ganiyu Ajide (Julius Berger), Kingsley Obiekwu (Go Ahead Eagles), Ben Iroha (San Jose Clash), Patrick Pascal (Genclerbirligi),
Ajibade Babalade (LG Korea Cheetah)
Midfielders: Steven Musa (FC Saabrucken), Festus Okougha (Sparta Rotterdam), Emmanuel Ebiede (Heerenveen), Karibe Ojigwe (Kaiserslautern), James Obiora
Strikers: Gabriel Okolosi (Waldorf Maanheim), Henry Onwuzuruike (Heerenveen), Samson Siasia (Perth Glory), Garba Yaro Yaro Mohammed (Kano Pillars), Ishola Shaibu, (Sharks), Dondo Avaa (Jasper United), Rashidi Yekini (FC Zurich)