Christian Chukwu believes the planned return of Blackburn Rovers’ striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni to the Super Eagles is in order.
Nigeria head coach, Stephen Keshi had hinted earlier this month that he is ready to hand Yakubu, 29, a recall to the team after over a year of absence.
And Chukwu, a member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Committee, said Keshi can go ahead with his plans since he is in charge of the team.
“The truth about this is that Stephen Keshi is the coach of the team. If he wants to call up Yakubu Aiyegbeni I don’t think that should generate this kind of debate because he feels Yakubu deserves to be part of the team.
“Apart from that, when you look at our players abroad Yakubu has done well this season and without sentiment any coach will give him the chance to play for the national team based on his current form. Right now he’s one of our best performing players,” he said.
Chukwu, a former Nigerian captain, added that rebuilding a team does not “necessarily mean inviting new players entirely.”
“When people talk about rebuilding a team you can’t start inviting new players for every position because it does not necessarily mean inviting new players entirely. Instead you look at players that suit the kind of style you want to play and bring the kind of players that suit that style as a coach.
“Every coach will come with their own approach, and you can’t fault them until when the results come,” the former Enugu Rangers’ defender told SuperSport.com.
Keshi’s plan to recall Yakubu has attracted comments of mixed reaction following the striker’s unforgettable miss at the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa against South Korea.