Okechukwu Gabriel shoots for goal against Sudan in the 2018 CHAN semi-finals

The huge investment in the CHAN Eagles has been justified by the call-up of Okechukwu Gabriel and Stephen Eze by coach Gernot Rohr to this month’s World Cup warm-up games against Poland and Serbia, according to ex-international Garba Lawal.

“Okechukwu Gabriel and Stephen Eze call-ups have justified the huge investment on the Chan Eagles,” said Garba Lawal, who is on the NFF technical committee.

“The two players really impressed me during the CHAN and now being part of the Super Eagles has justified the money spent on the home-based Eagles.

“It is also a welcome development that they are given a chance to prove themselves.”

He specially praised Akwa United striker Gabriel, who scored the match winners against Angola and Sudan at the CHAN in Morocco.

“He is such a talented player who will go places. I admire his techniques and good eye for goals, but he need to do more if he really wanted to make the World Cup final squad,” he remarked.

Big defender Stephen Eze was named on the 2018 CHAN XI and he has since taken his game to Bulgaria following the competition in Morocco.


By Kola Daniel


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