Ikpeba backs Finidi to utilise NPFL stars

Former African Footballer of The Year Victor Ikpeba is optimistic newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Finidi George, will use his knowledge of the country’s domestic league to maximum effect by giving the Nigeria Premier Football League opportunities in the national side, newsmen reports.

Ikpeba, a member of the Nigerian Football Federation Technical Committee that endorsed Finidi for the Eagles job, also highlighted the significance of integrating players from the Nigeria Premier Football League into the national team, a move largely overlooked by previous coaches.

“Being actively involved in Nigerian football, Finidi understands the local talent pool,” Ikpeba said on SuperSport programme, Monday Night Football.

“As the coach of NPFL champions Enyimba, he’s in touch with the domestic scene and will provide opportunities for homegrown talents, just as he once emerged as a star player himself.”