Stanley Amuzie © Shengolpixs
Former under-23 left-back Stanley Amuzie has thrown his weight behind the Super Eagles as they gear up for the two international friendly games, against Senegal and Burkina Faso.
The Super Eagles will engage Senegal at Barnet Football Club’s ground ‘The Hive’ on Thursday and then play the Etalons of Burkina Faso four days later.
The two friendlies in London are being used to get the team ready for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which start in June and the resumption of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in August.
Amuzie, who was not called up to the team for the two games, believes the friendlies will be a good test for the Eagles as Senegal and Burkina Faso are worthy adversaries.
“I’m happy we secured the games against some of Africa’s toughest teams. Senegal with all their stars will be a very good test for Nigeria while Burkina Faso are also tough as they showed at the last Africa Cup of Nations,” the Sampdoria defender told supersport.com.
“It will help prepare the team for the tough tasks ahead as we have to do all we can to qualify for the World Cup and Nations Cup.
“These kind of games are good for the players and the coaches too. It will enable them to see areas that need to be worked on.
“I believe Nigeria will do well in the games as the new coach has shown what he can do in the few games he has been in charge. I won’t be in London to cheer the team because I’ve been mandated to stay behind and train by my club.
“The team is always close to my heart whether I’m there or not. I’m always cheering them. Despite being a player, I’m also a huge fan of the team as I always pray for them to succeed.”