Dynamo Kyiv forward, Brown Ideye has voiced his sentiments regarding domestically-based talent in the Nigerian squad to face Liberia in a 2013 Africa Nations Cup qualifier in Monrovia on Saturday.
Eleven players based in Nigeria have been included in the side that faces Liberia in a first leg, final round Afcon qualifier and Ideye says he is impressed by the lads.
“I have been impressed by the home players. I have been training with them and I can tell you they are very good. For them to have been here (in the Eagles’ camp in Abuja) means they have a role to play,” Ideye told supersport.com.
Ideye also said it would be wrong for anyone to discriminate between the home lads and the Eagles’ stars based abroad as both sets of players deserve to play for the national team.
“The home boys are professionals like us based in Europe so it will be wrong to discriminate. I was once a player in the Nigeria league and I know how challenging it is.
“The home boys must play with belief because they can also win shirts to start even ahead of some of us based abroad,” he said.
Ideye has been in brilliant form for Dynamo Kyiv this season. He has netted 19 times in 35 appearances for the Ukrainian side he joined in 2011.
The 23-year-old is still looking for his debut goal for the Nigeria national team after making three appearances for the Super Eagles.