ABUJA, June 6 (Reuters) - Obafemi Martins scored twice on his home debut for Nigeria on Saturday but team mate Joseph Yobo believes things will be even better when the more experienced players are back in the side.
Martins's goals gave Nigeria a 2-0 win over Rwanda in their
opening 2006 World Cup African zone group four qualifier.
'No doubt about it, we missed (Jay-Jay) Okocha, (Nwankwo)
Kanu and others and maybe that's why Martins was uncomfortable
with some of our inexperienced players,' defender Yobo said.
National coach Christian Chukwu did not select Okocha, Kanu
and defender Isaac Okoronkwo after they failed to turn up for
last week's friendlies in London against Ireland and Jamaica.
'I have now discovered Okocha wanted a rest and Kanu is
preparing for his wedding in few weeks time,' Chukwu told
Reuters on Sunday.
The coach said he could recall some of the players for the
next qualifier in Angola on June 20.
But Chukwu said his immediate priority was to review the
situation before making any decisions.
'For example, my strikers Obafemi Martins and Rabiu Baita
have injuries, but I want to know the level (of the injuries)
before deciding on how to use them for the Angola match,' he
'We must get our players together in time for some training
sessions and, if we can, have a friendly match before travelling
to Luanda,' Chukwu added.
NFA officials said the squad and travel plans for the Angola
match would be released next week. Only the top team in the
group will qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.