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Leave Enyeama alone, Garba advises Rohr


Vincent Enyeama

Eagles 20th costliest squad in Russia
Former Super Eagles’ midfielder, Garba Lawal says the team can make it out of Group D in the World Cup if it took its preparation serious. He also feels there is no need to try to lure Nigeria’s former number one goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, back to the team.

According to, Lawal predicted that Nigeria’s performance will be largely determined by players’ mental capability.

“Football is all about playing as a team,” Lawal said. “When it comes to the World Cup, it depends on players’ mental attitude.

“All the top scouts in the world would be present, so if you are called upon by the coach, try to showcase your talent, because you never can say, you could get yourself a better deal. I believe we are going to come out of the group, but it is not going to be an easy one anyway,” Lawal said.

The former Levski Sofia of Bulgaria midfielder also advised the Super Eagles’ coaches not to rush Vincent Enyeama back to the team.

“Has Enyeama said he wants to come back? He has not been in action for a long time, this is the World Cup, it’s been long we saw him in the net, it’s going to be difficult for him.

“I believe we should not rush the gentleman. We just have to let it go and work with what we have,” Lawal advised.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are the 20th most expensive team that will participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, according to transfer market experts

Nigeria’s 23-man squad is valued at £80.78 million (approximately N38.45 billion in Nigerian currency).

Brazil currently has the most expensive squad (£606.15m), followed by Germany (£572.85m), France (£572.85m), Spain (£543.15m) and Argentina (£475.65m).

Senegal, who has in its ranks Liverpool’s Sadio Mané and Monaco winger, Keita Baldé, lead the way in Africa with a market value of £195.89m, ahead of Morocco (£88.56m), Nigeria, Egypt (£76.05m) and Tunisia (£28.04m).

Nigeria’s other rivals at the World Cup, Croatia and Iceland occupy the eighth (£265.28m) and 22nd (£56.12m) positions respectively.

The Super Eagles would have ranked higher than 20th if Nigeria’s most valuable player, Chelsea’s Victor Moses who is valued at £16.20m, was not omitted from the players rated because he missed the games against Argentina and Algeria.

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