Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Oshaniwa unfazed by Echiejile's return
Ahead of Nigeria's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo, Super Eagles defender Juwon Oshaniwa has revealed that he is ready to challenge Elderson Echiejile for a starter’s shirt.
Oshaniwa played as Nigeria’s left full back at the Brazil 2014 World Cup after injury ruled out Echiejile of the competition.
In a chat with Goal , the Ashdod FC of Isreal defender said the return of the Monaco player is a big boost to the team and will respect the discretion of the coaching crew on who starts against Congo.
"For sure, football is just like that. The whole 23 cannot start a team, it's just 11 that will have the privilege to start,” Oshaniwa told Sportmasta.
"Everybody must wait for his own starting time and when your time comes - you grab it.
"I cannot be playing and same time acts as a member of technical crew. Stephen Keshi and his crew got the discretion and right to decide on who they want to start a game. Football as it said goes along with challenge and I’m so happy to have him back," he continued.
"He is a good guy to me anytime and any day. So his return is good for the team. If Echiejile is there, he is going to put up his best and if Oshaniwa is there, he is going to put up his best also.”
Speaking on the game against Congo, he said the invited players are focused on making a winning start in Morocco 2015 while assuring that there is no cause for panic.
"For Congo, we are very prepared for the game. As African champions, we are focused on recording a winning start to another Nations Cup campaign. The team is intact, everyone is in high spirit and looking forward to prove why we are champions come Saturday.
"Panic, not at all, that's why I’m a professional. And at every moment for me being on the pitch, I’m always confident of what God has deposited in him. God has been my inspiration and he has guided me all through the tournament," he concluded.