Super Eagles assistant captain Joseph Yobo has said the team is lacking in world-class talent as they head towards the 2010 FIFA World Cup.The Everton centre-back says the side are going through a transition period, with younger players being blooded into the side, and he admits they have not reached the heights fans would expect.
After being asked why no Nigerian players had been in contention for the recent African Footballer of the Year award that was won by Didier Drogba of Cote d’Ivoire, Yobo was cutting in his assessment.
“It is a transition, you know?” he told Hi magazine. “I think that the players we have now, to be realistic, are not meeting up to standard. I think to win that award you have to be a key player either a top striker or a midfielder.”
The 29-year-old, who will be a key man for the Super Eagles if fit in South Africa, has also praised the view of new Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback that no player is guaranteed a place in the country’s squad for the World Cup.
Yobo feels the comment from the Swede might well be a spur for those players who may have been coasting ahead of the tournament.
“I think there is going to be a good response. It gives everybody the opportunity to prove himself, those that are not playing work hard, and it is also a good challenge for the players – as they now need to get used to one another,” Yobo said.
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