Ogenyi Onazi has given his full backing to the Super Eagles B ahead of their qualifying tie with the Black Galaxies of Ghana for a ticket to the 7th African Nations Championship (CHAN) coming up in Algeria early next year.
The Super Eagles B are away to Ghana for the first leg of the tie in Cape Coast on Sunday, with the return leg billed for Abuja on September 3.
Super Eagles midfielder Onazi, who has been training with the home-based Nigeria national team in Abuja, has said that he is comfortable with the quality of players and their fitness, as well as the quality of the coaching crew.
“I think the coaches have put together a very strong team that is capable of nicking the ticket at the expense of Ghana,” Onazi, who was in the Super Eagles squad that won Nigeria’s last Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa in 2013, said in Abuja today.
“I have seen the players are very fit and good enough to make Nigeria proud. I know coach Salisu Yusuf is well-informed in the domestic league and has assembled the best players in the league, and I can also see that the other members of the technical crew are positioned to help the head coach.”
The former Lazio star featured in the team’s first friendly match against Mahanaim FC, which the Eagles came from two goals down to win 3-2.
“It was a very good test for the Eagles. They are preparing for a very big game and I liked the level of the game. We had to fight back to win,” he said about the game.
The 29-year-old Onazi, who has played professionally in Italy, Turkey and Denmark, is keeping himself fit in Abuja as he prepares to travel out for another club outside Nigeria.
“I am actually here to collect my passport to travel and then I heard the team was training here. I like the opportunity to train at this high level and so I grabbed it. It is the best way to stay fit,” he explained.