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Playing for Nigeria comes with pressure, Ike Uche tells Osimhen, others

Former Super Eagles striker, Ike Uche says playing for Nigeria comes with enormous pressure from fans.

In an interview with George Essien on Comfort 95.1fm, the former Villareal man says the current crop of players playing for the Super Eagles will have to live with the pressure.

Uche scored 19 goals in 46 appearances for the Super Eagles but says playing for Nigeria comes with expectations.

“The pressure comes from the position, it depends on how you take it, the pressure is always on the striker, it is left for you to manage the pressure well. There will be a time you score and also a time you have a goal drought, it depends on how you manage it. The average fan wants you to score, they don’t understand what is goal drought.”

Ike Uche says youngsters Victor Osimhen (left) and Samuel Chukwueze (right) must over the pressure of playing for the Super Eagles
Ike Uche says youngsters Victor Osimhen (left) and Samuel Chukwueze (right) must over the pressure of playing for the Super Eagles
(Photo Credit: Victor Modo)

The 36-year old acknowledged Nigeria has a very good set of young players who will need time and patience to deliver but says having these players does not guarantee success.

“We have good players at the moment, these new breeds are good and still trying to come together as a team, we must give them time to click as a team. We hope we can get it right.

“Sometimes having too many players doesn’t help, it might put the coach in a difficult situation making decisions, but it is good. Back in the days we had good players but now we have a very large number of players, it will be tough for the coaches but we hope they use them well.

“Having too many players doesn’t guarantee any title, but I hope Nigerians can give Osimhen and other young players enough time to fulfill their potentials.”

Ike Uche was part of the Super Eagles team that won the 2013 Afcon in South African under the late Stephen Keshi, despite not scoring any goal in the tournament.

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