The former Nigerian international, who hailed the winning performances of the players at the South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, believes they can get on to a higher standing at future competitions.
“Mikel and Moses were outstanding at the Africa Cup of Nations and deserve credit for their contribution to Nigeria’s victory at the tournament,” the Atlanta ’96 gold medallist said.
“Stephen Keshi and the players should be commended for helping the country win the competition for the third time.
“However, we should be patient with the coach and avoid putting the players under pressure.
“Players like Mikel and Moses are world-class, who should be respected in their country as they are respected abroad.
“If we encourage them, they’ll give their best to the country. We should not dictate to the coach on how to use them in the team.”