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Garba Lawal com­mends Su­per Ea­gles new boy, Sanusi

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Aformer in­ter­na­tional, Garba Lawal has hailed the per­for­mance of Su­per Ea­gles new left- back, Zaidu Sanusi but said the FC Porto de­fender needs to im­prove on his fi­nal crosses es­pe­cially when he is at the by-line.

The 23 year old Kebbi State born de­fender was among the six play­ers who re­cently de­buted for the se­nior na­tional team in the two friendly matches against Al­ge­ria and Tu­nisia in Aus­tria.

The oth­ers are Kelvin Ak­poguma (Hof­fen­heim), Cyril Desser (Genk), Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow), Sam­son Ti­janni TVS Har­berg) and Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjyl­land).

Of the six, Sanusi en­joyed more time on the pitch as he lasted through the du­ra­tion of the first match against Al­ge­ria and was on the verge of record­ing an­other 90 min­utes of ac­tion be­fore a groin in­jury forced him out of the tie with the Carthage Ea­gles of Tu­nisia.

Be­fore his in­vi­ta­tion to the Su­per Ea­gles, most foot­ball pun­dits had tipped him to give the more estab­lished left­back, Jamilu Collins a run for his money.

In­ter­est­ingly, his per­for­mances in the two friendlies caught the at­ten­tion of many with Lawal say­ing the player jus­ti­fied his in­clu­sion in the team.

He told Trust Sports that the left-footed de­fender de­serves more op­por­tu­ni­ties for him to es­tab­lish him­self in the Su­per Ea­gles.

“I am im­pressed with the per­for­mances of the new play­ers. I think they all did well. The per­for­mance of Zaidu Sanusi caught my eyes the most be­cause he showed great com­po­sure and abil­ity to join the at­tack.

“How­ever, he needs to im­prove on his fi­nal passes. He has to work on his crosses es­pe­cially when he gets to the by­line. If he can do away with some of the el­e­men­tary mis­takes, he would be a fan­tas­tic left-back for the Su­per Ea­gles,” said Garba Lawal.

The for­mer Roda JC of Hol­land star also said since Ger­not Rohr can­not con­tinue to ex­per­i­ment, he should im­me­di­ately de­cide on the debu­tants to be in­jected into the main squad.

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FC Porto and Su­per Ea­gles ‘new boy’ Zaidu Sanusi

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