Striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu could make a return to Stephen Keshi’s line-up following his recent good run of form.
Two stunning goals in the 47th and 76th minutes of their 3-0 win away to Shanghai East Asia and a top-grade performance by Yakubu over the weekend in China has set the former Everton striker up for a recall to the Super Eagles, with officials now looking in his direction to put some heat on Fenerbahçe of Turkey returnee, Emmanuel Emenike
The option on coach Stephen Keshi’s mind, according to sources close to the Eagles gaffer, is Emmanuel Eneramo, but the former Esperance of Tunisia skipper, who recently moved from Sivasspor to fellow-Turkish side, Beşiktaş, is yet to return to goals scoring form at club level.
This has left Yakubu as the biggest option open for a shock return to the Eagles, and the ex-Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers of England hitman once again proved his mettle with Guangzhou R&F at the weekend.
An official in the Eagles admitted in a chat with SportsDay that Keshi may be forced to look in the striker’s direction once again.
“Why not? With the way Emenike is behaving, you can never tell what could happen. Yakubu is doing well at present, and that is enough for him to be invited. At the same time, we will need the best strikers available to the team in the final race to the World Cup, and only those who are in form will get a look in,” the official stated.
Although Keshi had initially turned towards Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine striker Brown Ideye as well as the duo of Anthony Ujah from FC Cologne and Joseph Akpala of Weder Bremen in Germany, the inability of all three to excel during the recent FIFA Confederations Cup has left The Big Boss turning towards Yakubu once again.