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Erico wants duo against Venezuela



Former Nigerian goalkeeper coach, Joe Erico has charged Super Eagles' manager, Stephen Keshi to field two of the newly invited players against Venezuela.

Nigeria and Venezuela will square up in an international friendly billed for the Marlins Stadium in Miami, Florida, USA from 2am on Thursday Nigerian time.

Erico said Keshi should not bother himself with the outcome of the encounter but pay undivided attention to the importance of the clash as a build-up for next January's Afcon game in South Africa.

The new players include Portland Timbers' Bright Dike, Newcastle United player, Shola Ameobi and Obafemi Martins.

"Keshi should use the game against Venezuela to try the new players in the squad. The encounter is a build-up to the Afcon game so the emphasis is not wholly on winning but an opportunity for the coach to have a mental picture of the likely players to make up his Afcon squad.

"I'm not saying they should lose, of course, victory will boost their confidence but every player invited for the game must have a feel of the match.

"There is not much time at our hands before hostilities start in January, we should have a clear idea of the make up of the Afcon squad after the clash," he said to supersport.com.

Keshi took ten domestic players to America who are being joined by their foreign-based counterparts.

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