Anichebe not ready to play for Nigeria now, David Moyes reveals

Sunderland manager, David Moyes has revealed that Super Eagles striker, Victor Anichebe is not ready to play for Nigeria for now.

Anichebe joined Sunderland as a free agent and has been impressive since becoming a regular for the bottom table team.

The former Everton forward has netted three times in seven English Premier League appearances for the Black Cats.

Anichebe last appeared for the Super Eagles in 2011 during the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Madagascar.

Moyes, also Anichebe’s manager while in Everton, admitted that the forward still has the ambition of playing for Nigeria.

He told Sunderland Echo, “Victor would love to play for Nigeria, I’m sure, but not now!”

“Nigeria have good players and a good squad.

“It shows how well he is doing, though.

“You would be very hard placed to replace him given the quality he has shown.”

The coach added that he is conscious he may have to alter Anichebe’s role in the side over the coming months in order to stop opposing teams figuring the striker out.

Moyes added, “We need to be mindful, we don’t want teams to work him out.

“We might have to change his roles and positions at times.

“He has given us a starting point as a team which we have not really had.”


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