Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has backed Almeria striker Umar Sadiq for his first invitation to the national team.
Sadiq is enjoying a rich vein of goalscoring form in Spain since he joined from Partizan Belgrade in October.
He has scored nine goals in 18 appearances in the Segunda Division, including a hat-trick against Ponferradina last Sunday.
Sadiq was part of the Dream Team VI that won bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games where he contributed four goals in six appearances, and he is yet to be considered for an international assignment in over four years.
When asked if the 23-year-old is ready for a role in Gernot Rohr’s team, Siasia told the Punch: “I believe Umar is ready to join the senior national team.
“I know him very well, he has grown to become disciplined, mature and a much better player.
“Osimhen and Umar are two different and unique players.”