In three qualifying games this June, the last of which was played last Saturday, Keshi has started with five players from the domestic league. The Nigeria coach has received wide-spread praise for what is being seen as a bold move, but Akpoborie is refusing to toe the general line. "I did not see the hunger in them that we say is missing from the foreign-based players," he said after Saturday's 2-0 win over Rwanda. "If we play against the big boys in Africa, we will have to do better." Nigeria's next competitive fixes are in September when they play the final round of the 2013 African Nations Cup qualifier. Akpoborie says experience and European exposure is needed. "We need to get the European players back into the team. They have the experience and they have the exposure to help the home-based players."