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Ike Uche Recall Excites Sam Sodje

Ike Uche Recall Excites Sam Sodje

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Former Super Eagles defender Sam Sodje has hailed the invitation extended to Villarreal of Spain striker Ikechukwu Uche by reinstated Eagles coach Stephen Keshi for Nigeria’s last two 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and South Africa.

Keshi literally ended his long-running face-off with the resurgent striker which divided opinions amongst football fans following the intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan in the crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation.

Jonathan in a peace meeting with the duo of Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa ordered the former to recall Keshi to his post after he was relieved of his duties and temporarily replaced on interim basis by former handler, Amodu Shuaibu.

Giwa on his part, withdrew his case against the present NFF board at the Jos High Court and Sodje is happy with the latest development in the national team and football house.

“It was a good decision to have Ike Uche back in the Super Eagles. The guy is in form and would be helpful in the team’s aspiration to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations,” Sam told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“Uche and some of the players who have not been in the team of late but who are extremely good and experienced would have been of great need to the team in the qualifying matches but there is still hope; if the team can win the remaining two games. They will be difficult games but not impopssible ones to win.

“The end of the NFF crisis is also good for the team. I believe this will help the psyche of the players in those games,” the former Frangers of Warri defender told Completesportsnigeria.com

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 4
  • Uche, pls don’t be too excited about your recall. Keshi will frustrate you by setting landmines for you one of which to play you out of position to prove a point. Keshi is that petty and dangerous….

  • Call me whatever name you want… You are one of those who will not tell your tin god the truth. You push am. push am inside fire…..

  • @Saint Palmer… Here is what another sensible Nigerian, who played for Super Eagles in the past and someone who knows Keshi very well. In my previous post on Keshi coming back, I posted nothing different from what he said in his post. Please read.

    link: http://odili.net/news/source/2014/nov/3/313.html

    It’s a shame Keshi agreed to come back – Ex-international

    By Tony Ubani
    Ex-international, Chike Arisa called from his base in Holland to make enquiries on Nigerian football. He was overjoyed that Chris Giwa had agreed to sheath his sword for the good of the game but he could not come to terms with the news that Stephen Keshi agreed to come back after being shown the exit door by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
    “It’s scandalous. It’s a shame that he even agreed to come back”, Arisa , one of the beautiful brides of Nigerian football in the 80s said.
    Arisa who played for Nigeria’s big Clubs – ACB, Iwuanyanwu Nationale and Bendel Insurance and tickled souls with his mastery of scoring goals in the Green Eagles under the tutelage of coaches Adegboye Onigbinde and Paul Hamilton advised Keshi to quit when the ovation was loudest.
    “Keshi remains a hero in Nigerian football. But he should know when to remain a hero before he falls to zero. With our performances at the World Cup and the catalogue of poor results thereafter especially in the AFCON gualifiers, I think Keshi should have read the handwriting on the wall. Nigerians will lynch him if he fails”.
    Arisa who embraced the headlines as one the highest goal scorers of his time predicted that Keshi’s second coming could spell disaster for Nigerian football.
    “In all honesty, I don’t see Nigeria doing well under him. He desperately needs help to impart something in the players. His technical bench is empty. What value can Amokachi add to him. Nothing. I see that Ike Uche one of the best forwards of Nigeria he left out for reasons only he knows has been recalled. That is where the problem starts. Ike Uche might not sparkle under him. The Keshi I know hardly forgives. He will not want people to laugh last if Ike comes back to do well. He has lost that commanding role and the players are not comfortable with him, again”, Arisa said on our hotline.
    Arisa wants a foreigner who is not biased and with interest on youths from our clubs to step in to salvage our football. “Imagine inviting players from China? Our local players are better than them. If we want to stop incessant frictions over bonus and all, we need a foreigner. Indigenous coaches are sentimental with their selections”.
    Arisa also advised President Jonathan to pay attention to the myriads of problems in the country and allow those elected to run football in the country to run the game.