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Keshi: No Eagles Return For Martins

Keshi: No Eagles Return For Martins

–Big Boss says he prefers younger players to USA based striker

After ruling out the possibility of having Kelechi Iheanacho at the moment for the Super Eagles, out of contract Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi has also ruled out any possibility of having Seattle Sounders of America striker, Obafemi Martins back in the team.

According to Keshi, Martins’ desire to return to the Super Eagles is admirable, but not possible because according to him, the former Inter Milan striker has got to give a chance to the younger players.

“For Obafemi Martins, it’s good to indicate your interest to play for your country, as a former player of course.

“But we have other players out there in his position, younger players. So we have to give younger players the chance and the opportunity to grow,” he told Brila FM.

This will come as a big shock to Martins, who hasn’t hidden his desire to return to the team and had earlier said he hoped his good goal scoring form will earn him a recall.

Speaking further on Iheanacho, the Big Boss said the former junior international is a good player but will need to wait for his time in the senior national team.

“Iheanacho hasn’t been playing in the premier league and it simply tells you that Manchester City wants him to get more experience,” said Keshi.

“He is not part of the team (City) at the moment and he has to get more experience and maybe see if he has what it takes to be there.”

Iheanacho first came to prominence during the qualifying series for the 2013 CAF U17 championship where his goals and deft touches bellied his tender age, and eventually came to the world’s attention at the U17 World Cup, where he emerged as the tournament’s best player.

“He’s a good player but not for the Super Eagles now,” Keshi added.

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 7
  • AFOLABI DAVID 4 years ago

    WITH ALL RESPECT TO HIS OPINION AS THE COACH, I THINK SOMEONE NEEDS TO TELL THIS GUY THAT HE IS NOT TALKING TO FOOLS, WHAT EXPERIENCE DID GABRIEL REUBEN HAS WHEN U INVITED HIM FOR THE WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS AND EVEN THE WORLD CUP PROPER, THE IS A PLAYER WHO DID NOT EVEN PLAY FOR HIS SMALL TURKISH,SCOTLAND AND BELIGUM CLUBS BUT YET WAS INVITED EVEN TO THE SURPRISE IF HIS CLUB COACH. JUST TO MENTION ONE OF OUT 2 THAT I KNOW.

    WE ALL KNOW THAT IF NOT FOR WORKING PERMIT, KELECHI WOULD HAVE BEEN NI THE MAN CITY MAIN TEAM BY NOW.

    THIS GUY SHOULD STOP THINING HE IS TALKING TO BABIES OR MORONS . I SEE THIS GUY AS JUST TOO ARRONGANT WHO DOESN`T LISTEN TO ADVICE DUE TO HIS EGO PROBLEM.

    ANYWAY GOOD LUCK TO NIGER SOCCER. ONLY GOD HAS BEEN WITH US IF NOT I DONT REALLY SEE THIS GUY AS A SPECIAL COACH.

  • This my friend don start again, confusion every where, army dey come soldier come. NFF and Mr Keshi, please just get it right, its not only Keshi to be blame, all the corrupt so called NFF inclusive big time.

  • Bankky 4 years ago

    Keshi talks rubbish about Obafemi n Kelechi. In Obafemi’s case, if d young once can’t do it right ways should b paved for d old. Nigeria needs to go to Morrocco2015. For Kelechi, he’s ripe enough into d super eagles team. Please anybody should talk to Keshi to do normal

  • Ernie 4 years ago

    If I may ask Mr. Keshi, at what age did Messi, James and other world cup players started playing for their various countries? Stop talking thrash and play our best legs.

  • Naijaking 4 years ago

    I always believed that Keshi should be left alone to decide who he invites to represent Nigeria and should be able to take responsibility of the failure or success of the team. But I’m beginning to reevaluate that based on his invitation policy and comments he made about Iheanacho which totally indicates that he knows little about FIFA’s rule on players under the age of 18 signing pro. contracts with clubs outside their home countries.

    Keshi doesn’t really know what he was talking about or maybe he just hasn’t forgiven Iheanacho for leaving eagles camp prior to Chan.

    For the avoidance of doubt, same Iheanacho was neither playing for Heartland nor Pillars at the time but all of a sudden the coach that took Ruben Gabriel who played less than 82 minutes in three clubs in three different leagues in more than two years to the world cup is saying that the boy is not ready because he hasn’t been playing in the English premier League. Keshi has to come up with a better excuse than that because most of his excuses for not including some players in the Eagles don’t really make sense even to his very self. The boy is young and good, so why don’t you give him a chance, you just told Birla FM that you want young players only or is that double standard or just a slip of tongue ?

  • Take it or leave it,Keshi 14th best coach in the world(fifa’s world cup rating) and should be given the time to build a formidable team capable of taking us to our eldorado.Don’t forget we got to the round of 16th and presently the defending African Champion capable of taking any team in the world.Up Eagles Up Stephen Keshi!!!

  • Keshi is too arrogant for my liking and he needs to work on the knowledge of football more. He behaves like an old dude.