Confed Cup: Rangers Unhappy with Keshi

18 May 2013

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Chigozie Agbim


Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Enugu Rangers, have expressed unhappiness with Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi over Chigozie Agbim and Sunday Mba.

The Enugu club say the Nigeria head coach refused to release the duo to them ahead of Sunday's clash against CS Sfaxien in the CAF Confederation Cup playoff round.

The six-time Nigerian champions, however, did not make a request for midfielder, Emeka Eze, who is suspended for the first leg game against Juventus of the Arabs, as CS Sfaxien are also called.

Rangers claimed they approached the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to impress it on Keshi to release Agbim and Mba to them for the tie, reports

"We wrote to the NFF that they should release Mba and Agbim. But they did not answer us. We called Keshi and he said he needs the players and that he will not release them.

"The Mexican friendly will come up on May 31st. The Super Eagles travelled last Thursday and what we are saying is that the two players should have been allowed to play the game on Sunday against CS Sfaxien and then join them in Germany.

"We even volunteered to pay for their tickets to Germany if they are allowed to return to Enugu to play for us. I did not talk about Emeka Eze because he is suspended for this game, although he also travelled with them.

"We need all our players and this is the last game before the group stage of the Confederation Cup. If Mba and Agbim had stayed back and play the game against CS Sfaxien, they would have returned to Germany by Monday or Tuesday.

"That was all we demanded for, but they did not accede to our request. Like I said we need all our good players for this game.

"But I am still confident that we are going to do our best and win very well against CS Sfaxien," said Rangers general manager, Ozor Chibuzor.

The Flying Antelopes will head to the Taieb Mhiri Stadium in Sfax, Tunisia for the decisive leg of the tie that will determine which of the two sides reach the group stage of this year's CAF Confederation Cup.

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