Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi
Super Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi, says he has made several players discovery for the national team, but will rather keep it close to his chest and wait at the appointed time to call upon those who have impressed him in the task of rebuilding the national team.
Keshi, who is expected back in the country next week to prepare the national team for the South American friendly against Peru in Lima, declared that from henceforth, he would prefer to talk less and act more so that his job will speak for him.
“Yea, we may have made some discoveries but we have to keep it quiet and learn to talk less about ourselves and more about the team, at the appropriate time the players that we know can help the course of the national team will be unveiled.”
Meanwhile, Keshi’s assistant, Dan ‘the Bull’ Amokachi, says the national team as presently constituted has a couple of ‘sexy players’, that are bound to get a trophy for the country in the nearest future.
Speaking at the MTN Football Hub, on Saturday at the Oriental Hotel in Lekki, Lagos, that saw Barcelona Fc hosting Real Madrid in an epoch Spanish La Liga encounter, Amokachi, said the players have shown so much commitment and determination that those that have been used in the past who failed to get result should be immediately discarded whether they are local or foreign based.
“I have been privileged to work with three or four coaches in the past, who keep recycling the same set of players that never brought results but my boss, Keshi, is starting on a clean slate with players who are hungry for success and sooner than later Nigerians will appreciate what we are doing with the new Super Eagles.”
Meanwhile, at least four coaches of the Super Eagles are weekly unleashed at league venues to help discover stars who could feature for the national team, as the Stephen Keshi led technical crew steadies the ship of rediscovering Nigerian football at the highest level.
Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Dan Amokachi, said in Lagos during the MTN Hub which highlighted that Spanish Laliga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Nou Camp, which was won by the latter, that every weekend all the assistants that have been appointed by Keshi, are always out in search of players who can add value to the national team on the home front.
“We are 150million people and we have over 10million of that population interested in football, so we are working to ensure that we get the best with the scouts that are usually all over the place when NPL league games are being played.”
And in a related development, doubts have continued to mount over whether the friendly international between the Azingo Nationale of Gabon and Nigeria’s Super Eagles, scheduled for Libreville, the Gabonese capital will hold next month, as clash in dates has been the contentious issue.
“The Eagles want to play and Gabon also want to play, but the issue has been at what date, because both countries have crucial qualifiers coming up in the coming weeks and none of the them want to risk a qualifier for a friendly,” Super Eagles Media Officer Ben Alaiya, was quoted as saying.