Friday, April 18, 2014

Keshi goes tough on Eagles

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The Super Eagles performance in their match against Liberia has drawn the ire of the coach.

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, is not impressed with his team’s 2-2 draw against the Lone Stars of Liberia and has warned the players ahead of the second leg, billed for next month, in Calabar.

The Eagles on parade in Monrovia were told clearly that their display against the Lone Stars of Liberia was a show of unprofessionalism and will no longer be accepted.

Keshi said he did not see enough fighting spirit in the players.

The media officer to the Eagles, Ben Alaiya, revealed that Coach Keshi addressed the players at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium in Monrovia, moments after Saturday’s encounter, when surging fans prevented the team from leaving the arena.

Alaiya said Keshi also mentioned some players who did not show enough professionalism in the green and white colours of the Nigerian side, and said anyone who is invited and knows he will not be able to show

maturity and patriotism should henceforth stay away from the national team.

“I will appreciate players staying away and saying they cannot make it than for them to come and show Nigerians that we are not serious here,” Keshi reportedly told the players. “I recall that when we thought we were going to play on a synthetic pitch, I called Mikel Obi and he said it is not healthy for him to play on such a pitch, that is the type of maturity and honesty I want from all national team players.”

Keshi told all 22 players that went for the battle of Monrovia that, henceforth, any player invited who cannot make it to camp at the appointed time, should not bother coming.

“Any player who cannot make it on time should just stay away, because we need all the time we can get to blend for our games, because the Nations Cup is just around the corner”, he said.

The Super Eagle’s coach said he can no longer watch the national team pick draws in games they could have won.

“With this attitude on the pitch from top professionals that are in this collection, we won’t excel at the Nations Cup, that is what we want to stop”, he said.

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