Saturday, April 19, 2014

Keshi holds back after Emenike’s outburst

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Stephen Keshi

The Nigeria coach declined to comment on the striker’s claims.

The Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has said he will not join words with Russia based Striker, Emmanuel Emenike, who recently lambasted the Coach and the Nigeria Football Federation for neglecting him after he sustained a long-term hamstring injury while playing for Nigeria.

Emenike was the highest goal scorer at the last Africa Cup of Nations won by Nigeria. He missed the final match because of an injury he sustained in the semi final against Mali.

The striker told the BBC that even though he does not expect to be pampered like a baby, both the NFF and Keshi should have shown him that they care

“I do not expect to be pampered like a baby but you get the feeling some people only care about themselves,” Emenike said.

“The coach has really let me down to be honest. He [Stephen Keshi] never even bothered to check up on me since the injury in South Africa.

“Just a call is all it takes, instead my club have been very supportive for over a month. They have shown they value my fitness and overall health.

“Even the Nigerian officials [NFF] refused to find out information concerning my state of health. It’s a big shame and a complete sign of neglect on their part,” the striker told the BBC.

While hoping The Big Boss will clear the air and make his side of the matter known, the Super Eagles Coach said he has no comments on the disparaging remarks made by Africa Cup of Nations top scorer

“If that is what Emenike said, then so be it. I don’t have a comment. I am not ready to exchange words with one of my players,” Keshi simply told supersport.com.

It is not clear if Emenike will be treated like the likes of Osaze Odemwingie who were at a time important in the national team, but later lost their places after going public to voice out their resentment on perceived wrong doings by the Federation or coaches of the national team.

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