Coach says decision lies with the player.
The coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, has stated that the door was still open for West Bromwich Albion FC striker, Victor Anichebe, to play for Nigeria’s national team and even make the 2014 World Cup squad.
While other players were begging to get invited to the national team, Anichebe had turned down previous call-ups. Nonetheless, Keshi said that the striker – popularly called the Beast by his fans – still had a chance to stake a claim in the team once he declares his readiness.
“You asked if I would consider Anichebe to vie for a place in the Eagles final list for the World Cup; it is Anichebe who chose not to play for Nigeria at a point in time, so if he decides he is ready to play, why not.
“If he calls me today that he wants to play for the Eagles again, of course, I would give him a chance to prove himself and possibly go to the World Cup in Brazil next year,” the former Togo and Mali national team coach stated.
Yet to find his feet at his new club, West Brom, Anichebe had, while playing for Everton, said his club career came before the national team.
The hard stance of the player might not be unconnected with allegations that nobody from the NFF cared for him when he was injured playing for Nigeria, and that he would want to pay back Everton for their care in his difficult time.
Though Anichebe’s absence has not negatively affected the Eagles, his return to the squad might further strengthen the Coach Keshi tutored side that is hoping to surprise the world in Brazil.
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