Super Eagles interim coach, Stephen Keshi, has rubbished reports suggesting that he shut out Villarreal of Spain Striker, Ikechukwu Uche, from the national team.
Keshi said he was quoted out of context by many reporters at Wednesday’s media parley in Abuja.
“I don’t know where they got that portion of their reports from, but I never said Uche won’t play as long as I remain coach of the team. In the near future, if he changes his mind and indicates interest to play he will be considered on merit,” Keshi was quoted as saying in a media statement from Super Eagles media officer, Ben Alaiya.
Keshi appealed that attention should not unnecessarily be on Uche but instead on players willing and ready at all times to play for the Super Eagles.
The relationship between Keshi and Uche has grown from bad to worse since the African Cup of Nations in South Africa where the Big Boss claimed the young striker did not play to his instructions.
The situation saw Uche missing out on the Brazil 2014 World Cup despite a public outcry.
After much appeal from several quarters, when it was looking like Uche would return to the national team, Keshi again claimed that the Villarreal of Spain striker wanted to be begged before he played for the national team.
The allegation was promptly denied by Uche.
Meanwhile, the striker did not make the list of 24 players for the upcoming crunch against Sudan.