Keshi goes tough; decamps six players

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has decamped six of the home based players currently camping at the Bolton White hotel, Abuja for not measuring up to the required standard.

The Big Boss wielded the axe after seeing the Eagles struggle to a 1-0 victory over a selected Abuja side.

The players that were shown the exit doors for not measuring up to standard includes Fade Adebayo of Kaduna United, Wikki’s Ibrahim Mustapha, Markson Ojobo of Enyimba, Rangers James Okwuosa and Dolphin duo of Fortune Chukwudi and Uche Ochendo. According to Ben Alaiya,  the media officer for the Super Eagles, the axed players have since left the national camp for their various club sides .

Swift replacements

Meanwhile the Super Eagles coach has made a swift move to get replacements for those decamped as he has handed fresh invitation to six other new players

Topping the list of new invitees is Omomo Osas of Sunshine Stars, Kaduna United duo of Papa Idris and Ishaya Daniel, who are already in camp and Obinna Nwachukwu of Heartland of Owerri.

Commenting on the slim 1-0 win recorded by the Eagles, Mr. Keshi, said he was very encouraged by the display but will not use the word impressed yet, until the players work to earn it.

He urged the home based players to put in more effort and even give him reasons not to bother inviting the foreign based pros ahead of the Africa Nations Cup qualifying match with Rwanda next February.

“Almost all the Rwandan players are home-based and their league is not better than ours so why can’t we do the same here and create a team that other countries will fear”Mr.  Keshi asked.

Oustanding few

A source at the Eagles’ camp revealed some players are already playing themselves into the heart of the officials.

Two players have so far stood out, and shockingly,  one of them, Kaduna United’s Papa Idris,  had not trained even for once with the team before the friendly with the Abuja side. . Also the likes of Azubuike Egwueke, Bathlomew Ibenegbu and Corps member Stephen Morah have also been outstanding.

The Eagles will again file out Wednesday morning against Ranchers Bees of Kaduna at the main bowl of the Abuja National Stadium.


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