The Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has frowned at Austin Jay Jay Okocha remarks that the home based players are not mature enough for the country’s national team.
According to Keshi, the former Super Eagles captain, who is also a member of the NFF technical subcommittee would have conveyed his opinions on the home lads to him privately rather than go public and make statements that could dampen the morale of the new set of players who are gradually becoming the nucleus of the Super Eagles team.
“Okocha is speaking from the outside of the team, so he can be pardoned, but I know my team and I am in a position to determine whether they are ripe to play the matches or not,” the coach stated.
Keshi said that even though the home based players are not “finished products”, they are ready for to play at the highest level.
He added that the home based players have imbibed his philosophy and would not disappoint him if he decides to throw them into the fay now.
Okocha had said if he were in Keshi’s shoes he would be trying to get the present crop of home based players ready in the next 3 or 4 years.
Meanwhile, the Coach will on Thursday name 17 home based players that will be part of the trip to Lima to face the Peru national team in an international friendly.