Keshi advises press on speculations

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Super
Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has given words of advice to the press as regards
speculations concerning top players for the national team.

 


This
may be because of speculations that Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi had been
in Nigeria since Sunday but refused to show up in Eagles camp until Wednesday afternoon.
Chelsea
midfield ace, John Mikel Obi, finally arrived at the Metropolitan camp of the
Super Eagles on Wednesday afternoon, after his protracted battle to get a
Ukrainian visa for his side’s UEFA Champions League game next week.
The
player has already said he was super fit for the encounter against Liberia.
The
development had kept Mikel away from the Super Eagles camp since Monday,
leading to speculations that the player might be in Nigeria and was avoiding
the national team’s camp.
That
was finally put to rest when Mikel breezed into camp on Wednesday at lunch
time.
Stephen
Keshi said he was not sure that the Chelsea midfielder even got the Ukrainian
visa and may have forced the protocol team at Chelsea to release his passport
for the Nigeria versus Liberia game on Saturday.
“We
must reduce the level of speculation on our top players as that could dampen
their spirit and affect performance on the pitch. Mikel is here now and ready
to play on Saturday and if we found him suitable, he would be played because he
has shown enough national commitment,” Keshi said.
The
coach called on Nigerians to keep praying for the team, as the team is thinking
of the Nigerian people and President Goodluck Jonathan, who personally visited
the team during its training session for the first leg encounter in Monrovia.
“I
will not be here talking to you if I think the job of qualifying Nigeria for
the Nations Cup is too big for me but I need the support of all Nigerians
including critics of the team and together we can take the national team to
greater heights,” Keshi said during a media interaction in Calabar on
Wednesday.

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