Super Eagles stopgap coach, Stephen Keshi insists that he will not invite the duo of Obafemi Martins and Kelechi Iheanacho to the national team for different reasons as long as he remains the coach of the Nigerian national team.
The Eagles will play Sudan in their two legged 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on October 11 and 15.
Keshi insists that Martins, who plays for the Seattle Sounders in the MLS is now ‘too old’ to play for the Eagles and should give the younger strikers in the team the chance to blossom.
The former Nigeria player also insists that the Most Valueable Player of the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE which Nigeria won, Kelechi Iheanacho is not ripe to play for the Super Eagles because he has not played regular football for Manchester City.
Martins is in the form of his life and is unarguably one of the best players in the MLS while Iheanacho shone in City’s pre-season friendlies.
Iheanacho is yet to get into the Manchester City’ first team because he has not turned 18-years-old. On the other hand, there are examples of players who are considered to be in the twilight of their careers yet are key players for their teams, a good reference being Germany’s Miroslav Klose, a FIFA World Cup winner with Germany this summer in Brazil.
Do you think Keshi is helping the team by refusing to call up some of Nigeria’s best players on current form?
How would this affect the commitment of Nigerian players especially Kelechi Iheanacho? Do you think Iheanacho should play for the Flying Eagles first before earning his place in the Super Eagles?
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