Keshi: I won’t beg IK Uche

Keshi: I won’t beg IK Uche

–Eagles coach says Villarreal star not ready to play for Nigeria
By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has revealed that Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche wants to be ‘begged’ before he plays for the national team.

Keshi revealed that the 30-year old forward was in his plans for the Nations Cup qualifiers as he kick-starts his AFCON defence but was shocked when the former Getafe striker asked to be apologized to before donning the Eagles shirt.

“I won’t beg any player to play for me,” the 53-year old gaffer told Complete Sports.

The Eagles star was dropped from the 2014 World Cup squad after emerging as La Liga’s top scoring foreigner in Spain with 14 goals.

“He’s not bigger than the nation or the country, so why apologize to a player because he missed out on the World Cup,” Keshi stated.

It would be recalled that prior to the World Cup, Keshi had labeled Uche an indiscipline player.

“I have some players in this squad that missed the World Cup and they have not given us problems to think about.”

The quartet of Elderson Echiejile, Nosa Igiebor, Nnamdi Oduamadi and Joel Obi were part of the 30-man squad who missed out on the final 23-man squad and they are in camp for this weekend’s game against Congo.

On the preparations of his team defence of the AFCON crown they won last year, the former Togo and Mali boss told Complete Sports that they must win on Saturday to gain confidence.

“Football is played on the pitch and I want my boys to do the talking on Saturday by winning,” Keshi exclusively told Complete Sports.

“The players have approached the game with the right attitude and I am impressed. The most important thing is to sustain the tempo.”

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  • AFOLABI DAVID 4 years ago


  • Coach you lie, forget all this stories and better this young man to play his part because I read all the news even interview of Ikechukwu and there no chapter or page he requested for any apology so better leave all this forming story and call him back to the team for the team is not your Father property

  • Isaac Akinmoyede 4 years ago

    Stephen Keshi should play the fatherly role as the coach if you apply the stick you must also learn to dangle the carrot. He should forget the past and bring on board Ike Uche. We should not pretend not to have felt his absence at the World Cup. Here is a striker that scored 14 goals in tough Spanish La Liga last season. The fact that he was off form at the last Nations Cup is not sufficient to permanently ground him. He is willing to play for his fatherland and he is currently in form so Keshi should learn to accommodate him. If he has a bad son will he through him away? We have seen how top managers accommodate excesses of their players. Keshi, please forget the past and move on.

  • Israel Akinlawon 4 years ago

    Okoli Thank God, you are one decided. Were you there during conversation between both parties. I beg leave these undisciplined players and let get focused with the available materials.

  • Israel Akinlawon 4 years ago

    @Okoli Thank God, I mean “you are one sided in your judgement”, sorry for my typo.

  • ifeanyi 4 years ago

    Uche twitted yesterday saying he can’t ask for an apology to play for his father’s land. He said he will be proud if he is given a call up…the question is who is deceiving who here….I still believe Mr Kechi has a personal beef with him. That shows immaturity becos one of d qualities of a good leader is his ability to forgive and carry everyone along without bias

  • why is Keshi not saying the truth