Keshi: I Won’t Drop Mikel, Odemwingie

Keshi: I Won’t Drop Mikel, Odemwingie

By Richard Jideaka:

Super Eagles Head coach Stephen Keshi has revealed that Mikel Obi and Osaze Odemwingie are still in his plans.
Mikel played a minor part in Chelsea’s Premier League title win as he was either injured or on the bench throughout the season, while Odemwingie only recently recovered from a long injury spell.

Keshi admits that he is not happy that Mikel has not been picking his calls and not responding to his messages inquiring about the Chelsea star’s health. But the coach insists that the midfielder is still an important member of the Super Eagles.

“When I heard that Mikel was injured, I tried several times to get across to him on the phone but, surprisingly, he did not respond,” Keshi told “He also has not responded to messages I sent to him through text. This is very unlike him and I am still expecting him to call or answer my text.

“I will still call him since he is an important member of the team. It is my duty to know how my players are faring in their respective clubs. Anyway, I am still expecting him to call me since we have national business together.”

He however stated that he has been in constant touch with Osaze Odemwingie on the phone, adding that he is glad to see the forward back in action with Stoke City. I spoke with him as recently as Tuesday and he is ready to go.”

The former Togo and Mali coach also told that he has spoken with so many of the players and that they are all willing to contribute their quota to their country’s success.

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  • I truelly luv seeing mikel praying.

  • He should be free to sellect whoever dat is fit for de squad to get de result nigeria want.

  • Hassan Oluwadare 4 years ago

    Hmmm,if only he had done so before,Martins would not have been hasty in retiring. And I don’t really foresee Keshi talking him out of it. There are still quite a number of old faces,that would give the new faces a good challenge for shirts in the National team. I just he has learnt from his first stint as coach…

  • Hassan Oluwadare 4 years ago

    There are still some discarded names that would happily and gladly jump at another opportunity to wear the national colors again