–Big Boss says he prefers younger players to USA based striker
After ruling out the possibility of having Kelechi Iheanacho at the moment for the Super Eagles, out of contract Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi has also ruled out any possibility of having Seattle Sounders of America striker, Obafemi Martins back in the team.
According to Keshi, Martins’ desire to return to the Super Eagles is admirable, but not possible because according to him, the former Inter Milan striker has got to give a chance to the younger players.
“For Obafemi Martins, it’s good to indicate your interest to play for your country, as a former player of course.
“But we have other players out there in his position, younger players. So we have to give younger players the chance and the opportunity to grow,” he told Brila FM.
This will come as a big shock to Martins, who hasn’t hidden his desire to return to the team and had earlier said he hoped his good goal scoring form will earn him a recall.
Speaking further on Iheanacho, the Big Boss said the former junior international is a good player but will need to wait for his time in the senior national team.
“Iheanacho hasn’t been playing in the premier league and it simply tells you that Manchester City wants him to get more experience,” said Keshi.
“He is not part of the team (City) at the moment and he has to get more experience and maybe see if he has what it takes to be there.”
Iheanacho first came to prominence during the qualifying series for the 2013 CAF U17 championship where his goals and deft touches bellied his tender age, and eventually came to the world’s attention at the U17 World Cup, where he emerged as the tournament’s best player.
“He’s a good player but not for the Super Eagles now,” Keshi added.