Former Olympique Marseille of France left back,Taiye Taiwo has joined the growing list of Nigerians who feel the out-of-contract Super Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi should not stay a day longer on the job after failing to qualify Nigeria for the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.
Taiwo also told the CS duo of BAMIDELE BOLUWAJI and JoHNNY EDWARD in the following interview why he has been off the football scene for some time now..
You have stayed off the radar for a while now Taye. What has been happening to you?
Well a lot have happened. Since my contract dispute with my club, I have been keeping a low profile, training daily and working hard to keep fit till I make a move when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Could you give us an insight to why you have not featured for Bursaspor this season?
I don’t want to discuss that in the media. But it’s definite that I will leave.
You are so confident of moving to another club in January, can you tell us more about the club or reveal the name?
No, I can’t do that for now because we are still working on few things but it is certain that I will move in January and when it happens everyone will see it.
Not many would have thought a player of your caliber would have been left out of the Super Eagles squad for the past three years, does that mean your days with the national team are over?*
No it is not over. I am a Nigerian, I have the interest of my country at heart and I will always be happy to play for Nigeria. I can’t invite myself to the team. If I am invited, I will definitely be there to do my best.
I follow the team always when they play games and I do my own assessment of the game. I don’t have any problem with the coach neither do I have an issue with the Nigeria Football Federation. I don’t know why I have not been invited.
The players that have been called are also doing fantastically well, everything is in the hands of Allah. If I get the chance to play for Nigeria I will, if not, life goes on.
It’s not news anymore that Nigeria failed to qualify for the Nations Cup, where do you think we got it wrong?*
It’s so sad that we failed to qualify, but we got it wrong from the day we lost the first game at home to Congo in Calabar. I told my sibling immediately after the game that we won’t qualify for the Nations Cup because from experience, if you lose your first home game it is always difficult to bounce back and qualify more so with the way we played.
Despite that, we still had a chance to qualify but we failed to take the chance when we should have in Uyo.
It’s just a shame that we could not defend our title not qualifying was the least we all expected. But I believe we can plan again and re-position our football. We have the talents and as a nation in Africa, we should be seen at the top.
So what do you think of Keshi at the moment? Do you think he should stay on as super Eagles coach?
Well if the NFF could sack Samson Siasia when he failed to qualify us, I see no reason why he should stay on as coach.
So you mean he should be sacked?
Yes he should, but I don’t have any problem with him. Everybody in Nigeria knows that when Siasia did not qualify everybody from the media, the fans insisted that they have to sack him, so it is normal that when a coach does not qualify for the Nations Cup or the World Cup he is not allowed to stay on, I am sorry to say that; they have to sack him. Nigeria is not just for one person, if a coach does not qualify you for a competition why do you have to keep him?
To your club career, Taye do you have any regrets leaving Olympique Marseille?
Well yes, but you don’t turn down a chance to play for AC Milan when you get the call to join them. I was just sad my move to the club didn’t go well. I had a brilliant time at Marseille and credit must go to my youth coaches, Samson Siasia and coach Christian Chukwu who handed me my first call up against South Africa. I had memorable moments in France.
What really happened?
I had a nasty ankle injury that kept me out of the team for a very long time and that was why I moved to QPR the following transfer window.
Having played in France, Italy, England Ukraine and Turkey; where would you love to play?
Everything is in the hands of Allah but I can assure you that I will be moving in the coming weeks.