June 26, 2013
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has opened the
national team door to striker Osaze Odemwingie and
skipper Joseph Yobo, but Taye Taiwo may not find it
easy to get his way back into the team.
They have been out of the national team fro
sometime. But shortly after the Super Eagles’ Fifa
Confederations Cup campaign came to a grinding
halt against Spain, Keshi told KickOffNigeria.com
exclusively how the players can get back in.
Coach Stephen Keshi and Captain Joseph Yobo.
“They should just be themselves, play their game,”
Keshi said. “Yobo is still my captain. It’s unfortunate
that he’s not here, but he’s still the captain of the
team.“Taiwo is still playing but I have younger
players that are playing well. I have Juwon, who is
I have Benjamin Francis, and I have
Echiejile whose performance has improved greatly.
So it will be a difficult thing for Taiwo to get back in.
“For Osaze, he still has a place in the team.“I’m not
looking for an apology from him. Osaze is somebody
that I like very well and he knows that. The thing is,
it’s about the team that I’m worried about.
“I don’t want to have a player that will come in and
divide the team, or who will destabilize the team,
because when the team is not together, it becomes
very difficult to win.“I’m not saying he is going to
come in and do that, but a little bit of what he has
shown has told me that this is possible.“I really want
to have him in the team, and I would like to give him
”One player that Keshi says he really wants to see
back in the national team is Obinna Nsofor, along
with Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi
Martins.“The person I am really keen to have is
Obinna Nsofor.“Unfortunately, each time I call him,
he’s always injured. Hopefully next time he will be
fit.“Martins is coming back gradually. The last two
call-ups he wasn’t in good shape but I needed to play
him,” he told KickOffNigeria.com.