SUPER Eagles’ Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, has ruled out any possible return for to the national team for Osaze Odemwingie and Obafemi Martins, saying the duo have had their time in the team.
Debunking the reports in a section of the media that he has made up his mind to recall Odemwingie and others, Keshi stated that he never contemplated such idea and did not tell anybody of a possible return for Odemwingie to the national team.
Speaking after the home-based Super Eagles first training session in Abuja Monday, Keshi said he was only thinking of the return of Everton star, Victor Anichebe, to the team “because I still need him.”
Keshi added: “I never said that I am bringing back any of those names you nave mentioned now (Osaze Odemwingie, Ikechukwu Uche, Obafemi Martins, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Obafemi Martins and Victor Anichebe). I have seen the likes of Osaze, Martins and I think we have given them the opportunity, which they did not use, what else do you people want in them.
“The only thing I said about (Victor) Anichebe is that I will try to talk to him again and that is it.”
On the team’s performance in the just concluded Confederations Cup, the former Super Eagles captain disclosed that the championship gave him and the players an opportunity to learn new things, adding that they would make use of the exposure they got from playing the likes of Spain and Uruguay to improve on their subsequent games.
Keshi also confessed that the CHAN qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire in Kaduna on Saturday would not be an easy game, adding, however, that he would do his best with the support of his assistants and soccer loving Nigerians to get a respectable result in the match.
“On Saturday, it will be tough because we are playing against Cote d’Ivoire not against Tahiti or Gambia. Cote d’Ivoire has equal potentials back home like Nigeria and other top African football playing countries. So it is not going to be an easy game but we hope to have a good score line at the end of the game,” he promised