Enyeama has come under criticism at home, taking the blame for handing Liberia a goal in last weekend’s 2-2 draw, but Keshi is having none of that.
“There was nothing like that and if there is anybody to be blamed, it’s the team, not an individual,” Keshi declared. “I never at any moment said that Enyeama, who remains our first-choice keeper, caused us the draw in Liberia and, in fact, I think that he is one of the best in the world.
“At times like these passion rules over reason, but we must not bring individual players into our poor performance, it’s a collective failure to win.”
Speaking from Abuja, where he is at the moment, Keshi declared that the issue regarding national team performance cannot and must not be placed at the doorstep of a single individual like Enyeama, even as he assured that he will produce a new national team hat Nigerians at all levels will be proud of.
“We will score goals aplenty, but I understand the apprehension of Nigerians, and what I have always asked for is patience, I need lots of it to succeed.”
He also assured that he was at the point of releasing the team list that will help Nigerian fight well against Liberia in Calabar early enough so that those players, who might not be ready for the October 13 duel, will let him know on time, insisting that there will be no compromise about arrival in camp.
“The list of invited players will be made public early enough and we assure that we will not only win but win well and plead with Nigerians including enemies of the team for support.”