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Portland Timbers striker Bright Dike has been drafted into the Nigeria squad

Posted: 12 November 2012 Time: 1:17 pm

Portland Timbers striker Bright Dike has been drafted into the Nigeria squad following the withdrawals of Chelsea duo John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses.

“Bright Dike, who stars in the MLS for Portland Timbers has been invited to play in his (Mikel's) stead and we are sure that he will do well in the encounter, especially as he is based in the United States,” Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said.

Dike, 25, is uncapped at any level and joins Sharks FC's Gomo Onduku in replacing the absentee duo, along with defender Onyekachi Apam, who have withdrawn from Wednesday's friendly against Venezuela in Miami.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has added uncapped striker Bright Dike to the squad ahead of Wednesday's friendly international against Venezuela in Miami.

Dike was born in Oklahoma City, to Nigerian parents and is in only his second year in the MLS after a successful college career at the University of Notre Dame.

He netted five goals in 12 matches toward the end of Timbers' 2012 campaign, which ended two weeks ago.

Timbers finished second from bottom in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Spoton
posted: 01:25 pm
No comment.
Anonymous
posted: 01:45 pm
personal interest is why keshi might nt succeed as SE coach.Sacrificing national interest.When quality players like Haruna,taiwo, n Super bOY are almost begging to be giving a chance.Look at Ghana, they will always succeed bcos they are DOING THE RIGHT THING. Calling quality player even in late hour.
Anonymous
posted: 01:48 pm
Keshi Kindly assure us that if he performce in this match then he should replace Mikel Obi at AFCON, i also expect you to call up Sidney Sam for the friendly or is he not in your card since you told us that he has accepted to play for Nigeria?
Anonymous
posted: 01:57 pm
These SE will never ever achieve anything in continental or global stage... They are chokers regardless of big name players in the team..
JaliManyisa
posted: 02:24 pm
Is that Kuyt from Liverpool
alhajibolaji554
posted: 02:33 pm
Well...guys look. you can't blame Keshi. The players pulled out days before the game, so he had to find replacements and fast.
Anonymous
posted: 04:44 pm
SUYA
We should be more worried that Mikel Obi's tantrum does not affect Moses. Both are in the same club and lately, friends.
NaijaBros
posted: 05:16 pm
About 2 week ago most of you were saying Mikel should be the new captain of Nigeria. Now he withdraws from a match (as usual) and you guys are complaining? I'm sure both players have their reasons for pulling out, most likely they just need rest and don't want to travel. What happened to Emmanuel Ekpo? The guy used to play in the US as well. Anyway, I predict Venezuela beating us. I will be happy with a draw. As long as they don't embarrass us.
Lacoste_AM-A-Khosi
posted: 05:28 pm
This has nothing to do with us, d!ckoff are u nuts?
Spoton
posted: 08:23 pm
I don't really blame Mikel on this one, I can see Chelsea's hand this time arround. I believe Chelsea would have persuaded both players from not making the trip to America, moreso, as both players are presumed to be "indespensable".
Only players who believe there is no replacement for them can succumb to such cajoling from their club managers - I will cite the example Christiano Ronaldo who has just pulled out portugal's next friendly ( I still need to confirm if CR7, though).
Spoton
posted: 08:28 pm
In my last comment, I meant : " I still have to confirm if CR7 is injured"
Spoton
posted: 08:39 pm
Wrong example, people, I have checked and CR7 is actually injured.
Socerates
posted: 12:50 am
LOL @ keyboard. U know u are regarded as a slave in you own country. How did you manage to get to kickoffNigeria (Alias the hottest site)? Did u escape from the cage u were locked in? U Monkeys!!!! common go back to where u came from. A Slave u are and a slave u shall remain. I rest my case!!! Say Amen : )
luise-hero
posted: 02:11 am
@keyboard skip over fool ,, actually it has nothing to do with u and your bodies
so why bordering yourself animal in human skill
Miyelani19861208
posted: 07:54 am
Ohk....?
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 am
Keshi has given us the idea of strikers he wants to mix up with our existing short ones like Ike Uche, Emenike etc. He said he wants big, tall effective strikers maybe to intimidate the smallish African defenders. We should give him a chance to test one more big striker in Bright Dike. He is already about to test Ameobi who i know is proven to be effective especially with up balls. Why do people make noise when they know nothing about the technicalities in this round leather game. Keshi knows Africa football more than any of you and we have seen a little of it. Let's close our wide mouths and watch him
Oluwaseun
posted: 09:15 pm
Imagine someone opening his mouth saying Nigeria WILL never ever achieve anything in continental or global stag, OH MY GOD, is this person a human at all, i wonder.

Keshi ll achieve or let me say has already achieve cos he has qualify for one of his target, and to SAM case at least get the fact before u write here, SAM has agree to play for Nigeria but has to go through clearance like MOSES,

Keshi is doing what most Nigeria coaches has never do before, he has give many chance to prove them self, the unfortunate one are the once we see, how many time Ideya play for Siasia, but see him today, if he refuse to call Haruna i see nothing wrong in that cos in his position we have many doing better than him today, can we compare him with Mikel orr let say Joel or Ruben, so what are we talking here and as for TT, well so unlucky cos myself i believe more in Anderson than him now, so every coach have their believe on someone than the other so let leave this man to do his job, he knows better, this is what is bn paid for for years now, so why can we just support him in prayer and pray for our nation to make us proud who ever is in-charge, this is the problem we having in every department of this country, we rain curses on the people in power and we expect them to do well, as a Nigeria and as old as we are, we are suppose to be the voice of the young once coming by giving the good examples, make them believe someday thing will be ok in this nation rather than raining curse on the nation and lead the young once to the bad side, be a part of good and be responsible in your own self
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