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Keshi agonizes over long-term plans

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said he agonized over the decision to leave out some of his more experienced players

Posted: 18 January 2013 Time: 6:52 am

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has said he agonized over the decision to leave out some of his more experienced players from the African Nations Cup squad.

The likes of Osaze Odemwingie, Obafemi Martins, Taye Taiwo, Kalu Uche were not considered for the tournament despite having a combined total of 179 caps between them.

But Keshi explained that he was working on a long term project and needed to give opportunities to younger players "It was difficult, very difficult but the thing is that you have to spread the opportunities to everyone.

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"The younger kids here are desperate. They are on fire.

"I'm not saying the experienced ones don't have the same, but we are not here just for this Nations Cup, but building for the next five years and for the 2014 World Cup."

Keshi went to great lengths to insist that the excluded players remain part of the team. "They are still part of this team, and we still have the qualifiers in March and they can be involved."

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:06 am
Yes, you are right. But i still believe we should have included Osaze, Martins and Taiwo. In Taiwo's position we have nobody there. Echiejile has no business being in that team. Anyway, this is not the time to complain. We must support our darling Eagles. 9ja for life.
Anonymous
posted: 08:17 am
For get about agonising, you believed you chose the best, let the results speak for you otherwise you will be booted!
Doycino
posted: 08:20 am
just becoze the days i near by u will face zambia you will see how kalaba will sort u out.
Game147
posted: 08:26 am
If this current crop of players can get to the final then it's surely a plus for Keshi. The so-called experienced players haven't achieved anything in the past. The project is not getting to the final but winning the trophy . Up Naija.
Game147
posted: 08:34 am
Who is 'kalaba' ? Calabash ? Mtcheeeew . Fluke champions, you guys will surely replicate Chelsea's disgraceful record. Stay tuned.
Azeebi
posted: 08:43 am
I don't know where these Zambians got their confidence from you are meeting a team of Super Eagles class, but you still got the guts to boast about... Spain made such noise before we met in 1998 world cup, Mozambique tried such in 2010. All is history...
Do fans play football? Yes, passively.
In the next ten days we will be discussing excuses I am sure....
For South Africans, just cool down and watch football, but certainly Zambia is not going to win this one...
@kwame
posted: 09:15 am
Breaking news:
Former zambia coach boss , claud leroy resigns from congo national team. Fears of being dismantled by Ghana. Believe it or not.
obrtinho
posted: 09:18 am
cote d'voire the champions second pleace ghana third mali. by the time nigaria meet zambia they will already eliminated from the nations cup. This nigerians will be eliminated by KATONGO, KALABA, MAYUK and MBESUMA
Commonsense
posted: 09:48 am
Well, what can I say? Keshi seems to have this all locked down. He seems to know what he is about. The only thing for me is that am yet to identify Keshi's philosophy to the game. Most of the team he's coached often lack cohesion. I believe I noted that specifically with his Mali team. Can't remember exactly how the Togo season panned out.

I say it's good to look ahead to the main one, 2014 Brazil hosted world cup. It shows that our administrators are begining to think progressively and perhaps plan accordingly.

So in leaving out your more experienced players for a tournament of this magnitude and moving in with neophytes who you actually intend to to mature in 2014 is somewhat. Especially when Keshi is emphatic that these d players are still relevant in his 2014 plans. Knowing that they will have gotten to the end of their ropes by then.

My advise for Keshi is to manage his vision properly and set realistic targets that won't put him in unnecessary pressures. Setting the Afcon cup as target given what he has I believe is unrealistic. Unbelievably too is Keshi quoted for saying this present crop of Eagles are greater than the 94 team. I think going the Yobo way of taking the game one at a time is more like it. Be confident that you've got a good team though not yet matured but ready enough to compete and so you are there to take your chances and hopefully win. Keshi, I dey your side. Nothing do you, Boss.
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posted: 09:50 am
▌▌✨Yiηkα ★

Its sometimes impossible to make everyone happy! #Fact! Lets just hope its for the best.

KEEP CALM & SUPPORT #TEAM NIGERIA
....Oηє ℓσvє Nαιjα
NU KING (ba mu da kingi)
posted: 11:07 am
Unless name would play for us, we aren't here with our best team. the only advantage with such players is they can lay down their lives cos they want to prove something. if they have enough strength they will spring wonders together. but if that is less, then reverse shall be the case. may be this is Keshi's philosophy. he knows they will be all over chasing balls and play less.
this baby team can win teams. but i will be surprise if they rule africa cos it will be a big shame we could rule even with a baby team.

i think we ca do something. history will speak for us!!!

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!
Good luck
posted: 11:44 am
I wishes Keshi and his teams best of lucks in the AFCON, may God grants you the strengh and power to overcome and rules African, Naija forever!
Anonymous
posted: 01:35 pm
Keshi please stop this long story. Is Juwon Oshinawon younger than Taiye Taiwo. Please go to Lagos and ask around and you will know the answer to this question. What about Ejike Uzoenyi who claims to be 20 while he has 5 years experience in the NPL. Keshi, women lie, men lie. But numbers don't lie
Slyman
gbolahanjames
posted: 01:53 pm
That's OK. MR BIG BOSS.
Omo 9ja
posted: 02:08 pm
Keshi knew that he made a big mistake by excluded the experience players, the time will tell. Good luck Eagles. God bless Nigeria!!!
topstarz
posted: 02:29 pm
Mine oh Mine, Nations cup na tomorrow, Cape verde 2 - South africa 1 , who wan stake?
Anonymous
posted: 02:29 pm
The last line on my post was from Lil Wizie. We should stop lieing to ourselves. Keshi you cannot eat your cake and have it too. You cannot build for the future with men who are as old or older than the ones you are replacing. The only reason they are desperate is because they were not good enough to get deals in Europe and their careers are coming to their end. Even Chigozie Agbim claims his official age is the same as Ejide's. How can he get better now? Picking Moses, Aluko, Carl Ikeme and Joel Obi means we have players for the next 5 years not the likes of Agbim and Oshinawon. Having completely disgraced Osaze, Taiwo and Martins, how can you possibly argue that they are still in your plans. Have you even considered that by your actions, " you no dey my plans" may be their reply like Osaze said on twittier.

I believe @ Commonsense said it best with this "So in leaving out your more experienced players for a tournament of this magnitude and moving in with neophytes who you actually intend to to mature in 2014 is somewhat. Especially when Keshi is emphatic that these d players are still relevant in his 2014 plans. Knowing that they will have gotten to the end of their ropes by then.My advise for Keshi is to manage his vision properly and set realistic targets that won't put him in unnecessary pressures. Setting the Afcon cup as target given what he has I believe is unrealistic. " Slyman
Azyd
posted: 03:02 pm
Sincerely speakin,i fink mr.keshi has done d right tin by leavin out most of the team's experiencd players...i mean,dis guyz av bin goin to dis same nations cup 4 years n dey av faild to deliver,let dis group of players go ahead and play dia hrts out,let dem shom d zeal n patriotism in dem n den we can judge...besides majority of dis players av good pedigree,dey feature regularly for dia club sides n play very well....so on dis,i am suportin keshi,evn if we do nt win d cup or get to d finals
longman
posted: 03:30 pm
Best of luck to keshi n his boys! Up super eagles!!
Spoton
posted: 03:43 pm
Sorry for being persimistic but I am not expecting eagles to win this cup
The tournament will help to build the team so they can challenge for the title in Morrocco 2015
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