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Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi explains why he has only used one domestic player at the Africa Cup of Nations so far.

Posted: 29 January 2013 Time: 11:13 am

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has explained why only one domestic player has featured so far for him at the African Nations Cup.

Keshi picked six players from the Nigeria Premier League, but so far Godfrey Oboabona is the only one to have seen any action.

The Sunshine Stars centre back has played all 180 minutes of Nigeria's campaign and Keshi explained that some of the others were not fully fit.

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"I cannot play players who are not 100 percent fit and ready.

"Azuibuike Egwuekwe and Gabriel Reuben were ill and could not feature but now all my players are fit and ready for the game."

But as Nigeria prepare to face Ethiopia in their final group game, it is unclear just how many local players will see action.

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

twentyone guns
posted: 11:36 am
I am supporting super eagles because of our relationship with Nigeria and secondly am from West Africa,whether the weather is i raining fire or ice Nigeria will qualify.
sonny ****
posted: 11:49 am
Thanks twentyone guns, best of Luck to Black Stars
Vineyard
posted: 11:57 am
Hear that!!!1 See, I have said it time and time again. Keshi took Nigeria for a ride....The SE Technical Crew led by Keshi needs to be lined up and shot one by one. What a reason?.. Why did you did take unfit, injured and sick players to this championship for God sake. Even when other players are doing very, very well in Europe. No wonder Ameobi refused to report to camp. No serious player who knows is onions will be part of this shenanigan when he realizes that the technical crew are doing things without sense of sincerity of purpose. Ameobi wanted to play with the best but when he saw the list of players released for the Faro camp without the Martins, Odewimgies, the Taiwos, then what is the use. Not only that, Keshi went to South Africa with the players he can sell and if not why go to SA with players that would not be useful to the team. His reason for not playing the Home based players leaves room for more questions. Keshi can not tell Nigerians that he was not aware that Azuibuike Egwuekwe and Gabriel Reuben were injured and sick (Chickenpox) before Portugal camp, yet they made the team to South Africa. I said it before that Keshi's Eagles will find the goings tough in SA and I believe he will be fired after this championship. This is not because I hate him.
Vineyard
posted: 12:14 pm
Now the excuse will be 'we are rebuilding and we know that takes time'.. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander That was the singsong of the gang called Amodu United when they were advocating for the sack of Siaone when he failed to qualify Nigeria for the Gabon version of the AFCON.... If they can let Siaone go while rebuilding and getting the results and no one in NFF considered the fact that Siasia was rebuilding and the team was getting better, they still went ahead to fire him, then Keshi and his gang have no reason to spend one more day longer than necessary. What is good for the goose will always and should always be good for the gender. The sign is already on the wall. NFF has, in the past 3 days being washing their hands clean saying Keshi and the team got all the support they needed including paying all outstanding allowances..Lol (as if that is not the right of the players) so no reasons for failure. But they have forgotten they have hands in this by appointing Keshi in the first place....
Anonymous
posted: 12:24 pm
As a lad from Mzansi I would have loved to see Super Chickens going home, but I must give this one against Ethiopia to them, they should win hands down... and for the sake of Keshi, he needs to be kept as coach for long for consistency reasons... Otherwise no success can just come overnight passion and patience are the keys.
Anonymous
posted: 12:48 pm
They have come again! shouldnt Keshi pick players base on who is doing better on the training? Trust Keshi he will definitely fall for this taunting. Expect another homebased player in today's match. There is nothing wrong with playing a homebased player and infact where one plays should not be an issue but merit should.

Elegant...
Johnhandsome
posted: 12:59 pm
Well done twentyone guns, I like your comments. This is what I love to see, it shows how intelligent and mature you are in your reasoning, unlike some who come here to say rubbish. Africa is one lets see ourselves likewise. Super Eagles supporters, please stay behind Keshi and his team. They have played very well. I am personally impressed with the Oboabona guy he is been great. Also, our Striker, Emenike I say kudos to him. Come on guys we havent played badly at all, just that results haven't gone the way we wanted yet. Expect Super Eagles to go all the way. I say congratulations in advance.
Good luck
posted: 02:03 pm
But all this stupid South Africa should go to their own kick off to make comment on their own BANANA BANANA Teams and they should leave us alone or what is their problem with Nigeria self? When we said that South Africa is jealous of Nigeria they will said no, so what you people are doing now to always interupt on Nigeria issues. Anyway we are your father forever. Continue your jealous of us.
stanslinks
posted: 02:16 pm
I intend to keep asking this question until i get an answer.....What is the difference between football fan, football fanatics and football lunatics?
stanslinks
posted: 02:18 pm
I intend to keep asking this question until i get an answer.....What is the difference between football fans, football fanatics and football lunatics?
Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 02:20 pm
As the traditional tittle holder and the son of God, I always say the truth. Keshi is not a coach. Every player is a player but we have those who want to die for his country. Keshi is a zero % coach. can he watch coach Akwesi Appiah? He captains Ghana for many years, he has been a second coach for many years. But when he get the nod, can you see what his hard working offering him. We need a serious team, those who can mark ball when they loose it, no one is perfect but man pass man. No one in Nigeria can parade the type of player Siasia can parade, take it or leave it. Siasia has his already made team, he knows them, he mix where there is weak. For me, Keshi is a failure, even if he carry world cup. I don't have lazy coach as friend. WE NEED SIASIA1, WE NEED SIASIA1. Without Sisia nothing will workout as far as Nigeria football is concern. NKATA OFFOR 1 HAVE SPOKEN. DALUNU.
Anonymous
posted: 02:51 pm
the truth is that i am not in support of keshi that he carry unfit players to the nations cup when we have lots of fit players doing great in their respective clubs,i pray that the team should have a good outing in the tournament.and for the siasia die hard fans they shouldd please allow the sleeping dogs to lie.siasia had his chance he did nothing with it his era ends with failure.we are moving forward and not backward...
lastairbender
posted: 03:50 pm
the fact is the coach brought these 6 local lads to the tournament to collect their allowance and boost as it is call....
lastairbender
posted: 03:56 pm
editor u are working nice job lol
Mimi
posted: 04:56 pm
@Vineyard, please try and guide your thoughts. So because of football- which is not a life and death issue, you are suggesting that fellow human beings like you should be executed? What has this world turned into?

Well, I'm not a Keshi fan but I see Nigeria winning this one against Ethiopia but if we place second in the group, then I think it would be curtains drawn o our AFCON campaign, I don't think the present team can survive CIV. Personally, after the experiments of local coaches, I feel we need a seasoned foreign coach to shape our team into a solid team. That's my opinion.
Mimi
posted: 04:56 pm
@Vineyard, please try and guide your thoughts. So because of football- which is not a life and death issue, you are suggesting that fellow human beings like you should be executed? What has this world turned into?

Well, I'm not a Keshi fan but I see Nigeria winning this one against Ethiopia but if we place second in the group, then I think it would be curtains drawn o our AFCON campaign, I don't think the present team can survive CIV. Personally, after the experiments of local coaches, I feel we need a seasoned foreign coach to shape our team into a solid team. That's my opinion.
Mimi
posted: 04:56 pm
@Vineyard, please try and guide your thoughts. So because of football- which is not a life and death issue, you are suggesting that fellow human beings like you should be executed? What has this world turned into?

Well, I'm not a Keshi fan but I see Nigeria winning this one against Ethiopia but if we place second in the group, then I think it would be curtains drawn o our AFCON campaign, I don't think the present team can survive CIV. Personally, after the experiments of local coaches, I feel we need a seasoned foreign coach to shape our team into a solid team. That's my opinion.
Mimi
posted: 04:56 pm
@Vineyard, please try and guide your thoughts. So because of football- which is not a life and death issue, you are suggesting that fellow human beings like you should be executed? What has this world turned into?

Well, I'm not a Keshi fan but I see Nigeria winning this one against Ethiopia but if we place second in the group, then I think it would be curtains drawn o our AFCON campaign, I don't think the present team can survive CIV. Personally, after the experiments of local coaches, I feel we need a seasoned foreign coach to shape our team into a solid team. That's my opinion.
Mimi
posted: 04:58 pm
Sorry for the repeated posts...a glitch on my computer.
oga
posted: 05:23 pm
nkata Offor, I guess you're the coach if Keshi is not one? How some of you reason beats every imagination. Now it's Ghanaian coach that Keshi is been compared, tomorrow it would be Siasia that Agbero who comes here writing trash under different pseudonym . This team is good. They are just growing together. They play with confidence and it's a matter of time before we start seeing that fineness the Eagles are known for.
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