For the umpteeth time, Super Eagles coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has vowed never to beg any player to come and play for the senior national team as he said nobody begged him to play for Nigeria.
Speaking at a media parley yesterday in Abuja, the former Super Eagles captain said Nigeria is blessed with so many good players and whoever is given the opportunity to play for the country should count his or herself luck.
He reiterated that nobody begged him to come and play for the nation and now that he is a coach, he will never beg any player to play for the country.
Keshi said he is ready to give opportunity to every interested player to serve the nation but the available chances would be given to only those who show the required commitment and desire to serve Nigeria.
The former Technical Adviser of Mali and Togo national teams maintained that putting on the national colours should be every player’s dream and whenever such opportunity beckons, players should know that is a rare privilege which must be utilized maximally.
The coach said the match against the Lone Stars of Liberia would come up within the FIFA and CAF window and no player invited would have any excuse not to come and play.
His words: “It is by choice, you take it or leave it. It is going to be within FIFA and CAF window. The clubs cannot refuse to release the players. Every player has a decision to make. So if he says I do not want to play for Super Eagles, no problem but if he decides to come, he must give his best.
“The way I grew up in Super Eagles, I wanted to play for Nigeria. If I have a player who cries to me that coach invite me, I want to play and I feel that you are doing well for your club, I will give you a chance. But I as the coach of the team, I cannot beg any player. No coach ever begged me to play for Nigeria. I as a coach will never beg any player to play for Nigeria. Never!.
“So if any player is ready, no problem. You see it is a privilege to wear the national colours. It is a pride to wear Nigerian jersey. If you are out there and they are playing national anthem, it gives a special feeling. So many Nigerians do not sit to listen to the national anthem. When you stand on attention and they are playing the national anthem in front of you, you can not quantify it”, he explained.
- Daily trust