Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has reacted to some of his critics, particularly, those with the opinion that he was depending too much on the home-based players.
Keshi who was heavily criticised by his former national team mate, Sunday Oliseh, of not parading more of the experienced and skilled players during the just concluded FIFA Confederations Cup stated “It is a shame that Sunday Oliseh could say a thing like that. He was a nobody, when he came to the national team. He started from home too,” Keshi said.
The coach who took eight local stars to the Confederations Cup descended on his former national team mate, for attributing the team’s poor outing in Brazil to Keshi’s dependence on local stars.
He called on the media to back his rebuilding project as he asked, “Is it bad that we are trying to build a team with the inclusion of home-based players? Please, help me question the integrity of those who are opposed to this and tell them what it’s right.”
Still on Oliseh, Keshi revealed “When he came to the national team, I took him as a younger brother. I later (as an assistant coach to Amodu Shuabu) made him captain and he became a super star. Who knows what these boys could become in future?”
Keshi took five local players to the Nations Cup in South Africa. Godfrey Obaobona and Sunday Mba were outstanding and were rated more than many of the foreign-based players