Keshi: No room for fresh faces

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Su­per Ea­gles’ Head Coach Stephen Keshi says that there is no room for fresh legs in the team as he will rest his faith in the team he has been build­ing in the past two years.

Speak­ing in Abuja, Keshi said that it would be need­less to tear an al­ready es­tab­lished team apart by in­clud­ing fresh faces, just for the pur­pose of sat­is­fy­ing the yearn­ings of ‘some people’.

“We have been try­ing to build a team since the past two years when I came on board, so I don’t see any rea­son why we have to tear the team apart by look­ing for newer faces to make some people sat­is­fied,” Keshi said.

Keshi how­ever added that be­ing a mem­ber of the 2013 Na­tions Cup win­ning team does will not be cri­te­ria for se­lec­tion, as he is only go­ing to se­lect the best legs from the pool of play­ers cur­rently avail­able in the team.

The for­mer coach of Togo and Mali stated that Nigeria’s World Cup cam­paign is not a per­son as­sign­ment, but a na­tional and con­ti­nent project, as his team is poised to bring glory to Nige­ri­ans and Africans in gen­eral with their per­for­mance at the World Cup in Brazil.

“We have a pool of play­ers al­ready on ground, and all that we need to do is to con­tinue build­ing on that, but it doesn’t mean that if you were in the team when we won Na­tions Cup that you must be in the team to the World Cup.

“If I see any­body bet­ter than you, I will take him. Sorry it is not for me, it is for the coun­try and for Africa be­cause we are go­ing there to de­fend Africa, to de­fend Nigeria and to de­fend our pride. So there are a lot of things at stake and I will not ne­go­ti­ate for that,” he added.

Roberto Soldado of Spain shoots past God­frey Oboabona of Nigeria dur­ing the FIFA Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup Brazil 2013 Group B match at Castelo in For­taleza,


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