Finally, the coach of Nigeria’s national football team – The Super Eagles – Stephen Keshi has agreed to re-invite striker Osaze Odemwingie and skipper Joseph Yobo in the team! It is however noted that Taye Taiwo may not find a way back in.

All three players, along with a few other established internationals, have been on the outside looking in under the former national captain. Yobo since the African Nations Cup, and Odemwingie just before.

Both players reacted with very public disaffection to their exclusion. Coach Stephen Keshi however told the press that the re-invited players can only get back into the team if  “They should just be themselves, play their game…” Keshi said. “Yobo is still my captain. It’s unfortunate that he’s not here, but he’s still the captain of the team.”

In his words, Keshi said “Taiwo is still playing but I have younger players that are playing well. I have Juwon, who is not here. I have Benjamin Francis, and I have Echiejile whose performance has improved greatly. So it will be a difficult thing for Taiwo to get back in. “For Osaze, he still has a place in the team.
I’m not looking for an apology from him. Osaze is somebody that I like very well and he knows that. The thing is, it’s about the team that I’m worried about.

I don’t want to have a player that will come in and divide the team, or want to come and do something to destabilize the team, because when the team is not together, it becomes very difficult to win.I’m not saying he is going to come in and do that, but a little bit of what he has shown has told me that this is possible.

I really want to have him in the team, and I would like to give him another opportunity.”

One player that Keshi says he really wants to see back in the national team is Obinna Nsofor, along with Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins.

The person I am really keen to have is Obinna Nsofor. “Unfortunately, each time I call him, he’s always injured. Hopefully next time he will be fit. “Martins is coming back gradually. The last two call-ups he wasn’t in good shape but I needed to play him…” he said.

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