Chelsea Midfielder, John Obi Mikel Wednesday, completed the 22 players invited by the Super Eagles head Coach, Stephen Keshi for the return leg of the final Afcon 2013 qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Lone Star of Liberia on Saturday at the U.J. Esuene stadium Calabar.
Mikel arrived at the Metropolitan Hotel Camp, Calabar at about 12noon to complete the number of invited players which excluded injured captain, Joseph Yobo.
Speaking to Journalists, Keshi said that he needed all the good Players in the National Team but cannot have all of them at the same time to play a particular match.
He said, “We need Anichebe, we need Obafemi Martins; we need Uche Kalu; we need Yakubu Aiyebgeni; and we need all the good players. But I cannot bring all the players at the same time; there must be a number of players that I must work with in any match.”
Keshi said that invitation to the national team must always be on merit and not on sentiment and that he was thinking of how to make Nigerians happy on Saturday, adding that the players were ready to do their best against Liberia.
According to him, the super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo was missing in the team due to injury sustained while playing for his club.
He commended the Cross River State Government for the maintenance of the UJ Esuene Stadium, adding that the Stadium was getting better with every match.
“There is a lot of improvement; this is one proof that we can maintain things in this country; I just want to thank the good people of Cross River.”
He called for prayers for the team by Nigerians, stressing that the boys required the encouragement of all and sundry. “I want Nigerians to come out and cheer the players; and they will reciprocate the gesture by wining the match,” Keshi stated.