Moses, Utaka in my team –Keshi

Moses, Utaka in my team –Keshi

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi says he has not dropped the duo of Victor Moses and John Utaka from the squad that will face Rwanda on Saturday in Calabar.

The Eagles will face the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda in the return leg fixture of the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar. The first leg fixture ended goalless in Kigali in February.

Keshi, on Wednesday, denied reports that the players had been dropped from the team.

Keshi said, “Victor Moses can score goals, Utaka can score goals. I do not understand where you guys got the story from; when I talk to the press it is in this kind of forum.

“I am not that coach who speaks in the newspapers all the time. I like to do my work on the field with my players and that is it. Whoever is inventing all sorts of things about Stephen Keshi is just misguiding Nigerians, which is very wrong.”

He also said that the players were anxious to play for him and Nigerians.

“Being a brand new team, there is a lot of anxiety going on with the players. They are really trying to do their best. They will fit into it and we will start flowing.

“They just need inner calmness and concentration in front of the goal and then put it in the back of the net. Once it (goals) starts coming it will not stop again, by Gods grace.

“I think I’m beginning to see that we are on a progressive note. What we are expecting at the end is having a very good squad, we are seeing it gradually.”

He said there were still players he hoped to bring into the team in future to actualise the team’s rebuilding process.

“I still have some players out there I want to bring in to make it a more formidable squad. We still have some home-based players that we have not given the opportunity; this is going to take us next few months to make sure everything is fine.

“When we qualify for the Nations Cup in January, we should have a better squad to go with.”

He said 25 players were in camp to play the Saturday match, adding that the coaching crew was at liberty to select those who would play.

“Anybody can start the game on Saturday, anybody can play. The good thing is that they should be focused and work hard,” Keshi concluded.


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