Transfer Saga: Keshi May Axe Mba

Transfer Saga: Keshi May Axe Mba

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has said that he may be forced to drop Africa Nations Cup star Sunday Mba if his transfer saga rages on.

Transfer Saga: Keshi May Axe Mba

Top Nigeria league clubs Warri Wolves and Rangers are at serious battle over the ownership of one of the biggest revelations of the recent Nations Cup in South Africa. An online publication — MTNfootball.com — quoted the Nigeria coach on Tuesday as saying that the player would no longer be part of his team from the next Eagles game and beyond if his club future is not sorted out soon.

“I may be forced to drop Mba from the team if his transfer issues are not sorted out. If by our next game, they have not resolved the problem I may not invite him,” Keshi said.

Last week, a committee of the Nigeria Football Federation asked the two warring clubs to reach an agreement on the player within a week. Disagreement over the ownership of the player that scored the lone goal against Burkina Faso in the final match soon after he hit the winner against Ivory Coast in the quarter finals. The player on his part insists he is with Rangers.

Before Keshi’s statement, some followers of the transfer saga were already complaining that the player’s presence may soon become a distraction to the entire Eagles squad if not checked on time.

Mba is currently in camp with the national team preparing for the Brazil 2014 qualifying game against Kenya on March 23. The NFF expects to get firm answer from the clubs on the matter by the end of the week.

The Eagles handler also explained that he was forced to call up as many as 15 foreign-based pros for the Kenya match because the local league has just kicked off.

He said, “I invited 15 foreign-based players because the Nigeria league is just starting.

“The foreign-based players have been regular at their clubs and as such their fitness level is very high. Most of our local boys are rusty but we see how it goes in our training camp.”

The foreign-based players are expected to starting arriving for the match by Monday.

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