Godwin Abigor could not understand why Stephen Keshi would invite 38 players for a camping period that will be just four days for the foreign-based pros and just about ten days for the local players.
Abigor, chairman of Warri Wolves and ardent follower of football reasoned that “Keshi now appears to be under pressure.”
The Nations Cup qualifier in Calabar is on October 18 and the foreign-based professionals have been given October 8 deadline to report to camp.
And 15 of them will battle with 23 home-based players for places in the team that will face Liberia. The first leg of the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa ended 2-2.
“From all indications, it appears Keshi is under pressure. The long list suggests so and I’m worried,”Abigor said on phone yesterday. He said further:
“It will not be good for Keshi to be under pressure. That can make him deviate from his original intentions. I know how people talked about certain players. Even those in authority were not left out. And it appears Keshi is now trying to satisfy many people or many interests.
He needs concentration but the long list will not make for absolute concentration because he has many players to handle in training that will just last few days.
If we qualify for the Nations Cup or World Cup and he invites even 50 players for a month camping or so, that will be understandable. Now, he has 38 players for few days in camping.
I think everything should be done to avoid putting our coaches under pressure because they could crack and make mistakes. I wish the team well against Liberia.”