Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi has again declared that captain of the team, Joseph Yobo, Osaze Odemwengie, Haruna Lukman and Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke and others who have not featured in his plans are still part of the team but warned against being sentimental in the judgment of the public.
“We don’t want to play names but any player who can bring success to the team is what we are after and if these players we have mentioned have it then they can go with us to the World Cup. We have players as old as 39years old playing at top level for their countries and some have been very successful at that, I want to see that happen in Nigeria”.
Keshi who also spoke extensively on the forthcoming African Nations Championship in South Africa, says he will make no promises of winning the trophy but hopes the team puts up a good performance and make football fans happy. “It’s because we’ve got little or no time and we are working with new boys on this project but I hope we do the nation proud at the CHAN tournament but I cannot promise the trophy”.
Meanwhile, the big boss has revealed that the team might be camped in the United States ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. Preferably in a city that has the same climatic condition as Sao Paulo, which the Eagles have picked as their permanent base during the Mundial.
Keshi mentioned two cities, Miami, Florida and Houston, Texas as possible destination but added that the final decision will be taken by the NFF.
The former Super Eagles captain commended the NFF for being very supportive of the national team and declared that contrary to widely held views, all teams in the Super Eagles World Cup group are very dangerous. “Why are we talking of only Argentina, we can defeat Argentina but Iran qualified long before us and Bosnia Herzegovina also did their qualification in style with plenty goals and we must not underrate any of these teams”, he concluded.
As part of preparations for the 2014 African Nations Championship, Keshi’s home based team beat Nigeria Premier League side Niger Tornadoes of Minna 2-0 and will play another game with Plateau United on Saturday at the Abuja National Stadium.