I Never Blacklisted Ike Uche-Keshi

Interim Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Stephen Keshi has said Villareal of Spain striker, Ikechukwu Uche must turn a new leaf for him to return to the national team.

There were news reports all over that Keshi had shut the door against Ikechukwu, but the gaffer was quick to rubbish and said he was quoted out of context.

According to the former Hawks of Togo coach:“I don’t know where they got that portion of their reports from, but I never said Ikechukwu won’t play as long as I remain coach of the team. In the near future, if he changes his mind and indicates interest to play he will be considered on merit,” Keshi was quoted as saying in a media statement from Super Eagles media officer, Ben Alaiya.

Keshi appealed that attention should not unnecessarily be on Ikechukwu but instead on players willing and ready at all times to play for the Super Eagles.

The relationship between Keshi and Ikechukwu has gone from bad to worse since the African Cup of Nations in South Africa where the Big Boss claimed the young striker did not play to his instructions. The situation saw Uche missing out on the Brazil 2014 World Cup despite a public outcry.

After much appeal from several quarters, when it was looking like Uche would return to the national team, Keshi again claimed that Ikechukwu wanted to be begged before he played for the national team. The allegation was promptly denied by Ikechukwu.

 

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