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Akpoborie hits out at Keshi

07 January 2015, 13:18

Lagos - Former Nigeria international Jonathan Akpoborie has joined the growing list of football stakeholders in the country, who do not think that Stephen Keshi is the right man to coach the national team.

That Keshi isn't currently involved with the national team does not appear to be relevant, as the Nigeria Football Federation has yet to make a permanent appointment. However, Akpoborie thinks it is important to let the federation know that when it finally does make a final decision, Keshi must be excluded from the discussion.

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"For those who know about the technicality of the game, it is obvious that from what we have seen in the last two years Stephen Keshi is not good enough for our national team," said Akpoborie.

"Though we won the Africa Cup of Nations, it is clear we have not improved and I keep wondering why he was brought back after the NFF let him go.

"It took Victor Moses' individual brilliance to see us qualify for the knockout stage of the 2013 Afcon, most times we bank on Ahmed Musa to rescue us and that has been our problem. You don't need to depend on a particular player every time.

"When I say a coach is not good enough, it's not just picking eleven players. It's virtually about an in-depth knowledge of the game. We are not yet ready to have an indigenous coach lead the Super Eagles.

"How many good foreign coaches have been brought into the country? Berti Vogts was already finished when he was hired. You want to talk about Lagerback? No, he wasn't good enough. In Europe, he wasn't good enough, how then could he have been good enough for our boys who play topflight football in Europe?

"Bring a very good coach and you will see the difference," he concluded.

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