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Keshi rules out Martins, Iheanacho for Super Eagles

23 September 2014, 16:37

Lagos - Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi has ruled out the possibility of calling up Manchester City wonderkid Kelechi Iheanacho to the Super Eagles squad.

The 17-year-old won many admirers during the Citizens' pre-season tour of the USA and has since been linked with a loan move to the MLS in January.

There have been calls for the Under-20 international to be considered for the creative role in the Super Eagles team, but Keshi has insisted that the youngster is not ready.

"Iheanacho hasn't been playing in the premier league and it simply tells you that Manchester City wants him to get more experience," the Eagles boss is quoted as saying by Vanguard.

"He is not part of the team (City) at the moment and he has to get more experience and maybe see if he has what it takes to be there."

Also read: Super Eagles slip four places in FIFA ranking

Keshi has also said that he will not be selecting Obafemi Martins after the Seattle Sounders striker declared his availability.

"For Obafemi Martins, it's good to indicate interest to play for his country, as a former player of course," he added.

"But we have other players out there in his position, younger players. So we have to give younger players a chance and the opportunity to grow."

Keshi, who is still discussing a new contract, is reportedly set to continue as Nigeria coach for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on a match-to-match agreement.

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