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NFF to wade into Keshi, Eagles bickering

04 April 2013, 14:35

Umuahia - The Nigerian Football Federation would intervene in the face-off between some Super Eagles players and Stephen Keshi, the Chief Coach of the team, Emeka Inyama, Chairman, Media Committee of the NFF, has said.

Inyama told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia after the Week 15 midweek encounter between Abia Warriors FC of Umuahia and Crown FC of Oshogbo that the intervention would be made to get the best from the team.

He was reacting to reports of crisis of confidence between Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, strikers Emmanuel Emenike, Osaze Odemwingie and Keshi.

He said that the strained relationship between the players and the coach was unacceptable to the NFF.

"We’ll request the coaches to improve the relationship between him and the players.

"The players like to be massaged; Keshi was once a player and when you have a good relationship with your coach it even makes the player to play better.

"Players sometimes play for the sake of their coaches.

"So the relationship in our own opinion has to be improved. We have to see what the problems are and make them to work together.

"Yobo is the national captain of Nigeria he cannot be ignored. Emenike is one of the best strikers in Nigeria he cannot be ignore. Osaze is one of the best players in Nigeria he cannot be ignored.

"We need the best legs for Nigerian matches.

"So anything that will be done and everything that will be done to improve the relationship between the coach and the players Nigerian Football Federation will do so."

Emenike had complained that the coach had never enquired how he was recuperating from the injury he sustained during the African Cup of Nations in South Africa that had sidelined him from his club-side.

Yobo also complained that the coach should have informed him of his exclusion from the team that prosecuted the Nigeria-Kenya World Cup qualifier in March before making the list public, arguing that it was a matter of respect as he is the team captain.

Keshi has since admitted not informing the Super Eagles captain of his exclusion from the team before the list was made public.



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