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Moses, Utaka still part of my team – Keshi

Calabar – Super Eagles Head Coach Stephen Keshi says he has not dropped the duo of Victor Moses and John Utaka from the squad that will face Rwanda on Saturday in Calabar.

The senior national team will face the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda in the return leg of the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar.

Both teams played a goalless first leg in Kigali in February.

Keshi, at an interactive session with journalists on Wednesday in Calabar, rejected claims by some media that the players had been dropped by him.

Moses plays for Wigan Athletic of England, while Utaka plieshis trade with Montpellier of France.

“Victor Moses can score goals, Utaka can score goals, I do not understand where you guys got the story from; when I talk to the press it is in this kind of forum.

“And of course, if you know me very well, I do not expose my players out there, whatever I want to do is within me and my players.

“So, I am not that coach who speaks in the newspaper all the time.

“I like to do my work on the field with my players and that is it, so whoever is inventing all sorts of things about Stephen Keshi is just misguiding Nigerians, which is very wrong,’’ he said.

He also said that the players were anxious to play for him and Nigerians.

“Being a brand new team, there is a lot of anxiety going on in every player. They are really trying to do their best. They will fit into it and we will start flowing.

“They just need inner calmness and concentration in front of the goal and then put it in the back of the net, once it (goals) starts coming it will not stop again, by Gods grace.

“I think am beginning to see that we are on a progressive note. What we are expecting at the end is having a very good squad, we are seeing it gradually.

He said there were still players he hoped to bring into the team in future to actualise the team’s rebuilding process.

“I still have some players out there I still have to bring in to make it a better formidable squad because there are some young professionals out there.

“We still have some home-based players that we have not given the opportunity, this is going to take us next few months to make sure everything is fine.

“When we qualify for the Nations Cup in January, we should have a better squad to go with,’’ Keshi said.

He said that he was concerned about the good health of the members of the team to be able to realise victory in Saturday’s match.

He said that 25 players were in camp to play the Eagles/Rwanda match, adding that the coaching crew was at liberty to select those who will play.

“Anybody can start the game on Saturday, anybody can play. The good things is that they should be focused and work hard.’’ (NAN)


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