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Pick 5 local players for Rwanda, Kpakor tells Keshi

By Ime Bassey

A 1990 Mandela Cup winner with BCC Lions of Gboko, Moses Kpakor has urged Super Eagles coach, Stephen Kashi to pick five of the present home based players in camp to play Rwanda next February.

The former Super Eagles midfielder said that Keshi is on the right track to building a formidable team for the nation.

Home based Eagles celebrating after scoring

“The home based Eagles deserve at lest five places in the team and I want to believe that he (Keshi) would make it happen for the Rwanda game. The friendly matches they have played were not to shape the team but to pick those that are good enough to be in it, so it is good that he has given the home based players the chance to prove themselves.

“We should not forget that Clemens Westerhof used about 200 players for three years to build the team we all are still talking about today,” Kpakor said.

On the thought of Keshi following the foot steps of his predecessor who invited home based players at the early stages of his appointment but later switched to foreign stars, Kpakor said, “The Keshi I know will not do that. He knows what is at stake and as a sound coach, he should know that this is the best way to build a team for the future.”


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