Abuja   Super Eagles’ Chief Coach Stephen Keshi will be taking 11 home-based players to Kigali for the team’s Feb. 29 clash with the Wasps of Rwanda.

The team’s Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said the home-based players would be part of a 22-man squad for the encounter.

Keshi had on Feb. 16 invited 11 foreign-based players to the senior national team in preparation for the 2013 African Nations Cup qualifier.

“Keshi has said he would pick 11 home-based players to join the 11 foreign-based players earlier announced last week for the trip to Kigali for the Nations Cup qualifier,’’ Alaiya said.

The arrival of Kwara United’s Barnabas Imenger and Akwa United’s Solomon Jabason, 21 home-based players were in the team’s camp on Tuesday afternoon.

Nineteen players had since Friday been sweating it out for shirts in the Kigali match, following the team’s arrival from Monrovia where they beat hosts Liberia 2-0 in a friendly last Wednesday.

Keshi had earlier disclosed that nine of the 19 home-based players were likely to make the trip to Kigali.

Alaiya also said Keshi failed to include Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi in the list of 11 foreign-based invited for the match because the player was recovering from an injury.

“It is not because he has any axe to grind with Mikel as being speculated. Keshi believes that the Eagles camp is a national team’s camp of love and not of hate.

“As a father, how can he quarrel with a son such as Mikel? Keshi believes the young man is full of talent and is a player who has several years left in him.

“He believes Mikel is just coming back from an injury lay-off and thought it wise to leave him to settle down before we call on him again to come and fight for his fatherland,” he said.(NAN)


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