By Ben EFE
Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi has expressed his desire to invite Bayer 04 Leverkusen star, Sydney Sam to the national team as a way of expanding his midfield options.
It was gathered that the 24-year midfielder who also plays as a striker is considering playing international football with the Super Eagles of Nigeria as his chances of starring for the German Machines in the near future are slim.
The player is of Nigerian and German parentage and has represented his mother land Germany, at the Under-21 level, playing nine matches. He was approached by former Eagles coach, Samson Siasia last year and he needed some time to think before switching allegiance to Nigeria.
“Oh yeah, we would love to have him. He has Nigerian blood and the national team is open to him. Sure if he is ready to come, we will try him out at a convenient time,” Keshi said when we called for his response to Sam’s consideration of playing for Nigeria.
Sam is a key player with the Germany Bundesliga side, he joined in 2010 and has made 43 appearances scoring 10 goals.
The Eagles coach added that he will not over look any Nigerian player home or abroad who is willing to play for the Eagles. After the goalless draw in Rwanda Keshi said that there was need to invest more on the local players and build them to higher levels. He was impressed by the performance of the four local players who featured in the match.
Azubuike Egwuekwe of Warri Wolves, Godfrey Itama of Sunshine Stars, Ejike Uzoenyi of Rangers International and Gabriel Reuben of Kano Pillars. Kalu Uche of Enyimba and Chigozie Agbim of Warri Wolves were all on the bench, making it the first time local players were having such chance in any qualifier since the exit of Clemens Westerhof in 1994.
But Keshi also said that he would also be on the search for some unknown but good players who are of Nigerian parentage in Europe. Sam could be one of them.