Emenike returns

Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has said Fernabahce of Turkey star defender, Joseph Tambarin Yobo, remains the national team skipper, even if he has not been in constant contact with him recently.

Also after four months injury lay off, Emmanuel Emenike is back playing in the Russian league. The Nigerian came on for Spartak Moscow in the 66th minute to replace Yura Movsisyan on on the opening day of the Russia Premier League at the Stadion Metallurg home of Krylya Sovetov.

Coach Stephen Keshi and Captain Joseph Yobo.
Coach Stephen Keshi and Captain Joseph Yobo.

Speaking at a media interaction at the team’s Bolton White Apartments camp in Abuja on Wednesday, Keshi said he has a lot of respect for Yobo because of what he has done for the nation and cannot invite him to the team only to put him on the bench.

“It will not be fair to invite Yobo to the national team and ask him to be on the bench, it will be a huge disgrace and I won’t be part of that. When the team needs him he will be recalled and will definitely start as captain even if along the line we substitute him”.

Keshi used the opportunity to praise the proactive manner the Nigeria Football Federation have been handling affairs of the national players despite its lean financial situation and thanked the Aminu Maigari led board for their hardwork.

He called for more support for the NFF so that they can meet their obligations to all the national teams and declared that all the players who have not been invited in the current squad still have an opportunity to be part of the team


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