By John Egbokhan
Super Eagles coach Stehen Keshi has backed under-fire striker Brown Ideye to come good for the national team as they hit the home stretch to Brazil 2014 World Cup .

Since he made his Eagles debit in 2010, Ideye has managed to score a paltry five goals in 23 appearances. He has failed to impress the least of Eagles fans, who have questioned his continuous relevance in the Nigerian setup, with some calling for his exclusion from the Brazil 2014 World Cup this summer.

Saved Us from Distractions... Eagles players Ogenyi Onazi and Brown Ideye look up to heavens for answers, perhaps to save the team from Malawi mind games and bonus distraction
Saved Us from Distractions… Eagles players Ogenyi Onazi and Brown Ideye look up to heavens for answers, perhaps to save the team from Malawi mind games and bonus distraction

But speaking at the Tom Tom Editors Roundtable in Lagos, Keshi, while admitting that he was puzzled with Ideye’s inability to find his range for Nigeria, said that it was unfair to call for his exclusion form the Eagles mix, adding further that he was not going to throw out the Dynamo Kyiev forward from his World Cup plans.

“What concerns me is to keep working because in football, you can’t just throw away a player because he did not do well in some matches. If that is the case, Fernando Torres would have been thrown out of Chelsea a long time ago, because he has not justified his big-money move from Liverpool.

“What we need to ask ourselves is how is it that Ideye seems to be scoring for his club when he comes to Nigeria, he doesn’t score. The positional and tactical play of Ideye is a great. He also contributes to the team, even when he is not scoring and I believe that when he starts scoring for Nigeria, he wont stop scoring again”, added Keshi

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