Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi says he’s looking to re-enact the feat that saw him qualify for, and win, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
The 53-year old, on Sunday, released a list of 15 overseas-based players invited for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad, added to the 26 home-based players who are already in camp for the game.
He says he achieved success with home-based players and some relatively unknown overseas-based players in 2013, and he’s hoping to recreate that.
“We qualified for, and won, the Nations Cup in 2013 with a lot of home-based players in the team and we also had some new faces then from abroad,” he said.
“We’ve always wanted to work with the home-based players because they did a lot for us that time and we want to continue that,” he said.
The ‘Big Boss’ has also called up Kingsley Madu, Rabiu Ibrahim, William Troost-Ekong, and Anderson Esiti for the first time, and he says they deserve the call-up.
“They are Nigerians and they have been doing well for their clubs and we must give them the opportunity. If they’re not good they won’t be here,” he added.