.Lauds Tom Tom For Editor’s Round Table –
Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi has declared that discipline remains his watchword as he prepares to name Nigeria’s final squad for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
Keshi, who was speaking at the Tom Tom Editor’s Round Table at Ten Degrees in Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday, explained that he would not be pressured to invite some poorly behaved players to the squad because they are doing well for their clubs.
Keshi, who was also fielding questions from the media on whether he would extend invitations to Osaze odemwingie and Ik Uche, said: “It is good that these players are doing well for their clubs, but that alone cannot get them to play for the Super Eagles. They are paid to score goals for their clubs so, what they are doing is okay for them.
“The players must also be disciplined and ready to respect coaches instructions. So, if a player is good on the field of play, he must also behave well to merit a national team call up”.
He said all the players who merit national team call ups would be invited to come and fight for shirts in the World Cup bound squad, adding that all the positions in the Eagles are vacant.
On the imbroglio that erupted when his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF announced plans to hire a foreign assistant for him, Keshi said the issue has been rested, assuring that his preferred assistant, Sylvanus Okpala may still join the team to the World Cup.
The Big Boss, as Keshi is fondly called, also charged the media and football loving Nigerians to support the Eagles as they set out to make the nation proud at Brazil 2014.
Keshi however lauded the Editor’s Round Table organised by Tom Tom, and praised Cadbury for providing an avenue for him to interact with media gurus.
Former skippers of the national team, Chief Segun Odegbami, MON, ex-international, Henry Nwosu, former Eagles’ Coach Austin Eguavoen and President General of Nigeria Football and Other Sports Supporters Club, Raufu Ladipo attended the event.