More Troubles For Keshi, As Mba Dumps Eagles

Coach Stephen Keshi is facing fresh troubles as Super Eagles 2013 Nations Cup hero, Sunday Mba is set to dump the team for greener pastures.
Media Officer of the Eagles, Ben Alaiya disclosed that Mba, who is one of the players being relied upon to pull the strings at the forthcoming African Nations Championship, CHAN, will not be available for the tournament.
According to Alaiya, Keshi, said on Thursday, that Mba was on his way to France to join Bastia, the French side that first indicated interest in the player after the Nations Cup triumph.
Assistant Coach, Daniel Amokachi was to add that the player could leave camp as early as Friday, as he was not one of the players listed for the friendly game in Port Harcourt on Saturday against a Rivers State selected side.
“We have resigned ourselves to fate and working hard to discover those who can fill Mba’s shoes, as he seems to have nicked a deal with Bastia and may not be part of CHAN tourney. We just have to brace up and wish him the best because it’s a career thing”, he said.
Also on Thursday, the weeding process of the CHAN bound Eagles continued with three players leaving the camp. Keshi who addressed the players once again told them that they have all it takes to play for the national team, but stressed that they cannot fit into the system due to time constraints.
He also said he would continue to monitor them for future call ups.
“Those going from the camp should take heart because as I always said, many are called but few are chosen, we would soon be back knocking on your doors.
Those who left camp on Thursday were Sunshine Stars’ Kingsley Onome Eduwo, Bendel Insurance’s Bello John Ikeleji and Eric Kwame of Plateau United.
More players are expected to leave the camp of the national team after the training game in Port Harcourt and Monday’s other practice match against Nigerian league champions, Kano Pillars.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles medical team has assured the technical crew that Kano Pillars’ Gambo Mohammed will be ready for the CHAN tourney.
Gambo, who has been out with a harm-string injury, recovered last week but there was a relapse in the course of the week which forced him out of Thursday morning training.
“He should be back and better”, Amokachi assured of the highly regarded striker.


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