Keshi “bans” Euro-trials For Eagles


A subtle ban on Super Eagles who have been shuttling Europe for trials was issued on Tuesday by team boss, Stephen Keshi, who said the development is disrupting the building of a strong home-based national team.

Addressing the players at lunch time, Keshi said he has been frustrated by players strolling in and out of camp all in the name of trials in Europe and other parts of the world.

He therefore asked those who have trials to make between now and 60 days time to indicate and leave camp, so that he can invite replacements for them.

“I have a programme to build a good team at home here that can compete with any national team in the world but I’m been distracted every time players walk up to me to ask for permission to travel, that has to stop from now on. Those who want to travel can come and I will pray for them, it’s no quarrel but we are at a crucial bend now and I can no longer tolerate it,” he said.

Keshi further told the players that apart from the fact that Europe is too cold at the moment for any meaningful trials, he feels insulted that Nigerian national team players go on trials with clubs in unknown leagues in the world and most times return without success and still hope to be recalled to the national team.

“If we train players here and they make the team, such players don’t need trials in Europe to be engaged by top clubs, so why are we in a hurry.”

On Tuesday, at the National Stadium, Abuja, the Super Eagles intensified their training programme ahead of the international friendly against Liberia in Monrovia on February 15 and the Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda in Kigali two weeks later.

All the 30 players invited by Head Coach, Stephen Keshi were in camp yesterday,
but former U-20 team central defender Gbenga Arokoyo was granted permission to travel to Sweden for ‘trial’ yesterday afternoon.
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