Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have thrown their weight behind coach Stephen Keshi over his call-ups.
Keshi has come under criticisms by some big players of the Super Eagles following their exclusion from the Eagles last World Cup qualifier against Kenya.
“We appointed Keshi for the Super Eagles job and we have resolved to give him a free hand to pick the players he deems fit to prosecute matches and thus far his selections have produced results,” a top NFF official stated.
The NFF technical committee have been mandated to mediate in a presumed looming dressing room crisis involving coach Keshi and his players.
“We are going to look at the issues objectively. A coach is a coach and is in charge of the team and can decide the players who could best play a game for him.” NFF technical committee chairman Chris Green told MTNFootball.com
“However, when players begin to complain and senior players for that matter, there is need for us mediate because the team can only achieve more when they are united. I remember how we resolved the issue of former coach Samson Siasia and Osaze Odemwingie.”
He added: “Our concern is not to fan the ego of anyone, but for peace to reign in the Eagles. We appointed Keshi for this job and we believe in his ability, therefore we must do everything to make sure his job is easy and void of whatever distraction,” Green added.
He also hinted that his committee which is expected to meet on Tuesday in Abuja would look beyond the Keshi vs Yobo issue.
“It’s not just the current issue between Keshi and Yobo, we are going to evolve a holistic approach to address other issues raised by other players. These players are Nigerians and have served the country and we don’t want them feeling they have been abandoned. Even if it would take us visiting these players in their clubs, we would do so.”
Osaze Odemwingie, Emmanuel Emenike, Danny Shittu and very recently Joseph Yobo have complained of being abandoned by the national team.