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Nigeria: Keshi Insists On No Automatic Shirt for Odemwingie

odewiCoach Stephen Keshi yesterday insisted that no single Super Eagles player, no matter how good he is, will not be handed an automatic shirt in his team.

The Eagles handler was reacting to a question on whether he would not substitute West Brom striker Peter Osaze Odemwingie again now that he has accepted to return to the national team.

The striker had not hidden his frustrations in the hands of the past handlers of the national team and was equally disappointed when he was substituted in the match against Rwanda under the present coach of the team.

However, Keshi said no Super Eagle is bigger than the rest of the team and he would not only substitute any player including Osaze, but ask them to excuse the team, if they are not able to live up to expectations.

“Of course there is no player that is bigger than the team. If you are not giving us what we think is good enough for the team, you may not even see any jersey. You guys got to know these things. The group we have here is not about sentiments or favouritism.

“If you good, you are good, if you are not good, we shake hands and say goodbye. Maybe when next you do better, we bring you back. It’s not like the door is shut for anybody. But this is what we have to do. We want the best for Nigeria.

“We want Nigerians to be happy and that is it. So if any senator’s child is coming here to play and he doesn’t know how to play, we send him back. Every player in the team has to keep proving himself. You cannot tell me that you have been here and you have proved yourself enough,” he said.

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