Keshi urges NFF to move for Sam

Posted: 2 December 2012 Time: 08:51 am

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has expressed fears over the eligibility of Sidney Sam to play for Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The NFF recently revealed that although it has started doing the paper work needed to make the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder eligible to play for Nigeria, it will not be possible for the whole process to be completed before the Nations Cup.

Keshi is however mounting pressure on the NFF, urging them not to give up on the possibility of getting the player eligible to play for Nigeria soon enough.

"There is no way we can give up on the player. The NFF should be pushing hard because we have the World Cup qualifiers after the Africa Cup of Nations and he could be very useful in the team for the qualifiers to the Nations Cup," he said.

"I have watched Sam he’s a very good player and he will add quality to the team." Keshi said.

Article by: Uche George Egbe

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charlesbrown
posted: 10:51am 02/12/2012
He will surely play for naija buh it wunt be in afcon 2013. The future of our beloved team is very bright wit the calibre of young players dat we hv in our ranks now. The likes of sam sidney,ahmed musa,nosa igiebor, victor moses,kenneth omeruo,ezekiel imoh,efe ambrose, haruna lukman,obiora nwankwo,joel obi,ogenyi onazi etc just to mention a few. Naija is blessed
ZION 2
posted: 01:30pm 02/12/2012
Good idea
emmans647
posted: 03:21pm 02/12/2012
Please guys update us on Golden Eaglet and Mali,thanks
coache
posted: 06:48pm 02/12/2012
As at the 57TH minute
Nigeria leads Mali by 1 goal to nil.
from
http://www.futbol24.com/team/CAF/Nigeria-U17/

Coache
technical
posted: 07:31pm 02/12/2012
It's full time, Mali 0 - Nigeria 2
emmans647
posted: 07:37pm 02/12/2012
Thanks guys.
technical
posted: 09:02pm 02/12/2012
Culled from MTN Football-
Nigeria Golden Eaglets braved all the odds to qualify for next year’s African Junior Championship after a superb 2-0 win in Mali on Sunday.

The Eaglets thus qualified for the final tournament in Morocco in April on a 4-0 aggregate.

Highly-rated striker Isaac Success opened scoring for the visiting Nigerians against their more physically imposing Malian opponents in Bamako in the first half, before Bernard Bulbwa made the game safe in the second half.

Despite the burning heat in Mali and very harsh officiating the Eaglets held out to qualify for Morocco 2013 in fine style.

The Eaglets scored a first goal which was disallowed but after the game even the local fans came out to celebrate with them.

They scored a staggering 21 goals and conceded only a goal in matches against Niger, Guinea and Mali to make it to the eight-nation tournament in Morocco next year.

The three-time world champions have failed to qualify for the last two editions of the African Junior championships.
stanslinks
posted: 09:11pm 02/12/2012
NFF should do their job without excuses. First they should have started this long ago. Come to think about it, I suggest there should be a department in the NFF whose mean priority should be working with the couches to identify potential Nigerian players at every stage of Eagles (both for the present and future), then move swiftly to secure these players for the country. Fix all the paper work far in advance. Off course this will be after contacting the player. Understand that this is not a license to the player, or an open invitation to any camp. Rather, it serves as the boys scout motor \"Be Prepared\", should we decide to eventually call up this player.

While some might think this idea would discourage our foreign players from swapping allegiance, they must realize that a lot of our foreign based players hope to future in the Super Eagles team, being increasingly aware that they may eventually be used and dumped by these foreign countries. The advantage to us is that we would have abundant choice of players at our disposal. This would further keep every single player on their toe when eventually invited.

Question is why won't the NFF think of short and long team plans? Will the monetary value/expense of practicalize this be commensurate to the risk of abandoning our best players? In overall, what do we lose by giving this a trial?
stanslinks
posted: 09:23pm 02/12/2012
NFF should do their job without excuses. First they should have started this long ago. Come to think about it, I suggest there should be a department in the NFF whose mean priority should be working with the couches to identify potential Nigerian players at every stage of Eagles (both for the present and future), then move swiftly to secure these players for the country. Fix all the paper work far in advance. Off course this will be after contacting the player. Understand that this is not a license to the player, or an open invitation to any camp. Rather, it serves as the boys scout motor \"Be Prepared\", should we decide to eventually call up this player.

While some might think this idea would discourage our foreign players from switching international allegiance, they must realize that a lot of our foreign based players hope to future in the Super Eagles team, being increasingly aware that they may eventually be used and dumped by these foreign countries. The advantage to us is that we would have abundant choice of players at our disposal. This would further keep every single player on their toe when eventually invited.

Question is why won't the NFF think of short and long team plans? Will the monetary value/expense of practicalize this be commensurate to the risk of abandoning our best players? In overall, what do we lose by giving this a trial?
stanslinks
posted: 09:25pm 02/12/2012
Sorry guys, the word \"swapping\" in my first post was corrected in my second post. Please read second paragragh of second posting.
Anonymous
posted: 09:35pm 02/12/2012
These are panic buttons. Head hunting players who have never set foot in Nigeria. Scared???
Anonymous
posted: 12:33am 03/12/2012
Well done Keshi. I was actually wondering why would the NFF tell the world that they are Not expecting Fifa to clear Sidney Sam till after the Nations Cup. Bbc were so happy to report it as if Nigeria has given up on the player. We want the NFF to do their job, cross every t and dot every I. If Fifa approves the petition before the Afcon,Great. But if they dont, we will make do with what we have. We should not start off with a defeatist attitude. Slyman
stanslinks
posted: 05:28am 03/12/2012
@ Anonymous, the Europeans who secure our Nigerian players, future them for less than a minute in just a game, thereby ruining their international carrier for ever do not actually hate these players. They are just looking out for themselves should the need arise. They want all options on their table and their table alone. Afterwards, they find what seems equally as good or better option to them at that moment and they go for it. This is no rocket science, it is being proactive. Remember, "self-first is not selfishness\".
stanslinks
posted: 05:33am 03/12/2012
My last post was directed to Mr. Anonymous who didn't present his name or user I.d.
Anonymous
posted: 06:02am 03/12/2012
Stanslinks, I like your idea of being pro active. But I am sorry to say, I dont see how this can work. The reason is simple, players will not want to process the change of allegiance paper work with Fifa unless they are sure they won't have a chance with the European country. Only few, like Victor Anichebe chose Nigeria first not caring if England thought he was good enough. A lot of them are like Nedum and Ameobi who would rather wait till they have no chance with their European first choice.

We need to keep winning, cos success attracts everybody. They will come home to us, iF we have our house in order. Slyman
Anonymous
posted: 10:47am 03/12/2012
NFF, Please, you can still do something. Keshi has politely told you,it is possible. Please push it. We need to win this cup.
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 07:28pm 04/12/2012
keshi, we don't have to wait for the Celtics to play Rabiu Ibrahim week in and out before we can know how good he is. Sometimes, it becomes our responsibility to shore up our own who are not seeing enough action at the very 'competitive' Europe by inserting them in grade A actions just to beef up their confidence.

This is very true of immensely gifted players such as Rabiu Ibrahim. Thats what Westerhof did with you when it was obvious that your career was winding down. Yekini benefited from that too when things were not looking good for him at Olympiacos. Rabiu Ibrahim deserves this. The fact that he is in a big team such as Celtics, albeit on the bench, is a testament to the football pedigree that he possesses. Please, lets help this guy. He is the closest we have to making another Jay Jay Okocha.

Thank You.

\"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it.\"
charlesbrown
posted: 11:50pm 04/12/2012
We don't need bench warmers in the eagles. Rabiu ibrahim and his agent shud do their best to resurrect his dwindling career. It shud be even betÀ for him to cm bck to our league Ínorder to be playing regular football again. My dream eagles midfield: mikel (defensive midfielder),haruna lukman (box to box midfielder) and nosa igiebor (attacking midfielder or free role midfielder)
Anonymous
posted: 01:44pm 05/12/2012
Please read
http://allnigeriasoccer.com/read_news.php?nid=8429

@Futbol Aficionado, please before you make any remarks, try and do a little research through google on the facts. The link I posted above is the most recent news on Rabiu Ibrahim who was allowed to play 90 minutes against Scottish division 2 Abroath in the Scottish Cup last weekend and he disappointed.

The fact is, unlike most African countries, we have a lot of players who are playing regularly at their clubs. We also have a few young players like Onazi of Lazio who get games every 10- 14 days. But Rabius form continues to drop. So why do we need to to change the Super Eagles to rehab Eagles. Look at our good options right now

Defensive Midfield: Mikel, Obiora @ Padova, Reuben @ Pillars
Box to Box: Obi @ Inter, Lukman @ Dynamo Kiev, Lawal @ Dermispor, Turkey
Attacking Midfield: Igiebor @ Bêtis, Onazi@ Lazio, Aluko @ Hull
Anonymous
posted: 02:11pm 05/12/2012
The last comment was from Slyman.

Also would like to add my only worry now is when the Super Eagles foreign based players are scheduled to join up with the crew for the Afcon prep. It has been reported that, the European based will start arriving camp on the 4th of January. Zambia is in Saudi Arabia preparing and they have a more blended team already. Why NFF?

Ukraine league is on winter break till March 1! NFF please check the European league time tables.
Almost all the major leagues are on holiday before Christmas, so why not ask the Euro based to fly out to Faro, Portugal with the rest of the crew on December 27. We can have over 20 professionals blending together till the English based can join them. Only the English League is in action through the holidays and according to Fifa they must release all their players to Afcon participants by 12 noon January 4, 2013.
Anonymous
posted: 02:32pm 05/12/2012
Mcglone told allnigeriasoccer.com: ''He (Rabiu) looked pretty raw and didn't do much. He is nowhere first team level physically or mentally.Played against division two opposition on Saturday and was ordinary. I'd give him three marks out of ten.''

Celtic gaffer Neil Lennon, in his post match comments, scored the former Under 17 World Champion poorly.

''Nigerian play maker, Ibrahim Rabiu was busy, but to no great consequence,'' he said.

Arbroath forced Celtic to a 1- 1 draw. The replay will take place on Wednesday, December 12.

Posted by Slyman.
Anonymous
posted: 04:48pm 05/12/2012
Eagles training Nigeria will depart for an AFCON training camp in Faro, Portugal, on December 27, officials have announced.

The Eagles are expected to resume camp in Abuja on December 17 with players from the home league.

\"The home boys would be in camp from December 17 with the successful players heading to Faro, Portugal on December 27 in preparation for the Catalonia friendly on January 2,\" disclosed spokesman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire.

\"The foreign-based stars are to begin arriving on January 4 to allow the coach beat the January 9 deadline of submission of squads for the tournament.\" 

Olajire told MTNFootball.com that coach Stephen Keshi is expected to return to the country this weekend.

\"Coach Stephen Keshi is expected to return to the country this weekend and back to Abuja on Monday after which he should make his home-based list public,\" he said.------------------------------------------------------------

If coach Keshi can pick about 7 from the first phase of home boys camp and add about 20 from the European based players who are on holiday (like Taiwo, Lukman and Ideye of Dynamo Kiev whose team is on holiday till March 1). Then add Mikel, Osaze, Moses, Aluko,Ambrose and may be Ameobi to the team by January 4, he can then pick his best 23 by January 9th. Slyman
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