Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Super Eagles

Chibuzor Okonkwo © Shengolpix

Keshi explains Okonkwo's recall



Super Eagles manager, Stephen Keshi has said he called up experienced right back, Chibuzor Okonkwo because he believes that every person deserves a second chance in life.

Keshi however said the Heartland strongman must justify his call up.

Okonkwo was among the first set of home-based professionals Keshi invited last December but after a few days in camp he bolted out of the country for a fruitless trials with English Premier League side, Aston Villa.

This was after the former Nigerian captain had decreed that home-based players must be ready to stay at least six months with the national team before attempting to travel abroad for greener pastures. Since then he has been overlooked.

Keshi said he deserves a second chance because he is a versatile player and has the experience that can impact positively on the national team.

"But he has to prove that he’s a better player in terms of discipline and action on the pitch," Keshi said.

The former Bayelsa United defender played the second half in the 1-1 draw against NPL club, Nasarawa United in a tune-up match on Thursday and showed flashes of his old self.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Emeka Enyadike
UCL predictions from supersport.com
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus go into the Champions League semifinals in good...

Segun Odegbami
Who will win the Champions League?
With only 4 teams now left in the Uefa Champions League I feel safe enough to take my pick of which...

Carol Radull
Why Chelsea must be congratulated
I am not a Chelsea supporter and in Kenya that means that I am supposed to criticise Chelsea every...

Dr Errol Sweeney
More controversy for FA Cup final ref
Not long after the appointment as this years’ FA Cup final ref was announced, the man at the heart...

Sunday Oliseh
Why Barcelona should be feared
It had all the indications of a season destined to be a disaster for Barcelona, when the season...

Neil Tovey
Shoes – gone but never forgotten
The last time I saw Shoes Moshoeu was on the Monday night before he passed away on the Tuesday.