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Bright Chinedu Dike © Action Images

Keshi explains dropping Dike



Nigeria head coach, Stephen Keshi has explained why he left out Portland Timbers' forward, Bright Chinedu Dike, from his Afcon squad.

Keshi said the 25-year-old striker impressed him but he felt Dike still needed more time to fit seamlessly in international football.

The Nigerian manager described leaving out Dike as a difficult decision, saying the ex-Indiana Invaders striker worked hard during the pre-Africa Cup of Nations camp in Faro, Portugal.

"Bright like other strikers we had worked really, really hard. But I think he still needs time to play more international games. It was a difficult decision as we couldn't take everyone with us to the Africa Cup of Nations. But he remains a member of this team," explained Keshi.

The former Mali and Togo coach added that Dike will have the chance to feature in future games for Nigeria's Super Eagles.

"Definitely he still has a chance to play himself into the team again. There will be (Fifa) World Cup qualifiers this year and hopefully friendly matches too. So he will have more opportunities in the team," Keshi said.

Keshi picked Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike, Brown Ideye, Victor Moses, Ikechukwu Uche, Ejike Uzoenyi and Sunday Mba as strikers for his Afcon squad.

Dike has made two appearances for Nigeria against Venezuela and Catalonia though the game against the latter in which he scored will not count as an international game.

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