Brazil 2014: Ike Uche, Keshi reconcile

Sunday 11 May 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

Super Eagles striker, Ikechukwu Uche disclosed that he and coach Stephen Keshi have resolved their differences and he, Uche was now at peace with his omission from the list of Nigerian players for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Uche, who has played 44 times for Nigeria and scored 18 goals said that  he has gotten over the issue of been dropped by Keshi from the World Cup, despite all the entreaties made by Nigeria football fans.

“Of course as a professional footballer you’d love to represent your country, but I have never had bad words towards the national coach,”

“We spoke two weeks before the squad was announced to clarify certain things that had been written and said in the media.

“Most significantly, it was a very good discussion. It gives me great pleasure that there is no ill will towards anyone.

“I thank the coach for that. I also wish my teammates all the best in Brazil because we are all one family whether you are in the squad or not.” said the Villarreal of Spain striker.

Keshi had claimed that Uche hardly played to instructions and almost sabotaged the team during the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa adding that such player will find no room in his squad. But this was something Uche disputed.

Uche has scored 12 goals from 28 appearances for his club this season. A feat no other Nigerian striker had achieved this season and Nigerian fans criticized Keshi, for not giving the player another chance.

“I thank the fans and those passionately concerned about my omission. I’m grateful for their support and best wishes. We should all rally round the team and support them in Brazil. The coach cannot select everyone available to represent Nigeria.

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