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Keshi defends position on Yobo


Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has said he enjoyed  good relationship with his players and that he was in contact with them regularly.

Joseph Yobo, the team’s captain at the 2013 African Cup of Nations tournament hit out at Keshi for not calling him up or informing him that he wasn’t in his plans for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Kenya which the Eagles drew 1–1.

Keshi has subsequently omitted the Fenerbahce defender from Super Eagles’ busy schedule between the months of May and July.

It means Yobo would miss out on the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

But Keshi has now said the understanding with  his players was such if any player went public on  issues that would ordinarily have been resolved privately, that player was not his player.

“I spoke with Keshi and he told me that he communicates with his players very often, and they talk on so many things,” a close source told

“If the players have any issues they would discuss them  with him, and they resolve the issues privately. But if any player goes to the public over any issue, then that player is not his player.”

Keshi feels there was nothing wrong in omitting Yobo, pointing out that he has a flourishing central defensive partnership in Kenneth Omeruo and Godfrey Oboabona and saw no need to call up Yobo only to keep him on the bench.

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