25th July, 2013
Stephen Keshi has confirmed that he has established communications with Inter Milan midfielder Joel Obi, but has given conditions for the player’s return to the national team.
The Super Eagles coach made this disclosure to newsmen at a media briefing at the Bolton White Hotel, where the national team have been camping in preparation for their crucial African Nations Championship, CHAN qualifying game against Ivory Coast.
Keshi, who described Obi as ‘a son’, disclosed that the player has declared his allegiance to the national team and would be invited provided he can stay free from injuries.
“Yes, I spoke with him several times since the last media parley with you guys last Wednesday,” Keshi confirms.
“Joel is like a son to me and I love the way he plays. He is skilful and has the talent of a great player. I have spoken with him many times now and he has given assurances of playing for the team any time I invite him.
“I only pray that he doesn’t sustain injuries again so that he can contribute his quota to the team also.”