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Home-Based Players Can Work Magic Again –Keshi

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, says he’s looking to re-enact the feat that saw him qualify for and win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Keshi had on Sunday, released a list of 15 overseas-based players invited for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad, added to the 26 home-based players who are already in camp for the game.

Captain and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama tops the list of the invited foreign-based players, which also features defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Godfrey Oboabona and Leon Baloguon; midfielders Ogenyi Onazi, Babatunde Micahel and Rabiu Ibrahim; including forward Odion Ighalo.

Midfielder, John Mikel Obi and striker Emmanuel Emenike are prominent among the established players overlooked by Keshi.

However, the coach says he achieved success with home-based players and some relatively unknown overseas-based players in 2013, and he’s hoping to recreate that.

“We qualified for and won the Nations Cup in 2013 with a lot of homebased players in the team and we   also had some new faces then from abroad. “We’ve always wanted to work with the home-based players because they did a lot for us that time and we want to continue that,” he said.

The ‘Big Boss’ has also called up Kingsley Madu, Rabiu Ibrahim, William Troost-Ekong, and Anderson Esiti for the first time, and he says they deserve the call-up. “They are Nigerians and they have been doing well for their clubs and we must give them the opportunity. If they’re not good they won’t be here,” said the 53-year-old.

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