Keshi, I have been your strong fan as a player and as a coach. I have read almost every publication about you starting from your days at St. Finbarr’s college Lagos where you were discovered by the New Nigeria Bank of Benin. You showed quality early enough by winning the Governor’s cup as a form three student in that school. In fact, but for your young age, you would have played in the 1980 nations cup hosted by Nigeria.
Keshi, You did not allow the ban on you by the NFA to derail your football career. To this end, you moved to Ivory Coast in 1985 and then to Belgium thus opening the flood gate of professional football for Nigerians. You ended up captaining the Eagles for over a decade, winning many laurels along the way. Your appointment as the Eagles coach to me did not come as a surprise having made some giant strides in Togo and Mali. Already, as Eagles coach, the African Nations cup is in the kitty. I also commend you on your commitment to build a formidable team for the country.
My dear Keshi, I must admit that I have observed a degree of good improvement in our pattern of play since you took over. Your commitment to build a solid national team is not in doubt. But, as a patriotic citizen that has observed this team closely, I wish to give you my candid opinion on how you may improve on what you are doing.
Keshi, Time to Bury The Hatchet!
The matches we have played so far at the Confederations cup have exposed a lot about your team. No doubt, you have excellent young men that are promising. However, you must learn to bury the hatchet in order to give us the best that the country can afford. I believe that the presence of more experienced and quality strikers like Odewingie, Anichebe, Emenike and Ike Uche would have made a huge difference in all our matches. Remember that the only way to win games is to score goals. The attackers you have currently obviously cannot do that.
I ask you – Keshi to please forgive any player you feel did wrong to you. You can recall why you were banned from playing in the Nigerian league in the first place along side some other players. You had your own good portion of disobedience and disloyalty as a player. You even headed an alleged mafia in the team. In all these, the country forgave you, embraced you, treated you well and now you are the manager.
I beg you, in the interest of our football to recall our very best legs to the National Team. Even if it means visiting them at their clubs please do that. It will be a huge disaster if you venture into the World Cup proper with these flat footed attackers that you paraded in the Confed cup.
Keshi, If you do this, you will be meeting the expectations of most football fans in Nigeria and in fact, you will be glad you did. To err is human, to forgive is divine. Bury pride and ego my dear Keshi and do the right thing.