Daily Trust (Abuja)

23 December 2012

Nigeria: Obafemi Deserves Afcon Shirt - Babangida

Former Super Eagles winger, Tijani Babangida has thrown his weight behind Coach Stephen Keshi's decision to leave out Peter Osaze and Taye Taiwo from the list of players for the AFCON 2013 but said Obafemi Martins deserves a chance.

Speaking to Feverpitch, the former Ajax star said Keshi had given every player the opportunity to prove their worth but some players failed to impress.

He said for the coach to leave out the duo of Taiwo and Osaze, it means he could not find what he was looking for in the players.

Babangida however said if he were the coach, he would have included Obafemi Martins in the list because the Levante man has found his scoring form and deserve a place in the team.

Babangida said it is not too late for the coach to reconsider his stand on the striker as he maintained that Obafemi's commitment to the national team is not in doubt.

"I am satisfied with the list of players released by Keshi for camping. He knows what he wants. He has given enough chance for every player to prove that they are good enough to be selected.

"I do not fault his decision to drop Osaze and Taiwo because these are players he had given enough chance to convince him. By dropping them, it means they did not give him what he wants.

"The only player that I feel deserves to be in the team is Obafemi Martins. He is playing very well and scoring goals. His inclusion would have added bite to the Eagles attack. It is never too late. Keshi has the final say but if I were him, I would bring in Obafemi Martins".

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