Nigeria national team coach and 2013 AFCON winner Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has expressed his perturbation over the inability of his squad’s juggernauts Mikel Obi and Victor Moses to get regular playing time at Chelsea and Liverpool respectively ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Midfield maestro Mikel and forward Moses, have seen their spaces at their respective clubs maligned, at a very crucial period of World Cup preps, and Keshi has described the situation as “unfortunate”.

Mikel, who used to be an untouchable at Stanford Bridge has been marooned by Blues coach Jose Mourinho, who has opted to play January signing Nemanja Matic ahead of him, while Reds’ coach Brendan Rodgers prefers England winger Raheem Sterling to Moses.

Keshi said at a media rendezvous organised by the national team’s official sponsors TomTom in Lagos on

“It’s unfortunate [Mikel and Moses] are not playing at their clubs regularly but these kids are good football players, he said.

“They’re not kids that I need to teach how to play football. It’s just the chemistry that I need to bring into the team, the unity, the understanding.

“I would love them to be consistent at their clubs, to play every game but unfortunately I can’t control that.

“I think they’re in good shape because when I saw Mikel in the last game [against Mexico], he was sharp.

“I spoke to Moses about what is going on and he gave me an answer that I cannot say otherwise. It’s difficult but I still need them, the team needs them,” the former Mali coach added.


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