Ikenna Hillary-Paul has urged national team coaches at the different level of Nigerian national team to emulate coach Stephen Keshi in the area of scouting and breeding players from the Nigerian league into valuable national team assets.
Hillary speaking in a chat with www.brila.net said not many coaches have had the level of trust Keshi had on Nigerian league players who proved to be worthy of their selection at the national team and this will continually be a reference point in his honour having also achieved considerable level of success doing so.
He added that he won’t forget having a chance to play for Nigeria under the 2013 AFCON winning coach.
“As it is this moment, nobody stands for the home based any more. Everyone keeps complaining that the league is poor, the quality and the technique is poor but there are individual players that have this technique.
Keshi has been an inspiration to me, he was the one that gave me the chance in the national team when nobody else wanted to and took me to South Africa to represent Nigeria. He didn’t take us like most Nigerian coaches will do.”
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