Uche not in Keshi's plans


Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi has lifted the lid on his reasons for ignoring Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche, who has enjoyed a good run of form recently.

The 30-year-old has netted 11 times for his club Villarreal in La Liga this season but has been overlooked since the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) as well as for the Super Eagles' upcoming friendly against Mexico.

And Keshi has made it clear in no uncertain terms that he will not consider the hard-running marksman for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup championships in Brazil.

"Ikechukwu Uche is not a player I have not seen play," the Nigeria mentor told MTNFootball. "Ike Uche's problem is not knowing how to play football.

"His problem is that he wants to dictate how we play in Super Eagles, he wants to tell us the system we're playing is not good."

He added: "Uche he has a very bad habit, that if you put him in the game he is not playing to instructions and he did that in the final of AFCON against Burkina Faso, he almost cost us.

"Again he did that against Zambia, in the second match when (Efe) Ambrose was given a red card. What we told him to do, he was doing the opposite.

"And if you don't respect your team-mates and you don't respect the team, then there is no point. I know he cannot do that in his club, then why do it in the national team? I don't think I need a player like that in the team."