Stephen Keshi is serious about this and Eagles have to stick to it. Addressing Super Eagles on tuesday February 7, 2012, Super Eagles coach, Stephen Kesi has placed a ban on European trials by the players.
The former Eagles captain said the trial issue has been affecting the building of a strong national team as players stroll in and out of camp to embark on trials in Europe and other parts of the world.
He however advised players who have the intention of going for trials in foreign clubs in the next 60 days to leave the camp so he can’t invite replacements.
“I’m distracted everytime players walk up to me and ask for permission to travel that has to stop now. Those who want to travel can come and I will pray for them, its no quarrel”
He stated further that he feels insulted each time players travel for trials and sometimes return without success, “If we train players here and they make the national team such players don’t need trials in Europe to be engaged by top clubs“.
Citing Ghanaian Legend, Abedi Pele who after unsuccessful trial attempts in france was trailed back to Ghana by another club who saw him play in a trial game, he said, “if you are good enough, clubs in Europe will come down here to sign you instead of you exposing yourself to health risks. European managers know my pedigree, if I tell them any player is good such player will be signed on.“