Nigeria's Stephen Keshi earlier on maintained that he will never beg Villarreal striker, Ikechukwu Uche to play for his country. Keshi said the spain-based player was supposed join his team mates in camp for Saturday's AFCON qualifier against Congo in Calabar but the latter didn't turn up because he wants to be begged.

"He was supposed to be part of the team that is presently in camp but he said we must beg him first to play for Nigeria because he was left out of some competitions but I can't beg anyone to play for Nigeria, impossible. That's why he is not here. "Keshi stated.

The Super Eagles player however took to his twitter page to play down his boss' comment. Uche tweeted, "It's an honour to play for Nigeria. I don't expect to be begged or given special treatment. I'm available when/if considered for selection."