The coach who took eight local stars to the recently concluded FIFA Confederations Cup descended on his former national team mate, Sunday Oliseh for attributing the team's poor outing in Brazil to Keshi's dependence on local stars.
"It is a shame that Sunday Oliseh could say a thing like that. He was a nobody when he came to the national team. He started from home too," Keshi said.
He called on the media to back his rebuilding project as he asked, "is it bad that we are trying to build a team with the inclusion of home-based players? Please, help me question the integrity of those who are opposed to this and Tell them what it's right."
He was not finished yet with Oliseh."When he came to the national team, I took him as a younger brother. I later (as an assistant coach to Amodu Shuabu) made him captain and he became a super star. Who knows what these boys could become in future?"
Keshi took five local players to the Nations Cup in South Africa. Godfrey Obaobona and Sunday Mba were outstanding and were rated more than many of the foreign-based players.