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The former Green Eagles defender has said that the public criticism of the national team trainer could put undue pressure as he prepares for the World Cup

Former Nigeria player Waheed Akanni has upbraided the Nigeria Football Federation for issuing a query to coach Stephen Keshi that could derail the trainer's World Cup plans.

The NFF issued a query to Keshi last week after the coach failed to attend a technical committee meeting in Abuja, instead choosing to attend a media roundtable in Lagos organized by national team sponsors TomTom.

The accusations also include his decision to travel to meet his family in the United States, thereby missing the Presidential reception for the team after the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in February.

Akanni who featured as a defender for the Eagles during brief spells between 1986 to 1989 was a team mate of Keshi's.
 
“I think there are other ways to handle whatever Keshi is doing right now. They should not place him under too much pressure. They should not have given Keshi a query right now," Akanni told Goal.
 
“We all need to find a way to support Keshi but not to be giving query. The man needs to concentrate on the World Cup plans and how to lead the team to success in Brazil, not unwarranted controversies.
 
“He has about 100 players to pick only 23 from for the World Cup so if he is being bombarded by queries how is he going to concentrate to do the job well. So they need to leave Keshi alone to concentrate on the job. They should let him do his job and give him all the support he needs.
 
“There are other ways to deal with this but not to use the word insubordination on Keshi. The World Cup is around the corner and we don’t want any division in the house. So whatever Keshi has done wrong, there must be a way [the NFF] can handle it but not by giving him query. I am totally against that,” he said.

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