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Ikechukwu Uche: It feels strange being without elder brother Kalu in Nigeria camp

Ikechukwu Uche: It feels strange being without elder brother Kalu in Nigeria camp

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The Granada forward says he misses the presence of his older sibling in the national team and wishes they were together

Super Eagles hot shot Ikechukwu Uche has told Goal.com that he misses the presence of his elder brother Kalu in the Nigeria camp.

Ikechukwu has been in camp with the Eagles for three weeks now but his brother Kalu, who scored twice for Nigeria at the Fifa 2010 World Cup in South Africa, was not called up by boss Stephen Keshi.

Ike says he misses the presence of Kalu because they have always been together, especially at the Super Eagles’ level and these are strange times without him.

“It is not out of place that I miss my brother. After all he is my brother. Then again, we have played football together all this while and even at the national team we have been together so it cannot be out of place,” Ike said.

“There’s really nothing I can do about that. We have a coach that decides who plays and he didn’t invite him so I don’t think there is any issue about that.

“We have so many players and he chooses his team so life must go on. This is football and we play with the personnel we have around us so there is no problem about that.”

But Ike agreed that Keshi is on a new project to groom new players for the national team and they all agree with him and support the new development.

“The relationship between the foreign based players and those of them who play at home is great. We are all footballers and we will always play together when called upon.”

Uche has played 37 times for Nigeria and has 16 goals to his name.

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