Taye Taiwo: The Super Eagles team still needs its experienced players

The Dynamo Kiev defender says the national team cannot suddenly do away with the services of its more experienced players even as it seeks to rebuild

Dynamo Kiev defender Taye Taiwo, who has not been called up for the last three matches of the national team, believes in the run-up to the second leg against Liberia in October that the technical crew need to realise that there is no replacement for experience in football.

Taiwo, John Obi Mikel and Peter Odemwingie have been excluded from the national team squad recently though coach Stephen Keshi consistently says that no player has been ostracised from the Eagles team.

"It is the coach's decision whom he wants to invite, but if you ask me I will say any team in the world will always need the services of its experienced players," Taiwo told Brilla FM from his base in Ukraine.

Obi was called up for the last match but he turned the invitation down on the premise that the match would be played on an artificial turf while Odemwingie did not return calls made to him by the trainer.

"Many people have been asking if I have any problem with Keshi and the reply I always give is that I don't have any problems with him.

"I don't have any problem with anybody. If he invites me, I will come and play. I don't want Nigerians to think I am having any issue with him or angry because he did not invite me. There is nothing like that."

Taiwo also reiterated the fact that the 2-2 draw that the team earned in Monrovia is a good one. "It is always very difficult to play away from home.

"It is not easy for the players to travel all the way to Liberia from Nigeria to get a point. I congratulate all the players that featured in that game - both the foreign-based professionals and the home-based guys.

"It's not easy at all. What we have to do now is to prepare very well for the game that is coming up on our home ground and if we win 1-0 or 2-0, we will qualify for the next Nations Cup," Taiwo concluded.