The former national team player has advised Nigerians not to force any player on the Super Eagles manager as the World Cup draws closer
Friday Ekpo has expressed his disappointment over calls that Osaze Odemwingie and Ikechukwu Uche should be re-invited to the national team as Nigeria prepares for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.
According to the former Super Eagles and Abiola Babes midfielder, clamouring for the duo that has not featured for the Super Eagles in the last 12 months could bring about distraction and could hamper the technical crew's plans for the quadrennial world football showpiece expected to start in June.
“I don’t think begging Keshi to invite certain players will guarantee that desired success or immediately solve the prevailing problem in the team,” Ekpo told Complete Sports.
“I am not saying these two guys are not good enough; but I think begging Keshi to do things that are not in tandem with his plans about the team is an act of disrespect to his office and a distraction to be precise.
“I have said over time that coaches should be left alone to do their job rather than distracting them. Their employer believed they know the job and can do it that is why they were employed.
“But, ignorantly, we think we do this to help coaches, but not knowing that it goes a long way in mounting pressure and also cause confusion to their plans.
“Irrespective of what we feel or know about these players at their different club sides do not give us enough prerogatives to compel decisions on these national team handlers on who to invite and not to invite. If you don’t know, they follow the players’ development more than we do.
“What if we beg them today to do what we feel good and tomorrow they flop in their assignments, what would be our reactions? I will not be surprised if we are the same people that will even be calling for their heads when they fail,” he concluded.