Eneramo and Akpala in consideration to replace injured Emenike as Keshi returns

The national team coach is back in the country after his break in the US and is now looking forward to Nigeria’s heavy schedule of matches next month

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi, has told Goal in Abuja on Monday that he is considering making a choice between strikers Michael Eneramo who plays for Turkish club Sivasspor and Werder Bremen's Joseph Akpala to fill the vacuum left by injured Spartak Moscow striker Emmanuel Emenike.

Keshi returned to Abuja, on Monday morning following his sojourn in the United States and visited the secretariat of the Nigeria Football Federation to see his employers and discuss the best way possible to get the needed positive results in the 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Kenya and Namibia and the Fifa Confederations Cup holding in Brazil next month.

“I am back in the country to get ready for the World Cup qualifiers and FIFA Confederations Cup,” said Keshi.

“It is a shame that Emmanuel Emenike won’t be available because I would have preferred the continuity to go on. But this is what we get from football. So the next thing is for somebody else to take his place.

“My first choice of player to replace Emenike was Victor Anichebe. But I gathered Anichebe said he is not ready to play for Nigeria for now.

“Now I am considering picking between Joseph Akpala and Mike Eneramo. [In few days to come] I will decide on who among these players would come with us to our Germany Camp,” Keshi told Goal.

Both strikers last played for the Super Eagles in 2010.

Nigeria will play against Kenya in Nairobi on June 5 before flying to Windhoek to take on Namibia on June 12.

The African champions will then head to Brazila for the 2013 Confederations Cup where they are drawn in Group B alongside World and European champions Spain, South American champions Uruguay and Oceania champions Tahiti.