Uche is widely regarded as one of Nigeria's most reliable strikers at international level and is one of Nigeria’s all-time top scorers, with 18 goals in 45 appearances, behind Rashidi Yekini, Segun Odegbami and Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
Online news medium, Per Second News gathered that the player was actually dropped by the coaching crew for planning to instigate the sack of Stephen Keshi as the chief coach of the Super Eagles.
According to the source, “During the AFCON training program in Faro, Portugal the coach asked Uche to play out right from the wing side, it was an unfavoured role according to the player who promptly complained to the Stephen Keshi led coaching crew”.
The player who carried on with an over the top personality and several off-the-field comments and arrogance that carried severe negative connotation which prompted Stephen Keshi to hold a crisis meeting with the player.
At the meeting, Per Second News gathered that Keshi, informed the player that he wants a striker that can play not only from the center but play out wide from left and right respectively, and urged the player to adapt to these changes. The player was believed to have left the meeting telling the coach he prefers playing as the top striker.
Days after the crisis meeting, Ikechukwu Uche sneaked into Bolaji Abdullahi’s hotel room the Minister of sports at the time who had visited the team at their training camp in Faro, Portugal. In a lengthy meeting with the minister, Uche criticized the training methods of Stephen Keshi, he told the minister that the tactics adopted by the coaching crew were not in terms with modern day football. He also alleged that the coach is as an abusive taskmaster who directed the program amid a culture of fear.
He also disclosed to the minister that the coach plays most of them out of their comfort zone and out of position, using himself as an example.
The minister who already has given the NFF instructions to begin making plans for life after Keshi’s tenure with several reports on his table from the NFF indicating that they are very angry that Keshi doesn't accept or listen to their candid advice.
Per Second News gathered that this action prompted the decision months ago to hire a foreign technical adviser for the team, save for the Senate President, David Mark, and the Nigerian press who resisted the move.
A source in the Senate president's office speaking on condition of anonymity said that, “ The Senate President received several complaints from both quarters and decided to settle it, at a meeting with the former minister, he was asked the reason for the renewed underground plans to sack Keshi. The minister promptly informed the Senate President that it was one of the players that have critique the methods of the coach and exposed many flaws and problems with the coaching crew.
The duo of the Senate President, David Mark, and billionaire communications magnate, Mike Adenuga, asked the minister to let Keshi carry on.
However, transcript of the meeting was leaked to Stephen Keshi, with revelation that the player is Ikechukwu Uche.
Unfortunately for Ikechukwu Uche, weeks after the revelation President Goodluck Jonathan fired the minister of sports, and to make matters worse for the striker despite emerging as top scorer during AFCON qualifiers with three goals, he failed to shine in South Africa.
With the sacking of the minister, Keshi vowed never to invite him as long as he is coach of the Super Eagles.
“How can you report your coach, its unprofessional, as a player you should be able to adapt to play any style or position the coach wants you to play, can he do that at his club in Spain, asked an angry sports analyst over the phone from the Eagles camp at Hotel Victoria in Campinas.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Real Reasons why Ike Uche was Dropped from Super Eagles World Cup Squad
As reactions continue to trail Monday’s lackluster performance by the Super Eagles against Iran at the ongoing FIFA 2014 world cup, close associates of Ikechukwu Uche has spilled the beans on the exclusion of the Villarreal striker from the world cup squad.