Keshi was lauded for infusing foreign based with local professionals to form a formidable Super Eagles of our present day.
Here are 10 players discovered by Keshi and still relevant to the Nigerian national team
1. Victor Moses – The mecurial player has proven himself over time that he will be the future captain of the national team and was one of the favourite talent Keshi relishes.
His influence of the field of play is similar to that of Jay Jay Okocha that takes responsibilities for the team and the Chelsea attacker has never shown any form of fears for defenders with bigger frames.
2. Brown Ideye – Another returneee to the Super Eagles still has his onions as he posted an impressive peformance last campaign for Olympiakos. In lieu of his performance at the 2015/2016 season, Ideye had always been a player that has played second-fidle to the Uche’s an Martins’ of this world.
3. Emmanuel Emenike – Many will never forget the playing days of the powerful forward. Keshi needed youth and strength likened to the late Rasheedi Yekini and Emenike was the right pick for the Big Boss.
4. Godfrey Oboabona – The former Sunshine Stars defender has cemented his place in the back-four of the Super Eagles defensive line. His impressive showing at the Nations Cup in 2013 spurred his move to Turkish side, Caypor Rizepor.
5. Ogenyi Onazi – Onazi broke into the national team in 2012 with the view of adding back up for a creative meidfielder. Keshi in days played both as a defensive midfielder and a central defender, bringing Onazi into lime light was like putting round pegs on the hole it fits.
Onazi’s versatility in midfield became a plus to the Super Eagles and he has been never a big game flop, but a stand-out performer which has made him an instrumental force in the squad.
6. Leon Balogun – Another revelation of Keshi that Nigeria have immensely benefitted from is Balogun and irrespective of the fact that he started from the German second division, he settled quickly into the Super Eagles.
7. Kenneth Omeruo – After making his senior debut at the age of 20, Keshi’s biggest gamble was letting a young lad marshal Nigeria’s defence line but the Chelsea loanee never failed to make his mark.
There has never been a time Omeruo defended desperately in difficult circumstances instead he c