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2014 World Cup: Obasi, Osaze Impress Keshi

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has expressed his delight with the recent displays of winger, Chinedu Obasi at German club, Schalke 04 and striker Osaze Odemwingie at Stoke City in the English Premier League.


Osaze jubilates after scoring for Stoke City on Saturday

Obasi scored one and made another as Schalke defeated Hertha 2-0 at the Veltins Arena on match day 28 of the Bundesliga.

It was his second league goal in his last five league games for the club.

He opened the scoring in the 16th minute via a touch of brilliance. The former Lyn Oslo man latched on to a delightful cross field pass from Saed Kolašinaca and left two Hertha players in his wake before round goalkeeper, Rune Jarstein.

Obasi created some magic a minute after the break when his decisive defence-splitting pass freed Klass Jan Huntelaar who promptly slammed home to give the hosts a two goal cushion.

Keshi was impressed and revealed he has been closely monitoring the 27-year-old.

“Obasi is doing well in Germany. I have been watching him of late. I saw him play against Real Madrid in the (Uefa) Champions League (on March 18 when the Spaniards prevailed 3-1 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu).

“He is a good player but not all good players go to the World Cup. All Nigerian players must continue to work hard because no one is assured of a place in my team right now,” he told an online publication.

Also on Saturday, Osaze scored the only goal that secures victory for Stoke City against Hull City.

Keshi said: ” I am glad that Osaze is now scoring week in week out. I hope he continues to do and we will see how it goes as we prepare for the world cup.”


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