EXCLUSIVE: Eagles recall Kaita
Kaita, 25, has been widely seen as Nigerian football’s Public Enemy No.1 as the Eagles lost this crucial World Cup group game and thereafter crashed out of the tournament in the first round.
Former Eagles coach Samson Siasia flatly refused to recall the hard working defensively midfielder, insisting he did not wish to draw the wrath of millions of angry fans.
However, MTNFootball.com can exclusively reveal now that new coach Stephen Keshi has opted to give the former Kano Pillars star a second chance in the national team.
It is the same gesture he has extended to Blackburn Rovers striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni, who also last featured for Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup after he missed a sitter against South Korea.
‘The Yak’ has fired 13 goals in the English Premier League for his struggling club.
Kaita and Yakubu are among the 11 Europe-based professionals invited by Keshi for a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in Rwanda on February 29.
There is no place for Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi, who has just returned from a seven-week injury lay-off or on-form Russia-based striker Emmanuel Emenike.
The 11 foreign pros for Rwanda:
Goalkeeper : Vincent Enyeama (Lille/France)
Defenders: Joseph Yobo (Fenerbache/Turkey), Taiye Taiwo (QPR/England)
Midfielders: Dickson Etuhu (Fulham/England), Sani Kaita (Tavriya/Ukraine), Joel Obi (inter Milan/Italy)
Strikers: Ike Uche (Granada/Spain), Osaze Odemwingie,Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Blackburn Rovers/England), Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow/Russia)