Keshi’s ‘dodgy deals’ forced me out of Super Eagles – Taye Taiwo
I left the Super Eagles because I don’t want to be associated with dirty glory, says Taye Taiwo.
In the wake of the bribery allegations that have been rocking the Nigerian football scene, Taye Taiwo revealed he left the international stage due to signs of shoddy deals aftermath late Stephen Keshi’s appointment as Super Eagles’ coach.
Chinedu Obasi, Taiwo’s former international teammate, last week had accused the Nigerian administrative and coaching set-up of bribery.
According to Obasi, refusal to offer bribe cost him the chance of representing Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
In a relative development, Taiwo, who represented Nigeria at the 2005 U-20 World Cup, one senior World Cup (2010) and three AFCON tournaments revealed he also left the Super Eagles due to uncleanliness.
The former Olympique Marseille and AC Milan defender was capped 53 times by Nigeria.
Only one (which happened to be his last) of his international caps came under Keshi – an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Rwanda in February 2012.
Keshi would later guide Nigeria to win her third AFCON championship in 2013, but Taiwo said the coach was part of the reason he had to abruptly quit the Super Eagles.
The former Olympique Marseille defender as quoted by Legit said, “I am someone who doesn’t want dirty glory and in my life.
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“I have never been involved in what is not clean and that was why I packed my bags and left the Super Eagles. I cannot work or stay where I see that is dirty because I am serving a clean God, and if I am in an area that is not clean, I will have to leave the place.
”When they appointed Stephen Keshi as coach, he was acting somehow in which I told myself that it was time for me to leave the Super Eagles.
”I packed my bags and I told my wife and family that I cannot be involved in dirty deals.”
Taiwo made his international debut in 2004 and in a total of 53 senior appearances, the defender, who owns a ballistic left-foot scored five goals.