Former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo ?Papilo? Kanu, has challenged Nigerian players to understand the importance of representing the country, following reports that John Obi Mikel refused Stephen Keshi?s advances to be a part of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad.

The former African footballer of the year said players should understand that they represent a whole country whenever they play for Nigeria, and opined that playing for the National Team is bigger than playing for a club side.

?One thing they (players) always forget is that the Super Eagles, and by that I mean the national team, is bigger than a club side,? he said.

?And I think it is high time we let whoever comes in to understand the importance of wearing that National shirt.

?They have to understand that whenever they do that, they are carrying the hopes and expectations of 170 million Nigerians on their shoulders, which is a very big task.

?We don?t ever want to come second because it is not a good mentality and that is the way we can get them to get results for us.

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