31 December 2012

Nigeria: Peters Wants Quick Replacement for Ameobi, Shittu

Lagos — Former Assistant Secretary General (Technical) of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. James Peters has called on the Super Eagles Chief Coach Stephen Keshi to find quick replacement for the duo of Shola Ameobi and Danny Shittu who may not make Nigeria's squad for the Africa Nations Cup.

Millwall of England star, Shittu has excused himself from Keshi's Eagles, citing club's engagement for not making it to the Faro camp where the team is currently camping for the Nations Cup, while Nigeria is battling Newcastle Coach Alan Pardew over the release of Ameobi for the African championship.

Peters wants Eagles' coach to act quickly to replace Shittu, a defender and Ameobi, a striker in his team so that he can sit down to strategise for the Nations Cup proper.

"I don't know Keshi's frame of mind now, but I believe he has to decide on what to do fast because there is no time on his side. The replacement for those players should be in his mind now. I expect him to find suitable replacement for Shittu and Ameobi as quickly as possible so that he could have enough time to decide on the pattern and strategies he would use at the Nations Cup," Peters said.

Meanwhile, former Nigerian international, Friday Ekpo has counselled all Nigerian players that could not make Keshi's provisional list for the Nations Cup to take their fate as an act of God.

According to Ekpo, "every player has his role and function to play in a team and the coach has the final say on who he will use for any particular match. So I don't see any big deal that some players were dropped from the Nations Cup list. Those who could not make it this time will make it next time. I will advise them to take it easy and see it as an act of God."

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