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Nigeria: Nations Cup - Keshi in 'Trouble' Over Final Team Selection

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Eagle’s coach, Keshi

AS the CAF deadline for the submission of team's final 23-man list approaches, Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi is "growing grey hairs" over picking his squad for the Africa Nations Cup, officials have said.

Eagles spokesman Ben Alaiya disclosed that the performance of the players in a training camp in Faro, Portugal, has made Keshi's job of selecting the best players for the Nations Cup difficult.

"The competition here is very tough. Coach Keshi is growing grey hairs over who to drop because all the players are on top of their game as they all want to be at the Nations Cup," Alaiya said on a Brila FM sports programme monitored in Lagos yesterday.

"In fact Keshi at the training on Thursday did not know when he voiced out that he is in trouble as he doesn't know who to drop."

Eagles goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu is also satisfied with the showing of the goalkeepers from the Nigeria Premier League, Daniel Akpeyi and Chigozie Agbim.

"Ike Shorunmu is happy with the form of Akpeyi and Agbim, who we all saw what he could do against Catalonia.

Ike said any of these goalkeepers could be in goal and he won't panic if Enyeama and Ejide decided to stay away," Alaiya said.

Meanwhile, Valenrenga of Norway midfielder Fegor Ogude has admitted that the fight for places in the Eagles midfield will be fierce.

With the emergence of Ogenyi Onazi, Rabiu Ibrahim, Nosa Igiebor, Gabriel Reuben, Henry Uche, Raheem Lawal, Obiora Nwankwo and Mikel Obi, Fegor told MTNFootball.com: "The battle for a shirt in the midfield would be tensed. We have great players who are skilful and can handle the ball very well.

"But I am not afraid because this is my job, it's what I do every day and as such I am battle ready for the challenge."

Keshi has said he will make public his final squad on Tuesday, a day before the CAF deadline. The Eagles who are due to fly out to South Africa on January 16 will take on giant killers Cape Verde in another AFCON warm-up game on Wednesday in Faro.

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