29 May 2014

Nigeria: Keshi to Release World Cup List June 2

Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi will release his final 23-man list for the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil on June 2, even as the players have expressed their sympathy with the coach in the selection process aftermath of the 2-2 draw in an international friendly against Scotland on Wednesday.

The team Media Officer, Ben Alaiya confirmed this in a statement on Thursday. Deadline date set by FIFA for the release of the final 23-man list by all participating countries is June 2, 2014.

Alaiya said that the coach would name his squad of 23 players on June 2, on time to beat FIFA deadline for the release of the final list of players who will take part in Mundial 2014.

He equally revealed that some players in camp have expressed their sympathy with the coach over the selection headache he was likely going to go through before naming the squad.

After the Super Eagles played 2-2 draw against Scotland on Wednesday, some of the players believed that the coach would not find it easy dropping any of the 30 players in camp going by their quality.

Team Skipper, Joseph Yobo, said at the post match conference that if he was the coach he would find it difficult to drop any of the players that is presently in the 30-man squad.

"Nigeria is blessed with talents and that is why I think all the players here merit to be in Brazil, even when we have some other very good ones still hanging out. If you watch the game against Scotland, you will know that the 'Big Boss' needs to be pitied over dropping players and picking those who will make the final 23. It will be tough.

Stoke City's Osaze Odemwingie, on his part said he was happy at the response of his teammates to his return to the national side. "But how do we drop players now from this squad. Everybody here is good but we should leave that to the coach but I know it would be a tough task.

England based Shola Ameobi, declared that playing for the Nigerian side has made him a better team player because of the quality of players in camp and wished he had started playing earlier for the team. "We are all good but we should just pray for the coach to ensure that he picks the best for the World Cup".

Towering defence ace, Azubuike Egwuehwe put it more succinctly: "When I was going into the match against Scotland I said to myself O'boy you are on trial, now I know that its our coach who has a really difficult job of picking the 23 players for Brazil 2014 to do."

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