2014 World Cup: Feud between Nigeria FA and coach escalates as Keshi refuses to submit provisional list
The feud between Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, and the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has degenerated after the coach refused to submit a provisional list of 35 players for the World Cup.
Relations between Keshi and the federation became frosty last week when Keshi was queried for attending a sponsor’s event on the day he had an appointment with the technical committee.
He was also accused of embarking on an unapproved vacation in America.
Sources at the NFF disclosed last night that Keshi had also failed to reply to the issues raised in the query by the Chris Green-led committee.
Football followers in the country have described the unfolding development as disturbing given that the World Cup is fast approaching in Brazil.
The federation was hoping to announce this provisional list of 35 players for the World Cup by the end of the week.
But a furious Keshi kicked yesterday he was not in a hurry to submit the provisional list but rather accused the committee of mounting undue pressure on him on the deadline on when to submit the list.
Keshi also said the committee was not following the right channel as he only read in the media that he was to submit a 35-man squad provisional list.
“I am not in a hurry to submit the list. First, the report was that I was to submit 40 names. Now I am hearing it is 35 players. I will only submit a list of 30 players when I am ready,” he insisted yesterday.
Nigeria will regroup in London on May 26, two days before a friendly match against Scotland at Craven Cottage.
The Eagles will play two more friendly matches against USA and Greece in America before leaving for Brazil on June.11.