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2014 World Cup: Nigeria coach Keshi postpones release of squad, NFF wants wider consultation

Published on: 23 April 2014
Stephen Keshi has been asked by the Nigeria FA to consult widely before naming his squad

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has put on hold his proposed release of his a provisional  35-man squad for the World Cup as he will consult widely before making it public next week.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has asked him to consult much more widely while monitoring players on the injury list before making the list public next week.

Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi and members of the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were scheduled to brainstorm on the issue before making the list public on Tuesday.

It didn’t happen. No list was released.

Rumours and speculations begun to make the rounds as to why the list was not released on Tuesday but took the initiative and spoke to several individuals who attended Tuesday’s meeting in Abuja.

Spokesman of the NFF’s technical committee, Paul Bassey was among the individuals who spoke to us.

He noted that there was a mutual decision from both parties (coach and NFF chiefs) to put the list on ice for the moment with several issues still to be thrashed out.

“The belief among all Nigerians was that the list would be released today after we meet with Keshi but that did not happen,” Bassey told on Tuesday.

He noted that no country going to Brazil has made public their list of players for the World Cup and reasoned that it is only wise Nigeria to hold their cards close to their chest for now.

“We have agreed to have further consultations before we reach a decision on this issue.

“Austin Ejide is injured for instance….there is no reason to rush anything. The coaches still need a few days to clearly ascertain several things.

“We have not heard about any of the other countries through to the World Cup that has released their list of players so there is no need to rush.

“In the next one week or two at most, the list will be released,” he said.

Nigeria are in group F of the World Cup alongside Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina.


This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • Benito says:
    April 23, 2014 12:44 pm
    I smell 419 here.....why some rushing to know who makes and who doesn't make the list,chop..chop..all chickens to eaten in Brazil.
  • Och says:
    April 23, 2014 03:13 pm
    Yes benito, were was the black dull stars when the chickens won the afcon in 2013? You should ask yourself this; can the black dull stars cross through germany or portugal or USA that are in great form? Instead of drinking pain relief on someone else's headache.
  • Benito says:
    April 23, 2014 04:48 pm
    Och,we aim don't aim at cheap afcon cup,we aim higher.what we achieved in the world cup history you haven't so we are still ahead of your super chickens,fact is since 2006 we have been beating the 419s either in competitions or friendlies,you are not our co equal,abi ?
  • Benito says:
    April 23, 2014 04:56 pm
    it's only joking team like the super chickens who will take the wives to a world cup.jokers!!!just going to be part of the numbers...they going to "sell" all their matches for small dollars as they have been doing all the time...shame!!!!
  • swagger says:
    April 23, 2014 05:58 pm
    I always wonder why our ghanian brother hates us soo much, they don't want to hear anything good about nigeria yet their hopeless citizen keep comining to naija to hawk kinkin among others... The only excuse they give for not winning a trophy 4 33yrs is dat dey want to win world cup just bcos they made to 1/4 final of SA 2010, cameroun did it in 1990, senegal also do d same in 2002 so u havn't break any record...u claimed to be hope of africa with ur average players warming d benches of their variuos clubs, ghana soccer net should stop posting any news concerning naija on dis site in order not to give their fellow ghanians some head ache... We shall where u will reach in d world cup with ur headless coach mistchewwww
  • Och says:
    April 23, 2014 10:29 pm
    @benito u guyz don't 've a team, u don't even 've good players 2match d great super eagles black as ur star thats hw black ur senses are in football...ghanains 'll die more of jealously when the super eagles 'll brk d african record by reaching d semi final..
  • Och says:
    April 23, 2014 10:31 pm
    The black headed stars won't even win a match in the world cup watch nd see.
  • Och says:
    April 23, 2014 10:32 pm
    The black headed stars won't win a match in d world cup, watch nd see.
  • Och says:
    April 23, 2014 10:32 pm
    The black headed stars won't win a match in d world cup, watch nd see.
  • Benito says:
    April 24, 2014 12:16 am
    Hahahaha...the truth is just one,the scam specialist are our"wives" for the past 8 years we have been beating their ass left and right even with 10 is a cursed nation who know nothing but scamming...they strong deliverance from their curse of eating human flesh and 419..they flock in from their dirty cities into Ghana every day.naija must go!!!!
  • Benito says:
    April 24, 2014 12:29 am
    every nation is noted for thing...Brazil is football,Nigeria is advanced fee fraud alias 419..
  • IYN says:
    April 30, 2014 10:58 pm
    What d **** are u saying benito or whatever u kal urself.......u're such a fool!!! Well I didn't expect much from a hopeless fool wif an hopeless country........jst mind what u say.....u never know!!!!!!