The Eagles will play Greece next in the United States Tuesday
Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi, will take his time before unveiling his final choice of players for the World Cup billed to take place in Brazil from June 12, 2014, the team’s spokesperson has said.
There were earlier reports that Keshi will drop seven players after the Scotland friendly but according to Ben Alaiya, the Eagles Media officer, the Big Boss will wait till June 2 before announcing the final 23-man squad that will don the Super Eagles jersey at the Mundial in Brazil.
“Keshi revealed that the final list of 23 players will be unveiled 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,” Mr. Alaiya said in a press statement Thursday.
Mr. Alaiya also revealed that after Wednesday night’s pulsating 2-2 draw against the Tartan Army of Scotland at the Craven Cottage in London, Super Eagles players hoping to make it to Brazil have started to take stock of what may be in the coming days with many of them saying they don’t envy Coach Stephen Keshi at this rigorous period.
Team Skipper Joseph Yobo was reported to have said at the post-match conference that if he was the coach he will 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,” he asked.
Meanwhile, the Eagles Thursday morning left London for Philadelphia in the United States for its next friendly game against Greece, next Tuesday.
With the arrival of Sunday Mba, all the 30 players are now complete for the trip to the United States.
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