Echiejile’s replacement, Ejike Uzoenyi, arrives in Brazil at 4PM local time on Wednesday and Keshi took time to deny reports that he insisted on keeping the injured defender.
“I am pained that Echiejile, who is a very key member of the squad will be missing out after putting in so much but there was nothing we could do to hasten the healing process,” said Keshi.
“We have spoken to the medical team and the NFF and we have agreed, so I was a bit shocked when I got a call from some of my friends back home that I insisted on an injured player.
“It’s a fallacy because I never spoke to anyone about Echejile.”
Nigeria open their campaign against Iran on June 16 in Curitiba.