World Cup team: Today is D’day for Keshi, players

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Eagles coach Stephen Keshi already knows the
twenty three players he will be taking to Brazil for
the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.
Keshi, like all other coaches going to the World
Cup, is expected to be ready with his final list to
be submitted to FIFA today.
With thirty players currently in Philadelphia,USA
competing for places in the final squad, no doubt,
the tension in camp is high and hearts will surely
be broken over those who will miss out.
Last
Wednesday, the Eagles played out a 2-2 draw
against Scotland in London, a game that didn’t
really show all we needed to know about some
players.
It was a game that some players, possibly up for
an auditioning over their World Cup place, failed to
impress.
Barring Uche Nwofor who scored a late equaliser
in that game,other players under trial were just
average and need to up their game in subsequent
friendlies before the World Cup.
“Yes, I have an idea of those who will go with us
to Brazil but we will still wait till the last minute
before we announce the list,” Keshi said over his
probable team list to be released today.
Keshi sounded as if he could change his mind at
the eleventh hour over players who could gate-
crash into the team.
The players themselves believe they are all good
enough to be in Brazil as explained by skipper
Joseph Yobo after the Scotland friendly. “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.”
He added, “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.”
But there are people who are skeptical about the
choice of players Keshi will be selecting for the
World Cup.
Assistant technical director of Nigeria’s national
teams Kashimawo Laloko, expressed concern that
Keshi will be beclouded by sentiments and select
players, not based on merit.
“With the calibre of players we have in Nigeria
today, the Super Eagles are capable of doing well at
the World Cup in Brazil but that will depend on
absolute objectivity in the selection of our final
squad,” he once said..
“I believe that in the provisional list of 30, there are
players good enough to represent this country but
I know that some players who have no business at
the World Cup may find themselves on the final list
which should not be so because of sentiments.”
It is an arduous task selecting a team without
eyebrows raised over the inclusion of one or two
players.
Whichever part of the divide one might belong,
Keshi is saddled with that task of selecting his
team and whatever comes out of it, will rest on his
shoulders.

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