Brazil 2014: Eagles coaches sweat on players fitness

Saturday 10 May 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi confronted with the reality of having unfit players in his provisional squad for the Brazil 2014 world cup, has expressed hope that all the players will be 100 percent fit before the world soccer fiesta begins for the national team with a game against Iran on June 16.

“As you know, many leagues especially in Europe are ending. Some players could have one or two knocks which they have been nursing. The invited players are expected in camp three days before our first test match against Scotland,” said the coach.

Players like Uche Nwaofor, Joel Obi, Ahmed Musa, Gabriel Rueben, Nnamdi Oduamadi and Joseph Yobo are reported to be fighting to regain fitness after nursing injuries.

However, Keshi said that he was unsure of who will make the final 23 man list for the world cup out the 30 invtied for camping, adding that the medical team will carry out a fitness test for all the players and those who cannot measure up will be dropped.

“We have one of the best medical staff in the world and all the players will be carefully examined and if anyone of them is carrying an injury, we will know what to do.”

However, former international Jonathan Akpoborie said Keshi was planing to fail at the world cup as he seem to be gambling with unfit players.

“I don’t believe any coach in his right mind would take any player who is still injured, who hasn’t played a game after his injury in his World Cup squad.

“So you ask, are we going there to participate like we did at the Confederations Cup, or are we going there to win games.”

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