W’Cup: Keshi to name final squad June 2

Monday 12 May 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi will name his final squad of 23 players for the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil on June 2.
Keshi released a provisional list of 30 players on May 6 and has now revealed that he will take his time before announcing his final choice of players for the World Cup.
“There is no hurry (in announcing my final squad of players). The deadline is June 2 so we still have time to decide on the players that will go and those who will not,” Keshi told
Captain Joseph Yobo and veteran striker Osaze Odemwingie were both recalled to the squad, but Keshi says neither of them, nor any other player in the provisional list, should allow himself to be lulled into a false sense of security.
“I have not decided on anyone yet. When the players hit camp, my coaches and I will work tirelessly on all aspects that should be covered.
“Any player who is either not up to it or does not apply himself in the right way will be asked to leave. That’s why we have a relatively big pool of 30 players so we can easily replace anyone,” he said.
Nigeria is in Group F of the 2014 Fifa World Cup finals alongside Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Meanwhile, Nnamdi Oduamadi celebrated his call up with a return to competitive action for Italian Serie B club, Varese.
Oduamadi has not played since April 12 when he was injured in the 30th minute of the club’s 0-2 loss to Bari at Stadio Franco Ossola.
He was on from the start as Varese suffered defeat at home to Bari on match day 38 on Saturday.
Oduamadi was substituted in the 64th minute with Luca Forte taking his place.
The 23-year-old, who impressed at the Confederations Cup where he scored a hat-trick against Tahiti (the first and only by a Nigerian at a senior FIFA tournament), is highly favoured to make the cut when the Super Eagles final World Cup squad is announced.
Oduamadi’s game is respected by Keshi who recently identified the forward’s talent at unlocking strong defences.
“Oduamadi is a very intelligent footballer. He can hold on to the ball and is good at creating some magic in the hole just behind the main striker,” Keshi told
The forward who is currently on loan from Serie A club, AC Milan has been capped 12 times by Nigeria at senior level.
He has scored four goals for the Super Eagles since he marked his debut in 2011.

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