Yobo, Osaze worry over final 23-man list

Friday 30 May 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

After Nigeria played out a pulsating 2-2 draw against the Tartan Army of Scotland on Wednesday at the Craven Cottage in London, Super Eagles players are worried about how the final 23-man squad will be selected.

The team left for USA yesterday, where they will play a second game against Greece on June 3. A day before the match, Coach Stephen Keshi will unveil his final Brazil 2014 World Cup squad, in which seven players must be sent home.

Captain Joseph Yobo said at the end of Wednesday’s game that if he was Keshi he would find it difficult to drop any of the players. “Nigeria is blessed with talent 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,” Yobo said. Stoke City’s Osaze Odemwingie said, “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.” England-based Shola Ameobi said, “We are all good but we should just pray for the coach to ensure that he picks the best for the World Cup.”

Tallish defender, Azubuike Egwuekwe, put it more succinctly: “When I was going into the match against Scotland I said to myself ‘O’boy you are on trial’, now I know it’s our coach who has a really difficult job of picking the 23 players for Brazil 2014.”

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