‘Keshi has the fi­nal say on Ea­gles list’

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mansur Abubakar.

For­mer Ea­gles In­ter­na­tional and mem­ber of the Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion’s Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee, Garba Lawal has said only Su­per Ea­gles Coach, Stephen Keshi could de­ter­mine the play­ers to be in­vited to camp ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The for­mer Roda JC mid­fielder who spoke with Daily Trust in a tele­phone in­ter­view played down spec­u­la­tions that the com­mit­tee could re­place any player they are not com­fort­able with in Keshi’s list.

“It’s not true what some people are say­ing. We can­not re­move or re­place any player (from Keshi’s list).”

He stressed that: “Our job is to ad­vise him and that is what we are go­ing to do at our meet­ing on Tues­day (to­day). The ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion lies with the Coach, we don’t want a sit­u­a­tion whereby the Coach will blame the com­mit­tee for im­pos­ing a player af­ter a poor per­for­mance. That’s why we are very care­ful re­gard­ing that.”

The At­lanta 96 gold medal­ist also added that it was the hope of the com­mit­tee that the team that will be put for­ward by Keshi for the Mun­dial will be one that will make the coun­try and the con­ti­nent of Africa proud.

NFF Me­dia Of­fi­cer, Ade­mola Ola­jire told Daily Trust yes­ter­day that Keshi will present and de­fend his 35-player list to­day at the Fed­er­a­tion’s Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee meet­ing.

The list will be made pub­lic within the week by the Ea­gles gaffer and a lot of sur­prises are ex­pected on the list with play­ers like Leon Ba­lo­gun, Chinedu Obasi, Joseph Yobo, Dele Alam­pasu, and Osaze Odemwingie ex­pected to be called up.

The Su­per Ea­gles of Nigeria will be par­tic­i­pat­ing at the Brazil 2014 World Cup as African Cham­pi­ons and has been placed in Group F along­side Ar­gentina, Bos­nia, and Asian rep­re­sen­ta­tives Iran.

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