Fear Grips Players, as Keshi Names Final Squad Monday

at 2-06-2014 05:02PM (5 years ago)

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Most of the 30 players currently in the Super Eagles’ camp in Philadelphia, United States, are reportedly waiting anxiously to find out if they will be in the final squad for the Brazil 2014 World Cup, which kicks off on June 12.

Of the players in camp, only a few, reportedly 12, are sure of packing their bags for the trip to Brazil.

Some of the players said to be sure of their positions in the team are Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Vincent Enyeama, Elderson Echiejile, Austin Ejide, Efe Ambrose, Godwin Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo, Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, Ahmed Musa and Victor Obinna Nsofor.

Others, a source close to Coach Stephen Keshi, had from May 25 to Sunday to convince the technical crew that they can contribute meaningfully to Nigeria’s quest for success in Brazil.

“Although the players are working hard to impress the coaches, they are also cautious to avoid any injury that would the them out of the World Cup.

“It is a healthy atmosphere in the camp, but beneath you can feel the anxiety among the players,” he said.

Keshi at the weekend disclosed that he already knows his final 23-man squad, but would wait till today before unveiling the list.

The Super Eagles drew 2-2 with Scotland in an international friendly in London last week with Uche Nwofor and Michael Uchebo scoring for the African champions after they fell behind twice.

After announcing the chosen players today, Keshi’s team will meet Greece tomorrow in another international friendly and also meet the US national team on June 7 before proceeding to Campinas, their World Cup team base in Brazil.