Keshi released a provisional list of 32 players comprising of 14 players from the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) and 18 oversea-based players last week.
The ‘Big Boss’ has now lifted the lid on the date the final list of Nigerian players to the 2013 Afcon will be released as the Super Eagles begin their quest to win the trophy for the third time.
“The final list will be released on January 8 (2013) at our training camp in Portugal. We would have ascertained the level of fitness, form and mental state of the players in the provisional list by that time,” Keshi said.
Experienced names like Kalu Uche, Obafemi Martins, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Peter Odemwingie were excluded from the provisional 32-man squad but Keshi is optimistic the players, who made the cut will deliver in South Africa.
“It’s not going to be easy but I am sure all the players are up for the task. We urge Nigerians to support all the 32 players in the squad. Those players are all Nigerians and deserve support.