I have no team yet – Stephen Keshi

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It is 78 days to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has said he still does not know who will make his squad.

Speaking to reporters at the Tom Tom Editors’ Round Table in Lagos yesterday, the African Nations Cup winning coach said all the 23 places in the squad are still open.

He was asked to say exactly how many openings were still there in the 23-man squad to Brazil, given that the list of invited players is expected to be released soon. Keshi’s answer was short and sharp. “All,” he said.

NIGERIA, Calabar : Nigeria's (top L-R) midfielder John Obi Mikel, defender Kenneth Omeruo, forward Brown Ideye, forward Emmanuel Emenike, defender Godfrey Oboabona, defender Efe Ambrose, (bottom L-R) midfielder Victor Moses, defender Uwa Echiejile, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and midfielder Ahmed Musa pose for a group picture before the 2014 FIFA World Cup African zone second leg play-off football match between Nigeria and Ethiopia in Calabar on November 16, 2013. Nigeria won 2-0. AFP PHOTO/

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“Every position is still open and everybody has to fight to earn his place in the squad. There are no automatic shirts.”

Keshi said there were still a number of tune up matches lined up for the team and confirmed the June 6 friendly with the USA. “It will be our last friendly and good tune up for us before the tournament.”

He doused the tension over the much expected release of the list of invited players to the pre-tournament camp. “The list won’t be out now. When it is released, it will be made available to you all. It won’t be a secret thing.”

He expressed joy that his players were fit and in good physical and mental condition, although he reckoned that he would have loved to see more of them being more active for their clubs. “I was happy when I saw Mikel come in against Arsenal. He was looking trim and fit,” the coach said.

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