ABUJA (AFP) – Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche will learn on Tuesday whether he will be left off Nigeria‘s World Cup squad.
National team coach Stephen Keshi has accused Uche of being “tactically indisciplined” and has snubbed him since last year’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa.
The 30-year-old Uche has been one of Nigeria‘s most reliable strikers, with 18 goals in 44 matches for the country. He has scored 12 goals in the Spanish La Liga this season.
Uche’s fate has become a hotly debated topic among Nigerian commentators, with most saying the striker should be on the World Cup roster.
Skipper Joseph Yobo and Stoke City striker Peter Odemwingie, two other players who had fallen out of Keshi’s favour, are both expected to be recalled by Nigeria in time for the tournament in Brazil.
Keshi will on Tuesday defend a provisional World Cup squad before the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) technical committee in Abuja.
The country’s timetable for Brazil 2014 will also be finalised at the meeting.
Nigeria are scheduled to face Scotland in a World Cup warm-up match on May 28 in London before they fly out for a two-week training camp in Houston, Texas.
While in the United States, the African champions will also play warm-up matches against Greece and the United States.