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Jordan Friendly: Keshi says no sentiments

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has said there will be no sentiments in the selection process of the players who will make the final cut for the international friendly against the Jordanian national team between the old and the new invited players.

Keshi, who spoke in Abuja, said the match to him is like a World Cup qualifier or even a final and it effectively kick-starts preparation for the CHAN 2014 championship that will be hosted in South Africa in January, thus praising the NFF for the vision of quick preparation. Keshi spoke through team scribe, Dayo Enebi Achor.

Eagles' coach, Stephen Keshi
Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi

Achor also advised all players that in the spirit of non-partisanship in selection, they should come to the Bolton White Apartment camp of the team in Abuja with their valid international passports as only the best will be picked for the Jordan trip. By the team’s programme, the Eagles are expected to stay in camp for the next ten days before jetting out by October 26 for the friendly against Jordan in the capital city of Amman.

Keshi has listed 28 players for the 10-days camp but only 18 players will make it to Jordan and the Achor has said the team’s management is excited with the support that it is getting from the Nigeria Football Federation in the early days of preparation for the CHAN tourney. “We must thank the NFF for this early call to start camping for the tournament because at the end of the day, this is what counts and the coaching crew and the entire staff of the Super Eagles are totally excited about the development”, Achor said.

Invited Players:

Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC); Okemute Odah (Warri Wolves)

Defenders: Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Benjamin Francis (Heartland FC); Ebenezer Odunlami (SunshineStars); Umar Zango (Kano Pillars); Yinka Adedeji (Sharks FC); Brigh Esieme (Enyimba FC); Solomon Babatunde (Nasarawa United)

Midfielders: Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers); Etebo Oghene (Warri Wolves); Christian Oghiozor (Enugu Rangers); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Ogonna Osuchukwu (Enugu Rangers); Mohammed Garuba (Abia Warriors); Dougla Achiv (Lobi Stars); Olayinka Oyeleke (Crown FC); Christian Pyagbara (Sharks FC)

Forwards: Muhammad Gambo (Kano Pillars); Ifeanyi Edeh (Enyimba FC); Barnabas Imienger (Lobi Stars); Osadiaye Joseph (Warri Wolves); Sani Mohammed (Gombe United); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers); Victor Namo (Nasarawa United); Ezekiel Mbah (Akwa United)


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