Abuja –  A former Nigeria International, Tijani Babangida, on Tuesday said that Coach Stephen Keshi’s final 23-man squad selection for the World Cup was purely based on merit and discipline.

Super Eagles head coach, named his final 23-man World Cup list on June 2, as stipulated by FIFA.

Babangida said that some home-based players made the list, noting that “whoever made the list doesn’t matter at this time but the quality of representation.

“You could see that merit and discipline were strong factors in Keshi’s selection and these accounted for why some home-based Eagles made the list.

“It’s quite unfortunate that Odunlami came out of that encounter with injury, which I believe might have ruled him out of the coach’s World Cup plan.”

Babangida was part of the 1998 World Cup squad in France.

Tijani Babangida
Tijani Babangida

He urged Nigerians not to focus on the seven players dropped but on the final list of 23 players who would play the World Cup matches.

The team is expected to play another warm up game with Greece on June 3,  before taking on the U.S. on June 7, for their last game before moving to Brazil on June 9.

The World Cup is scheduled to take place in Brazil between June 12 and July 13.

Nigeria is grouped alongside Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Group F in the Brazil 2014 fiesta.

The Super Eagles will play their first group match against Iran on June 23. (NAN)


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