Saturday, September 21, 2013

Nigerian coach names 23 players for qualifier against Ethiopia

(Sept 20, 2013, (Shanghai Daily))--ABUJA, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chief of coach of Nigeria's Super Eagles Stephen Keshi on Friday released a list of 23 players for preparations toward the first leg tie of the team's 2014 FIFA World Cup final qualifying match against Ethiopia.

Spokesperson of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Ademola Olajire said all the players are expected to arrive at the capital city Abuja between Oct. 6-7. "The players are to battle for shirts ahead of the first leg match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final elimination fixture against Ethiopia's Walya Antelopes in Addis Ababa on Saturday, Oct. 12. The NFA is making arrangements to have the full squad train for four days in Abuja before the departure to Addis Ababa on the eve of the game," the football association's mouthpiece explained.

The players captain Vincent Enyeama, as well as England-based midfielders Mikel Obi and Victor Moses and strikers Brown Ideye and Emmanuel Emenike. A total of 18 overseas-based as well as five home-based players will represent the West African country in Ethiopia.

The team will be made up of three goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders and six strikers as it aims for a win in Addis Ababa to make the second leg in Nigeria a much easier session, Olajire added. Read more from Shanghai Daily »

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