There are strong indications that the Nigeria
Football Federation and national team coach
Stephen Keshi are headed on a collision course
over the release of a provisional list for the pre-
World Cup camp.
The camp opens in London on May 26, two days
before a friendly match against Scotland at Craven
The technical Committee of the NFF which met in
Abuja last week is demanding for the immediate
release of a 35-man list from the coach.
But Keshi is insisting he is not in a hurry to release
the provisional list, adding that he was being put
under undue pressure by the technical committee..
The coach was said to have accused the NFF of not
passing through the right channel as he has only
been reading on the pages of newspapers that he
was to submit a 35-man provisional list..
“I am not in a hurry to submit the list. First, the
report was that I was to submit 40 names. Now I
am hearing it is 35 players. I will only submit a list
of 30 players when I am ready,” he insisted
The federation was hoping to announce this
provisional list of 35 players for the World Cup by
the end of the week.
Relations between Keshi and the federation
became frosty last week when Keshi was queried
for attending a sponsor’s event in Lagos on the day
he had an appointment with the technical
He was also accused of embarking on an
unapproved vacation in America.
Sources at the NFF disclosed last night that Keshi
had also failed to reply to the issues raised in the
query by the Chris Green-led committee.
After the May 28 friendly against Scotland, the
Eagles will play two more friendly matches against
USA and Greece in America before leaving for
Brazil on June.11.