Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi , is “growing grey hairs” over the selection of his final 23-man squad for the African Nations Cup, officials told MTNFootball.com.
Nigeria team spokesman, Ben Alaiya, disclosed that the performance of the players in a training camp in Faro, Portugal, has made Keshi’s job of selecting the best players for the tournament difficult.
“The competition here is very tough. Coach Keshi is growing grey hairs over who to drop because all the players are on top of their game as they all want to be at Nations Cup,” said Alaiya.
“In fact Keshi at the training on Thursday did not know when he voiced out that he is in trouble as he doesn’t know who to drop.”
Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu, is also satisfied with the showing of the home-based goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Chigozie Agbim.
“Ike Shorunmu is happy with the form of Akpeyi and Agbim, who we all saw what he could do against Catalonia. Ike confirmed that any of these goalkeepers could be in goal and he won’t panic if Enyeama and Ejide decided to stay away,” Alaiya added.
Valenrenga of Norway midfielder, Fegor Ogude admitted that the fight for places in the Eagles midfield will be fierce.
Fegor returned to the Super Eagles line up during Wednesday’s friendly after he was sidelined by injury for the better part of last year
With the emergence of Ogenyi Onazi, Rabiu Ibrahim, Nosa Igiebor, Gabriel Reuben, Henry Uche, Raheem Lawal, Obiora Nwankwo and Mikel Obi, Fegor said: “The battle for a shirt in the midfield would be tensed. We have great players who are skilful and can handle the ball very well.
“But I am not afraid because this is my job, it’s what I do everyday and as such I am battle ready for the challenge.”
Keshi has said he will make public his final squad on Tuesday, a day before the Confederation of African Football deadline.
The Eagles will take on giant killers Cape Verde in another AFCON warm-up game on Wednesday in Faro.
The team will fly out to South Africa on January 16.