Keshi seals Ikechukwu Uche’s Nigeria World Cup fate - no go

Coach Stephen Keshi's 30-man Nigeria World Cup squad shortlist did not include the Villarreal striker when it was released late Tuesday.


Ikechukwu Uche’s acrobatic goal celebrations will not be seen at this year’s World Cup after the Villarreal striker failed to make Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi’s 30-man shortlist for the finals in Brazil.

Norwich City defender Joseph Yobo and in-form Stoke City striker Peter Odewengie both made it into the preliminary squad.

Keshi said the final 23-man list will be announced on June 2.

Nigeria are expected to play a friendly against Scotland on May 27 before travelling to the United States a day later to complete their final preparations for the June 12-July 13 tournament.

Nigeria will play Argentina, Bosnia and Iran in Group F.


Goalkeepers - Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, Chigozie Agbim, Daniel Akpeyi

Defenders - Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Joseph Yobo, Kunle Odunlami, Efe Ambrose

Midfielders - John Obi MIkel, Ogenyi Onazi, Ramon Azeez, Joel Obi, Nosa Igiebor, Michael Uchebo, Ejike Uzoenyi, Sunday Mba, Reuben Gabriel

Forwards - Ahmed Musa, Shola Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike, Obinna Nsofor, Peter Odemwingie, Babatunde Michael, Victor Moses, Uche Nwofor, Nnamdi Oduamadi

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Published: May 7, 2014 04:00 AM