AfCON 2013: Obafemi, Osaze Out As Keshi Lists 32 For Faro Camp

Finally the list of 32 players that will fight for a place in the available 23 slots in the Super Eagles squad to the 29th Orange Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa has been released by Stephen Keshi.

Stephen Keshi

The list was made available following Keshi’s a meeting with the NFF Technical Committee in Abuja on Friday, where he defended his selection – a squad comprising 14 home-based professionals and 18 overseas-based players.

Already, the NFF has fine tuned plans for international friendlies with Catalonia and Cape Verde, the former to take place on January 2, 2013; while the clash with surprise Cup of Nations debutants, Cape Verde, will come up on January 9 – the deadline for submission of final list of 23 players for the showpiece event by CAF.

The full list of players

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC, Nigeria)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Benjamin Francis (Heartland FC, Nigeria); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Solomon
Kwambe (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Danny Shittu (Millwall FC, England); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria)

Midfielders: Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Raheem Lawal (Adana Demirspor, Turkey); Obiora Nwankwo (Calcio Padova, Italy); Fegor Ogude
(Valerenga FC, Norway); Reuben Gabriel (Kano Pillars, Nigeria); Rabiu Ibrahim (Celtic FC, Scotland)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Uche Kalu (Rizespor, Turkey); Bright Dike
(Portland Timbers, USA); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle FC, England); Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)



  1. Poor attitude indeed. Keshi must think we are all stupid. He started by taking the dishonourable path of lying to Nigerians that osaze had decided to retire from international football only for the young man to refute his claims less than 24 hours later and declare that he is fully available to serve his fatherland and that when it is time to stop he will announce so himself. A case of trying to call a dog a bad name to hang it. In all my years of watching football , I have never, ever seen a coach announcing international retirement on a player’s behalf. Very shameful of keshi! .he refused to invite him for the Venezuela game because he was scared the guy would score. Two days after osaze scored a cracking goal at westbrom. He deliberately played obafemi martins out of position and as an attacking midfielder in that game to stop him from scoring. Even my twelve year old daughter knows that obafemi is a finisher, a box player in the mould of Rudd van nistelrooy,fernando Torres and drogba and not a playmaker who dribbles from midfield. On the 20th of December, keshi said to the punch newspapers that osaze needs to call him to possibly make the team.may I ask? Call him to beg or to lobby? I thought the national team is for the best nigerian players, how does a phone call to keshi improve your skills or credentials to be in the national team? He also said that he doesn’t have a team yet and presto his list comes out 24hours later! He must really think we are all stupid. Obviously he needs those slots to market his below par players to european clubs. For his own financial interest all at the expense of nigeria. Is osaze and obafemi not better than emenike, brown ideye, ,Ejike ozonenyi,Sunday Mba and one mr dike who plays for a club nobody even knows in America of all places?


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