NFF Delays World Cup Provisional List

Nigeria have delayed naming their provisional 2014 Fifa World Cup squad to allow for further consultation.

Tuesday’s meeting between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Committee and the Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi, ended in deadlock.

In attendance at the meeting, which lasted for roughly three hours, were the chairman of the football federation and members of the technical committee, as well as the national team handler.

The Nigeria Football Federation.
The Nigeria Football Federation.

Keshi had informed reporters waiting earnestly outside the premises he had submitted a tentative list of 37 to 38 players to the committee, which had opted to delay its release for one more week while it addresses issues including “personnel”.

“I have submitted the list to the NFF Technical Committee,” said Keshi. “Mr Paul Bassey would tell you more about that.”

“I submitted a list of 37 or 38 players. From that, I will draw up another provisional list of 30, which is what Fifa needs.”

Bassey, who spoke on behalf of the committee, said they focused on the preparation programme for the 20th edition of the Fifa World Cup in Brazil. He assured Nigeria will meet the May 10 deadline for the submission of the provisional list.

“We have decided to shelve release of the list until further consultations are made,” said Bassey. “We took the opportunity to look at the preparation programme of the Technical Committee.”

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