Keshi names squad for Peru

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi names 31-man squad for Peru friendly

Posted: 2 May 2012 Time: 06:39 am

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has named a 31-man squad for this month's friendly against Peru.  

The squad consists of five Europe-based professionals and 26 players from the domestic league.   Former youth international midfielder Obiora Nwankwo is joined by defender Gege Soriola, forwards Nnamdi Oduamadi, Raheem Lawal and Ekigho Ehiosun.   Keshi's domestic player pool includes three goalkeepers and nine defenders, while the rest is made up of midfielders and strikers, equally shared.    The team is scheduled to depart May 19 for Lima, four days before the game.    Camp opens on May 6.   The squad:   GOALKEEPERS AGBIM CHIGOZIE-WARRI WOLVES AKPEYI DANIE - HEARTLAND FC OKEMUTE ODAH - SHARKS FC   DEFENDERS PAPA IDRIS - KANO PILLARS EGWUEKWE AZUBUIKE E - WARRI WOLVES OSHANIWA JUWON AYO - SHARKS FC OBOABONA GODFREY ITAMA - SUNSHINE FC NURA MOHAMMED - ENYIMBA FC UZOCHUKWU OGONNA - RANGERS FC SHEHU MAIJEMA - WIKKI TOURIST HAMZA IKENNA ONWUEMENYI - AKWA UNITED   OBIHOHA MARCEL - GOMBE UNITED    MIDFIELDERS AND FORWARDS HENRY UCHE - ENYIMBA FC UZOENYI CHRISTANTUS EJIKE - RANGERS FC MBA SUNDAY - WARRI WOLVES GABRIEL RUBEN SHALU - KANO PILLARS NWACHUKWU OBINNA - HEARTLAND FC KALU UCHE - ENYIMBA FC OSSAI UCHE - WARRI WOLVES IZU AZUKA - SUNSHINE FC JABASON SOLOMON - AKWA UNITED IMENGER BARNABAS - KWARA UNITED HASSAN HUSSEIN - DOLPHINS FC GBOLAHAN SALAMI - ENYIMBA FC EMMA NWACHI - DOLPHINS FC  PIUS SAMSON - RANCHERS BEES FC  

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Mega Million
posted: 07:08 am
Mr Editor,With best personal regards.When are we gonna have an updated picture of Keshi?




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Umsab\'ungamaz\'
posted: 08:54 am
Even Botswana can beat this little squad anyday...Where is Osaze here...
You guys no longer deserve the SuperEagles tittle...pathetic
tech9
posted: 11:35 am
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luise-hero
posted: 12:23 pm
why are will no-more using our foreign pro ,,or what is happening

by now i am expecting keshi to have 7 to 6 home eagles then mix them up with 8 or 7 pro but when will all this experiment stop
we wil keep losing matches and this mr coach will keep telling us he still building and looking for future eagles lol

my GOD,, keshi common stop going for weak excuses man i need result ok ,,
victor Moses osaze, amunike ,ahmned musa ,yobo ,taiwo,
apam, anichebe,joel obi, mikel obi,oguke , echejile , usofor and yakubu ,,
probably you can check-out all this name and pick ur 7 pro player since no one is updating you about our foreign base eagles my can be of a help mr coach oga talent hurt
Anonymous
posted: 01:25 pm
who is this guyman trying fool with all these 26home based players. Come all of us na guy man too oooo. You want to make excuses when Peru beats you, you will turn around and tell us it is because you used home based. what a cheap escape rout. there is no way you will go to Peru beat them with these home base Mr Keshi. Since this is an International Friendly with a south american country, common sense would told you to use more of your foreign base and maybe 6 or 7 home base. listen Mr Coach after these friendly, we will be ranked 80 in the world, and mark my word,if you don't take time, your time will end with Friendly.
Umsab\'ungamaz\'
posted: 01:41 pm
Well done Keshi you've yo Naijas more scared of PERU than BOKOHARAM
Clearly Keshi doesn't watch the EPL...do me a favour..pick YAKUBU just tick off all these Naijas again.
Anonymous
posted: 02:05 pm
Can NFF schedule the game against Gabon as practise for the away game against Malawi 3 days after the World Cup qualifier against Namibia. That way, Eagles can use this friendly in Gabon to prepare for the away match against Malawi. Warm up matches are used to try new ideas and simulate real match situations. Keshi and crew could use 45 minutes of this game to play their intended starters against MAlawi using the 4-3-3 formation. I suggest 45 minutes so they can still be fresh for the Malawi game 4 days later.

In their last match against Egypt the Eagles got tired and succumbed to pressure because the Pharoes 3-5-2 had a man advantage in central midfield. The Egyptians scored us by coming through the middle after several uninterrupted passes. Nigeria played 4-4-2, and also did that against Rwanda. Using 4-3-3 in our away matches makes it easier to clog the midfield and cut off passes and our counter attacks are more effective. Playing 4-3-3 when going forward like Barcelona can easily be converted to 4-5-1 when under pressure like Chelsea did. We can play the usual 4-4-2 at home against Namibia and Rwanda and only change if the situation on ground changes

NFF please reschedule this game and ask tecnical team to use this friendly wisely. This is my 2 cents thrown in.
Anonymous
posted: 02:34 pm
Good list and it is good to give these home based players international exposure. As they get better, we can have a more competitive Eagles when we mix in Eguavoens olympic team and best performing European based like Moses.

But coach, where is one of the leading goal scorers in the NPL, Chikeluba Ofeodu of Rangers, 9 goals. Also Bart Ibenegbu played well against Egypt, is he injured?

Thank you for inviting one of the best players from our last Olympic Eagles, Nnamdi "the Brazilian" ODUAMADI
Amata Plus
posted: 02:46 pm
Well said @slyman. I am bothered by the fact that Keshi is promoting home based players at the expense of more experienced and technically sound euro based stars.

Truth remains, and very obvious to discerning minds, that the dream of the home boys to jump on the euro train using the SE as platform. Over depending on them in the name of building a new team is akin to building castles in the air.

Keshi should focus more on established players doing well in Europe while giving room to integrate a few home based players into the team. He should remember that 2013 AFCON is at the corner. No Nigerian will tolerate excuses in the name of we are rebuilding!
nigeria &ghana match do or die
posted: 02:46 pm
i expected 50 50 home base and foreign base eagles. but anyway its still good. international exposure is needed for the home base also. Nigeria is heading toward a better direction and if we can discover 5 or 6 solid home base players mixed with our foreign base i thing the super eagles will be a team to beat once again
Game147
posted: 03:01 pm
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Mega Million
posted: 03:17 pm
Mr Editor,Thanks for the picture update,You are a truly wonderful man.



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Mega Million
posted: 03:35 pm
I got nothing at all to tell keshi.Keshi promised to bring Super Eagles back to winning days but i don't see that coming from him.



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Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 03:50 pm
The squad that played against Argentina in Abuja, mixed with 4-5 home base is all what we needs,, if not, we are joiking. and playing with Nigerians only happyness. Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo Land SPEAKS.
nigeria &ghana match do or die
posted: 04:23 pm
i am beginning to like this editor, he is so prudent now i just like the way he pays attention to @Mega Millions advice and update keshi picture that shows we are together.abeg mr editor i know you have keshi phone number and mageri green and other nff members.tell them to dey follow our advice and comment in this forum as them self dey read am dey comment tuu.na good advice we dey alway give them oo that will make nigeria football better.
Anonymous
posted: 04:44 pm
Thank God @Kola us, you finally made a comment without mentioning Siasia. But sadly, you continue twisting facts. The number of European based invited were 5 NOT 7 as you claim. Just argue your points with facts, nothing less. Even if you wished for 7, the boss invited 5.

I must add that Keshi has done a good job so far. This list is the team for Peru friendly. He will add more European based players for the June games. Greetings to you @Amata plus. I understand your castles in the air comment but lets wait and see. Give Keshi the chance.
theeagle
posted: 05:38 pm
Hi Pals
(@)Slyman, Kola(U.S), Amata Plus, Nigeria&Ghana match do or die( I tend to support your points)

In football everything is possible with a good game plan. (Zambia winning the Nations cup, Chelsea beating Barcelona, Atletico Bilbao defeating Manchester United, and Spain topping Brazil to be best team in world). Nothing is impossible in football with good planning.

Coach Keshi was given a clear mandate. (1)Qualify Nigeria for South Africa. (2)Qualify Nigeria for Brazil. (3)Develop and improve the style of play to a higher standard. If he fails he will be sacked.

In our last friendly match against Egypt SE played well- we all agreed that the standard of play in that match was acceptable but there is still a far way to go. We lost the match to lack of Experience, Concentration and Physical fitness.

Now that we are playing Peru (ranked 34 in the world)in a friendly match Coach Keshi has invited 5 foreign based players to join the local lads. We need to be patient and not prejudge. (The city of Rome was not built in a day). All we want to see is a tremendous improvement from the last match against Egypt in our style of play, good physical fitness, focus , concentration and technical ability. Even though the match against Peru will define alot of things regarding most of this local players. It will also be a very good test.

We football fans know most of our players abroad playing very well and that are in great form, and I believe the coach, and his technical crew does too. But our best players abroad are in the crucial time of the season now. But I am happy that Coach Keshi is giving local players all the opportunity available and encouraging them to step up their game. And in conclusion that SE are actively busy and engaging in friendly matches.

Greetings to (Luise-Hero and Game147).

jeffy
posted: 05:49 pm
this keshi man is trying to sell players as the case of adebayo....this is no longer building a team....fill the problem areas with the the good local players and stop trying to fool nigerians
jeffy
posted: 05:58 pm
this keshi man is trying to sell players as the case of adebayo....this is no longer building a team....fill the problem areas with the the good local players and stop trying to fool nigerians
frisky2good
posted: 06:18 pm
I just pray all these experiment with home based players work out cos if it fails and we go back to our foreign based players, na yawa o. Dem go too take us do yanga. I'm sure by now those foreign based players will be telling themselves that when the home based players fail, Keshi will invite them. Like I always say, Keshi can do whatever he likes (he can even invite KON members to the team) the only thing I'm concerned about is results and good football.
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