Nigeria will field only home-based players against Catalonia
Posted: 19 December 2012 Time: 9:07 am
Nigeria will field only home-based players against Catalonia in their January 2 clash.
NFF officials have revealed that the game against Catalonia will be used the final test to select the Home-based players that will make coach Stephen Keshi's final 23-man squad for next month's Nations Cup.
Spokesman for the Nigeria Football Federation Ademola Olajire told newsmen that players who do not make the final team will return back to Nigeria after the game from their camp in Faro Portugal.
Olajire further disclosed that the team will now travel to their camp in Portugal on December 23, while a fundraising dinner is being proposed to be held on December 29.
In a related development, coach Stephen Keshi has pleaded with Nigerians not to distract his team with unconstructive criticisms at this crucial stage of preparation for the Nations Cup.
“The entire team needs absolute concentration but every day there are reports about divisions in the team and several other negative stories and that is not good for the type of team we want to build for the Nations Cup,” Keshi said.