The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has ordered the Super Eagles’ Coach, Stephen Keshi, to cut down on his list of 42 players invited for the World Cup qualification clash between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Malawi next month.
In a statement signed by the Head Media, Ademola Olajire, the NFF after its meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, told Keshi to come up with a 23-man list for the World Cup encounter with the Cranes, instead of the outrageous 42- man list submitted.
NFF said Keshi’s primarily concern should be to grab a 2014 FIFA World Cup finals ticket for Nigerians, before it would get down for an elaborate preparation for the 2014 Nations Cup.
“We must be very pragmatic and take it one step at a time. The 2014 FIFA World Cup ticket is very, very important to Nigeria and Nigerians. Yes, we have qualified for the African Nations Championship, for the first time ever, and we very much appreciate it.
“But there are three very crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches that we must prosecute successfully to qualify for Brazil before we can start the build-up to the African Nations Championship,” NFF explained.
Keshi had yesterday released a list of 24 home based and 18 foreign based players to prosecute the crucial final match of the first qualification round slated for Calabar, September 7.