The Head Coach of the World Cup bound Super Eagles of Nigeria, Stephen Keshi, says he already had an idea of his final 23-man list to the global tournament in Brazil.
Keshi made this revelation on Friday after the team had their first training session at the Philadelphia Eagles Stadium in Philadelphia, United States.
The world football governing body, FIFA, had set Monday June 2 as the deadline for all participating teams to submit their final list and Keshi said that he was willing to take full advantage of the time left by only revealing his list on the said date.
The Media Officer of the Senior National Team, Ben Alaiya, was said to have quoted Keshi saying, “I have an idea of those who will go with us to Brazil but we will still wait till the last minute before we announce the list.”
This deliberate delay, according to the Big Boss, would enable him do double checks on the list and the possibility of finding those who may not be measure up when hostilities start in Brazil.
While expressing satisfaction at the fitness and tactical readiness of his team, Keshi noted that there was a need to be cautious.
The Super Eagles played out a 2-2 draw with Scotland in an earlier played warm up match and would be squaring up against 2004 European Champions, Greece, as well as the USA.
The FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014, kicks off – amidst protests by citizens over monies spent – on June 12 and ends on July 13, 2014.
Nigeria has been placed in Group F alongside South American football giant, Argentina; Iran and debutant, Bosnia & Herzegovina, who boast of the most potent attack of all teams at the tournament en route qualification.