Lagos - The world, Nigeria football fans and the local media are waiting impatiently for Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi to make public a 30-man provisional list of players that will carry the weight of over 170 million people at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
I laughed in boredom following wide reports that a 40-man list would be release in the first week of April, but it never happened.
To further show the anticipation of Super Eagles fans, another report started rolling out from the media that a list of 35 players will be released on April 22 after a meeting between Keshi and the leadership of the Nigerian FA.
That again left a bitter feeling on most Nigerians as they were disappointed that they have to wait a little longer, with Keshi reportedly calling on the public to disregard any forged list being circulated.
Following their success story at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa after 19 years, it is expected that a huge number of fans will throw their weight behind Keshi and his boys when hostilities get underway in June.
Now as we await the ‘real’ 30-man provisional list of Keshi between May 10 and 13, (that will be pruned to a final 23), I will not waste time but name my final 23 players that I deem fit, capable, and willing to put on the green and white jersey of the Super Eagles, and give Nigeria a befitting representation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Vincent Enyeama (Lille, France), Joseph Yobo (Norwich, England), Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France), Efe Ambrose (Celtic, Scotland), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, England), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio, Italy), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea, England), Victor Moses (Liverpool, England), Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain), Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce, Turkey).
Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel), Dele Alampasu, Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor, Turkey), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria), Ebenezer Odunlami (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria), Ramon Azeez (Almeria, Spain), John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal), Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria), Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City, England), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United, England), Victor Anichebe (West Brom, England), Anthony Ujah (FC Cologne, Germany).
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