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No automatic shirt to Brazil, Keshi warns Eagles

19 November 2013, 15:41

Lagos - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has warned his players not to assume they'll automatically book their spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil despite their good performances against Ethiopia and Italy.

Keshi told the team to make sure they remain fit and healthy. Nigeria had beaten Ethiopia 2-0 on Saturday to book their place at the World Cup.

Keshi, in a press release sent to News24 Nigeria, warned that no player in the present team has an automatic passage to the World Cup.

“It’s time to go back and work hard for our various club sides and stay healthy, because that will form the basis for invitation when we resume next year. The truth is that not everybody here will go to the World Cup, but that is how football goes, so those who want to be part of the team must remain fit and play regularly for their club sides”, he admonished.

England based stars John Mikel Obi, Shola Ameobi and Victor Moses immediately left for their bases after Keshi's briefing of the team while most of the other players waited to leave the Hilton Cobham abode of the team on Tuesday.

Keshi and other officials of the team are expected back in Nigeria on Thursday morning.


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