NFFF’s meeting set to settle squabbles




The Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is scheduled to meet this week in Abuja and might make slight changes to Stephen Keshi’s 30-man squad. The Super Eagles’ Head Coach, announced a 30-man list for the packed June schedule that will see the African champions play around 10 matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification,

FIFA Confederations Cup and friendly matches. The exclusion of Captain Joseph Yobo has led to the NFF’s President, Aminu Maigari, directing the federation’s technical and development committee to intervene in the rift between Keshi and Yobo. But the 30-man team announced on Thursday by Keshi will come under scrutiny when the NFF’s committee chaired by Christopher Green meets this week.

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A member of the committee, Paul Bassey, informed: “The list could be adjusted a bit when the technical sub-committee meets next week.” The NFF’s technical committee will be intervening in the recent rifts between Keshi and a few of his older players apart from Yobo. The row with Peter Osaze Odemwingie and Emmanuel Emenike will also be revisited by the football federation. Nigeria’s Super Eagles will make a trip to Nairobi to face Kenya on June 5, before moving to Windhoek for the Namibia tie seven days later in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.

The African champions will take part in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil in June and will go up against Tahiti, Uruguay and world champions, Spain in the group stage. However, there are very strong indications that Yobo would be recalled by Nigeria for a hectic schedule in June.

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MTNFootball.com scooped that the record-capped Yobo is now most likely to be included in the party as a part of a fence-mending measure with Keshi, after he was first snubbed for last month’s World Cup qualifier against Kenya. “Everything points to Yobo being recalled to the team as a part of moves to restore harmony and understanding in the team,” a top official revealed.

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