The Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, is ready to shock Nigerians with the inclusion of two of the victorious Golden Eaglets’ players in his final team list for the Africa Nations Championship, as he continues to cherish the performances of both goalkeeper Dele Alampasu and forward Taiwo Awoniyi in the Eagles training sessions and matches in Abuja camp of the team.
Keshi at a media parley on Wednesday had confessed that he did not miss the services of midfielder Kelechi Iheanacho, who was excused from the camp to go and conclude the contract process of joining Manchester City of England, but he would have loved that Iheanacho stays back with the team because of his immense talent and contributions to the team in camp.
But a decent source in the team disclosed on Sunday that baring injuries and other unforeseen situations, both Alampasu and Awoniyi should make the final squad of 23 that will represent Nigeria in the Africa Nations Championship in South Africa in January 2014.
The source said: “I must confess to you: Alampasu and Awoniyi look good to be in South Africa in January barring unexpected situations.
“You know the type of person Keshi is when it comes to the coaching and football business.
“He is a very blunt person and always wants to win games and championships, even if he is not making it public.
“To be very honest with you, the Eaglets players have really impressed everybody here with their performances in training and the practice matches they have played so far.
“What I can say is that if they can or continue to keep their heads low as it is now, they will surely be in the final list of players that will represent Nigeria in CHAN in South Africa.
“You know that on Friday the Chief Coach sent five players packing without touching these players we are talking about.
“That shows that they are doing what the chief coach and his assistants expect from them.”