Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, has moved swiftly to clear the fog surrounding Monaco defender, Elderson Echejile and Chelsea defender, Kenneth Omeruo ahead of the mundial in Brazil starting next week.
Speaking after the team had lunch at its Hyatt Hotel base in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, Keshi said for Omeruo, he will be fit and ready for the opening game of the team against Iran, after clashing with a team mate in training three days ago.
Omeruo’s clearance is coming after he went for a scan on his ankle on Saturday morning. The coach went further to say that Echejile is as good as out of the World Cup party, even when the player said on Saturday morning that he was feeling very well and will be ready soon.
“Doctors have said he will need up to three weeks to recover from the muscle tear but we don’t have that type of time to play with so we have to replace him”, Keshi said.
Rangers International of Enugu winger, Ejike Uzoenyi, has been told to get ready to travel to Brazil to link up with his teammates for the Mundial as Echejile’s replacement. Uzoenyi was one of the seven players originally dropped from the 30-man provisional World Cup list drawn up by Keshi and his crew.
The NFF leadership and world soccer governing body; FIFA have already been informed of the change and are expected to effect it immediately.