Thursday, 12 June 2014

World Cup: Echejile's Replacement Uzoenyi Arrives Brazil

Enugu Rangers winger Ejike Uzoenyi, called up to replace Elderson Echiejile at 2014 FIFA World Cup, joined his teammates yesterday evening.

Tuesday reports raised concerns over Uzoenyi's participation in the Mundial as Enugu Rangers leadership claimed they had not received any official letter either from FIFA or the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). received the official confirmation of the players participation in the tournament and quoted the Super Eagles spokesman Ben Alaiya:

"Uzoenyi who was named by Keshi as replacement arrived Brazil by 4pm local time from Nigeria."
It would be recalled that when Uzoenyi was dropped from the final 23-man squad, many were surprised because the footballer had been voted as the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), so as were the fans shocked not to see Sunday Mba on the list.
Meanwhile the Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi debunked the rumours circulating in some media sources that he had insisted on keeping the injured Echejile in camp.
He said:

"We have spoken to the medical team and the NFF and we have agreed, so I was a bit shocked when I got a call from some of my friends back home that I insisted on an injured player. It’s a fallacy because I never spoke to anyone about Echejile."
The tournament kicks off today, June 12. Nigeria is to play its first game against Iran on June 16, then the Eagles will face Bosnia-Herzegovina (June 21) and finally the strongest opponent in the Group Argentina (June 25).

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