World Cup woe for Finidi

FINIDI George's hopes of going to the World Cup in Japan appear to be over.The Ipswich winger was not included when Nigeria coach Adegboye Onigbinde named his provisional 35-man World Cup squad last night.

FINIDI George's hopes of going to the World Cup in Japan appear to be over.

The Ipswich winger was not included when Nigeria coach Adegboye Onigbinde named his provisional 35-man World Cup squad last night.

There was no place in Onigbinde's plans, either, for Borussia Dortmund stars Sunday Oliseh or Victor Ikpeba.

The three were all involved in helping Nigeria to third place in the African Nations Cup earlier this year, but their omission from the World Cup squad is no great surprise.


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After the tournament in Mali, coach Amodu Shaibu was sacked in favour of Onigbinde. And, since then, many of Nigeria's best-known and most established players have found their opportunities limited.

The surprise inclusion is former Derby County defender Taribo West, who is currently without a club.

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English-based players who are in the Nigeria 35 are goalkeeper Ademola Bankole of Crewe, defenders Celestine Babayaro of Chelsea and Daniel Shittu of QPR, and Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu.

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