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LAGOS, April 12 (AFP)
Nigeria will face Jamaica in London on May 18 as part of their build-up for the World Cup finals, officials told AFP Friday.

"Jamaica were not originally listed for our warm-up matches but because of the need to try as many players as possible before the World Cup, we have now agreed to play them," said Edozie Enemuo, the marketing chief of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA).

Jamaica drew 2-2 with Nigeria in a friendly on the road to the 1998 World Cup.

The official told AFP that three days after the Jamaica friendly, Nigeria will travel to Dublin to tackle fellow World Cup finalists Republic of Ireland in another tune-up game.

He said the NFA is still waiting for a "reconfirmation" for the warm-up match against Yugoslavia on May 8 in Belgrade.

Yugoslavia had earlier called off the match but have since informed Nigeria they are willing for the game to go ahead.

Nigeria's 'Super Eagles' are drawn in a tough first round group in the finals in Japan and South Korea along with tournament favourites Argentina, England and Sweden.

They face Argentina on June 2 in their opening game.
 

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Nigeria's squad against Kenya on May 4th...

West, Oliseh and Finidi Again Left Out Of Nigeria Squad
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04/25/2002.

Nigeria coach Adegboye Onigbinde announced his 30-man squad that will prepare to take on Kenya in a World Cup warm-up match on May 4, and once again established stars such as Sunday Oliseh, Taribo West and Finidi George were overlooked.

"We're looking at the future. We are preparing for the World Cup as well as future challenges," explained assistant coach Fanny Amun.

Rising Servette star Wilson Oruma, Bayer Leverkusen's Karibe Ojigwe, Ajax's Christopher Kanu and Crystal Palace's Ade Akinbiyi all received first-time call-ups. Arsenal forward Nwankwo Kanu and Chelsea defender Celestine Babayaro, in the meanwhile, were temporarily omitted from the squad, as they will be featuring in the English FA Cup final.

Nigeria Squad

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Enyimba), Etta Ijoh (Egypt-based), Austin Ejide (Gabros/Ngr), Ademola Bankole (Crewe/Eng)

Defenders: Joseph Yobo (Marseille/Fra), Daniel ****tu (Queens Park Rangers/Eng), Isaac Okoronkwo (Shakhtar Donetsk/Ukr), Christopher Justice (Antwerp/Bel), Rabiu Afolabi (Standard Liege/Bel), Eric Ejiofor (Maccabi Haifa/Isr), Obinna Nwaneri, Seyi Olajenbesi (Julius Berger/Ngr), Christopher Kanu (Ajax/Ned), Efe Sodje (Crewe/Eng)

Midfielders: Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha (Paris Saint Germain/Fra), Osaze Odemwegie (Insurance), Ekpe Ekong (Reggiana/Ita), Ndubuisi Eze (Julius Berger), Karibe Ojigwe (Bayer Leverkusen/Ger), Wilson Oruma (Servette Geneva/Swi), Pius Ikedia (Ajax/Ned)

Strikers: Benedict Akwuegbu (Shenyeng Gendi/Chn), Julius Aghahowa (Shakhtar Donetsk/Ukr), Ade Akinbiyi (Crystal Palace/Eng), Emeka Ugali (Monza/Ita), Samuel Ayorinde (Switzerland-based), Bartholomew Ogbeche (Paris Saint Germain/Fra), Rabiu Baita (Kano Pillars), John Utaka (Al Saad/Qat), Femi Opabunmi (Grasshopper Zurich/Swi)

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Oliseh No Longer Wants To Play For His Country, Insists Nigeria Coach
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Oliseh in action for Borussia (AP)
04/29/2002.

Nigerian national team coach Adegboye Onigbinde has revealed the reasoning behind his decision to omit Sunday Oliseh from the squad that will take on Kenya in an international friendly next week, insisting that the former skipper has taken himself out of the World Cup frame.

"I have sent people to speak to Oliseh on four different occasions telling him to call," said Onigbinde. "And when I did not hear from him, I had to call him in Germany and left a message on his answering machine but up until now, I've not heard from him.

"I can't beg him to come and play for Nigeria. Since he shown he's no longer interested in playing, then we have to look for those who are interested," the recently-appointed coach concluded.

Oliseh has not featured for his country since the Super Eagles' failed African Nations Cup campaign, which was only made memorable by the unsavoury amount of infighting within the Nigerian camp.

The 27-year-old current Borussia Dortmund bench-warmer, as well as Ipswich winger Finidi George, were identified as the key culprits responsible for fuelling the constant internal squabbling. Both prospective World Cup no-shows have paid a heavy price for their alleged egotism.

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Meanwhile it looks that Sunday Oliseh can be in the Wc after all. NT-coach Festus Onigbinde says he had a talk with Oliseh and they resolved their differences. Still Onigbinde insists the Dortmunt-midfielder will have to fight for his place;
 

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Today's game will kick of at 15:00 GMT. Nigeria have been listed as clear favourites for the game.
 
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