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New Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi bans players from wearing earrings in team camps

12/21/2011 05:00 EST | Updated 02/20/2012 05:12 EST
ABUJA, Nigeria - New Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has banned his players from wearing earrings while in national team camps, saying it's "alien" to Nigerian culture for men to have them.

The former Super Eagles captain took charge of his first training camp with locally based players this week after he replaced Samson Siasia following Nigeria's failure to qualify for next month's African Cup of Nations.

Keshi laid down strict rules for his players while at training and at hotels, banning earrings and warning that the national team was "no breeding ground for players who want to show off."

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson last year famously banned his players from wearing snoods — a type of neck-warmer — before they were eventually outlawed by FIFA.

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