FOLLOWING the arrival of most of the players invited for this weekend’s Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier against Malawi in Calabar, the Super Eagles will begin full training for the game Wednesday.
Monday was mainly used to renew acquaintances, although 12 players trained later in the evening, but the team’s Transcorp Metropolitan Hotel came alive yesterday afternoon with almost all the top actors already in town. Even then, only 12 players were involved ion the day’s training session.
According to the team’s Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, the full training session will start today at the U.J. Esuene Stadium.
Yesterday’s training session involved stand-in skipper, Vincent Enyeama, Chelsea superstar, John Mikel Obi, goalkeepers Austin Ejide and Chigozie Agbim. New Turkey recruit, Godfrey Oboabona, James Okwuosa, who was the first player to arrive camp on Monday morning, Brown Ideye, Solomon Kwambe, Benjamin Francis, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Lazio midfield anchor, Ogenyi Onazi, and Uche Nwofor, who scored two beautiful goals against Bafana Bafana in the Mandela Challenge.
Ben Alaiya revealed that “when the team returned to their hotel after the exercise, other players who came in through Abuja were already waiting for them. Among them are Efe Ambrose, Sunday Mba, whose deal with a French side is now in doubt, Ahmed Musa, Obinna Nsofor and Victor Moses.
“More players were expected as at the time of this report, but Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has said he is happy with the response of the players and he expects a good game against Malawi on Saturday.”
Alaiya added that the players have resolved to thrash Malawi soundly to show that Nigeria is way above the Southern African country in football, adding that the massive crowd at the team’s training sessions indicate that the Eagles will not lack support on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke has assured the team that the entire state will be out to support the team on Saturday, declaring that he was sure that the team will whip the mouthy Malawians come Saturday.
Imoke spoke through Sports Commissioner, Patrick Ugbe, who had to cough out time out of his busy schedule to watch the closing moments of the team’s training yesterday evening. “We have his Excellency’s support and that of the entire people of Cross River and we are sure that the team will not only win but win well”, Ugbe told Keshi after yesterday’s evening training.