Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Foreign pros expected for Liberian tie

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The Eagles

The foreign based players will join their home based colleagues for the match.

Invited foreign based professionals for the October 13 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match, against the Lone Stars of Liberia, are billed to start arriving the country from Monday, to intensify preparations for the crunch tie.

Some of the Euro Stars were, over the weekend, on parade for their respective clubs where they churned out impressive performances that gives many hope of victory over the Liberians who have stated that they will be gunning for an upset against the Eagles.

Ahmed Musa of CSKA Moscow was on target for his Russian outfit while the likes of Efe Ambrose, Mikel Obi, amongst others helped their teams to victories in their respective Leagues.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama; Israeli based shot stopper, Austin Ejide; and Real Betis of Spain midfielder, Nosa Igiebor; are among the early birds expected in the Super Eagles camp in Calabar on Monday.

The trio will be joined by the rest of the squad on Tuesday morning as some of them have issues to sort out, especially John Mikel Obi, while others have late games on Sunday evening and will link up with the rest of the squad on Tuesday.

“All the players will be here on Tuesday and that is so because some of them have little visa issues to sort out at their clubs and we expect to have a full house at Tuesday training session,” Head Coach, Stephen Keshi said.

The home based players will depart for Calabar on Monday morning; and the technical crew has already scheduled a training session for Monday evening, at the Abraham Odia Sports Complex inside the University of Calabar.

Officials say there is absolutely no time to waste ahead of Saturday’s crunch qualifier against the Lone Star of Liberia.

Arrangements have since been made for all the invited players to find their way to Calabar, and as usual the Metropolitan Hotel in the heart of the city will be the camping site of the national team.

At the weekend, Keshi named seven home based players to join the 15 foreign based earlier announced for the encounter in the Cross River State capital.

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