Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Emenike, Musa, others arrive Eagles Faro camp

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Nine Europe based pros have now arrived the Eagles camp.

Four Europe based players joined the Super Eagles training camp in Faro, Portugal, on Sunday.

Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa both based in Russia, as well as Italy based midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, arrived the Super Eagles camp as preparations continue for the 2013 African Nations Cup, with Wednesday’s friendly against a Catalonia selected side, the first big test.

The trio breezed into camp at lunch time Sunday and were immediately checked into their rooms.

Onazi explained that they would have arrived earlier but spent time waiting for Emenike’s luggage which did not arrive with the plane from Lisbon to Faro, but will now be expected on Monday morning.

After exchanging banters with team officials led by Stephen Keshi they joined teammates in having their lunch; and just as they were about rounding off, the fourth player to arrive on Sunday, Raheem Lawal, who now plays in the Turkish second division, showed up.

The four players are expected to take part in training on Sunday evening, as more players continue to hit camp for the international friendly against Catalonia as part of preparations for the Nations Cup.

At least nine foreign based players have now arrived the Faro, Portugal camp of the team.

Head Coach Stephen Keshi had said he expects at least 11 foreign based players to feature in the friendly against Catalonia on Wednesday.

Similarly, Keshi has said apart from Ikechukwu Uche, who has been given till January 6 to arrive camp because of the concession his Spanish club gives to the Super Eagles, all other players are expected in the Faro camp of the national team by January 5.

“No, we have no discussion to let some players stay with their clubsides beyond January 5 and the rules are very clear if any player fails to make the date and without permission we will apply the rules,” Keshi said.

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