The Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has upped his team’s training schedule from once a day to twice, starting from Tuesday as the duel with the Lone Stars of Liberia draws nearer.
Keshi said on Tuesday that he has been very impressed with the response of his players in training and is positive that team will get a good result in the October 13 final round of the African Cup of Nations, AFCON, clash with the Liberian team.
“The attitude is good and professional and if we maintain it, we will get the result we want against Liberia”, he said.
Meanwhile the Super Eagles team doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran, has explained that Kano Pillars duo of Papa Idris and Gabriel Reuben, were dropped from the team because of the crucial nature of the match between Nigeria and Liberia, in Calabar, on October 13.
He revealed that while Idris has a recurring thigh injury, Reuben has a swollen groin that is being well treated. Mr. Gyaran assured Nigerian that the two players will be back and better for the Nations Cup tournament proper in South Africa.
“What we did in concert with Coach Stephen Keshi is precautionary measures so that we don’t have distractions of whatever type, when we have a serious game at hand”.
“Papa’s thigh has improved and if it were to be in a tournament, he would still have played some games for us, but we have to look at the long term and the options available, hence we asked him to go and get very decent treatment for the task ahead,” the Super Eagles doctor said,
He said a scan has been done to reveal the reason behind Reuben’s swollen groin.
“Even when some experts say nothing has gone wrong we still sent for other opinions on the injury in far away London and we are sure that when he finally returns we will see a fitter and better player,” Mr. Gyaran said.
The doctor praised the coaching crew for concentrating on 100 per cent fit players. He assured that while Idris should be ready to play between four and six weeks, Reuben will take between one and three months to be at his optimal best.
“We will keep monitoring them to ensure that they are both ready on time for the SA (South Africa) 2013 Nations Cup,” he said.