Keshi releases Pillars, Rangers players for continental assignment

Seven members of the Nigeria Super Eagles squad left for club continental engagements.

The camp of the Super Eagles was depleted on Wednesday with the exit of seven players to their various clubs for continental engagement.

Kano Pillars quartet of striker, Gambo Mohammed; defensive midfielder, Rueben Gabriel; central defender, Papa Idris; and attacker, Munir Ubale; were all given the nod by Coach Stephen Keshi on Wednesday to leave for their clubs.

Rangers International goal tender, Chigozie Agbim; Chibuzor Okonkwo; and Emeka Ezeh were also allowed to join their teammates for this weekend’s continental showdown.

Keshi, while discharging the Kano Pillars players, said he is hopeful that the players will be able to play on Saturday for their clubs and return to join the team for the trip to Calabar on Tuesday.

For Rangers players, their engagement outside the country may not make it possible for them to meet the Calabar training next week.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, Kano Pillars top man, Gambo Mohammed, expressed optimism that his side will carry the day against their Congolese opponent.

“We are going to join our team mates in Pillars for the continental challenge and I am confident we will have the upper hands, we will go for goals so as to make the second leg a formality,” Gambo said.

Pillars will host Black Leopards of Congo in the first leg of a CAF Champions League tie at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Saturday.

The released players were all part of the Nigeria-based Super Eagles players in camp for the Nigeria versus Kenya match next weekend.

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