“It’s one big family here and this is the spirit we should carry to the World Cup.”
The Brescia of Italy midfielder, Nnamdi Oduamadi, and France based midfielder, Sunday Mba, were noticeable absentees in the Super Eagles training on Monday in London according to updates served by the national team’s media officer, Ben Alaiya.
According to Alaiya, every other player in the provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup were present as the African champions held their first training session ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next month.
The team had a light session at the Fulham FC training ground and would have a feel of the playing turf at the Craven Cottage on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Scottish national team.
For the absent duo of Oduamadi and Mba, Team Scribe, Dayo Enebi Achor, explained that the duo had hitches with their travelling documents and were scheduled to make it to the team’s camp as soon as possible.
The explanation did not, however, go down too well with Head Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi who has always insisted on punctuality to national team camp.
However, the technical crew was happy with the entire squad’s response to arrival in camp and the camaraderie that existed among all the players.
“It’s one big family here and this is the spirit we should carry to the World Cup,” declared Lille of France goalie, Vincent Enyeama.
There are also no injury worries with the team as all the players have been visiting the gym to maintain fitness before training starts on Monday evening.
The players were also said to be happy with the recall of team captain, Joseph Yobo, and Osaze Odemwengie.
Yobo declared during breakfast on Monday that he was overwhelmed by the shower of love by his team mates.
“I am humbled and I pray that I will justify the confidence reposed in me”, he said.
Osaze spoke in a similar vein, adding that it was a family reunion that is bound to affect the fortunes of the team at the World Cup.
“We will do our best in Brazil to justify this unity that we have in camp,” he said.