The Super Eagles camp for the African Nations Cup qualifier against Congo Brazzaville opened on Monday night with Turkey based Godfrey Oboabona being the first foreign based player to arrive camp.
He was joined by Ebenezer Odunlami, Azubuike Egwueke, Gbolahan Salami, Chigozie Agbim and Solomon Osadunna.
The Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Okechukwu Keshi, his assistants, Daniel Amokachi, Hyadounou Valere and Ike Shorunmu were at the team’s Transcorp Metropolitan Hotel in Calabar.
Keshi pointed out that there was no time to waste before the game on Saturday. He also revealed that he had granted team skipper, Vincent Enyeama, leave of absence from the two games against Congo and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana on September 10, because of pressing family issues.
“It’s better we excuse him, instead of bringing him down here without him concentrating for the game. I have asked him to sort himself out and he can join us in the future. For now there is no replacement for him because there is no time to do that” he declared to journalists on Monday evening.
The team administrator, Dayo Achor, assured that all the players should be in camp by Tuesday on time for the evening training session, even as the technical crew has mapped out a twice a day training schedule. He revealed that almost all invited players except for Enyeama were already in the country and would all storm camp on Tuesday
The team will have its first training session on Tuesday morning at the Abraham Ordia soccer pitch inside the University of Calabar.