AFCON 2015 qualifier: Eagles to begin training Tuesday ahead of Sudan tie

Super Eagles of Nigeria

The Super Eagles will commence training in Abuja on Tuesday as no fewer than 10 players arrived at the team’s camp on Monday in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nation, AFCON, 2015 qualifier against Sudan.

Nigeria will play Sudan in Omdurman on October 11 before a return-leg on October 15 in AFCON 2015 qualifier after a 2-3 loss to Congo in Calabar and a goalless draw in South Africa.

A statement issued in Abuja by Ben Alaiya, the Super Eagles Media Officer, said the players were expected to begin training, while others would join before dinner on Tuesday.

It listed Omatsone Aluko of Hull City, Hope Akpan and Babatunde Michael, who shone at the Brazil 2014 World Cup, as the early arrivals.

Noskhare Igiebor, a midfield gem, who recently relocated to Israel, Aaron Samuel, Gbolahan Salami of Warri Wolves FC and his team captain Azubuike Egwuekwe, are among the first 10 players to arrive.

Emem Edward, goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim and leading Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) scorer, Ighodalo Osagunna complete the number in camp.

“As at 3p.m. on Monday, at least 10 players have arrived the team’s camp with training expected to commence on Tuesday morning at the training pitch of the Abuja National Stadium.

“All other players invited for the game are expected on Tuesday before dinner time,” the statement read.

It quoted Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, as saying that he was impressed by the response of the players, as there was a need for cohesion before the crucial match.

“The response so far has been wonderful and I am in touch with those who are yet to arrive and they will surely be here on time for proper preparation against Sudan,’’ the statement quoted Keshi as saying.



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  • War

    Oliseh must showily fail because he started with arrogance, rudeness, tribalism, politics and also for denying who he is. His people must also abandon and deny him.

  • Omo Akin

    There is nothing wrong in asking a Nigerian born in foreign country to play for Nigerian Senior team. After Ibe said no, the coach has moved on, so what is the problem. It is not every Nigerian born in foreign land that had no regards for Nigeria. I have kids born in USA and I know that they are passionate about Nigeria. If any of them is good enough for the National team, I am sure Nigeria will be their choice. It is wrong to dismiss all Nigerians born in foreign land because a couple of them chose the country where they were born over Nigeria. Nigeria is not alone in this. There are two Boatengs; one plays for Ghana and the other plays for an European side.
    If you have an axe to grind with the Coach, this is not a good point to use.

    • Pius

      Omo Akin I share your pain. It is just that the ones born abroad find it difficult to fit into our organization and end up failing. Look at the case of Kevin Prince Boateng he fell out with the Ghanaian authorities.

  • Sanmi Falae

    The writer pin points a fundamental psychological problem of the African that transverses every Field or Discipline, not just Soccer. The reality of Mr Oliseh’s ignorance is that he is effectively sacking himself from his job. This is because by his action, he sends out a clear message to his employers that he does not have confidence in his own skill that he is employed to use and nurture to perfection, up and coming Nigerian football talents. Not to stalk seemingly already- made, foreign bred talents without commitment to Nigeria. Something is clearly wrong with your managerial -skills if top European managers are coming to Africa [Nigeria] to scout for raw-talents under your nose, that you don’t see as Nigeria’s national team manager. Thanks for this multi-purpose article!!

  • Pius

    Nice stuff madam

  • Worried Nigerian

    Premium Times, why the lie? Ronke Bello has only won an award which is Wole Soyinka Award. So why write she is a multiple-award winning journalist???