Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, and his colleague, Ikechukwu Uche, were absent during the teams training session held Tuesday evening at FIFA Goals Project in Abuja Ahead of Saturday’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Afcon, qualifying game against Congo in Pointe-Noire.
Despite the absence of the two key players, the Eagles did have a full session as team coach, Stephen Keshi, was in charge with support from his assistants, Daniel Amokachi and other backroom staff.
The national team handlers are putting up a possible strategy that would see the Eagles triumph over the Red Devils and effectively see the reigning African champions get back on track to qualifying for the football showpiece in 2015.
Enyeama and IK Uche, according to Ben Alaiya, the Eagles media officer, arrived after the day’s training and would now be available for Wednesday’s session.
Meanwhile, some invited players, including Elderson Echejile, Efe Ambrose, Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike, Juwon Oshaniwa, Kenneth Omeruo, John Mikel Obi, Austin Ejide, Raheem Lawal, Godfrey Oboabona, Hope Akpan, Omatsone Aluko, Sunday Emmanuel and Aaron Samuel and Ogenyi Onazi, had lunch with the technical crew before the team set out for the Goal Project site of the National Stadium for the day’s business.
The training proper lasted from 4-6pm with Keshi taking charge of affairs.
Some home based stars, Chigozie Agbim, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Christian Osuaguna Ighodalo, Friday Edjidegborie, Solomon Kwambe, Kingsley Sokari, Emem Eduok and Gbolahan Salami were all in full flight during the session.
After some tactical sessions, Keshi chose to play the probables against the possibles to the delight of a sizeable number of fans at the arena.
Aaron Samuel was the star of the possibles as he scored a classic goal against Agbim in goal for the probables.
But goals from Emmanuel Emenike and Mikel Obi eclipsed his efforts before Keshi called a close to the session. Preparations for the game against Congo continues Wednesday in Abuja with Keshi saying he was totally satisfied with the fitness level of his players and hope it continues like that till match day.