Elderson Echiejile has joined the rest of the Super Eagles squad in Kaduna after a delayed journey from France where he stars for Ligue 1 giants, Monaco FC.
The left-back will be training with the Eagles for the first time on Wednesday as the Nigeria team intensifies preparations for their crunch games coming up against the Pharaohs of Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.
As stated by officials, the Eagles will train behind closed doors today as only the first 15 minutes of the training session will be open to the media and the public, after which the Eagles will continue behind closed doors in order to get their tactics right against the visiting Egyptians.
The Samson Siasia-led Super Eagles had their first training session on Tuesday morning at the Abuja National Stadium, and then trained for the second time on Tuesday evening at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.
They had Wednesday morning off, and will train in the evening starting from 4pm.
The team now has a full complement of all the invited players with the arrival of Echiejile, who was missing from Tuesday’s sessions.
The Super Eagles have their backs against the wall as they trail their rivals, Egypt, by two points and need to win at least one of the matches to stay in contention to top their group.
As only the 13 group winners are guaranteed automatic qualification – the two best-placed runners’ up also qualify – there is a lot of pressure on the Super Eagles to get a result.
Interim coach Samson Siasia will be without defender Kenneth Omeruo and may also miss German-based defender Leon Balogun, whose club has said he has been kept behind in Germany as he is nursing an injury.
Meanwhile, Friday’s game against Egypt will now be starting at 5pm, as against the 4pm initial time earlier announced as kick-off time.
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