Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Tuesday kick-started preparations for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN), in the Federal Capital, Abuja with a training session at the FIFA Goal Project site of the National Stadium.
Remarkably, all 30 players invited for the encounter had arrived camp by Monday evening as directed by the Nigeria Football Federation and the technical crew and they all took part in the training session, except for Ejike Uzoenyi, who had a slight fever and was asked to rest for the day.
In the absence of Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, his assistant, Dan ‘the Bull’ Amokachi, led the session under the early morning Abuja sun and was assisted by Hyoudonou Valere and Ike Shourunmu. He told the players that only the best will be selected for the tournament that starts January 11 in South Africa, as there will be no sentiments in selection between the old and the new players in camp.
Incidentally, new invitees and members of the Golden Eaglets team that won the cadet World Cup recently in the UAE, goalkeeper Sunday Alampasu and teammate Taiwo Awoniyi, were the first to arrive camp on Monday, before skipper of the side, Chigozie Agbim arrived. Agbim had been the first of all the players to arrive camp at previous campings.
Tuesday’s morning training was very tactical and spartan, as the coaches tried to assess the quality of players that have been invited. It lasted a little over two hours and at the end of the session, Amokachi expressed joy at the players output. Keshi is expected to join the rest of the squad on Thursday morning. He has been away in Brazil for the World Cup draws and to also select a camp site for the Super Eagles ahead Mundia 2014.