Only seven players were still being expected as at the time the national senior football team, Super Eagles, set out to their first training at the mainbowl of the National Stadium, Abuja, Tuesday evening, ahead of Sundayâ€™s 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying cracker against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.
In camp were Skipper Nwankwo Kanu, goalkeeper Austin Ejide, defenders Taye Taiwo, Ayodele Adeleye, Olubayo Adefemi, Yusuf Mohammed, Apam Onyekachi and Elderson Echiejile, midfielders Sani Kaita, Mikel Obi, Seyi Olofinjana and Olufemi Ajilore and forwards Ikechukwu Uche, Michael Eneramo, Chinedu Obasi and John Utaka. By the time the team settled down to training, striker Osaze Odemwingie was already on his way from the Abuja Airport to the NICON Luxury Hotel.
Vice captain Joseph Yobo was flying down into the country aboard British Airways flight to connect Arik Airâ€™s last flight from Lagos to Abuja in the evening.
Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, defender Obinna Nwaneri, midfielder Kalu Uche and striker Obinna Nsofor were all expected in last night. The only person scheduled to arrive this morning is goalkeeper Bamidele Aiyenugba.
Head Coach Amodu Shaibu took his charges on their paces, with assistant Coaches Daniel Amokachi, Fatai Amoo and Aloy Agu also present.