By Fidelis Ebu
Super Eagles technical adviser, Lars LagerbackÂ had his first ever physical encounter with the players he would assemble for next monthâ€™s 2010 Fifa World Cup finals in South Africa in Abuja on Thursday and advised that no one should hide whatever injury he is suffering from.
Apparently satisfied with the huge turn-out of players, Lagerback said with cooperation, â€œWe will get to the desired stage at the World Cup.
â€œOne vital issue in our preparation for the World Cup is honesty. Donâ€™t hide your injuriesâ€, he told the players in his first ever meeting with them inside the mainbowl of the Abuja National Stadium.
The 60-year old Swede said full preparation for the Mundial would resume in London after their send-forte reception by President Goodluck Jonathan Friday night. The team were expected to leave for London yesterday to resume full World Cup preparation today.
Virtually all the 30 players on the provisional list have reported in Abuja but for Yusuf Ayila, Daniel Shittu, John Mikel Obi, John Utaka, Vincent Enyeama and Dele Aiyenugba who are still in their respective bases to sort out one or two things before joining the team.
While responding on behalf of the players, Nwankwo Kanu, the team captain pledged 100 per cent support saying, â€œWe will give our all to ensure we excel in South Africa.
Our first meeting with Lagerback was very fruitful, and this is the type of relationship that yields results. We are all happy with the development so far. He has told us what he is expecting from us and we on our part will strive to meet up so that at the end of the day we will all smileâ€, Kanu said