Super Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi, his assistants Dan Amokachi, Hyauon-donou Valere and Ike Shorunmu on Monday evening took the team through a rigorous training session that was adjudged needful by most of the players.
Assistant Captain, Vincent Enyeama, said the team need such a regime because some of the players have been off action for up to a week and need re-awakening. “You don’t play the World Cup every year and time”, he said of the session that lasted from 7:10 to 9:20pm.
Central defender, Azubuike Egwuekwe says the World Cup has effectively started for him. “My brother the training was tough and good”, he said of the event that was held at the Fulham training ground under very chilly conditions with temperature reading 13 degrees celcius and the rain drizzling throughout the duration of the training.
All the players seemed determined to convince the coach that they were ready for Brazil, but home- based winger, Ejike Uzoenyi shown like a million star, same for Ramon Azeez, Michael Uchebo, Victor Moses, while the regulars did not fail to impress with skipper Joseph Yobo showing that he was still the commander in the defence line.
Keshi said after the training that the players needed such a session to re-energise them and get them ready for the task of playing against the best in the world at Brazil 2014. He said the World Cup is not for kids nor is it a tea party and the fittest players only will be selected for the Mundial.
Nnamdi Oduamadi, who missed the first training session arrived camp after lunch time and said he regrets the visa mix-up he had that led to him arriving late to camp. He was frantically looking for the room of Keshi to announce his arrival and readiness to fight for a shirt as at press time.
Sunday Mba the other member yet to make it to London was expected also on Tuesday evening. But whether he will be able to make the match against the Scots remains to be seen.