*Azubuike Egwuekwe is among the players sweating it out at the Super Eagles camp in Abuja. –
Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi will this week drop seven of the 30 Home-based players currently sweating it out at the Abuja camp, ahead of the South Africa 2014 African Nations Championship, CHAN.
Keshi said there was little time left for the technical crew to prune down the present squad to 23, hence the need to intensify training and get the best out of the players in camp.
It’s expected that by the end of the week the team would have been pruned down for their departure to South Africa in the first week of January.
“At the moment not even the established players such as Chigozie Agbim, Sunday Mba, Solomon Kwambe, Gambo Mohammed, Benjamin Francis and Azubuike Egwuekwe are sure of shirts as Keshi made it clear that only the fittest and the best as shown in training and practice matches will be picked for the tournament”, Ben Alaiya, Media Officer of the Eagles said.
Alaiya sated that the Eagles have also shifted their training site from the FIFA Goal Project arena to the training pitch of the Abuja National Stadium, to get used to natural turf which organisers of CHAN 2014 will use for the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Eagles technical crew seemed to have adopted the slogan of when the going gets tough, only the tough gets going, as the team go into the second week of camping in preparation for CHAN.
“From this Monday, the team which have been training once daily largely due to the just ended National Youth Games, will now train twice in the morning and evening, as Keshi and other coaches try to separate the boys from the men for the tournament”.