Nigeria’s Super Eagles for Friday’s inauguration game of the ultra-modern Uyo Stadium, began training in the Akwa Ibom State capital on Tuesday morning, but could not have a feel of the new turf that has received accolades from all and sundry because the arena was being marked.
However, the team, made up of entirely players from the Nigerian League trained at the Uyo Township stadium under the watchful eyes of Assistant Coach, Dan The Bull Amokachi.
He was assisted by Coach Valere Hyandonou and Goalkeeper’s Trainer, Ike Shorunmu. The team later had a feel of the much talked about Uyo Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Head Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi was still away in Abuja on some personal issues and he’s scheduled to join the team soon. The training proper, which featured all 24 players lasted for over two hours with some of the players having a first feel of the rigorous regime of training in the Super Eagles camp.
Ex-internationals James Etokebe and Patrick Udoh, came to give the team moral support during the morning session, with a size-able number of football fans in Uyo, coming to watch their team train.
Etokebe, who is now the coach of Akwa United, said he was excited that the Nigerian national team will be playing two important games in his home state, and thanked Governor Godswill Akpabio for the vision to build an edifice that is now attracting not only international football, but attention across the world.
Udoh, who spoke in the same vein, assured that the fans in Uyo and environs will turn out en-mass to support the national team in the two games they have in the city.