.17 Players To Train Tuesday Evening –
Chelsea star, John Mikel Obi and stand-in captain goalkeeper Austin Ejide swelled the number of players in Super Eagles’camp in Calabar to 17 on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s Africa Nations Cup qualifier against Congo Brazaville.
According to Eagles’ Media Officer, Ben Alaiya,, Mikel’s entrance was particularly hilarious as he came in with hand-gloves and asked Coach Keshi if he will need some with the fear of the Ebola disease in mind.
“Coach I have up to four hand gloves and if you don’t mind, I can hand one pair to you”, he said jokingly with the rest of the team reeling with laughter.
It was gathered that lunch time in Calabar for was a delight today, as more players are expected before training in the evening after only nine players trained in the morning.
Head Coach Stephen Keshi and his assistants were grinning from ear to ear as Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi, Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo, Juwon Oshaniwa and Sone Aluko hit camp.
The spirit in camp in camp is very hiigh with the arrival of the super stars and Keshi says he expects the best from the players on Saturday in the game against Congo.
The Coach also announced that he has decided to replace Vincent Enyeama, who is absent for personal reasons with Elkanemi of Maiduguri first choice keeper, David Obiazor.
“We have been monitoring the Nigerian league and we see that the keeper of Elkanemi is a talent, that’s why we want to give him a trial. We will see how it turns out when he arrives camp”, Keshi said after lunch on Tuesday.