Ahead of the international friendly match against México next month in Los Angeles USA, invited Home-based Super Eagles commenced preparations for the match yesterday in Abuja.
The 25 players invited for the assignment all turned up for the day-one training session which began in the morning with former Super Eagles coach, Austin Eguavoen, taking charge of the proceeding while Team’s manager Gernot Rohr observed from the stand with handful football fans also watching as the players underwent patience practice exercise.
The light session yesterday morning saw Enugu Rangers’ front man, Ibrahim Olawoyin scored the only goal of the match against Ikechukwu Ezenwa led side.
Rohr had surprised pundits when we invited entirely home-based players for the match but reports has it that most of the foreign-based players actually opted out and wanted their off season vacation and rest well for loaded program from their respective clubs and at same time prepare for next World Cup qualifying round of matches which will come up in September.
While it may by a wise decision to give room to domestic players for more exposure, an inside source disclosed that with most likely defeat against the team will no doubt has an adverse effect on the team in the next FIFA ranking when it is released next month.
Nigeria still maintained 32nd position in the ranking and third best on the continent with Senegal, Tunisia ahead of the team while current AFCON Champion, Algeria are fourth on the log.
Nigeria will play the Concacaf on July 3rd at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the stadium that staged the final match of USA 94 World Cup final which Brazil won on penalty shoot-out against Italy.
The team according to NFF, will train twice a day
Players in Camp
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Shaibu Suleman (PKE FC Lagos); Nwabali Stanley Bobo (Lobi Stars)
Defenders: Olisa Ndah (Akwa United);
Tope Olusesi (Rangers International); Ifeanyi Anaemena (Rivers
United); Christopher Nwaeze (Kwara United); Enyinnaya Kazie (Rivers
United); Mohammed Zirkiflu (Plateau United);
Tebo Franklin Degaulle (Nasarawa United); Lawal Oriyomi Murtala (Kwara
Midfielders: Anthony Shimaga (Rangers International); Seth Mayi (Akwa
United); Uche Nwasonaya (Plateau United); Samuel Nnoshiri (Katsina
Forwards: Stephen Jude (Kwara United);
Ibrahim Olawoyin (Rangers International); Charles Ashimene (Akwa
United); Chinonso Ezekwe (Rangers International); Auwalu Ali Malam
(Kano Pillars); Neurot Emmanuel (Plateau United); Abdulmutalif Sanusi