Training started in Calabar on Monday for the Super Eagles match against the Harambee Stars of Kenya with twelve out of the 23 players expected to feature in the match.
The nine home-based named on Sunday by Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi were part of the twelve who started training on Monday evening. They were joined by Israel based keeper, Austin Ejide, Ukraine based midfielder Babatunde Michael and Velaranga of Norway midfielder, Fegor Ogude, who were early callers at the team’s camp at Transcorp Metropolitan Hotel in Calabar.
The home-based footballers are; Chigozie Agbim, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwueke, Gabriel Reuben, Sunday Mba, Solomon Kwambe, Benjamin Francis, Obinna Nwachukw, Gambo Mohammed.
The team trained at the Abaraham Ordia Sports Complex inside the University of Calabar and will continue training there all through the days leading to the World Cup qualifying match against Harambee Stars.
Keshi says he expects Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Obafemi Martins, and other foreign-based players by Tuesday morning, adding that training will be the same time and all players expected should have been in, as he needs a good number of training sessions for the team to jell before the Kenya game.
“We would have a full house for Tuesday’s evening training and from there we see how ready the players are for the task at hand,” he said.
The team had a light training session with the University of Calabar Football team before it went into its own session supervised by Keshi and his assistants.