After local flight hiccups had delayed the arrival of Super Eagles players in Calabar- venue of Saturday’s 2014 World Cup playoff against Kenya- all 24 invited players took part in a hectic training session at the UJ Esuene Stadium on Wednesday Evening.
The Nigeria national team session on Wednesday was held behind closed doors, so also is expected of Thursday’s evening session as preparation for Saturday’s showdown reaches its crucial stage.
Friday morning training session, which is expected to be lighter than the others for the well-being of the players, will be open to the media.
2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year nominees, John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses, were part of the 16 players who graced the Super Eagles first training on Tuesday.
Nevertheless, Chippa United of South Africa central defender, James Okwuosa led the foreign-based contingents into Calabar on Monday afternoon while Fenerbahce of Turkey striker Emmanuel Emenike and Ogenyi Onazi, who plays for Italian Serie A side Lazio, were the last two players to arrive the Transcorp Hotel Camp on Wednesday.
“I am relieved now that all the players are here and we can start serious preparation for the game against Ethiopia, which are still a threat because they are a very good side and have been together for up to five years, unlike our team which is relatively young and new,” Keshi said, on preparation for the decisive World Cup playoff.
Nigeria maintains superior advantage over their opponent after last month’s 2-1 victory away in Addis Ababa and only needs a point to reach next summer’s soccer showpiece.