[:en]AFCON Qualifiers: Enyeama heads Eagles training for Chad match[:]


Super Eagles’ captain, Vincent Enyeama has led eight of the 15 invited foreign-based players to a training session in Abuja preparatory to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match against Chad.

The Super Eagles are expected to arrive in Kaduna on June 7, ahead of the AFCON qualifying match against Chad on June 13.

The foreign-based players at the training session include; Leon Balogun, Ogenyi Onazi, Odion Ighalo, John Ogu, Steve Ukoh, William Troost-Ekong, Babatunde Michael and Anderson Esiti.

The session was conducted in the rain under the supervision of Head Coach Stephen Keshi.
Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye, said that the remaining players were expected to arrive camp last night.
He however said, Aaron Samuel and Ahmed Musa had the permission of the coach to arrive later because of `some peculiar factors’.
Ibitoye said four Warri Wolves players led by Azubuike Egwuekwe left the team’s camp on Wednesday to join their teammates for their continental engagement.

The other players are Daniel Akpeyi, Solomon Kwambe and Gbolahan Salami.
The quartet is expected to feature Warri Wolves against AC Leopards of Congo Brazzaville, in the Cup play-off, second leg of CAF Confederation match on Saturday at the Warri City Stadium.

Meanwhile, Volyn of Ukraine forward, Babatunde Michael, has said Nigeria’s Super Eagles wish to start their AFCON 2017 qualifying campaign on a high by beating Chad.

“There are no minnows anymore in football, so the question of underrating any side does not come in,” he said.
“We are focused to start on a high and that is getting the available three points in our first game.”
Michael also expressed delight on his return to the national team.

“I am very happy to be back to the team. “It was really a difficult time for me after the World Cup going in and out of injuries but now that am back and better, I am ready to give 200 per cent to ensure that we start our campaign on a high,” Michael said.

Thisday Live/Abu