Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to the country’s senior national football teams, Super Eagles and Super Falcons, at their respective training sessions at the National Stadium, Abuja, the Nigeria Football Federation revealed on Tuesday.
While the Super Falcons are preparing for the 10th Women Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Cameroon 19th November – 3rdDecember this year, the Super Eagles are getting set for Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Algeria.
The Vice President arrived at the practice pitch of the National Stadium, Abuja at about 5.30pm, as the teams were rounding off their evening sessions.
To the Super Eagles, Vice President Osinbajo said: “I commend you for your patriotism and commitment to the cause of fatherland. By going to Zambia to defeat the Zambians on their own ground for the first time, you have shown your determination to conquer your group and qualify for the World Cup.
“I want to assure you that the Government and people of Nigeria are behind you in your quest to qualify for the World Cup. I believe that you will certainly pick the ticket from your group to make it to the World Cup finals.”
All 23 players invited by Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr for Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Algeria have now arrived for the big match.
Only Belgium defender Elderson Echiejile was still making his way to the camp as at Tuesday evening. Coach Rohr and his assistants put the players through their paces twice on Tuesday. They will also train on Wednesday morning before flying to Uyo in the afternoon.
In camp are goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Alampasu; defenders Abdullahi Shehu, Musa Muhammed, Leon Balogun, William Paul Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Uche Agbo and Kingsley Madu; midfielders Mikel John Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo and; forwards Victor Moses, Brown Ideye, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Odion Ighalo and Ahmed Musa.
Group leaders Nigeria looked sharp in training on Tuesday, and the Fennecs certainly have a mountain to surmount in Uyo on Saturday.
The Super Eagles go into the match on a four –match winning streak, going back to the summer when they defeated Mali 1-0 in Rouen, France and spanked Luxembourg 3-1 in Luxembourg City. Both were friendly matches.
In September, the Eagles pipped Tanzania 1-0 in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo, before edging Zambia 2-1 in Ndola at the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup race on 9th October.
Manchester City of England’s youthful forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored in all four matches.