Suspense in Eagles’ camp over Rwanda
…Siasia watches as team trains
By Our reporter
Monday, February 20, 2012


These are obviously tight times for the Super Eagles coaching crew headed by Big Boss, Stephen Keshi, as he steadies to name his final team for the game against Rwanda in Kigali, next week Wednesday.
At the moment, there is palpable tension and suspense among the 19 home-based professionals in camp over who will make the cut of nine for the Kigali battle.

Keshi had last weekend named the 11 foreign based professionals for the encounter, and going by his antecedent, he’s now expected to name an additional nine players this week for the 20-man squad that will hit Rwanda for the Nations Cup qualifier. All the players spoken to expressed optimism about making the team to Rwanda, with Papa Idris and Sunday Mba, saying they will abide by the decision of the coaching crew, since they know the coaching crew is very impartial.

The only player not in camp from the 20 who went to Monrovia to defeat Liberia 2-0 was Enyimba’s Sunday Emmanuel who was excused by the coaching crew when the team returned from Liberia.The team had a two-hour work out on Saturday morning, the first since its return from Liberia and one strange face at the training venue, was the immediate past handler of the national team, Samson Yebowei Siasia, popular called Sia 1.Siasia, had apparently came for his weekend playing relaxation game with the All Stars team that usually plays at the FIFA Goal Project site at weekends. It was a convivial atmosphere between the former coach, players and officials of the national team, as they exchanged banters after training and Siasia wished the team well, as the team jetted back to its Bolton White Apartment camp.

Meanwhile, the Head Coach of Kaduna-based Division 1 side, Dynamic Sporting Solutions (DSS) FC, Ahmed Jubrin, has said that the national team as now constituted had all it takes to make a great impact in continental football this year and especially 2013.Speaking after the recent friendly with the national team, which was won by 4-0, by the Super Eagles, Jubrin said the level of professionalism on and off the pitch shown by the national team was very encouraging.

“I’m very pleased with the team and I’m happy that despite the fact that we were defeated, I see a team that is capable of taking Nigerian football higher”.On advice for the Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, Jubrin, said he had little or none to offer as the team he saw was a complete one and he would only advise that Keshi should be on the lookout for more players still hidden in all the clubsides in the country.

In a similar vein, the training scheduled of the national team has been altered apparently in readiness for the encounter in Rwanda, which will be played under harsh weather in Kigali. From today, the team will now train daily from 2p.m, away from it original training schedule of 8 a.m in the mornings or 4p.m at evening time. Officials say it’s a tactical shift to help achieve the ultimate result it desires in Kigali. Foreign-based players are expected to fall in line with the training schedule when they arrive later this weekend for the match in Rwanda.

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