Palpable excitement enveloped the Super Eagles Metropolitan Hotel camp Tuesday afternoon ahead of the crucial Nations Cup qualifier against Liberia on Saturday as foreign based players invited arrived in droves ahead of the tie.
And when the team trained at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, which will host the encounter 19 players sweated it out to battle for first team shirts. The other three players were expected before dinner time Tuesday on time for Wednesday’s double header training.
The 10 foreign based players who joined the seven home-based for Tuesday’s evening training are Austin Ejide, Vincent Enyeama, Nosa Igiebor, Ikechukwu Uche, Elderson Echejile, Ahmed Musa, Obiora Nwankwo, Efe Ambrose, Brown Ideye, and the three exciting youngsters, Ogenyi Onazi of Lazio of Italy, Inter Milan’s Joel Obi and Chelsea’s new acquisition, Victor Moses, whose girlfriend recently put to bed a bouncing baby boy in London.
It was obvious on the faces of the technical crew that they were delighted at the responses of the players to the job at hand, as Stephen Keshi and his crew now have the full compliments of players to pick from for Saturday’s game.
The way and manner the players were welcomed showed that they know exactly what is at stake come Saturday and Keshi startled Moses during lunch time when he first asked how is his girlfriend and his bouncing baby boy were fairing. He replied that they are both fine and in very good condition. “Does the boy look like you or like the Mother”?.
Keshi pressed on, and Moses replied, “Coach, he looked pretty much like me”, and the dinning hall erupted in laughter. That underlines the relaxed spirit in the Super Eagles camp at the moment ahead of Saturday’s crunch tie.