Eagles’ Coach, Stephen Keshi, will take a chance on injury-hit Onyekachi Apam for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations - but not Inter Milan midfielder Joel Obi.
It was learnt that Rennes’ defender, Apam, is being considered to plug the leaky central defence; even though he was not involved in the qualifying series for the Nations Cup and his fitness has been in doubt lately, Keshi is ready to take a chance on him. Apam has bounced back from a long-term knee injury which sidelined him for over 18 months.
However, Italy-based defensive midfielder, Obi, is not so lucky and so will miss out on his first AFCON. Obi first suffered a muscle problem in March and recently staged a comeback, but the injury relapsed forcing to him out again.
He has now returned to training with the hope of playing again before the year runs out. Obi made a superb Eagles debut against Sierra Leone in February 2011 in Lagos under then coach Samson Siasia. Much was expected of him thereafter, but injuries have since limited his international appearances. A total of 17 Europe-based pros are expected to report to the team’s training camp in Faro, Portugal, ahead of the Nations Cup. Officials said that Keshi planned to take about 15 players from the Nigeria Premier League to Portugal.
The team will fly out to Accra, Ghana, on December 27 from where they will connect their flight to Portugal.