CHAN 2014: Oboabona Arrives Camp To Prepare For Clash With Cote d’Ivoire
The Super Eagles media secretary, Ben Alaiya on Wednesday confirmed that defender Godfrey Oboabona has joined his team mates in training session for the preparation for the CHAN qualifier.
In a telephone interview with Channels Television’s Sport This Morning, Mr Alaiya said all 24 players pencilled down for the 27 July final leg against Cote d’Ivoire are all in camp.
Oboabona sustained an injury on his hand, after he was mobbed by the club’s fans, as he trained with Sunshine Stars in Owo last weekend.
The 22-year-old, who returned the club after a break announced by national team officials, was training on the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, when excited fans rushed to him to request for autographs and photos.
Oboabona then got injured while signing the numerous requests by a pen or a piece of wood.
Mr Alaiya said 20 players, selected from the 24 currently in camp will be travelling to Abdjan on next Wednesday for the clash with Cote d’Ivoire.
The Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi had demanded total concentration from his players ahead of the clash against Cote d’Ivoire noting that the match will be like war against the West African neighbours.
Speaking before training commenced on Tuesday morning at the FIFA Goal Project site in Abuja, Keshi who started his foreign career in Cote d’Ivoire, said the people are passionate about football and they will do anything to defeat Nigeria, hence the need to forget the 4-1 win in Kaduna and concentrate on the return leg.
“The win in Kaduna is history and if you have been following the media you will see that they have been making remarks that they can also beat us well. We must be ready for their antics and forget the past.”
The team is training at the Goal Project because the Ivorians had already informed CAF that the return leg will be played on an artificial turf.