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Eagles defy rains to prepare

21 January 2013, 07:36

Abuja - The Super Eagles' on Sunday went through intense training at the Ngwenyama Sports Complex in Nelspruit, South Africa in spite of heavy downpour.

The training was in preparation for the team’s first group encounter against the Stallions of Burkina Faso at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) on 21 January.

Ben Alaiya, the team’s Media Officer in a statement said all the players responded very well to training without any injury threat.

Alaiya said that the team-spirit was high with the cheery news of return to full training by goalkeeper, Austin Ejide.

Goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu took Ejide on a special training session with Ejide turning out in impressive dives, punches and general conditioning of a good goalkeeper.

Shorunmu said Ejide should at least be good for the bench in Monday's game.

Ejide had an injury in one of the team’s international friendly against Cape Verde in Portugal.

The statement, however, quoted him as saying: "I feel real good and ready but I am taking it easy as the medical team have advised but am feeling real good."

It also quoted Chelsea's Mikel Obi as saying that "we can’t take chances whether it rains or not".

Eagles Skipper Joseph Yobo said: "It's been good since we got here and I think the players are gradually getting used to being together and I know we will have a beautiful tournament."

NAN reports that the Eagles would be playing in Group C alongside Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and defending champions Zambia.

NAN also reports that the Nigeria-Burkina Faso encounter would kick-off 6.30.p.m local time on 21 January.



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