Abuja - Gambo Mohammed, Yinka Adedeji and Mfon Udoh, who have been dropped from the national team that is preparing for the African Nations Championships (CHAN), vowed to bounce back.
Adedeji, who was axed following a hamstring injury, said he was obviously disappointed to miss out but hoped t make the team again.
“It is sad that I have to drop out due to injury but I am happy that I never allowed the past to dwell in my heart and soon I will return,” he said.
“I thank Coach Stephen Keshi and other members of the technical crew for giving me this opportunity and I assure them that when next I am called, I will not fail the team and the nation,” he added.
Pillars striker Mohammed also missed the final cut as a result of injury and said he has taken his exclusion in good faith.
“These things do happen and I take it in good faith and I will soon be back. I wish my teammates the best of luck in CHAN,” the forward said.
The injuries came at a time preparations for the CHAN, which is scheduled for South Africa later this month, intensified.
Nigeria has confirmed the country’s “B” team will face their Ethiopian counterparts in a warm-up on Saturday. The match is scheduled for Abuja.
General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Musa Amadu, confirmed the warm-up involving both teams bound for CHAN.
“We contacted a number of countries also heading to the African Nations Championship, and we are delighted that the Ethiopians accepted our offer. They will arrive in Nigeria on Friday, play the game on Saturday and depart from Abuja on Sunday,” Amadu said.
– CAJ News