Abuja - Twenty-seven home-based Super Eagles players invited to camp for the friendly against Jordan held their first training session on Monday evening at the Abuja National Stadium’s training pitch.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team is preparing for the international friendly scheduled for the Jordanian capital of Amman on October 28.
Emmanuel Attah, the Super Eagles’ Co-ordinator, told NAN in an interview that all the invited players participated in the training session, except Kano Pillars striker Muhammad Gambo.
NAN reports that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had on October 15 invited 28 players to camp, and scheduled training to commence on October 17.
But the team’s camp had remained desolate as the players opted to stay with their clubs as the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) ran to a close on October 20.
Attah however said all was now well with the team’s preparations but for Gambo’s injury.
"Gambo’s absence was due to the injury he sustained during his club’s league encounter with Lobi Stars of Makurdi on Sunday in Katsina-Ala," he said.
The team co-ordinator said the Eagles would henceforth hold morning training sessions from Tuesday, October 22.
"This is to give the players enough time to rest after a busy Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) season which ended on October 20,’’ he said.
Attah said the team was expected to depart Nigeria for Amman on October 25 as earlier planned by the NFF.
The invited players include three goalkeepers, eight defenders, nine midfielders and eight strikers.
The home-based Eagles, also known as Super Eagles "Team B," are using the friendly as part of preparations for the forthcoming African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Jordan is also using the game to prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup play-off, where they are likely to face Uruguay.