Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Super Eagles begin training in Abuja

09 October 2013, 11:31

Abuja - The Super Eagles on Tuesday resumed training for the first-leg final round of qualifier for the 2014 World Cup between Nigeria and Ethiopia.

A squad of 18 players began preparation for the match with Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa on October 13.

The camp had opened on Sunday, October 6 in Abuja, but has yet to see the arrival of all the 23 invited players.

Among the players that trained on the refurbished Abuja National Stadium's pitch include, Goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide and Chigozie Agbim, and three strikers, Ahmed Musa, Obinna Nsofor and Uche Nwofor.

Others include defenders Elderson Echiejile, Francis Benjamin, Efe Ambrose, Solomon Kwambe, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe and James Okwuosa, and Midfielders Mikel Obi, John Ogu, Ogenyi Onazi, Sunday Mba and Nnamdi Oduamadi.

Brown Ideye, Shola Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike, Victor Moses and Nosa Igiebor were yet to resume for training.

The Super Eagle’s head coach, Stephen Keshi, told newsmen after the evening training that the missing players would arrive latest by Wednesday morning.

He, however, dismissed the fears of some Nigerians over the weather in Ethiopia, saying: “Most of the players played in Ethiopia in 2011, so, they know the terrain.

"The challenge is not the weather, but the altitude; the weather could be rainy or sunny, it does not matter.

"Our minds is to go out there and get the result for Nigeria and make ourselves proud.

"We have big responsibility as Nigeria’s representatives in Ethiopia and we will try to make Nigerians proud.

"With the major actors on the field, we need to be able to showcase what we can do and then take Nigeria flag with us.’’

He said he was not under pressure to win in Ethiopia, as football was all about win, lose or draw.

Keshi said travel arrangements made by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) could contribute to the team’s success.

He thanked the NFF for the 24-hour to the match arrival plan of the team in Ethiopia, saying that it would help the technical crew to execute its game plan.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...