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.