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Super Eagles' technical crew starts routine check

29 August 2012, 07:12

Abuja - The Super Eagles Technical crew on Tuesday embarked on a secret check on its players ahead of the final round Nations Cup qualifier against the Lone Star of Liberia.

Stephen Keshi, the Head Coach of the team, who led the secret search unknown to the players, said the essence was to fish out players with hidden injuries, barely 10 days to the all-important Nations Cup qualifying match.

The Eagles handler further said that the Federations Cup final and the third place games played at the weekend in Lagos also necessitated the check.

Meanwhile, a statement by Ben Alaiya, the Super Eagles’ Media Officer, in Abuja noted that the check was important because some of the "highly-rated players might have hidden injuries".

After a close examination of the players during their pre-training exercises, no serious detection was made.

But it was an opportunity for the team doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran and physiotherapist Wale Oladejo, to conduct a check on most of the players, including Kabiru Umar and Benjamin Francis.

All the players exhibited excellent fitness, awaiting the arrival of the foreign based stars.

Gyaran said that the team wanted to ensure that all the players engaged in the federation cup final matches were in good shape "since they have been away from the national camp for some time".

The first leg of the crucial encounter will take place at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium in Monrovia on Sept. 8.



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