The preparations for the match against Namibia next Sunday is underway as one of the 14 foreign based players invited hits the national team’s campMuch sought after winger, Wigan’s Victor Moses is the first foreign based player to hit the Super Eagles camp ahead of a busy schedule of qualifiers for the Nations Cup and World Cup 2014.
Moses was at the national team’s temporary abode in Lagos, on time for the team’s departure for Calabar on Sunday. The one-cap Eagle however refused to answer questions on where his club career is headed.
Meanwhile Stephen Keshi, Super Eagles coach, announced that five players of the squad that went to Peru will not be part of the camp in Calabar
The players dropped are Ugonna Uzochukwu of Rangers International, Enyimba’s Gbolahan Salami, Ossai Uche of Warri Wolves, Heartland’s goalkeeper, Dan Akpeyi and his counterpart from Sharks FC, Okemuteh Odah. Twelve home based stars will be joined by Ekigho Ehiosun to compliment the 14 players earlier announced to now bring the number of players that will be in the Calabar camp of the team to 27.
“If I have my way all of us will be in camp, but we have reached a crucial bend and only the best of the best will be needed, that does not mean you are not good enough, and that is why I can assure that sooner than later we will again call on you,” said Keshi.
“Go and ensure that you always play regularly for your clubs and very well too, because that will form the basis of your recall,” Keshi added.
The Super Eagles then departed for Calabar on Sunday to kick-start preparations for Sunday’s match against the Brave Warriors of Namibia. The 12 home-based professionals who made the list are Chigozie Agbim, Azubuike Egwueke, Sunday Mba, Ejike Uzoenyi, Juwon Oshaniwa, Izu Azuka, Godfrey Oboabona, Henry Uche, Kalu Uche, Papa Idris, Gabriel Reuben, Obinna Nwachukwu.
Before their departure, Keshi urged Nigerians especially the media to help support the team with positive words rather than cause unnecessary distractions in the team.
“Nigeria is blessed with thousands of players all over the world and not all of them can be invited at the same time, so we must be careful, when we start insisting that A or B, must be invited and the media has a crucial role to play here, otherwise we will divide the team and that is not good for us at this time.”
The other invited players are expected to start arriving on Sunday evening with the full complement of the players expected by Tuesday morning.