Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has named Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama as the substantive captain of the Super Eagles in place of the injured Joseph Yobo on Monday in Calabar. This was done as preparations intensified for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Namibia on Sunday.
Enyeama is expected to continue in the role until Yobo recovers from his injuries. The naming was part of the morning training session which commenced at about 7:30 inside the University of Calabar mini stadium. The training had 22 players in attendance, but defender Papa Idris was not fully involved as he was still recovering from an ankle injury but trained under the supervision of team physiotherapist Olawale Oladejo.
The foreign based professionals who trained on Monday include Omatsone Aluko, Victor Moses, Ikechukwu Uche, Efe Ambrose, Fengor Ogude, Elderson Echejile, Gege Soriola, Ekigho Ehiosun, Ahmed Musa and Vincent Enyeama. They were joined by the 12 home-based stars who made the cut from the team that went to Peru led by Warri Wolves goalie, Chigozie Agbim.
Montpellier’s hero John Utaka and Israeli based goalkeeper Austin Ejide joined later to help shore up the camp of the national team.
At training, Keshi told the team that the game is all about goals. “In our time, matches against teams like Namibia were not discussed in terms of whether we would win but how many goals we would score and that is what I want us to return to in the new Super Eagles,” Keshi told the players.
He continued that Namibia must not be taken with kid gloves. “They say we are the super power and Namibians are minnows, those are only words, and until we show it on the pitch we will just be living in a fool’s paradise.”
The Super Eagles will continue to train twice daily at 7:30 am and 3:30 pm until the team moves to the U.J Esuene Stadium on Thursday.