The national team handler says his team are reaching their peak ahead of the crucial clash against the Lone Stars on Saturday
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi was a happy man on Tuesday evening as his invited foreign based players exhibited dazzling form and fitness to the admiration of the coaching crew at the Abuja National Stadium training pitch.
The squad is getting into full gear ahead of Saturday’s final 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying first leg match against the Lone Stars of Liberia slated for Monrovia.
The arrival of 10 of the invited players led by team captain Joseph Yobo brought smiles onto the face of the coach.
Keshi led the team to the pitch at exactly 4.10pm and drilled the team for close to three hours before they finally left the stadium at around 6.45pm.
“Psychologically this team is ready to go,” a happy Keshi told Goal.com after the workout. “They are simply good. I am seeing good things coming up and I am happy with what I have seen so far most especially in [Tuesday] evening training.
“We really need to focus and concentrate and this is what I am beginning to see. They have given me what I wanted to see this evening, their concentration and focus in the training was good. I think it is going to come out right.”
According to him, there will not be enough time to train more than twice before the team’s departure for the game as he had planned training sessions for Wednesday evening and Thursday before the team’s departure on Friday morning.
“We will train [on Wednesday] and Thursday evenings before we travel to Monrovia on Friday.”
The team will receive first choice goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama on Wednesday morning in Abuja as the trainer confirmed that the Israel-based goalkeeper would be available for Wednesday evening training session.
“Vincent would be in Abuja [on Wednesday] by the grace of God and will train with us in the evening,” Keshi told Goal.com.