Keshi saddened by loss of Gambo Mohammed to injury

The national team coach will replace the Kano Pillars forward with youngster Alhaji Gero for their trip to Abidjan

The Super Eagles quest to overrun the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in Abidjan in the second leg of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) suffered a big blow as dependable striker Gambo Mohammed did not make the trip as a result of injury he copped during training at the Abuja National Stadium on Monday.

Visibly sad coach Stephen Keshi tried to douse the disappointment of losing such a calibre of player to injury few days to the important second leg qualifier of CHAN.

“It’s a pity that Gambo Mohammed got injured two days ago. We want every of our good players to be ready for the game in Cote d’Ivoire because it is not going to be easy. But it is nature and it has taken its course. There is nothing we can do. Any other player who is going to fill his shoes must do what he has to do and do his best for the team,” said Keshi.

“Gambo has a muscle tear and relying on what the Doctor told me, he will be out for six weeks. That is a big blow but I think Alhaji Gero (Enugu Rangers) and the rest of them can come to the game. “

He, however, promised Nigerian soccer fans that he has capable replacement form the injured Kano Pillars striker. Keshi assured that the team is mentally and physically ready for the match.

 “I think they are ready. I can feel it and see it on their faces. They want to do something to make themselves proud and to make Nigeria proud. I can also vouch for the players that they are ready for the task,” Keshi assured.

Eagles need to avoid losing by 3-0 if Nigeria desire to sail through to the finals of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).