Nigeria playing mind games with Emmanuel Emenike injury

The Spartak Moscow striker sat out the team’s training on Saturday evening but there are indications that this might just be an effort to throw off Sunday’s final opponents

Nigeria might be playing mind games with Burkina Faso ahead of Sunday’s final match of the Africa Cup of Nations in Soweto’s National Stadium with the news of injuries to some key players.

Even though striker Emmanuel Emenike sat out Saturday evening’s training, it is expected that he would start the game against the Stallions.

Coach Stephen Keshi told a press conference that team doctors were working on both Emenike and Victor Moses’ fitness ahead of the final match.

Keshi said that the decision to play either of the two players would be taken on Sunday morning.

However, Moses trained with the team on Saturday evening as he kicked the ball and ran around without any hint of pain.

Conversely, Emenike sat down and watched the team train without putting on his boots. But close sources say that the Spartak Moscow striker is likely to start, something that would surprise their opponents.