Sunday Mba heads to Bastia

The midfielder is set to miss out on the CHAN squad as he prepares to leave for France in search of greener pastures

Midfielder Sunday Mba may not be available for the African Nations Championship (CHAN), according to national team coach Stephen Keshi.

Keshi has disclosed that Mba is on his way to France to join Bastia, the French side that first indicated interest in the player after the Nations Cup triumph.

It is said that the player could leave camp as early as Friday, as he was not one of the players listed for the friendly game in Port Harcourt on Saturday against a Rivers selected side.

“We have resigned ourselves to fate and are working hard to discover those who can fill Mba’s shoes, as he seems to have nicked a deal with Bastia and may not be part of the CHAN tourney. We just have to brace up and wish him the best because it’s a career thing,” he said.

Also on Thursday, the weeding process of the CHAN Eagles continued with three players exiting camp. Keshi who addressed the players once again told them that they have all it takes to play for the national team but there was not time enough to fit into the system and he would continue to monitor them for future call ups.

“Take heart because as I always say, many are called but few are chosen, we would soon be back knocking on your doors.”

Those who left camp on Thursday were Sunshine Stars’ Kingsley Onome Eduwo, Bendel Insurance’s Bello John Ikeleji and Eric Kwame of Plateau United. More players are expected to exit the camp of the national team after the training game in Port Harcourt and Monday’s other practice match against Nigeria league champions, Kano Pillars.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles medical team has assured the technical crew that Kano Pillars striker Gambo Mohammed will be ready in time for the CHAN tourney.

Gambo has been out with a hamstring problem, recovered last week but there was a relapse in the course of the week which forced him out of Thursday’s training. “He should be back and better,” assistant coach Daniel Amokachi said.