The Super Eagles prepare in Tangier, Morocco, for their World Cup qualifier against Liberia on Saturday. All the invited players are in camp as they prepare to wrest three points off the Lone Star of Liberia.
The Super Eagles are in good spirits, with their Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier against Liberia coming up. With barely 24 hours to the tie, the team is leaving no stone unturned to ensure three points on the day.
The Nigeria senior men’s team currently lead the pack in Group C with nine points. It is a tally that is just two ahead of their closest rivals Cape Verde. The team wants to avoid the error that gifted the Central African Republic three points when they clashed in Lagos.
On Thursday, the head coach Gernot Rohr put the team through their paces as preparation for the Lone Star of Liberia continues.
A full camp
A few days ago, the team was shy of a couple of players. The players still expected were Victor Osimhen of Napoli, Odion Ighalo of Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia and Enyimba’s shot-stopper John Noble.
As at the time the team took to training on Thursday, the Super Eagles boasted full-camp following the arrival of the expected players.
Perhaps, the only surprise call-up to the team remains Odion Ighalo, who announced his retirement from the Super Eagles about two years ago. The 32-year-old former Manchester United striker is back in the Super Eagles and will be fighting for a shirt with in-form Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho and Paul Onuachu.
Players on their toes
The team worked out at the Grand Stade de Tangier training pitch on Thursday with commitment and focus, the buzzwords for the team.
Enyimba goalkeeper John Noble and Odion Ighalo were the last to arrive at the camp, and they worked out on the sidelines with Jean-Luc Royer.
The possibles took on the probables with emphasis on creativity and marksmanship. The team views the Liberia tie as another final, though they still have a game against Cape Verde in Lagos.
The technical crew were impressed with the team as Captain Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho all worked some sweat to get in shape for the all-important tie. The Super Eagles want to avoid the Central African Republic debacle.
The team express preparedness
After the session on Thursday evening, Odion Ighalo, who just returned to the team after a two-year hiatus, told thenff.com that he was happy and said it was good to be back with the group. He described the team spirit as excellent.
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Gernot Rohr echoed the same sentiments with Odion Ighalo and wants the weather to be kind to the team on Saturday. He added that the team has been able to maintain top-level concentration.
The Super Eagles will have a feel of the Grand Stade Tangier on Friday evening and are excited about the return of Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi and Samuel Chukwueze.
Pundits and fans alike are expecting the Super Eagles to take all three points in this one.
This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago