The Nigerian national team the Super Eagles, kicked off in earnest their preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a first training session at Fulham FC Mortspur Park training centre.
The players who looked quite cool in their new kit with a sponsored logo at the front of green top and black shorts, were watched by former Nigerian world cup skipper Austin JJ Okocha.
The former Bolton Wanderers of England captain Okocha who was accompanied by his elder brother and former Super Eagle Emmanuel. said he was there in a private capacity but the players looked boosted by his presence. They shook hands and joked with him before training started.
When asked by this reporter if he was having itchy feet and want to be at the world cup JJ replied “no way, how many world cups will one person play in”?
Big Boss Stephen Keshi stood apart watching and bellowing instructions and encouragements to the players as the players were taken through their paces in drills led by Daniel Amokachi.
The players look very fit but most clearly is that they are very focused. Absolutely determined to do themselves justice before the final squad is announced.
Returnees Osaze Odemwegie and Joseph Yobo looked properly at home, heavily involved in the banter before the proper work started.
The Stoke City striker looked in good shape when the team broke out to an 11-a-side set up. One slalom run and strike reminded anyone in doubt that his qualities are still there. The talent of the man has never been an issue.
After the exercise drills and work out the team broke out into a full match scenario. Oboabona and Omeruo resumed their partnership in central defence for one side while Egwuekwe partnered Yobo for the other side.
Ramon Azeez of Almeria looked very sharp and seemed very comfortable in his surrounding among the African champions. One turn in the centre-circle saw him lose three defenders and release Obinna Nsofor wide right. Brilliant.
At the end, Stephen Keshi felt “very satisfied on the work out seeing it is our first training session, the players have rested after a long season and they will get sharper”
Earlier in the day the team had been invited by the Nigerian High Commissioner to Britain for lunch.
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