Friday August 5, 2011 – Coach Samson Siasia will this weekend lead out his Super Eagles troops for their first training session ahead of the friendly match against Ghana’s Black Stars holding on August 9 at Vicarage Road, Watford, England.
Ahead of what promises to be an explosive friendly affair between the two fierce football foes, Siasia, who is using the match to fine-tune his strategies for next month’s important 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar in Antanarivo, expects a full house of invited players in camp tomorrow, in order for the serious business of training to commence on Sunday.
The Media Assistant to the Eagles coach, Segun Ogunjimi told Sports Vanguard, that the players have given their word to storm the London camp of the national team tomorrow, in earnest for preparations for the match which the Nigerians are spoiling to win because of the 4-1defeat they suffered in the hands of Ghana, the last time that both sides met in 2007 in London.
Ogunjimi added that Siasia would be fielding an injury free side against the Black Stars.
“The London camp for the match between the Super Eagles and Black Stars will open on August 5, with some technical officials from Nigeria first arriving. But on Saturday, Coach Siasia expects his players to be on ground. The last day for arrival is Sunday morning because training would begin on that same day and end on Monday.
“The good news for us is that all our players are injury free, so Coach Siasia expects to field a strong side for the game, which Nigeria hope to win”, added the Eagles’ media aide.
Players expected in camp tomorrow include Vincent Enyeama, Dele Aiyenugba, Chigozie Agbim, Chibuzor Okonkwo, Taye Taiwo, Gege Soriola, Elderson Echiejile, Joseph Yobo, Yusuf Ayila and Efe Ambrose
Others are John Obi Mikel, Fengor Ogude, Joel Obi, Kalu Uche, Emmanuel Ekpo, Solomon Okoronkwo, Obinna Nsofor, Victor Anichebe, Ike Uche, Osaze Odemwingie, Ekigho Ehiosun and Emmanuel Emenike