Nigeria’s Super Eagles preparations for the must-win double header 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches with Congo and South Africa is to effectively take off this morning in Abuja with most of the foreign-based players streaming into camp. Topmost in the mind of Eagles as they converge on Abuja today is the trip to Point Noire this weekend to take on Congo who snatched maximum points in Calabar
Yesterday, Italy-based Ogenyi Onazi, who is expected to play pivotal role in marshalling Eagles midfield during the clash in Congo called ahead of his arrival in Abuja, urging Nigerians not to relent in their prayers for the team to excel. Onazi, who was expected in Nigeria last night, said Nigerians desirous of the AFCON 2015 ticket must all join hands and pray for success.
“Once I arrive Nigeria, I will go to my father in the Lord to pray with me, because I want the Nations Cup ticket and I know we can win in Congo. We must also cooperate and forget past differences to achieve our aim,” stressed the Lazio player. Earlier at the weekend in Uyo, some of the home-based players in the 25-man squad listed for the AFCON battles shown brightly to give hope to the Nigerian dream of making the trip to the African football showpiece. League top scorer, Emem Eduok, proved his mettle once more, nipping the lone goal the home-based Eagles defeated Ghana’s Under-23 Olympic team to lift the maiden Transformation Cup.
Enyimba’s midfielder, Kingsley Sokari (a.k.a Bobby) also proved to Eagles handlers why he also merited call to the senior national team with deft touches and sublime skill that excited Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, his assistants, Daniel Amokachi, Hyandonou Valere and Ike Shorunmu. Before the Enyimba player’s display in the friendly against Ghana, Amokachi had said Sokari as an exciting midfielder deserved a shirt in the squad.
With Keshi’s first-hand opportunity to assess the player, he immediately ordered Sokari on the plane to Abuja for the remaining two games. The invited home-based who were in camp as at Sunday afternoon include; goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, Warri Wolves skipper, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Solomon Kwambe, Eduok, Nasarawa United’s Tony Edjomari, Christian Osaguona Ighodalo, Gbolahan Salami and new comer Sokari. “We have no time for this game (against Congo) and the players know, so all of them must be here early enough for the trip to Congo,” Keshi was quoted by team’s Media Officer, Ben Alaiya to have declared last night.